Morning Coffee…

“Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry,
and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 2:11-12

Ruth & Daniel Sunday Morning

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven

Henry Lyte

Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.

Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Glorious in His faithfulness.
Fatherlike He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Widely yet His mercy flows.

Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish
Our God lives unchanging on,
Praise Him, Praise Him,
Praise the High Eternal One!

Angels, help us to adore Him;
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace.

Read Psalm 103

Violin Lessons

Ruth started her violin lessons today with “Miss Kim”. I can’t stand how cute she looks with that teeny violin (1/4 size). What you can’t see is how awful it sounds when she plays. Hope that improves soon 🙂 Should be fun! Thanks “Miss Kim” See you next week.

Morning Coffee…

“As for me, I would seek God,

and to God would I commit my cause,
who does great things and unsearchable,
marvelous things without number:
he gives rain on the earth
and sends waters on the fields;
he sets on high those who are lowly,
and those who mourn are lifted to safety.”
Job 5:8-11

Morning Coffee…

“Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.”

Psalm 119:89-91

Damsels in Distress

I just finished reading Damsels in Distress; Biblical Solutions for Problems Women Face by Martha Peace. I hadn’t even known the book existed until I went to complete a book buying transaction for Al and it was there. Since I like presents, I didn’t question it at first because I was so excited. Seriously, if you wrap up a rock in a pretty box, I would get excited! But this book isn’t a rock in a pretty box. Apparently, Al read a review from a favorite blog and after reading about the chapter on hurt feelings, he knew it was for me. Wait a minute, hurt feelings, me?? Do you think I struggle with this, honey?? (Actually, I never call him honey, it’s just to let you know who I’m asking) I can’t believe you think that about me. That kind of hurts my feelings. (beat of silence) Ohhhhhhh…now I see 🙂
Martha Peace has written another great book for women that can be used alone or with another person or even in a group.

Martha starts the book with a clear presentation of the Gospel. She is preparing the grid through which all of our problems must be pressed and establishing the rock on which our problems will be ‘solved’. I was floored when she said that after she got saved, her pastor suggested she read “The Attributes of God” by A.W.Pink. A great suggestion, considering that one of the biggest problems facing the church is a lack of the knowledge of God, as He is. Martha recounts that reading the book helped her to know God and helped to inform her doctrine from the perspective of that knowledge.

“Instead of seeing my circumstances in a vacuum, I could remember, along with many of His other attributes, that God loved me, was compassionate, and was faithful to keep His promises.”

Martha then divides the book into three sections: Biblical Solutions for Problems with Others, Biblical Solutions for Problems with Ourselves, and Biblical Solutions for Problems with the World.

Problems with others includes gossip and slander, idolatrous emotional attachments, manipulation, and hurt feelings. Although the chaper on hurt feelings is excellent (honey:)), I was also convicted reading through the chapters dealing with manipulation and gossip and slander. It’s easy to rationalize that we might not have a problem with these sins because we aren’t quite as bad as the next person, but Martha talks about the heart and exposes sinful thoughts for what they are. She also has some great “put off” and “put on” charts based on Ephesians 4:22-24. Here are some quotes…

“When does a bitter, angry, malicious slanderer stop being a bitter, angry, malicious slanderer? When she starts being a kind, tender-hearted, and compassionate truth teller.”

regarding manipulation…

“you know you are guilty of sinful manipulation when you don’t graciously take ‘no’ for an answer and keep trying to convince the other person to let you have your way.”

She also deals with how to answer folly with truth and love if you are the person being manipulated. Good stuff!

And the questions at the end of each chapter are good questions, not fluff. For example, from the legalism chapter, this exercise: “Reread the questions from the list ‘A Model of God’s Grace.’ Write down the areas where you know you are guilty. Look up the Scripture at the end of each question. Think about and write down what you should be thinking or doing instead.”

There’s lots more in this book. Martha Peace deals with vanity, pms, legalism, feminism, roles, and trials all with the truth of God’s character and His Word. This book is worth your time and money.