As We Walk Together

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Remarkable Marriage May 14, 2012

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.

 

Prayer for a Lukewarm Heart April 28, 2012

Filed under: life,prayer — aswewalktogether @ 8:09 am

From the Desiring God Blog:

O Infinitely Passionate Father,

You have created me with the capacity for deep affections — to love, to loathe, to desire, to delight, to excite, to grieve, to laugh, to enjoy, to fear, to be depressed, to be thankful. And you made me this way that I may glorify you by finding you my Supreme Satisfaction and the Fountain of everything delightful.

But I confess that my affections for you are often grievously tepid while my selfish interests steam.

  • I am bold to defend my own honor and reputation and often timid to defend yours.
  • I am quick to satisfy my bodily appetites and often slow to feed my soul with the Bread of Life.
  • I squander moments devoted to communing with you while carefully protecting moments devoted to banal entertainment.
  • I am distracted from speaking with you by books that need straightening, email that needs answering, and a bald spot in the yard that needs seeding.

I am easily and foolishly concerned with worldly success and prosperity while languid and unmoved about the greater things of another world!

And I know that my errant affections are most offensive to you when I hear of the infinite height, depth, and length, and breadth of your love for me in Christ Jesus,

  • Of your giving your infinitely dear Son to be offered up a sacrifice for my sins,
  • Of the unparalleled love of the innocent, holy, and tender Lamb of God, manifested in his dying agonies, bloody sweat, loud and bitter cries, and bleeding heart,
  • And all this to redeem an enemy like me from deserved, eternal burnings, and give to me unspeakable and everlasting joy and glory,
  • And my response is cool, lethargic, and indifferent.

O gracious Father, thank you that your Son’s great sacrifice is so great and so sufficient that it pays even for such sins of erroneous affections!

But, my affectionate Father, I am humbled to the dust that I am not more affected at what affects you! I repent of being “slothful in zeal”! No more, Father! Make me boil in spirit as I serve you (Romans 12:11)! To be moved by your glorious gospel and precious promises (2 Peter 1:4) is why you gave me affections! Nothing in earth or heaven is greater or more important.

Today, I take to heart your Son’s warning: “Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm… I will spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15–16). Merciful Father, make me hot! Whatever it takes, whatever it costs me, give me the Spirit-salve for my heart-eyes (Revelation 3:18) so that I may see what is Real, believe what is True, treasure what is Valuable, and forsake what is worthless.

In the name of Jesus, your glorious Son, the Pearl of Great Price, amen.

This prayer was inspired by and adapted from a portion of Jonathan Edwards’s book, Religious Affections (the last three paragraphs of Part 1).

 

Fighting for Faith April 25, 2012

Filed under: life — aswewalktogether @ 7:58 am

I read this blog post today and was greatly encouraged and challenged.  How many “little” things threaten to steal my joy, and I grumble and complain and worry and fret and totally lost sight of the big picture – sleepless children, interruptions of my agenda, sibling conflicts, spilled milk, sickness, hurting friends,…..

Gloria Furman writes:

Jesus is able to comfort us in the grief we experience when we catch a whiff of death.

Jesus is our sovereign joy in the midst of the weakness we feel when we’re called to serve beyond our strength.

Jesus is with those who are being persecuted for their faith.

And Jesus forces stuff like microscopic staph infections to submit to his glory and his good purposes in our lives.

The God who is with my sister-in-law in her grief is with our Christian brother in his jail cell. The God who gives us strength to serve others when we’re feeling our weakest is working to bolster our faith through the millions of little things that vex us.

The fight of faith is waged in the context of this physical world—death, persecution, discouragement, and disease. That’s why I love this earthy yet ethereal description of the way God helps his children:

“There is none like God, O Jeshurun, who rides through the heavens to your help, through the skies in his majesty” (Deut. 33:26).

Yet in all of these earthly circumstances, our wrestling is not primarily against flesh and blood. Paul reminds us that our warfare is spiritual and that Jesus dealt the death blow to Satan when he died on the cross.

Jesus gives hope to those who are sleep-deprived for whatever reason.

When we place our faith in Jesus who died on the cross for our sin– in our place– then we will never be deprived of the all-satisfying God who rides through the heavens to our help. Because of the cross we can have the Lord as our portion every morning and forever.

“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 31:24).

What a powerful reminder of the hope that Christ gives us in His gospel!

 

True Comfort April 5, 2012

Filed under: life — aswewalktogether @ 2:25 pm

What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with his precious blood, has fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by his Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto him.

(Heidelberg Catechism)

 

 

 

Building Blocks of Healthy Families March 14, 2012

Filed under: life,marriage,parenting — aswewalktogether @ 11:09 pm

My husband has been doing a series on the Building Blocks of Healthy Families, and I wanted to post the links to the sermons here.

Gospel Fluency

Biblical Vision and Priorities

Dynamic Body Life

Healthy Marriages

Directional Parenting (unfortunately, this one may have not been recorded, due to a malfunctioning computer)

Personal Mission (not up yet, so I’ll try to remember to add it when it is available)

 

 

Thankful for My “Career” March 12, 2012

Filed under: life,parenting — aswewalktogether @ 11:07 pm

I would echo the author of this post in her assessment of her life as a “stay-at-home-mom”:

God is sovereign and He sets in motion those things He knows are for our good.  I believe He knew it was for my good and the good of my children that I be “just” a regular housewife.  I am lucky to have the freedom to be here in this home, doing what I do.  I hope I never take it for granted.   There are just so many things I would never have been able to do if I’d been working full-time, and I would have missed so much of my children’s lives.  Society tries to tell women we can have it all.  Don’t believe it.

Read the entire post here.