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A Three-Things Wife

Lysa TerKeurst is seriously one of my favorite people ever. I only know her through her books, but I think that we'd be friends if we met. I've quoted her multiple times from her book Made to Crave, but today, I'm going to pull an excerpt from on of her latest books, Unglued.

I seriously think every woman, man, boy, and girl should read Unglued. For women, it's so helpful in identifying how you handle frustration, anger, conflict, etc., and for men, it helps you understand all that we're going through in that great big brain of ours!

In honor of being a wife for almost a full 365 days, I wanted to post this story Lysa writes about in Unglued. I can totally relate to wanting to be an overachieving wife who can do EVERYTHING for her husband, while also being a well-rounded, put-together, Christian woman in every other aspect of life. For me, it just doesn't happen. What Lysa says here comforts me in knowing that I'm not the only woman who don't got it all together all the time most of the time, but it also gives such a practical way to deal with this.

The Three-Things Wife

an excerpt from Unglued, by Lysa TerKeurst

When I first got married, I was desperate to be a “good wife” and determined to figure out how to do it well. So, I took note in my head of what a “good wife” does:
  • She cooks meatloaf.
  • She vacuums every day so there are lines in the carpet indicating its cleanliness.
  • She sticks love notes in his briefcase.
  • She buys and wears lingerie.
  • She likes wearing lingerie and wears it a couple of times a week.
  •  She gives him his space when he gets home.
  • She hangs up the phone when he walks in the door.
  • She learns facts about football and watches games with him.
  •  She prays for him every day.
And the list grew and grew. 

Eventually the list in my head of what a good wife does so completely overwhelmed me that I cried. I felt inadequate. I started to shut down. I constantly felt unglued. 

I assumed the list in my head was in my husband’s head too. 

I grew bitter. And in a moment of complete exhaustion, I yelled, “Your expectations are ridiculous!” 

To which he replied, “What expectations?”

“The list … the list of hundreds of things I need to do to be a good wife,” I sobbed through the snot and the tears. 

His blank stare dumbfounded me. He had no such list. 

It was a perception. These were idle thoughts allowed to run rampant in my mind for so long I confused them with truth. The truth in 1 Corinthians 13 reminds me love is patient, kind, not proud, and keeps no record of wrongs. I had so broadened my scope of things to do that I had diminished my vision of simply loving my husband. 

Do less. Be more. Clear out the clutter of idle words. Find that white space. Honor God. 

If I would have been practicing regular Sabbaths, at which times I sought God on this issue, I suspect I could have saved myself years of coming unglued in my marriage. Years. Finally, I went to my husband. “Honey,” I said, feeling the entanglements of expectations loosening their grip on me, “I can’t do everything good wives seem to do. But I can do three things. So, tell me your top three things, and I will do those well.”

After all, I could spend a whole marriage doing a hundred things halfway with a bitter attitude and an overwhelmed spirit. Or, I could do three things wholeheartedly with a smile on my face and love in my heart.

His three things were simple: Be an emotionally and spiritually invested mom with our kids, take good care of your body and soul, and keep the house tidy. (Notice he said “tidy”— not perfectly clean.) That’s it.

He could care less about home-cooked meals. He is fine with me hiring someone else to vacuum the carpet. And he’s totally okay if I watch 48 Hours while he watches man-cub events on a different TV.

Now, he didn’t say anything about lingerie. But, he could argue that it is a subplot of my taking good care of my body. The problem is, I’m much more of a sweatpants kind of girl. Yes, Victoria has a little secret, and I haven’t a clue what it is.

But that’s a topic for another day entirely.

For today, I’ve narrowed my scope to three things, and this narrowing has broadened my vision for a great marriage.

I am a three-things wife. It’s simple. But simple is good. And, more importantly, I stopped sabotaging my marriage by stopping the idle thoughts.

How might this help you? How might this improve some of your relationships?

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With a Heavy Heart

Today's post is one that I write with a lump in my throat and a little moisture in my eyes.

We have some friends who are going through a tough time right now. In fact, "tough time" really doesn't even begin to describe it. They're living a nightmare.

Their 4-month-old son was life flighted a hospital one week ago today, due to trouble breathing, among other things. Honestly, I don't know a lot of details and I don't want to invade their privacy at all, so I won't go into anything very specific. But their baby is sick...he's very very sick. Doctors think it may be something with his heart, but they're running all sorts of tests.

I cannot imagine what our friends are going through as parents. I have cried my own tears for them just thinking about a fraction of the worry/hurt/anxiety/fear that they're experiencing.

In reading the latest update that they posted, I was reminded of Psalm 73:

"Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

I am reminded that we all have a heart condition - we all need God to come into our lives, invade our mind, bodies, and spirit, and heal us of our sinful heart. When I think about a 4-month-old baby, I am just astounded by the innocence that he possesses. Of course we know that we are all born sinful humans into a broken world, but this baby does not yet know of the horrific sinfulness that has plagued our planet. He knows the love of his mom, his dad, his siblings, and his Creator. He is truly loved and oh so innocent.

In a time when this sweet family needs prayer, please lift them up. Please go before the Lord and beg for His will to be done in the life, healing, and family of this small child. But let us also remember our hearts; heavy, sinful, deceitful, selfish, and uncaring. May we also pray that God would cover us with the innocence of His blood, that we may know and experience His love. 

May God, our Lord, our King, and our Creator receive glory now and forever for the work His is doing, the healing He is bringing, and the love He is sharing among us all.

#prayingforSilas
Posted on September 5, 2013 and filed under "live well emotionally", "live well spiritually".

My Plan vs. His Plan

Right about now I should be signing my name 1,000 times. Someone should be handing Jason and me a new set of keys. We should be driving out to Crestwood and opening up the door to our new home.

But we're not. 
Our dining room. Don't ya wanna come over for dinner?
We're serving cereal.

You see, that was our plan. That was our plan that worked with our schedule, and fit nicely into our calendar for this week. If our plan worked, we'd be spending the night in our new house, in our new bed, with all of our stuff there tomorrow. But we won't. In fact, tomorrow, the house won't even be ours.

God's plan was different. 

Friday, as Jason and I were taping boxes and wrapping everything we own in newspaper, we got a call that we would not get to close on our house Tuesday (today). Instead, we'd have to wait until Thursday.

"What!? That's only two days I can handle it, no biggie I had everything planned and I just don't know if I can live two days, this is the worst thing ever," I said. I stomped and yelled, and basically acted like I was reliving my terrible twos. After a few minutes hours, I calmed down enough to see the bigger picture.

You see, God has a way of slowing us down. If you know me at all, you know that I'm super laid back and I like to roll with the punches, except, if you think that, you probably don't know me very well. I'm pretty laid back about where to go to dinner, but when it comes to big life events, I'm like a really controlling control freak meets military officer (or Jillian Michaels). I get really bossy, I want things done in my way, and in my time frame. Our plan was to close today and move in to the house tomorrow. Even though we have our apartment for about 3 more weeks, there's no doubt that I would have required every box under the same roof  Wednesday night and I probably would have stayed up all night unpacking to make sure everything was in it's place.

Yeah, I'm ridiculous like that. Pray for my sweet husband.

Fortunately, God is working on this in my heart. He's shaping me and creating me into a much better image barer of Himself but forcing me to slow the heck down. Part of the reason I pitched an ever-lovin' fit on Friday when we got this news was because I knew it wouldn't push our move back just two days...it would push it back a week. Since Jason works in a retail environment, he has to work on the weekends, so that means that his next day off is the following Wednesday. I almost volunteered to handle the whole thing on my own on Friday, but Jason put in end to that before I even finished my sentence.

After a couple of days of letting our new plan settle in, I've come to see how much better God's plan is. Now we will have the time to do things in a more organized manner, and I won't give myself a stroke trying to get everything done. It even works out better for some of the remodeling that we're doing in the master bedroom because now the work will be finished before we actually move all of our furniture and start living there.

I don't know where you are in your walk with Christ, or if you even have a relationship with Christ, but I do know that He cares for you deeply. Jason and I are buying a house, which is a HUGE deal to us, but to God, it's just us using the money He's blessed us with so that He can shelter us in a different zip code. Only, it IS a big deal to Him too. He's protecting us and working out each and every detail for our good, even when it's not in the way or in the time frame that we wanted or expected.

Wherever you are in your life today, cast your burdens, your plans, your timeline on Him...because He truly cares for you. In the battle of my plan vs. His plan, His plan will always be victorious. Praise Him for that today!

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:6-7
Posted on September 3, 2013 and filed under "live well mentally", "live well spiritually", "new home".

These Three Things

This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 
- John 8:6-8

I'm going to try to be as vague as possible because I believe that this topic contains a few timeless truths (for all people, in all times, in all places) and I don't want anyone, including myself, to get hung up on the specifics of what prompted this, because that's not the point.

I was reminded this week of a clipping of a "Letter to the Editor" from my hometown newspaper that I used to keep in my bible. It referenced someone very close to me who had been accusing of a wrongdoing. I don't know who the person is who wrote it, but the last line said, "You who is without sin, cast the first stone." To that anonymous person, I am forever thankful for the encouragement that their words brought to my life and to my family. 

This week, a leader from the "Christian culture" of Birmingham is struggling, to say the least. I'm sure that there are many people out there who know much more about this situation than I do, and who have much stronger opinions about it as well. I'm not here to comment on the situation. I'm not here to comment on the person or his ministry. I'm not even here to provide any sort of commentary about what has occurred. But I do want to offer a bit of encouragement to believers out there who may be struggling with how someone who claimed the gospel had radically transformed their life, had led many young people to faith in Christ, and who had such an influence in American Christian culture, could have everything around them come crashing down so suddenly and so publicly.

First, we must remember that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. No one is exempt from that truth. Your pastor, my pastor, any church leader, mentor, or family member - we're all in the same battle against sin. Romans 3 says, "None is righteous, no not one; no one understand; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." We MUST remember that Jesus came to save us ALL from our sins. It's imperative for the glory of God to be seen and the gospel to be spread that we must surrender our lives over to Him and that we must address the sin in this world and in our lives with the truth of His Word. To do anything less than that devalues the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross.
 

Second, we must all put our hope in Christ alone. If I can just be really vulnerable for a moment, and speak my opinion, I believe that American culture has invaded the church so much that we have turned many of our pastors and teachers into these "Christian celebrities". Now, there's nothing wrong with really liking and respecting a certain pastor, but we must remember that they are preachers and teachers, called by God to preach GOD's word, and not their own word. I think that our society has created this falsehood that we can live by the word of man because it's so easy to hear and read what people have to say. And isn't it so much easier to live by the word of man than it is to live by the word of God? No man holds the same power as God, so it's easier to live by the powerless man's word. But I think that we often forget that on the flip side of that, no man has the power to save us - and God has already won the battle against sin and death through His son Jesus. So let's take our idols off their pedestals that we put them on, and remember that we must only put our hope in Christ.  

Third, and last, we must remember that we are called to love. In 1 Corinthians, Paul echos what Jesus preaches in Mark when Paul reminds the church in Corinth that the greatest commandment is to love. As the faith family that I am a part of has walked through this book over the last several months, I have come to learn that the church in America is so similar to the church in Corinth that Paul wrote to. The church in Corinth let Corinthian culture invade the church rather than the church invading Corinthian culture. Paul, after his exhortation about love, says,"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." Many times, we use this passage of scripture to describe the love between and man and a woman in marriage, and we read this passage at weddings, which is great. But Paul wasn't only referring to "agape" love  here, which is the selfless love you have for a spouse or a family member. Here, Paul was also referring to "philia" love, which is brotherly or neighborly love or the type of love in a friendship. We are called to love our neighbors - and there are no conditions that go along with that. Jesus said in Mark 12:31, "...You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater..." He did not say, "Love you neighbor as yourself, unless if you don't agree with them." He didn't say, "Love your neighbor as yourself, unless if they're a criminal." He didn't say, "Love your neighbor as yourself, unless they have wronged you." No, Jesus called us to love God and to love our neighbors. There are no exceptions to this call on our lives. That leads us to believe that we are called to love the person we don't agree with, love the person is a criminal, and love the person who has hurt us and wronged us. We are called to love, we are even to love the unlovable.

As I bring this to a conclusion, I hope that I have showed my heart in a way that has been an encouragement to you to pray for the people who it is easier to judge than love. Pray for those you read about in the newspaper and see on TV - they are sinners just like you and me. I want you leave you with the lyrics to a song that came on "shuffle" this morning as I was getting ready. The words really penetrated my heart and made me think about what God has called us to do as believers and opened my eyes to these three truths that I have expressed. 

Jesus Friend of Sinners

Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth's become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they're tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I'm so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

Yeah...

Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who's writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we're for only what we're against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours

You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they're the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet

'Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever

Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours

And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast
Yeah...
You died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet 
 
Casting Crowns - Jesus, Friend of Sinners (Official Music Video) from casting-crowns on GodTube.

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Posted on August 23, 2013 and filed under "live well spiritually".

Your Everyday Addict

Someone very close to me this week pointed out that I'm an addict; a media addict. They didn't use those exact words or that exact phrasing, but that was the point.

Being on the receiving end of any sort of criticism makes me really uncomfortable. I know that I'm my own worst critic, so if anyone ever brings up anything to me that could be taken as a critique, I'm usually not okay with it. I guess, in my mind, I figure that I am hard enough on myself...therefore I don't need anyone else to tell me what's wrong with me.

Thankfully, this particular time, I kept my cool. Maybe it was because I knew they were right, or maybe I was just too tired to fight back, but regardless, I sat, listened, and agreed.

My name is Jessica, and I am a media addict.

Until recently, I couldn't ride in the car without some sort of sound. I've gotten better about it now, but it still bugs me if all I can hear is the sound of the car engine. I read an average of 5 blogs a day. It's rare that I don't turn on the TV at night...or in the morning. There was a [not-so-distance] point in my life where I considered about 20 TV shows my "favorite shows" and kept up with them almost religiously. I subscribe to 4 podcasts, and a week doesn't go by that I don't listen to all of them. I listen to audiobooks regularly. I usually am reading at least two books at once. I've seen every movie out that I want to see that is in theaters right now. Out of all of the new music that is out, I have everything I want.

There's probably more media in my life than that...but I'll stop there so that this doesn't get embarrassing or anything :)

To be clear, I don't think that media is bad.

I love music. To me, it's one of the most tangible ways of expression and I love to listen to this audible art form. I don't listen to crappy bad music either, I listen to a lot of very inspirational music, a lot of worship music, and a lot of just plain good stuff.

I have really enjoyed getting into blogs over the last few years. I've learned a TON, and even started my own (obviously). I read blogs that are encouraging that that teach me things.

I really like TV. TV shows are probably my biggest downfall, but I try to be careful about what I watch. I have my "guilty pleasure" shows like the Bachelor/Bachelorette, and yes, I do keep up with the Kardashians, but the thing that brought me to watching those shows was community. When Jason was traveling a lot, my Monday nights were awesome because I always knew I'd be able to hang out with friends for a Bachelor/Bachelorette viewing party. And honestly, I'd never heard of Kim Kardashian until I started watching her show with a few of my sorority sisters after our chapter meetings on Sunday nights. Maybe those aren't real justifications anymore because I now watch these shows either alone or with my enthusiastic sweet husband, but regardless, my original intentions were good.

Podcasts are awesome. When I get up at 5:00 a.m. to walk, podcasts are part of the reason that I'm able to get out of bed. I listen to a lot of sermons and a lot of just really good content. I've learned A TON about the bible through podcasts, I've learned about new authors that I now really like and have learned from, and I always finish a podcast encouraged.

Audiobooks and regular books have made a suprising comeback in my life over the last year or so. I used to love reading fiction, and I still do, but I've really come to love nonfiction books too. Lately I've been reading a lot of books that have helped me grow into this new stage of life - being a working wife. I've learned a lot about biblical womanhood, marriage that is grounded in the gospel, and how to really dwell where God has me.

So, as you can see, the media that I'm absorbing is not bad. But when I put it all together and think of the hours and hours I spend sitting in front of the TV or sitting and reading a blog or a book, I can't help but thing that media has become an idol in my life.

My life has come to revolve around these things. When I think of my life without cable or without podcasts at my fingertips, I get really sad - and I almost start to feel anxiety. That's how I know this isn't healthy.

As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10, "'All things are lawful,' but not all things are helpful. 'All things are lawful,' but not all things build up." Even though I'm not doing anything wrong by watching TV, reading a blog, or listening to music, it's important for me to recognize that it's also not always helpful either. Since I'm taking in so many messages and so much content on a day to day basis, I realize that it leaves little time for me to either think for myself or just spend time resting in God. 

What is something in your life that your addicted to? 

We all have idols, so let's take action against them.

Tomorrow I'm going to spend a day in silence. I'm not going to be silent, but going to silence my media. I'm going to challenge myself and not listen to a podcast on my walk. I'm not going to listen to music in my car. I'm not going to turn on the TV. I'm just going to be. I'm going to be with myself and those around me without an distractions and see how God uses that time. The goal is to be more conscience of what I'm missing because my brain is always engaged in something else.

If you're someone who makes any sort of media (or maybe social media?) an idol in your life, won't you join me in a day of silence?
I just searched through my Facebook photos to see if there was a picture of me with
headphones in or something. I found this...from our honeymoon. I'm seriously kicking
myself for not taking advantage of all of the quality time with Jason!
Also, how awesome is the attire of the lady walking behind me? Just sayin'...




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On Trusting - A Sinner's Freedom

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding. 
 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.
- Proverbs 3:5-6

This is a passage of scripture that is really really hard for me. I hate admitting that, but it's true.

Lately though, the Lord has been teaching me to depend on Him more. One of my biggest reoccurring sin problems is leaning on my own abilities.  I'm a "can do" type of person. I like to stay busy, I'm task oriented, and I'm a dreamer. That formula basically equals out to the fact that I'm always looking for what I "can do" next. 

Over the last few weeks a series of events led Jason and I to have this conversation in our kitchen last night:

Me: Let's just stop and pray about all of this.
Jason: What do you want me to pray for?
Me: I don't know, just that we can trust.
Jason: (prays) God has carried us this far, and it's been pretty easy. I think right now, He's brought us to a point where we have to decide, do we really trust Him completely. 

Each morning, I try to read the bible before I leave for work. The last couple of weeks, I haven't done so great, but thankfully this morning I had time to. Also, a few months ago, I started intentionally not listening to music on my way to work until after I pray. Sometimes out of habit, I turn on music or the radio or something like that, but I really have come to love those few minutes that I get to spend with God before I walk into my office and begin the busy-ness of the day. 

This morning on my drive to work, almost 12 hours after our conversation, I was able to answer the question that Jason asked last night. I do really trust Him. I trust God absolutely and completely. There is nothing and no one that I trust more. As I drove, I poured out my heart just confessing over and over that I do trust Him. I'm not good at relinquishing control,  but I do trust in His sovereignty over my life.

I'm sure that I'll have many more days, instances, and circumstances where I forget to trust the Lord. I doubt it will ever be something that comes 100%  naturally to me because, as I said before, I am a sinful person. But, I was reminded today how much freedom there is in trusting God completely. 

Do you struggle with trusting God in your life? If so, know that He is sovereign, that He loves you, and His will is always what's best for us. May we not lean on our own understandings today, may be rely completely and wholly on Him.

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Posted on July 31, 2013 and filed under "live well spiritually", "trust".

Throwback - A Prayer of Contentment

Originally posted on May 11, 2012 in Ramble (which is now mrsblogbacktome)



I know you're thinking, "What?!?!? Two posts in one day? I don't have time for this kind of rambling, Jessica." But I promise that you will not be disappointed. If you never read anything else that I write, please read this post (mostly because it's mostly written by someone else).

I'm reading the book a book called Calm my Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow*. The book was actually recommended to me by a blog reader and friend after I posted the confessions post a few weeks ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book thus far (I'm only on chapter three...but I'm a slow reader).

This excerpt of the book is coming from Psalm 139. Take few minutes to read it (by clicking the link) and then read this quote from the book. You will not regret it!

According to Psalm 139, God not only created your personality, He also gave you your body. Verse 15 reads, “My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth” (NASB).

In Hebrew, the word translated wrought means “embroidered.” It was the same Hebrew word used to refer to the skillful and artistic needlework in the curtains of the Old Testament tabernacle. When God fashioned you in your mother’s womb (described in the psalm as “the depths of the earth”), He embroidered with great skill. Although no one else could see you, God saw every detail of the formation of your body. As a weaver intricately embroiders colors together to create a beautiful pattern, God knit together your veins, muscles, nerves, and every curve and indentation that is uniquely yours. What tapestry can begin to equal the human fabric?

Perhaps you think other female tapestry is beautiful, but not yours. “I don’t like my nose, my hips, my breasts. In fact I really don’t like much about me.” All of us could list things we’d like changed about ourselves. But if we are displeased with our physical form, we’re really arguing with He is responsible for the color of our hair and the size of our nose and whether we have cellulite.

I’m not surprised that so many women struggle over their personal appearance. The values of our American culture are warped. We’re constantly bombarded with pressure created by the media to have a “perfect” body. This emphasis is wrong and unbiblical. As Christian women, we know this perspective is twisted, yet how easy it is to get caught up in the deadly disease of comparison.

My husband, Jody, believes that women look at other women more than men look at women. This may sound strange, but I think he’s right. We women analyze, scrutinize, and compare to see how we stack up to the supermodel in her skimpy bathing suit. I never come out looking very good. When we compare ourselves with others, we’re told we are without understanding. The Living Bible says we are “stupid” (2 Corinthians 10: 12).

Several years ago I read an article by the Reverend James Hufstetler** that put the comparison game in perspective.

You will never really enjoy other people, you will never have stable emotions, you will never lead a life of godly contentment, you will never conquer jealousy and love others as you should until you thank God for making you the way He did.

God wants each of us to praise Him for His workmanship in creating us.

George MacDonald***, the man C. S. Lewis called his mentor, wrote,

I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.


This is a prayer of contentment.

*Dillow, Linda (2012-01-05). Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman's Guide to Finding Contentment with Bonus Content . Navpress. Kindle Edition. 

**James Hufstetler, “On Knowing Oneself,” The Banner of Truth 280 (January 1987), p. 13.


***by J. R. Miller in a printed message, “Finding One’s Mission” (Swengel, PA: Peiner Publications, n.d.), p. 2.
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Posted on July 25, 2013 and filed under "live well spiritually", "throwback".