Growing in God

What to Do When You See Sin

One Sunday at a church we attended years ago, we brought in some young men to share a barbershop quartet concert. They were trying to raise money to record a CD and we wanted to help.

The pastor announced that there was a freewill offering and that all the money would go to this quartet of brothers. Since we knew how much money we had put in and the amount my mom had, that night when the quartet told us how much closer they were to their goal, we knew something was wrong because the numbers did not add up.

Randy, my husband, called our friend, who was one of the men who counted the money that night. Our friend told us how much money had been taken in the freewill offering. When Randy told our friend how much money had been given to the young men, they were both concerned. Continue reading

Slow & Steady Part Three

Taken from Teach Magazine

TIME WASTERS TO AVOID

As you begin to get your glasses on straight and correct your view of your heavenly-assigned job (it is diaper changing, etc.), you can also be aware of some vicious time wasters. Let me give you a few examples: the telephone, TV, too many activities outside your home, letting things go in housekeeping because of the children until you have a real-life landslide IN your home, and not taking time to train and correct them time after time.

Don’t try to be a “good steward” of your time by crowding many activities into each day. This is how you end up feeling pressure that God never intended. It takes a lot of time to train and enjoy our children. We need time to rest and meditate upon God’s Word. We need time to act in response to circumstances of daily life, instead of reacting to the swirling events that surround us. We need time in order to do “all things without murmurings and disputings . . . that we might shine as lights, holding forth the word of life” so that we can say along with Paul, that we will not have “labored in vain.” (Colossians 3) Continue reading

Slow & Steady Part Two

Post taken from TEACH magazine

WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY?

I used to think back over my day and think, “What did I really accomplish today?” What a terrible feeling to be left with the impression that I had wasted another day. If I was unable to supply some ready answers, I felt like I was a failure that day. “Hmmm . . . I mopped the floors, but they’re dirty again. I did the dishes, but we used them again. I cooked dinner, but we ate it, we did math today so now we are only six lessons behind!” We’ve all probably had days like this!

One of a mother’s busiest seasons of life is when her children are young. I often tell mothers of young children to stay home and just try to get the basics done every day. Enjoy your children and don’t wish these years away. Until they are at least seven years old, children need more from you than they can offer, so just treasure this time while they are little. Soon these days will be a fond memory. Continue reading

Slow & Steady: Part One

Post taken from TEACH magazine

Life is not a picnic. Scripture tells us to look to the ant, but it isn’t because he is having a leisurely day amusing himself outdoors with whatever catches his fancy. He is not lounging around, overeating, and peacefully snoozing in the breeze. No, we are to consider the ant and his ways because of how he works. Have you ever had an ant farm? This is a wonderful way to study the life of an ant up close. You will see that he doesn’t expend his energy with a voracious burst. He doesn’t work with any haste that I can see. He diligently and steadily paces his work and keeps on doing the next thing. This is something God points us to and wants us to emulate: an ant’s actions and work ethics.

Slow and steady wins the race. You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare. They line up to race and the rabbit confidently assumed that he would be the victor. He was so confident that he decided he had plenty of time to stop along the way. Continue reading

Exercise Daily….Walk with the Lord

Taken from the FALL 2002 TEACH Magazine

I have often been dismayed to see ineffectiveness in my Bible reading. It seems that if I miss one day, I am more likely to miss another. It has a snowball effect, and before I know it the one day I was too busy, too tired, too behind in housework, too–whatever–turns into many days that I have allowed myself to become cut off from the oxygen that my spiritual life needs as desperately as my physical body does.

When I lose sight of the cross and all that the Bible teaches, I am like a Swiss Family Robinson raft trying to stay afloat in a Titanic sea. The words of the scriptures melt my heart, stir my soul, and are the nourishment that I must have to survive.

PERSONAL BIBLE STUDY

For my personal Bible study I simply pick up my Bible and begin reading where I left off the day before. Many years ago I read through the Bible chronologically. That was quite a revelation for me to see how it all fit together. I would highly recommend it if you have not read the scriptures this way. On the other hand, I also found it to be rather tiresome to read the different accounts of the same battle one right after the other. Continue reading