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I don't know about you, but sometimes I grow weary in my well-doing despite the fact I know better. The Bible says, But as for you, brethren (and sistern is implied!), do not grow weary in doing good (2 Thes. 3:13). I know better but at times I just get so tired, so weary of fighting the good fight of faith.

 Can any of you relate?

As you know, our church is reading the Chronological Bible as a congregation. I have never read this version and I am loving studying together as a fellowship. We just read the story of Gideon who went, in the power of God, against the Midion army with only 300 men under his command. Judges 8:4 says, Then Gideon and the 300 men who were with him came to Jordan and crossed over, weary yet pursuing. Weary yet pursuing. That tells me that being physically weary does not automatically make us spiritually weak. In fact, being spiritually strong and fighting the good fight of faith can result in becoming physically weary. But in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can still fight - empowered by the Holy Spirit and clothed in the whole armor of God.

And so I am encouraged. It is possible to be a weary warrior and yet continue to pursue the enemy and serve in the army of God! That is good news indeed to this tired woman who is striving to follow hard after God!

What about you? Are you weary today? 



Posted: 4/4/2011 1:06:22 PM by Global Administrator | with 1 comments

Did You Notice? 
Today’s reading in the Chronological Bible was from Judges. In Judges 1:27 we read Manasseh did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and its villages, or Taanach and its villages, or the inhabitants of Dor and its villages, or the inhabitants of Ibleam and its villages, or the inhabitants of Megiddo and its villages, for the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in that land.

Judges 1:29 says, And Ephraim did not drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer.

Judges 1:30 says, Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, or the inhabitants of Nahalol.

Judges 1:31 says, Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco, or the inhabitants of Sidon or of Ahlab or of Achzib or of Helbah or of Aphik or of Rehob. 

Judges 1:33 says, Naphtali did not drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, or the inhabitants of Beth-anath, so they lived among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land.

Did you notice? Over and over again we read that the children of Israel did not drive out the inhabitants of the land. They allowed the inhabitants to live among them? God had commanded the children of Israel to completely drive out the heathen nations from the Promised Land lest the unbelievers draw their affection away from the Lord. But the Israelites did not follow God’s command.

What was God’s response? God did not immediately send a bolt of lightening and strike His disobedient children dead on the spot. God’s patience and space for repentance only served to convince His wayward followers that they could sin and get away with it.

2 Peter 3:9 says, The Lord is not slow about His promise as some count slowness but patient toward you, wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Beloved reader, do not confuse the patience of the Lord, who graciously extends space for repentance, with tolerance for sin!
Posted: 4/1/2011 5:54:17 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

I have raised 2 boys and released them as grown men. And I LOVED it. I am shameless when it comes to raising sons! I think a mom who gets to raise a son is beyond blessed and right up there with privileged! I know . . . they are noisy, and crazy, and gross (sometimes), and rough, and rowdy, and destructive, and loud, and . . . well, what can I saw - I loved ALL of it! Part and parcel. I loved raising boys and watching them become men. They taught me much about sports, competitiveness, kinetic energy, and the need to WIN - not just compete, but to win. And I am a better person for it! I loved raising them, I grieved over releasing them, and I miss 'em, but I could not be more proud of the godly men they have become. And nothing is more fun than watching them build their own households of faith.

I came across this and I have enjoyed reading her post. This mom is raising 5 boys and 1 lone girl. She shares great insight on raising a warrior for the Lord. Since many of you are wondering what was GOD thinking when He sent you a son to raise, I thought you might enjoy this mom's musing on raising boys. So click here and read some. Her site is called Testosterone Home. Don't you just LOVE that?!?!

Posted: 4/1/2011 2:09:37 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments