As We Walk Together

Pressing on towards the finish line

A Single-Minded Goal for Moms (and Dads) May 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — aswewalktogether @ 3:10 pm

I don’t know about anyone else, but I can certainly be pretty rude to my kids sometimes.  I love them and wouldn’t trade them for anything, but I can be more rude or just plain mean to them than to anyone else in my life – they’re always with me, I’m a sinner, they’re kids, I am a sinner, they’re sinners, I am a control freak…did I mention that I am a sinner?  Anyway, a lot of my sanctification process seems to be wrapped up in relating to my kids at this stage in my life.  So, when I read this blog interview, it struck a chord and gave me hope.  A single-minded goal for each day….but, wow, what an all-encompassing goal!

My dear friend and older sister in the Lord shared with me to have the single-minded goal each day to be kind to my children.

Read the entire interview here.

 

Remarkable Marriage

Filed under: life,marriage — aswewalktogether @ 6:28 am

Over the past several years, one of the blogs I follow has highlighted the story of two people, Ian and Larissa.  In 2006, Ian was in a head-on collision with an SUV and suffered brain damage.  Here are some of the early updates and requests for prayer:

Valentine’s Day 2007

Christmas 2008

Summer 2009

Ian’s Blog

And then, last week, after quite a while of not really hearing much about them, this video made the rounds of the internet!  What an amazing story of God’s grace and of what marriage really is!  Here are some posts from Larissa discussing more of the details:

Why We Got Married

Contentment in Suffering

A Daily Disabled Life

Anyway, I just wanted to share.

 

 

 

 

 

Christ-Centered Motherhood May 13, 2012

Filed under: goal,life,marriage,parenting — aswewalktogether @ 7:40 am

I read this quote this morning and was promptly convicted and encouraged:

I have come to believe that if a woman’s priority is not her relationship with Jesus Christ she will end up with an anemic soul. And women with anemic souls, whether they are single or married, with children or without, will forget or downplay the gospel and thereby not live it out.

I was convicted because I much more often make myself the priority, not that I would say that, because it sounds bad, but that is how I effectively live a lot of the time.

I was encouraged because I regularly have long lists of things that need to be done or ways I need to change and so forth.  And regularly it seems that the list that grows the longest is that of things I am not getting done or ways I am not changing.  And if my righteousness is to be found in such demanding expectations, then I am forever crushed and condemned.  But this post reminded me that there is only one item/person that should really be on my list: Jesus Christ!

The law is summed up in this: “Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.”  If this one thing is being pursued, then all else will “fall” into place.  If I am loving Jesus with all of myself, then and only then will I be able to love my neighbor as myself (and I am thinking especially of my roles as wife and mother).

Not that I can muster up such love and devotion on my own.  If I try that, then it’s only me working on a to-do list again and trying to make myself righteous.  My motives are still only about me.  But the glory is that He has done it all!  I don’t need to depend on my own merit (I will only ever be found extremely lacking!) – I come in Christ’s merits!  We love Him because He first loved us! I didn’t merit His love – He loved me when I was an enemy!  And His grace is a free gift to all who come to Him!

So, this is my prayer this morning, this week, this month, this year….that I would love Jesus more.  I pray that He would help me to see more of Himself as I read His Word and pray and that I won’t be able to help but delight in Him more and more.  I pray that I would grow in understanding and being awed by His gospel – that a holy God would love His people so much that He wouldn’t wait for them to come to Him (they never would have done it), but He would become one of them, though a perfect man, and He would own all of their shame and blame and sin on the cross before His Father in their place, die in their place and raise again from the dead as a sign that His sacrifice was accepted, all so that His people could be saved from their sins and have real life in Him!  And I pray that that would trickle over to my relationship with my husband and my children.

 

Put Off Nagging! May 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — aswewalktogether @ 4:39 pm

I recently read a post on the Gospel Coalition blog by Gloria Furman on, as she puts it,

the stereotypical, habitual, manipulative complaining that we women often try to justify as “reminding.”

She then goes on to challenge us in combating this particularly devious and destructive sin in our own lives.  Three things she noticed about a friend’s attack on nagging were:

  • She took her nagging seriously and called it what it is.
  • She owned it.
  • She dug into the Word of God and let God dig through her heart.

She also offers ways to positively replace nagging in our lives:

1. Rejoice in Jesus and his perfections. He is the eternal Word whose words give eternal life (John 6:68-69). Jesus laid aside the glory he was entitled to in order to become our Suffering Servant who died in our place. This Jesus is not just our example; he is our Savior who rose victoriously from the dead. He lives forever to empower us to serve him and others.

2. Instead of nagging, ask yourself if there is something you could do to serve someone for Jesus’ sake and serve with the strength that God supplies (1 Pet. 4:11).

3. Then open your mouth to give grace instead: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Eph. 4:29).

I encourage you to read the entire post and prayerfully examine your own hearts as well!

 

 

Desperately Dependent May 7, 2012

Filed under: parenting — aswewalktogether @ 4:31 pm

Rachel Jones writes on the Desiring God blog:

Being dependent isn’t just for mothers living in Africa. The only way to parent is with faith that God is able to keep and hold our children. The only way to parent is to be dependent on his sovereign plan and tender care for them. Dependent on the strength of the everlasting arms to hold us, to hold our children, and to keep us in perfect peace with our minds stayed on Him.

No, brave is not the right word for parents.

Dependent is.

I just thought it was a good reminder that I am not in control (I seem to need this reminder a LOT!)

 

Sex Trafficking in the U.S. May 4, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — aswewalktogether @ 8:14 am

We need to be much more aware of the reality of sex trafficking even in our own country, much less around the world!  It is appalling and hideous and really happens.  Al Mohler recently wrote a post about it, which you can read here.

Here’s another article written before the Super Bowl.

 

Move On in the Gospel May 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — aswewalktogether @ 8:12 am

From the Of First Importance blog:

“We don not move on from the Gospel. Instead, we move on in the Gospel, for its depths are unfathomable and its implications for life and teaching are innumerable.”

— Gary A. Parrett and S. Steve Kang
Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful
(Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2009), 99

 

 

 
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