Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Give me one pure and holy passion...

While doing a book study with a friend via email, my friend sent me a link to this song.
I love it!
May this desire ever be true in our lives. :)

"Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me one magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You
To grow as Your disciple in Your truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after You."

Saturday, January 14, 2012


by Ana Wolf

Near the end of 2011, I sat at my desk, endeavoring to tackle one of my many reading assignments. Feeling overwhelmed with the many things I’d love to accomplish in the year ahead, this verse rang through my mind : “…diligence is man’s precious possession.” Proverbs 12:27b (I love it when the Lord’s words come to me at times when I’m struggling, giving me guidance and renewed focus!)

Some days Mr. Lazy likes to come for a visit, especially in moments of tiredness, talking me out of a virtue that the Lord commends in Scripture, such as diligence. Oh, how easy it is to be inspired, but lack the diligence to see a hard project or goal through to its completion.

The other day as I read Proverbs 31, it hit me how replete the description of the Proverbs 31 woman is with active verbs indicating that this woman is not sitting around in laziness. “She seeks wool and flax, she willingly works with her hands."; "she brings her food from afar"; "she rises while it is yet night"; she providesconsidersgirds; "strengthens her arms"; she perceives; "stretches out her hands"; "her hand holds"; she extends her hand to the poor; "she reaches out her hands to the needy"; "she makes tapestry"; "she opens her mouth with wisdom"; and "she watches over" her household. 
Or simply said, she's diligent and active. 

Most things worth doing are hard, but they are worth doing with diligence. 

We may want to give up, drop the pen, log onto facebook, close the book, wander around the house - but instead of following laziness, let us pursue a life of diligence and hard work. Let us seek out projects and willingly work with our hands, just like the Proverbs 31 woman. 

And, hey, in the process you may just inspire an onlooker to dust off those books and to tackle a hard thing. I know from personal experience that diligent people are inspiring. :-) Though our first and foremost reason to be diligent is to please our Heavenly Father as we use this "precious possession".

Friday, January 13, 2012

Give unto others freely...

"There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles' feet."
~Acts 4:34-37
Last weekend as I talked with a friend of mine she encouraged me by sharing something the Lord showed her in her Bible reading that morning. 

Later that day she wrote it out, and gave me permission to share it. :-)
"This morning as I was reading in Acts, the last two verses in chapter 4 really struck me. This man named Joseph had sold one of his fields (in those days fields were very valuable and important for the families to live on) and gave the money to the apostles so that they could give to those who had need.

This act of putting other's needs and interests ahead of his own and being willing to give up something that he would benefit from, was very humbling to me. It showed that nothing really belonged to him, but to God. And by giving to those who have need, he was giving to the Lord. 

I had to ask my self, what am I willing to give up? Am I losing anything by giving up of my time to serve others in whatever way they have need? (Philippians 3:8)

I know
often we get so caught up with life and our agendas, that we are not aware of the needs of those around us. We think far too much of ourselves. I believe that God wants more of us to think selflessly. We lose nothing by being in the service of our Lord, instead we gain a deeper love for Him and a desire to give unto others freely (including our time)."
~Sarah N.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

~Hope in God~

"Holy women hope in God. A Christian woman does not put her hope in her husband, or getting one....she laughs at what is to come because she hopes in a sovereign God because she knows He will be with her no matter what...this hope in God yields fearlessness because she rests in Him."
-John Piper-