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周一遵守: Meditations on Peace and Reconciliation

由黎明于2009年12月14日
category:周一遵守

momcrowd_abidingmonday2_300x215[1]在出现期间,我们经常听到这个词和平:“和平在地球上,对男人的善意。”“睡在天堂和平。”“他的法律是爱,他的福音是和平。”isaiah 9:6says,“对于孩子出生于我们,一个给我们的儿子。政府将在肩膀上休息。这些将是他的皇家头衔:精彩的顾问,强大的上帝,永恒的父亲,王子。“只是出生,耶稣为我们破碎的星球带来了平地。Hallelujah!

Someone asked me yesterday if I thought “peace on earth, and good will toward men” (on a global scale) was really possible for us to achieve. I pondered it for awhile and concluded that, no, it isn’t. Man is fallen. We are sinful beings. We can strive for it, but it won’t be here with any form of longevity until Jesus returns. We discussed how nations are at war, and nations are made up of broken communities formed by sinful people. Relationships are constantly being torn apart. The brokenness we have with others is what prevents peace from existing.

所以我向内转。我开始审查我的关系以及圣诞节是多么美好的时间,以便进入一些和解。我知道我无法立即解决我生命中的整个破碎山,但我可以在一件上开始。过去一周,上帝一直在谈到我的心,即时间来接近一个与我没有花时间的朋友。我们在春天有一个分歧,因此我们的友谊是遭受的。虽然我们都错过了,但我心中已经闭上了她,而且圣灵正在努力停下来。我以信心祈祷,当时时间是正确的,上帝会帮助我接近我的朋友。对我来说,努力再次连接一对一将是一个信仰的行为,上帝可以恢复破碎的东西。

星期天早上,我脆弱地采取行动,如果她有兴趣和我一起出去,那就问了我的朋友。(我知道这听起来非常基础的友谊,但我们还没有这样做过8个月!)她非常愉快地回应。I don’t know if the Spirit will lead me to share what prompted my actions (I’m fine either way), but I am glad that this Advent, I will be celebrating Christ’s birth with a very personal thankfulness for His supreme example of reconciliation.

I hope that you, too, will experience Advent in a personal, redemptive way this year. Have a wonderful week.

周一遵守: Purpose

by Dawn on December 7, 2009
category:周一遵守

momcrowd_abidingmonday2_300x215[1]It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.以弗所书1:11-12(MSG)

What great hope this verse gives us! Have you ever felt like your days just blended together and nothing stood out as being awesome or even remarkable? I was discussing this idea with my Sunday school friends yesterday and I heard myself saying, “Time seems to go by fast when we let life live us rather than us living purposeful lives.” (Wow, that’s deep for me!) I am a wife, mom, friend, daughter, and many other roles – but my biggest role is often forgotten: I’m a child of God. Paul tells us in these verses that we are designed with a purpose – and for a glorious life!

我认为我的日常是日常的目的是非常适合我的。但最近我想知道上帝是否呼唤我以适应另一个角色。它仍然处于如此含糊的状态,我甚至不能在这里表达它。但我可以告诉你这件事:我同时吓坏了,很高兴我在这一生的意义是不断发展的,因为我变老了。我经常把自己放在时间表中 - 我认为事情应该在我的生活中发挥作用 - 我正在努力阻止这一点,并让上帝对我说话的目的是他为我锻炼的目的。(至于“感觉吓坏了”部分,我正在努力。我讨论过斗争恐惧之前和你在一起 - 我试图把它付诸实践。)

我本周与你分享这个鼓励。12月是一个忙碌的时光,但我决心在其他一切吵着的一切中听到上帝。Rick Warren说:“这需要远见并计划以目的而过生活。”我正在向上帝带来具体问题,我要求获得他的具体答案。我紧紧抓住诗篇143:10每天:“教我要做你的意志,因为你是我的上帝。愿你的亲切精神引导我在坚定的基础上。“

你如何以目的地过上你的生活?在什么方面,上帝让你惊讶?你这个假期的目标是什么?

周一遵守: The Advent Season Begins

由黎明于2009年11月30日
category:周一遵守灵感

momcrowd_abidingmonday2_300x215[1]“Can anything separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 35-39 (NLT)

We spent some time in the above passage in my Sunday school class yesterday, kicking of a 3-week series on圣诞节的目的。我让每个人都花了一些时间反思上面的惊人的话语,并分享个人困扰着他们的短语。响应变化而美丽,我也分享了自己的:重复使用“单独”这个词。

在耶稣进入它之前,我想到了如何描述与上帝的关系。我们的罪恶将我们从一个完美,神圣的上帝中分开,只有耶稣可以桥梁弥补。在自己犯下自己的罪并将它钉在十字架上,耶稣让我们永远与上帝的关系。Hallelujah圣诞节,我们救主的诞生!

So seeing the word “separate” in the passage from Romans has all new meaning, because of the words that precede it: “nothing can”! We are stuck to God like glue. In the words of a guy in my Sunday school class, God is like this loving, ever-present bodyguard. That is certainly a nice picture to have in mind when facing the trials of another day – and a great reason to begin celebrating Advent.

I like to think of God not just as a bodyguard, but a gentle giant, one who is completely interested in everything I think and do. Donald Miller describes it like this (in his excellent, must-read book,蓝色像爵士乐一样):

“耶稣并不只是爱我原则;他不爱我,因为这是正确的事情。相反,我内心有一些东西让他爱我。我想我意识到,如果我走到他的篝火,他会请我坐下来,他会问我我的故事。他会花时间倾听我的谣言或我的愤怒,直到我冷静下来,然后他会直接看着我,他会和我说话;他会告诉我真相,我会在他的声音中感觉到他喜欢我的脸上。“

这个耶稣,我们在Christm庆祝as. May your Advent season be shaped and colored by the thought that He is your friend, and His love never fails. Have a great week, Mom Crowd!

周一遵守: Are You in a Funk?

by Dawn on November 9, 2009
category:周一遵守灵感

不久前,我处于一个壮观的精神上的恐惧。我没有花任何个人时间momcrowd_abidingmonday2_300x215[1]在大概一个月或更长时间的上帝。我的生活在表面上“很好”,但我发现自己越来越愤怒地对一切和每个人都令人讨厌。我的丈夫和孩子们正在接受它的命运,这对他们来说是不公平的。而且我丈夫承认,他也在精神上被击败了。基本上,我们是一个空洞的家庭。

这发生在我之前,我知道它会再次发生。也许你也去过那里。只是在一个恐惧中。我知道我不得不抢出它。真的只有一种方法可以做到这一点:制造choiceto snap out of it.

For me, spending time with Jesus on a consistent basis is the cure. Once a week isn’t gonna cut it. Not even two or three times (though that is certainly better than nothing). I know I am at my best – my most patient, my most humble, my most pleasant, and the most joyful – when I keep my nose in scripture and my prayers consistent.

I clawed my way out of the funk using a passage that leapt out at me from Galatians:

7不要被误导。请记住,你不能忽视上帝并逃脱它。你将永远收获你播种的东西!8那些只能满足自己的罪恶欲望的人会收获腐烂和死亡的后果。但是那些活着的人从精神上收获永生的生活。9所以不要厌倦做好事。不要气馁并放弃,因为我们将在适当的时间收获对祝福的收获。加拉太书6:7-9(NLT)

哇。这非常简单。以下是在思考这段经文之后直接来自我的杂志的想法:

  • 经过节俭7:“我的选择忽视你只获得了一生的浅壳。我渴望活泼,令人难忘的时刻和古斯托的生活。当我开始取悦自己时,我只会遇到至少最低限度。“
  • 经过第8节:“Thankfully, I am not seeing literal death or decay, but the metaphorical kind is pretty serious, too. I see the death of my personal optimism, peace, and day-to-day strength. I definitely need those things throughout the tasks and callings of my life – and I lose them when I forfeit time with You, Jesus.”
  • 经过第9节:“当然,疲惫就是我的感受 - 厌倦了我作为妻子的责任,妈妈,一个女儿,一个朋友,一个教会师。和沮丧这么容易。放弃总是一个诱惑 - 以及做最小的最小值。“
  • “这就像我一直”打电话“。我不想成为'电话内部'。我想取悦精神并获得收获的祝福。我认为第一步 - 先choice– is to spend time with You, Jesus. Help me do that daily, even just for 10 minutes at a time.”

耶稣,我本周祈祷那里的任何妈妈,谁试图从精神充满精神上释放自己。请用温柔的提醒祝福她,你在那里,准备呼吸新生的日子。愿我们都是选择和你一起度过一致的时间。阿门。

周一遵守: Unchanging

由黎明于2009年11月2日
category:周一遵守灵感

momcrowd_abidingmonday2_300x215[1]“耶稣基督昨天,今天和永远是相同的。”Hebrews 13:8

你是一个创意写作运动的心情吗?沉迷于我身上的英语老师一会儿并获得笔和纸。花5分钟,让你听到“改变”这个词的话来列出你脑子的单词或短语。做它!我会在5分钟后回来......

好的,这是我的名单。(我必须分享;我完全是英语课堂上的孩子中的一个,谁不能等待阅读他们写的东西。)

  • 松散的硬币
  • 秋天,树木,颜色,叶子
  • moving yet again
  • 成长
  • growing better
  • growing older
  • 生长更聪明
  • 染发剂
  • 明亮的红头发如在布达佩斯的地铁上看到的,匈牙利(你必须在那里)
  • 改变主意
  • changing seasons
  • 不断变化的口味
  • 地址变更
  • 押韵,奇怪
  • 厌倦了吗?
  • change it up a little!
  • f
  • unreliable

我一般都喜欢改变。我喜欢重新排列家具,从一个季节到下一个季节的过渡(Hallelujah for秋天!),在一段时间后的某个地方移动。我也斗争变化。每当一个新的事情发生时,旧的东西消失了。曾经至关重要的模式让往达新的例行和责任。这是生活的循环,真的。我都喜欢它,完全不堪重负它。

这个来自希伯来书的简单而强大的诗句真的让我在巨大变化时完成。新工作。新婴儿。新地址。当我周围的一切都在变化时,当关系得到测试时,它是一个令人难以置信的鼓励,反思那个没有改变的人:耶稣。他完全可靠,完全可靠,奇妙那里。All the time.

In my times of struggle and uncertainty, I find myself worshipping God with one song over all others: “不变“由Chris Tomlin。所有的歌词都庆祝上帝的一致性和奇迹,他们建立了这个简单的桥梁:“你是,你是,你永远都是......”什么舒适!

主,我们感谢你如何保持consistent in our lives – you are ever faithful, and you never fail! As we are tossed by the ebb and flow of our own doubts and uncertainties, our struggles and fears, please whisper your promises to us and help us see your goodness this week. Amen.

Did you do the writing prompt? Share your list in the comments! What about God’s unchanging nature captures you? And as a bonus, here’s a video of Tomlin leading a church in worship to this song. May it encourage you this week as it has so often encouraged me.

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