Monday Reminders

Thinking back on Prayer Retreat this weekend ❤
Such a sweet and focused time on talking to My Savior, the Lord of the Universe!

Monday Reminders - October 16

Also looking ahead to the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!
How are unjust people made just before a Holy God? The answer is literally a matter of life and death.

Check out Desiring God‘s sight for their “Here We Stand” series all month on the Reformers. So. Good.

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Monday Reminders

Monday reminder and memory verse for the week! Perfect!

Isaiah 53:4-5

“Surely he has born our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

 

Artwork found on The Verses Project website. I also have it on my Fighter Verses App on my phone 🙂

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday Reminders

Monday Reminders - October 2

Short and sweet, but so full of truth!

Provision. God provides for His people! This is a truth I cling to everyday.

“My chosen portion and my cup”
This phrase indicates two things. One, God provides the best, the chosen portion, for His people. Two, He provides the cup! He is a great, sovereign, all powerful, all mighty God, who provides the cup for his children’s hands. What an intimate, loving picture.
Think of that, self, when you the rent check is due, the car breaks down, the children get sick, Christmas presents need purchasing, and your one-bedroom apartment is feeling a bit cramped (or whatever else tempts you to be discontent).

God is good. All the time. ❤

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday Reminders

This picture can be found on this post from Fighter Verses’ website.

I’m trying to memorize this verse this week. Here’s to creating a new habit! 😊

Fighter Verses also has an App to help with Bible memory! As a busy mama I have found it so convenient and useful!

It is available for iPhone and Android too! I highly recommend it 😊

Soli Deo Gloria!

Monday Reminders

I love this song, but these last stanzas make me cry every time I listen to it.
My little girl is going to be 9 months old this week, and my son just turned 2. I’m a little nostalgic right now ❤

Monday Reminders - Sept. 11

This picture is from about a year ago, and I’m glad he is still into holding my hand. Despite his stubbornness and drive to be totally independent, he’s still little and needs mommy time every now and then. I soak it all in every time ❤

Monday Reminders

I love old hymns. Their words are so rich and full of truths. Every word is thought through and chosen deliberately in order to accurately relate theological truths.

I thought I’d take some time to go through one of my favorites: Amazing Grace.
This song is so familiar to so many people, that sometimes the meaning is lost in the familiarity of the tune, or the feeling of the person singing.

Let’s look at each verse, and the meaning that is present.

Amazing Grace (1)

Verse 1 is the description of the complete transforming power of the Gospel, the good news! The message of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, that was done on behalf of sinful humanity so that we may be righteous before the Holy One, that is God the Father. It is Amazing Grace, because we can do nothing to deserve God’s love, nothing to deserve Christ’s pardoning death on the cross, nothing to deserve to be called righteous and acceptable before God, but by His grace it is all given to us.
How sweet the sound indeed!

Verse 2 is a reflection of a Christian back on that first day of belief, that first moment of faith in that amazing grace. The grace of God teaches the Christian to fear the Lord God, rather than to hate Him (for there is no such thing as indifference towards God). It is also that grace and that awe of God that relieves all our fears. Why? Because when our eyes are fixed on a holy, mighty, all-powerful, sovereign, loving, merciful, gracious, true God the fears that clutter our hearts and minds can be swept away and entrusted to this kind of God. When the Christian is fully believing God is who He says He is in His Word, then fearing anything that is in this world just doesn’t make sense. I’m not saying that therefore, Christians should never be afraid or worry about anything, but I am saying that Christians have the gracious gift of being able to put all those fears on the one who knows not only our current situation, but also who is in charge of orchestrating the outcome!
Psalm 56:2-3 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”

Verse 3 is a reflection on the more recent events in the Christian’s life. Things do not always go smoothly, that is how life works, in fact, Jesus promised difficulties would come to Christians because of their belief in Him. BUT, just as verse 3 states, His grace is steadfast, sealed by His Spirit within us, as we endure difficulties and suffering.

Verse 4 is a transition of thought for the hymnist, even in the midst of all the “dangers, toils, and snares” of this life, they focus on the truth God has promised in His Word.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
This good isn’t material wealth or physical health or temporary happiness, because that would be completely contradictory to the theme of the hymn (and contradictory to the Bible). The second half of the verse makes this clear: “He will my shield and portion be”, meaning Christ will be my protection and my provision(s), He will be all I need in life, He is the Good in which my hope is secure, because of his Amazing Grace!

Verse 5 is a view to the end of the tunnel. No matter what you believe, or what you do in this life, there is an end. Death is real, and unavoidable. For the Christian, this is a glorious thing! The previous three verses have described this life as being full of fear, difficulties, and nothing good. For the Christian, death means eternal peace and joy at last. Why? See verse 6!

Verse 6 is what will bring everlasting joy and peace to the soul: being in the presence of God forever. There is no end to eternity! There is only a beginning, that beginning is in verse 1, when the Christian first heard the sweet sound of God’s grace. In heaven, Christians will sing that sweet sound back to God forever and ever.
Revelation 4:8 “… ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come’.”

 

See what I mean? So much truth packed into just 6 couplets!

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria!