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Thursday
Sep292016

True confessions about the love of being acknowledged

I will confess that at one time, I imagined grand scenarios revolving around my writing. How many bloggers secretly harbour visions of becoming "known?" We all have pride within ourselves, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who didn't watch other bloggers become published, and think, "Hey, that could be me!" 

I am so glad that never happened to me. God really does know what is good for us.

Every time I sit through a seminary class, I leave thinking how much there is to learn. I sat in an eight hour class with Dr. Haykin last Saturday, and left thinking "I need to read more about Augustine." The thrill of learning makes me realize how much more there is, and that's exciting.

Today, after my theology class, on my hour long drive home, my thoughts ran around what we had discussed in class. As I ate my lunch, and then threw together a quick batch of muffins, my mind continued to clank and clunk with the meaty content from the morning. Every class is like that. I left thinking today how thankful I am that I'm going to have this prof all year: there is a second half to this class next semester. I love being taught by someone knowledgeable, wise, and humble. Let's hear it for the hoary headed. Dr. Fowler celebrates his 70th birthday this year, and he has the wisdom and experience of an older man, but the passion for theology of a younger man.

Had I ever seen my silly little blog take me to places other than its modest circumstances, I would be missing out on all of this learning. And really, deep down, being known had less to do with the notion of speaking truth and more about being acknowledged. And, ultimately, that's not a motive that helps foster learning.

I am thankful that God in his wisdom timed everything the way he did. I'm not a young woman with the hope of having a career. I'm an older woman who just wants to learn. I can look back at my time as a stay-at-home mother and be thankful I was able to devote that kind of time to my kids, including homeschooling them. And now, I can enjoy what God is giving me right now. How thankful I am for these opportunities!

No one of any repute knows who I am. There is great freedom in that. No one is hanging on to every word I say or expecting me to speak about the issue du jour. What is even more exciting is that I get to study in greater detail many of those issues and come to my own conclusions without any pressure. 

It's Thankful Thursday, and I am so thankful for how God kept me from some things so that he could lead me to others.

Thursday
Aug112016

Thankful Thursday

We're in the midst of a heat wave again. Usually, I love mid to late August because the really humid days are typically over. Not so this year. I don't want to be a grumbler, so I'm thankful despite the heat...

... for the weekend plans of a family get together. A brother I have not seen for 11 years is coming with his family, and my parents are here for a few days.

... for air conditioning! I feel for my kids, though. None of them live in air conditioned homes, and when the nights stay warm and muggy, it can feel very oppressive.

... for the promise of fall. The other morning I heard crickets as I was out on an early walk. I love late summer, and I hope September will bring cooler temps.

... for school! My first class is on September 8, and I'm looking forward to it. Also looking forward to the preaching lectures at my school in October. D.A. Carson is the featured speaker, and as a student, I get free registration.

... for good friends. I continue to learn about what that good friends are.

... for fresh coats of paint. My husband and I recently re-painted the main floor bathroom, including getting some new fixtures. You don't have to spend a lot to make something look bright and shiny.

... for the Bible, and the riches which are continuallyl revealed to me.

Thursday
Jul212016

Thankful Thursday

Gratitude never goes out of fashion. Even amid days where every other tweet and blog post is full of indignation and challenge, there is room for gratitude. I don't have the energy for indignation on a regular basis. So, I will be thankful.

I am thankful for our harvest of cherry tomatoes. They are so sweet.

I am thankful that my GERD isn't troublesome at the moment, and I can eat said tomatoes.

I am thankful for the promise of family gatherings, this weekend, and one in August.

I am thankful for the recent engagement of my youngest child. I liked his fiancée the first time I met her, even before they were a couple.

I am thankful for the day I had my first child, my daughter, 27 years ago today.

I am thankful for the reminder that God is good (Ps. 145:8-9). I am thankful for his greatness, that his gratefulness is unsearchable.

I am thankful for my husband being on vacation this week so we can do some painting. He is a much better painter than I, and I am a much better cleaner-upper. We're a good combination.

Gratitude begins with recognizing what we have in Christ, and we have so much!

Thursday
Jun162016

Thankful Thursday

I can't believe it's Thursday already. I am thankful . . . 

. . . that I finished my assignment two days early. Now I can concentrate on my final two papers.

. . . for the good fathers in my life; my father, my husband, my father-in-law, and other friends.

. . . for good wooden pencils.

. . . that we can pray for those who suffer at the hands of others.

. . . that God knows all about the suffering, and is still on the throne.

. . . for the peas growing in my yard.

. . . for the truth that God never leaves us.

What are you thankful for? 

Thursday
Jun092016

Is anyone thankful?

At a time when just about every Christian blogger is talking about some controversial issue, why am I posting about things for which I am thankful? Who will read it? Two or three of my friends who are gracious enough to read this blog regularly. Does anyone care about being thankful anymore? I feel like my social media feed is a regular barage of grumbling.

But I am thankful. Yes, I read the news and feel uneasy. I grieve for people. I cringe when I read what politicians say and do. But I can't lose hope. That is just too easy to do. I have much to be thankful for. Yes, I do often fear for the future, but we're reminded that perfect love casts out fear, and personally, I'm trying to take my fears to Christ. So, I will be be thankful for little, insignificant things.

... for the hummingbirds at my feeder.

... for the way the sun looks as it splashes over the peonies in my back yard.

... for visits with my children.

... for snuggles from my Beagle.

... for fresh asparagus.

... for books.

... for the truth that nothing can take us out of the love of God in Christ Jesus.

... for the morning after the rain.