Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lent.

No, I'm not Catholic.

Yes, I observe Lent.

Lent is the season between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. During this time we should be intentional on preparing ourselves for the Resurrection Sunday. Think of Lent as the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Morning. It's the time where you decorate, prepare yourself, your homes and your families to worship on Christmas, or in view of Lent it's the preparation leading to Easter.

The time leading up to Easter we ought to focus on our sin and our need for a Savior. We're called to step back and examine our lives, are we fighting to Treasure Jesus above all else or are we coasting through life never ceasing moments to Cultivate the Gospel in our daily tasks?
For those wondering, the time of the Lenten Season has already started. If this is the first you've heard about it, don't worry, you have plenty of time to jump in and began to really focus on the Atonement that was purchased on Good Friday. An Atonement that has brought the Redeemed to have a blameless, righteous and perfect standing before God. The following is a quote from Noel Piper's book Treasuring God in our Traditions.


Do you observe Lent as a Protestant and what ways do you use this time as preparing yourself and your family for Easter?



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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Parenting Shame and Guilt to our Kids.

Lately I've been talking a bit about Gospel-centered parenting and this video fits right in!

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Gospel teaching Story Bible.

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After a post explaining the difficulty finding children's books which get the Gospel right I wanted to share my favorite Storybook that doesn't turn each story into a guilt driven attempt to cause kids to earn favor with God.

Every story, every single story, whispers Jesus name in The Jesus Storybook Bible. The author has written the Bible stories in a way that children can understand how Jesus relates and is the most important subject in each bible story, including the Old Testament.

*The following quote is from the author explaining why she wrote this Storybook.

"When we tie up the story in a nice neat little package, and answer all the questions, we leave no room for mystery. Or discovery. We leave no room for the child. No room for God.


And that's why I wrote The Jesus Storybook Bible. So children could know what I didn't:

That the Bible isn't mainly about me, and what I should be doing. It's about God and what he has done.

That the Bible is most of all a story---the story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.

That---in spite of everything, no matter what, whatever it cost him---God won't ever stop loving his children . . . with a wonderful, Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.

That the Bible, in short, is a Story---not a Rule Book---and there is only one Hero in the Story.

I wrote The Jesus Storybook Bible so children could meet the Hero in its pages. And become part of His Magnificent Story.

Because rules don't change you.

But a Story---God's Story---can."

Read the entire article about why she wrote the Storybook here on the Gospel Coalition Site.

A few other reasons I enjoy this book is because the illustrations are amazing and way the stories are written are so poetic. At the end of each Old Testament you see it pointing and redirecting us to the Coming Messiah!

Do you own The Jesus StoryBook? Do you and your kids love it as much as I do?

This picture is from the book!


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Things Worth Writing Down

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Funnies.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Teaching your Children the Gospel.

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Since having children I've had a hard time finding books for my them, especially 'christian books.' My husband and I love to read and we want to pass this gift on to our children but there is a big problem. 90% {just a guess} of children's bible story books merely consist of do-it-better lessons so God will love you. This is not what the Bible teaches even though its what we hear mostly when we read the bible.

We are taught to work our way to God, even after salvation. This way of thinking is false and is completely detrimental to our faith. We are completely righteous, loved, accepted and heirs through Christ, not through our 'good deeds' or church attendance or abstaining from certain things.

Our loving actions and obedient lives are to be an outflow of our heart. A heart that is so captivated in the truth that striving is not needed to earn favor in God's eyes. He's found complete favor and satisfaction because of Christ's perfect obedience.

When we saturate our hearts in those Gospel Truths we will rejoice and have limitless joy and freedom which will display it self in an obedient life. It's not, and cannot be the other way around. Your obedience can't be a means to make God think highly of you oran attempt at earned favor from Him... you are already favored, even when you fail. Your favor has been purchased by Christ.

We must be careful to see our Pharisee ways and how they create little Pharisees. Please, teach your kid's Bible stories but don't convince them that God loves them when they only do right. Teach them over and over that they are, "Sinful and flawed than they could ever dream but more loved and accepted than they could ever hope for."

It's comes so natural for us to teach kids to do whats right so God will smile at them and love them. Do you see the focus on that false teaching? God loves those whom are His children not based on their actions, good or bad, but completely based on Jesus' obedience.

Give the Gospel to your children. Teach your little babes that their obedience should be grounded in the fact that they are loved, forgiven and accepted, no matter what disobedience they show. Their obedience should be the overflow of gratefulness to God for accepting them based on Jesus and not by their actions that could never measure up.

A few example of kid's stories that promote the enslaving teachings of earning our right standing as a Christian are: "kid's you better do what God says or you will be swallowed by a fish just like Jonah." Or the story of the Prodical Son returning... "kids's don't be like him, he wasted so much time when he should of just been serving God" instead of focusing on how we are the elder Prodical son doing all the 'right things' trying to earn favor with God and thinking in return we deserve God's love."

Hope you will continue or begin to examine your Children's literature and even their songs closer, let's teach our little babes the Gospel, it's the only thing that will set them Free, the only thing that will bring them Happiness and their Only Hope.


Have you noticed this to be a pattern in books, sunday school literature and kid songs?


Linking to these fun parties: Better Mom Mondays, Domestically Divine Women Living Well, Time Warp Wife, Teach Me Tuesdays Raising Homemakers, Women in the Word Wednesday,We are THAT Family, Our Simple Farm, A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, Encourage One Another, Proverbs 31 Thursdays,

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cultivate the Gospel through Blogs.

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Cultivating the Gospel is something that I want to teach and reteach because it's something I believe each one of us must do in order to have perspective and treasure Jesus above all else. Reading Gospel Focused blog is a means which can truly benefit you in cultivating the Gospel.

There are so so so many amazing blogs out there which deal with parenting, homemaking, crafts, being the best christian wife and the list goes on but a huge element I see missing is the Gospel. I pray my blog will not be in the above category, I want to blog about homemaking, parenting, being a godly wife and share my crafts but, I desire for them to all point to Christ and cause you to honor Him and therefore not waste that particular area of life.

The Gospel influences the way you cook, clean, host, parent, read, write, sing, dance, craft and every inch of your life. The blogs below, in my opinion, cultivate the Gospel well. Read the 'women' blogs but be careful when all the advice is do better, get yourself together, thats not the Christian life and it's not the Gospel way.



These two blogs are written from women who are homemakers and are living the Gospel. They are not your mediocre, run of the mill bloggers who just tell ya to do better and live the Christian version of the 'American Dream.' These lovely gals love Jesus and cultivate the Gospel in their homes! Follow them, connect with them and R E A D their stuff!

Desiring Virtue {Homemaking for the Theologian} written by Jessalyn Hutto.

The Father Knows Best written by Kendal.


The last three blogs are 'bigger' blog ministries whom you might have heard of. They are the theologians of our days and we can read them for free! These guys are always giving fresh perspective and encouraging the Gospel with every post published.

The Resurgence blog ministry from Mars Hill Church.

Desiring God ministry blog of John Piper.

The Gospel Coalition several bloggers united for the Gospel.

What Blogs do you believe truly focus on Gospel Centered living? If your a blogger who tries to focus on Gospel living please shoot me an e-mail because I love finding new blogs to read!

*This is part of a series titled, "Cultivating the Gospel".

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Cultivate the Gospel



At the beginning of 2012 I shared my desires for this new year to bring about "A deep affection for the Gospel that will fuel all acts of obedience, service and surround each area of my life."

The last few weeks the Lord has been answering my very specific prayer. A word I want to be reminded of all day, one that I want remain always on the tip of the tongue a word that will hopefully be constantly renewing my mind is, "Cultivate." I want to remind myself to cultivate the Gospel.

The Gospel truths naturally don't resonate in our hearts. We don't wake up and have strong un fleeting delights for the Lord. Our hearts are hardened to God and even as Christians we have to wage war and fight the sin in our life. We don't fight by self-motivation, self-improvement and just a desire to change. We find lasting faith in seeing the Gospel.

How can I see the Gospel, everyday, every moment and in each circumstance? By Cultivating the Gospel in my life. The picture above is taken from my journal {sorry if it's not the easiest to read} and it lists a few meditations of what it will practically look like to begin cultivating the Gospel.

How can we Cultivate the Gospel in our lives?

1. Read the Scriptures. {sounds easy enough but, if we aren't reading scriptures we can never hear the Gospel resonating in our lives.}

2. Read books about the Gospel which help explain how the Gospel can transform every day circumstances.

3. Read blogs that write about Gospel Truths.

4. Listen to music throughout the day that declare truths of the Gospel.

5. Journal your thoughts about all the Gospel truths your taking in and being reminded of.

6. Take your thoughts captive and examine them based on the Gospel.

7. Prayer. Ask for help with your inner thoughts that you might be slow to speak, slow to anger and quick to hear, think and question your heart.

8. Remember that emotions are a mirror to your heart. Use the emotions to expose your heart that is anti-Gospel and loves counterfeit gods and is far too easily pleased to settle for temporary pleasure instead of real pleasure found in Christ.

This week I will be expanding on these 8 ways to cultivate the Gospel. I hope to give you a few tools and resources that will help you in your fight to Treasure Jesus and find happiness which is only found in Him.

*Please notice that I didn't put my website on this pictures but it is from my personal journal. Feel free to save it, put it on your own blog, or pin it but please link back to my website :).*


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Things Worth Writing Down

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Funnies for Friday.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

True Woman Manifesto.

Have you signed the True Woman Manifesto?

If not head on over, read and sign it! True Womanhood, as defined by God, is the way to live!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Womanhood.


Issues concerning womanhood, roles for women, and women in church leadership are all hot topics for women today. I know it's not politically correct or seems so outdated to believe and uphold to biblical womanhood, but, I can't compromise on these issues.

The Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood have a ton of resources that I've found helpful in discerning what the bible says about womanhood. John Piper and Wayne Grudem answered several questions about a woman's role and her life in the church, below are four of the questions, click on the question to find the link to the answer.

What does the Bible say about the roles of men and women in marriage?



{The complete list of questions and answers are listed here.}

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love Finds.

Happy Valentine's Day! Just wanted to pass along a few 'love' pics! Enjoy your day!


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Monday, February 13, 2012

Gift Wrapping {love}.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

How to Become a Legalist.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Readings by your fire.

If you have a fire snuggle up beside it and enjoy a few articles I'm passing along! Let me known your thoughts on the ones you read!

"Abortion is as American as Apple Pie" -The Culture of Death Finds a Voice, Dr. Albert Mohler.


Confessions of a Recovering Feminist- Courtney Tarter, The Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.
Please read this article it exposes feminism in each woman. Here is a quote from this excellent article: "Feminism started in a garden in the Middle East thousands of years ago. Feminism is at the very heart of our fallen nature, and manifests itself in many different forms."

D-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E-D Eating- Elyse Fitzpatrick, True Womanhood.
This post gives some practical advice about disciplined eating which will expose our motives for eating or not eating certain foods.

7 Ways to Enjoy Friendship with your Husband- Jen Smidt, Mars Hill Church.
A list 7 short easy ways to enjoy and strengthen your friendship with your husband.



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Friday, February 10, 2012

Funnies for Friday.


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Rocks win in my playbook as well!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Loving Decor #2.





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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Loving Decor.





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Money Saving Mom {interview}


Great interview with Money Saving Mom! This 7 minute video is definitely worth your time!
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Love Food #2.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Food for Love.

Hope everyone is having an amazing week so far! I've been finding lots of cute valentine's food, decor and ideas that I want to pass along this week! Foods first.... check out these cute ideas!
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Things Worth Writing Down





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Friday, February 3, 2012

Funnies for Friday.

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Even though it's in the 50's in Kentucky and we haven't had a good snow yet I'm still thinking about snowmen lol! Has anybody had a good snow yet?
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Things Worth Writing Down

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