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Acting justly :: Loving mercy :: Walking humbly

A place for women to share ideas - Acting justly :: Loving mercy :: Walking humbly

His Great Goodness

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalm 23:6).

Frustrated Mother and DaughterIf it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That’s the skeptic’s take on every news clip and advertisement. After being duped a time or two in the naiveté of years gone by, if the Publishers Clearing House and their camera crew stood on my porch telling me I just won $7,000 a week for life, my cynical side would shut the front door. There’s not a chance this is real. What’s the catch? It’s too good to be true!

There is One who is not too good to be true. The rich storehouse of our Great God’s goodness cannot be over exaggerated or understood. His Continue reading

Prayers for God’s Glory

“How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.” – King David

2 Samuel 7:22

David’s greatest passion was for God’s name. His passion for God’s greatness was on display in the sheep pasture, the battlefield, and the palace. It was evident in his psalms and prayers, and God’s glory was the drive behind his desire to build the Temple. When Nathan told Colorful Aspen Pines Against Deep Blue SkyDavid that he was not to build the Temple, but that God promised to make David’s name great and establish his throne forever, David said nothing to Nathan. Instead, he went to the Tabernacle, sat before the Ark, and talked to God (2 Samuel 7:18-29). His posture, prayer, and position exemplify John’s words and God’s command, He must become greater; I must become less (John 3:30).

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Self-Forgetfulness

 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

Since youth I’ve been a list maker. Need something done? Put it on the list. Check. Check. Check. What joy to cross off accomplished tasks with the scratch of pen to paper.

MC900439824Today my lists are driven less by the desire to check off tasks, and more by the necessity to write things down so I don’t forget! Don’t tell me on the fly that you need razor blades or milk. Put it on the list or it won’t happen. There are moments it would be helpful if I had jotted down why I entered a room. Can anyone identify?

Sadly, the one thing I rarely forget is the very thing I should: myself! In his book, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, Timothy Keller writes, “Gospel-humility is not needing to think about myself. Not needing to connect things with myself. True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself.”

The Apostle Paul understood, taught, and lived what it means to be Continue reading

What’s Your Vision?

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Isaiah 6:1

Vision Road Sign with dramatic blue sky and clouds.When Helen Keller was asked “What could be worse than being blind?”, she replied “To have sight without vision.” How true.

In chapter 5 of his book Isaiah points his fingers at the faults of others:

  • Woe to you who add house to house and join field to field (v. 8)
  • Woe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks (v. 11)
  • Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit (v. 18)
  • Woe to those who call evil good and good evil (v. 20)

A dramatic change took place in Isaiah when he had a God-sized vision of the LORD Almighty. Continue reading

SHINE brightly on Being Honest

SHINE_Sept13GEMS takes honesty seriously. Without honesty, there is no basis for trusting, learning, or believing. This is why it’s so important to instill truth and honesty in your club and expect that from your girls, too.

This month’s issue of SHINE brightly focuses on just that: being honest. It’s packed full of ways your girls can understand how to be truthful and how it impacts the rest of their lives.

Activity: Question and Answer

Have each girl come up with a scenario where honesty is in question and write it down. Once their scenario is written have them pass it two to their left. Each girl has to read the question/scenario out loud and say what they would do if they were in that situation. Be ready to chat and get real with your girls during this part.

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