Today the kids and I are in Lubbock. We went to Idalou to Apple Country Orchards. Unfortunately, we weren't able to stay for lunch (it smelled so good!), but we did get to pick 10lbs of apples!
A delicious day!
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (emphasis mine). I've always loved this verse. Isn't funny how we love something and don't understand it? It's easy to tell someone else to "count it all joy", it's much harder (impossible-seeming sometimes!) to live it when your world has been shattered. I used to sing that praise and worship song "Blessed Be The Name". I would sing it so passionately in the car, loving that bridge "You give and take away, you give and take away. My heart will choose to say, blessed be the name." The emphasis (in my mind) was on the "give". I was so thankful for all I'd been given. I really was. I thought I was holding loosely the gifts God had bestowed. When a precious gift is "torn from your life" (as in the Natalie Grant song "Held") it is much more difficult to accept the "take away" portion.
"He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him." Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, "Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?" Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.Doesn't this sound conditional? I've heard all my life that God's love is unconditional, so this really made me think! I wasn't going to bring it up last night, because I don't like to talk about things I've not yet resolved in my mind (personal flaw?) but I did. The kids didn't have much to say, neither did William. I thought back to the verse that we read earlier "For God so LOVED the world..." There must have been a general over-all LOVE for the world, does our obedience spark a closer, more intimate love?
1) of persons
a) to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly
"Jesus wept". John 11:35I am proud to say that we all memorized it last night! LOL
Psalm 139:23-24 (New American Standard Bible)When one of the kids couldn't think of anything they needed help with. We encouraged them to ask for God to tell them if there was something they needed to work on.
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
|the one on the right is a 30 gallon drum|
And He made a scourge of cords
–nounIn the devotional we are encouraged to seek a deeper zeal (or passion) for our church, our church family and the Gospel. I asked Calvin if there was anything in his life that he had "zeal" for. He replied "Karate." When we prayed, he asked God to "help me find it in myself to have more zeal for church." I love it! We didn't even "talk to him" about this, just simply asked a question and let him ponder the verse and what his current passion was.
fervor for a person, cause, or object; eager desire or endeavor; enthusiastic diligence; ardor.