31岁

为妈妈赚钱

2011 at 3:51 pm   |   by Kristin Chesemore Filed underMarriage

The other day,my three boys tramped downstairs to the kitchen.They were arguing.

"He took my quarters!"my seven-year-old pointed to his brother.

"不,Mom,我是从妈妈家带回来的!"被告兄弟为自己辩护。

As I tried to get the story from them,one…at…a…下载兴发pt首页登录time,the words of blame kept flowing,经常被打断和皱眉。

我在这些时刻的诱惑?我想通过我的命令和指示迅速做出决定:“男孩1错了。Boy #2 is right.案件已结案。”I want peace for myself more than I want to teach my children God's Word.

但我的话虽然很重要!—are not sufficient.我的孩子需要听上帝的话。They need Scripture,which is""profitable为了教学,纠正,and training in righteousness"(2 Tim.3:16).They need God's promises and commands sown like seed into their little hearts.They need the words from God's mouth,永远不会返回空的。55:11)。

So we return to the most often quoted verse in the Chesemore home—Ephesians 4:29:"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,but only such as is good for building up,as fits the occasion,that it may give grace to those who hear.""

"你口中是否有腐败的话?"我问我的孩子们。"What words would give grace to your brother?""

还有惊喜,惊喜圣经也服务于我。I need the life-giving words of Scripture as much as my sons.I too need the encouragement and correction of Ephesians 4:29.

This is one reason why I must sit and listen to Jesus' teaching every day.So that I—and my boys—can profit from His Words.

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28岁

Friday Favorites

2011年下午5:37,Nicole Whitacre Filed under圣经中的女性身份|书评和音乐评论

My new最喜爱的唱片集:

counting stars

Counting Starsby Andrew Peterson

"Planting Trees""became my favorite track when I readthis interview:

"The song"Planting Trees"是关于兴发xf881手机版投资于重要的事情和王国的工作。I wrote it for my wife who is not a singer/song writer,她不是音乐家或艺术家,她是一位伟大的母亲,使我们的家如此美丽,magical place.We were at a retreat together,and I think we were in a small group,like a little breakout group,and the question we were all answering was,‘What is it that you're doing to change the world?'

"My answer was easy because for the last 15 years or so,我清楚地知道自己的使命,我被要求写歌,鼓励人们,教育人们,娱乐他们,too,while I'm doing it.So I have a clear vision for what it is that I do and it's easy for me to see the fruit of that ministry because I'll get a case of e-mails or I'll get to talk to people at shows.

"然后我妻子和她回答了这个问题…是她在王国里抚养这三个孩子。She's impressing the words of the Lord on these children and raising them up to change the world.It was just a beautiful thought to me.糟糕的是,外面的妈妈们没有收到随机发送的电子邮件,告诉他们他们是多么伟大的母亲。So this song is kind of an e-mail thanks to her for that idea that the greatest work we can do on this earth is investing in other human beings for the sake of Christ.It's hard to picture a more direct version of that than a mother blessing her children.""

She rises up as morning breaks
She moves among these rooms alone
Before we wake
And her heart is so full;它溢出来了
She waters us with love and the children grow

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
这些树会把树枝伸出来
祝福黎明
这些树会把树枝伸出来
And bless someone

我不能不感谢你对我的鼓励和支持yesterday's post.你的关心从未停止让我们惊讶!谢谢您!!

妮可为我的妈妈和姐妹们

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我们日益增长的家庭

2011 at 1:09 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under母亲身份|Adoption

If you've been reading this blog from the beginning,then like it or not,you've been along for the bumpy ride that has been my pregnancies.

First,you read 兴发xf881手机版about my健康危机我儿子出生后,Jack;然后你和我一起祈祷secondary infertility;你rejoicedwith me when I got pregnant,,祈祷为了我第二个孩子的安全怀孕和分娩,托里,和分享我的喜悦when she was born.And then you waited,and even kindly inquired,as my sisters got pregnant and had babies (my adorable侄女侄子!)。

我丈夫和我都不知道,在等待的过程中,God was working.He was creating new life,and He was preparing our home to receive that life.

Today,I'm thrilled to announce that we are expecting.Two.

不,I'm not pregnant with twins.In God's gracious and surprising providence,my husband and I are hoping to adopt two children from Ethiopia.

We haven't met our new children yet,but,愿上帝保佑,we would like to adopt a boy and girl around Jack and Tori's ages.他们可能是亲生兄弟姐妹,也可能在加入我们的家庭后成为兄弟姐妹。We don't know.And we don't know how long the adoption process will take—it could be a couple of months,or as long as a year.In fact,there is a lot we don't know yet!!

But we do know that God has led us.We do know that He is faithful.And we are very excited to one day meet the children God has ordained to be a part of our family.

Right now,we're slogging our way through a"paper pregnancy"(which,let me tell you,比三个月头挂在马桶里要好得多!)。We've completed our home study and hope to be able to send our request to Ethiopia in a few weeks.

我们已经得到了我们两个家庭的支持和鼓励,dear friends,和our local church—a community with a rich legacy of adoption.

And all of you—you who have been so very kind to me and my family through the last six years—can I ask you to pray for us once more?I know you will,我的心充满感激。

I can't wait,不久的某一天,to introduce you to my new children.

"人的心在计划他的道路,but the Lord establishes his steps.""Proverbs 16:9

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A Good Laugh

2011 at 3:17 pm   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under圣经中的女性身份|兴发xf881手机版Fear & Anxiety

In addition totuning out our 兴发xf881手机版fearsturning up the volume on truth,we must fight 兴发xf881手机版fear with laughter.Sound ridiculous,甚至有点不敬??

不敬正是关键。We must not dignify our 兴发xf881手机版fears—sin-generated,false predictions of a graceless and God-less future—by giving them the attention and obedience due only to God and His Word.Laughing at our 兴发xf881手机版fears is entirely appropriate,because up against God's promises they not only look,but actually are,ridiculous.

The Proverbs 31 woman doesn't take herself,or her 兴发xf881手机版fears,too seriously:"她嘲笑未来,而不是担心或害怕未来。”兴发xf881手机版兴发xf881手机版(ESV Study Bible note,Pr.31:25)。如果我们还不知道她是个勤奋的女人,这听起来可能有些轻率或幼稚。智慧,and strength.She trusts God,所以她笑了。

"撒旦最大的谎言之一是上帝和善良是无趣和无趣的,"explains Randy Alcorn:

"In fact,it's Satan who's humorless.罪没有给他带来快乐;它永远剥夺了他的快乐。相反,envision Jesus with his disciples.If you cannot picture Jesus teasing them and laughing with them,you need to reevaluate your theology of Creation and Incarnation.我们需要一种圣经中的幽默神学来为我们的永恒庆典做准备,spontaneous laughter,and overflowing joy.""

Laughter,,兴发xf881手机版充满恐惧的奇迹,will properly prepare us for our future: our immediate future and our eternal future full of celebration and overflowing joy.So thank God for His promises today and"嘲笑未来的日子。”"

25岁

Love Your"Enemy""

2011 |下午3点46詹妮尔布拉德肖 Filed under母亲身份

—from the archives,因为我今天就在这里。

baby mj十八个月后,我可爱的宝贝MJ是coming into her own."从神学角度来说,the doctrine of sin is on full display in her little life.Despite a limited vocabulary,她在表达自己的要求或不高兴时毫不费力。Screams will suffice.

所以前几天当妈妈和我分享这段话的时候,我不得不微笑,感谢上帝使福音产生了转变的效果:

"Often下载兴发pt首页登录times parenting can feel like a battle.And the"“敌人”is your two-year-old who's just thrown their dinner on the floor (again);或者你15岁的时候,他刚刚(又)把你关上了门。But still your job is to show them what our Father in heaven is like.Yes,they need to learn to live under authority.But they also need to learn of a God who welcomes His enemies,loves His enemies and gives His life for his enemies."()Gospel Centred Familyby Tim Chester and Ed Moll)

As you march toward mothering battles today,may God give you grace to welcome,love,and give your life for your little (or not so little)"“敌人”—as Christ first loved and gave Himself for you.