I tend to want to fix my kids with my power. I want to say and do all the things that will produce the desired effect in their hearts and behavior; to smooth out their rough edges with solid biblical parenting; to mend their flaws and melt their fears so that I can feel really good about my kind, obedient and happy kids.
I choose easy, quick gratification because I don’t actually believe that at God’s right hand there are pleasures forevermore (Ps 16:11). When I spend time alone, I’m confronted with my fears. When I don’t want to feel afraid, I run to distractions.
I sat in front of my Bible discouraged and frustrated. For too many days to count, I had felt like I might as well be reading a dishwasher manual. There was a time when I would read my Bible like my life depended on it, but today I couldn’t make myself care.
While we often talk about motherhood being a high calling, it's not the highest. Being made more into the image of Jesus is the highest calling for us all.
We see in Matthew’s gospel account that Jesus’ ministry is bookended with disciple-making initiatives: “Come and be disciples. . .Go and make disciples” (Matt 4:19, 28:18-20). The refusal to focus on the baton pass is to reject your identity as a disciple of Jesus.
Certain that true community and growth were only possible through unflinching vulnerability, I committed to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. I shared all the gory details of my past and present struggles, heaping burdens upon willing listeners while remaining a safe distance from their attempts to speak truth into my life.
Repeat after me.
I am a sinner. (I am a sinner).
Forgive me of my sins. (Forgive me of my sins).
I believe Jesus is the Son of God. (I believe Jesus is the Son of God).
Please come into my heart. (Please come into my heart).
Welcome to the Kingdom! You’re in!
What does it even mean to be emotionally modest? Have you ever been offended or hurt because you felt misled in a friendship with a woman? When you watch romantic comedies do you walk away expecting your husband to be like Joe Actor and love you perfectly and know your every need? Out of your emotions do you seek to emotionally seduce the opposite sex? Emotional modesty is as much as an issue for men as it is for women.