Far Above Rubies

"A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies." (Proverbs 31:10)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

God give us women

I found this poem on the internet and thought I would post it here. It's quite beautiful.

God Give us women who know what it means
To pray and work behind the scenes,
Who know their God in such a way,
Who will cling to Him, let come what may.

God give us women with hearts aflame,
Who will raise their children to be the same.
Who look to the ways of their household well,
Yet yearn for those who are headed to hell.

God give us women who will fast and pray,
For her husband and children night and day.
Whose heart is submissive in everything,
Who honors her husband, for he is her king!

God give us women who will stand the test,
Who in big or small things, will do their best.
Who know that all they say or do,
They do as they would do to You.

God give us women full of grace,
With hearts serene as they run the race.
Whose desire is not for a life of ease,
Who long the most their Master to please.

God give us women who find great delight,
In the lot that God gave them in life.
Who embrace with joy the little things,
Who fulfill their duty with a heart that sings.

God give us women with a vision clear,
Who live in reverence and Godly fear.
Who abide in Christ all through the day,
And seek to please Him in every way.

~Mary Troyer~

Monday, November 27, 2006

Carey's 19th Birthday

Just thought I'd post this here to wish Carey a very wonderful Birthday!!!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Humility: The Secret of Redemption

Joshua Harris recommended a book by the title of Humility, and I was so excited to find it at a bargain price on the internet. It is a rare gem! Such a tiny little book and yet so powerful. Here is a sampling from the chapter by the above title:

"Is it any wonder that the Christian life is so often feeble and fruitless, when the very root of the Christ-life is neglected, is unknown? Is it any wonder that the joy of salvation is so little felt, when that in which Christ found it and brings it is so little sought? We must seek a humility which will rest in nothing less than the end and death of self; which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did, to seek the honor that comes from God alone; which absolutely makes and counts itself nothing so that God may be all, that the Lord alone may be exalted. Until we seek humility in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome it at any price, there is very little hope of a religion that will conquer the world.

How much of the spirit of the meek and lowly Lamb of God do we see around us, in those who are called by His name? Think about how all the lack of love, the indifference to the needs, feelings, and weaknesses of others, the sharp and hasty judgments and utterances so often excused by our cries of being upright and honest, the manifestations of temper and irritation, the bitterness and estrangement, have their root in pride. Pride seeks only itself.

Devilish pride creeps in almost everywhere. What would happen if believers were to become permanently guided by the humility of Jesus? Oh, for the humility of Jesus in myself and everyone around me! We must honestly fix our hearts on our own lack of the humility revealed in Christ's life. Only then will we begin to feel what Christ and His salvation truly are.

Believer! Study the humility of Jesus. This is the secret, the hidden root of your redemption. Sink down into it more deeply day by day. Believe with your whole heart that Christ--whom God has given us--will work in us, making us what the Father wants us to be."

~ by Andrew Murray

My daughter and I attended a funeral today for a tiny baby. The little girl had been born without a brain. She lived for only a few hours. But her parents were a shining testimony of this very trait of humility. They humbly accepted the will of God without complaint. They praised
Him. They testified of His goodness to all of us there. They thanked God for her little life, as brief as it was. They will never be the same for having had her. Of course they grieved and were in great pain. But they knew the hand of a sovereign God had dealt this to them, and they
did not question Him. That is humility.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

How bright is our light?

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

As Christian women, we know we are to shine as beacons of light in this sinful world, but just how bright do we shine? Jesus Christ commanded that our “light so shine before men”, but do we really look any different than the “worldly” women? Is our speech different? Is our attitude different? Do lost sinners see that we have something they do not have?

I believe most of us are familiar with the children’s song about not hiding our light under a bushel, but unfortunately, as adults, that is exactly what we do sometimes. Instead of being conformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom 12:2), we are conformed to the world and we become no different than the average women. We get so caught up in living in this world that we forget that we are not of this world. We are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinth 5:7) but out sinful nature often rears it ugly head, and we forget that we are daughters of the King.

This world is ruled by sin and people need to see that Christian women really do shine. Many lost women are without help. We as Christians can offer them true hope in Jesus Christ. We cannot keep the Lord to ourselves. We have to flood the world with His light!!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

What is Sin?

I like to read whatever my children read. I like to discuss what they're reading with them. I want to really know them - what they think about life, how they respond to what is happening around them. I can better pray for them if I understand their struggles. So...we purchased Joshua Harris' book, Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is). My son, his mentor, and his dad are using this book and the accompanying workbook together as they meet weekly. My daughter has her own workbook (designed for women) as well. And I wanted to read it too. This book is powerful. Not just because of the obvious topic, but because it requires us to really look at ourselves as God sees us. In Chapter 7, entitled "Half a Poison Pill Won't Kill You," Josh says:

What Is Sin?

"So what are we allowed to view? It's easy to latch on to a rating system or some set of rules that will make it clear what we we will and won't watch. But no rating system based on content can replace a heart that wants to please God. If we're to honor God with our entertainment choices, we must be willing to carefully evaluate how what we watch affects our love for God. We must be willing to wrestle with our standards and often refuse to watch what others think is permissible. When he was in college, the famous evangelist John Wesley wrote a letter to his mother asking her to give him a clear description of sin. I think he wanted a list of do's and don'ts. But Mrs. Wesley didn't give John what he wanted. She gave him something much better. In response, she wrote:

Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the
tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God,
or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever
increases the strength and authority of your body over your
mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.

It doesn't matter what something is rated, or how popular it is, or how seemingly innocent it appears. If it hardens your heart toward God, if it obscures your awareness of the ugliness of sin and the holiness of God, if it takes the edge off your spiritual hunger, then it's sin. Joel Belz writes, "If you can't bow your head and sincerely thank God for a movie or a symphony or a newscast or a novel--then for you that activity is wrong. Stop arguing with yourself, and move on to something else."

Our time on this earth is short. James 4:14 says, "Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away." Every little decision matters. We are far too comfortable with being comfortable. Are we spending our time for Christ? Are we making each moment count for Him?