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Glorious Legacy

When I think back to my growing up years, one particular image sticks in my mind: a black leather Bible, pages well-loved, cover embossed. It sat on our kitchen table, open, alongside a composition book filled with my mom’s beautiful handwriting.

I knew my mom read that Bible every day. She wrote prayers and petitions in that notebook. One day I snuck a peek in her journal, to find a poem she wrote about me, in the throes of some teenage ridiculousness. I can’t tell you the impact it made to know that my mom cried out to God on my behalf.

I wonder what my children will remember of me, when they are grown and raising my grandkids.

Will they remember my Bible open, my prayers on their behalf, my heart’s cry for them to love Jesus?

Or will they remember my face glowing from the radiance of my iPhone? My need to escape the crazy chaos that is our home?

Will they remember snuggles and sweet words, encouragement to be more like Christ?

Or will they remember my anger and impatience, my selfishness and pride?

What’s more…How will they parent my grandbabies? Will they do a good job of always getting to the heart issues, being consistent in discipline, but never disciplining in anger? Will they always remember to make Christlikeness the goal?

Or will my sinful patterns affect the way they parent, either swaying them to be too harsh or too lenient?

May God’s mercy and the power of the Holy Spirit cover our home. May He change me to be more like Him. May He protect my children and the coming generations from the sin that entangles my heart.

Despite the odds, may Christ be glorified in us.

A Beautiful Confession

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I know in many churches the Age of the Hymnal has passed into distant history. Does your church still use hymnals, or even own hymnals?

I grew up in a non-denominational church, which Tim Hawkins would call “a Baptist church with a cool website.” Really, it was too small to have a cutting-edge website…and I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s before church websites were a thing…

We always used hymnals. But I don’t really remember ever using the back of the hymnal…No, I don’t mean the index. I mean the little section with liturgical readings.

I appreciate that our Baptist church recognizes the value of church history, the church calendar, and liturgy. Our services aren’t full of pre-written prayers and rote recitation. But when a piece of prose or poetry glorifies God with its truth-telling, our pastors feel free to use it in the service.

For example, at our Wednesday evening prayer meeting this week, we turned to #621 in the baaaaaack of the hymnal. It’s entitled “An Affirmation of Faith.”

The Apostles’ Creed is well-known and well-loved. This one I have never read or heard, but I thought it was worth sharing with you. Enjoy!

We believe in Jesus Christ the Lord,
Who was promised to the people of Israel,
Who came in the flesh to dwell among us,
Who announced the coming of the rule of God,
Who gathered disciples and taught them,
Who died on the cross to free us from sin,
Who rose from the dead to give us life and hope,
Who reigns in heaven at the right hand of God,
Who comes to judge and bring justice to victory.

We believe in God His Father,
Who raised Him from the dead,
Who created and sustains the universe,
Who acts to deliver His people in times of need,
Who desires all men everywhere to be saved,
Who rules over the destinies of men and nations,
Who continues to love men even when they reject Him.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
Who is the form of God present in the church,
Who moves men to faith and obedience,
Who is the guarantee of our deliverance,
Who leads us to find God’s will in the Word,
Who assists those whom He renews in prayer,
Who guides us in discernment,
Who impels us to act together.

We believe God has made us His people,
To invite others to follow Christ,
To encourage one another to deeper commitment,
To proclaim forgiveness of sins and hope,
To reconcile men to God through word and deed,
To bear witness to the power of love over hate,
To proclaim Jesus the Lord over all,
To meet the daily tasks of life with purpose,
To suffer joyfully for the cause of right,
To the ends of the earth,
To the end of the age,
To the praise of His glory,
Amen.

(Emphasis mine.)

In the Waiting…

I think of the Israelites, camped at the foot of Mt Sinai for 11 months, after their journey from Egypt.

Those 11 months were full of important events: hearing from YHWH Himself, receiving the 10 Commandments, experiencing consequences for rebellion (remember the Golden Calf debacle?), building the tabernacle, consecrating the priests and Levites, etc, etc.

But all of these important events were just preparation for the life God had for them in a better place, the Promised Land.

The anticipation of knowing something better was coming…the agony of waiting…the quiet doubts…the everyday tasks that can become mundane when our focus isn’t on God…

It resonates with me in this season of life.

At the beginning of this year at BSF, as we studied Moses’ willingness to do whatever God asked, I felt an anticipation of something coming. I affirmed my commitment to doing what God asks of me, going where He pleases.

It was exciting, knowing that His plans are better than ours. And I just had to be willing and watchful.

Honestly? I thought maybe He would call us into full-time missions. We’ve enjoyed three trips overseas to encourage some very dear missionary friends. Would He ask us to join them in Eastern Europe?

He hasn’t. Not at this point, anyway.

I am still in the waiting. I am still sitting at the foot of Mt Sinai, knowing something good is coming. Trusting that HE has better plans than US.

And the waiting is hard, unless we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. The one who created us, loves us, died for us, and has good plans for us.

In this season of waiting, this is my anthem:

I Am No Superwoman

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People sometimes say to me a variation of this: “I don’t know how you homeschool four kiddos so close in age. I could never do it. You are amazing.”

And I think to myself, “If only you were a fly on my wall. You would never, ever say that.”

Because, friends, I am far from amazing.

I’m a dirty, rotten sinner…And I say that in all honesty. If it wasn’t for Jesus…

Oh, if it wasn’t for Jesus.

The ONLY good I do is because of Him. It’s His righteousness showing through me.

So, if you ever read this blog, and think, “How does she do it?”, I’ll tell you the answer…I don’t.

He does.

I shout at my kids.

He gives me forgiveness.

I focus on the wrong things.

He helps me see the precious people and things in my world.

I neglect my chores.

He makes me clean.

I feel like quitting.

He gives me strength to go on.

It’s ALL about HIM, dear friends. If you don’t know Him, please take the time to make your life right with Him. He is my only saving grace. My reason for living. My hope and my glory.

I am no superwoman. But I do serve the most amazing God.

Tammy’s with Jesus

For those of you who haven’t followed Tammy’s CarePages updates, she passed away quietly on Saturday morning, with “I Can Only Imagine” playing in the background on Pandora. What a fitting song to usher her into our Savior’s presence!

While our church family is grieving our loss, we are not without hope, because we know we will see her again. And we rejoice in knowing that she is with Jesus – truly a much better place than here!

Please continue to pray for our church family to seek God’s glory amidst the pain, for her family (Shirley and Jack) to be comforted as they find their “new normal” without Tammy here, and for the boy who hit her to accept forgiveness (from both the family and, more importantly, Jesus).

Thanks for praying. It’s been a very emotionally exhausting couple of weeks, and we appreciate your prayers!

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