五月二十八

格蕾丝和家庭度假

2015 at 10:02 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under圣经中的女性身份|Gospel|家政|Family Fun

“放弃定期休假是一项坏政策。”聪明机智的查尔斯·斯普金写道,引用我爸爸的话,,迈克哈尼,开始写一系列关于家庭度假的文章。没有人能更好地领导一个家庭享受与上帝的荣耀在一起,我希望你会受到这个系列的启发。Writing to fathers,他提醒我们:

这不是福音的假期。No successful family vacation is possible without the gospel and being reminded of its implications.Our joy,感恩,generosity,所有的服务都是由福音所启示和启发的。

假期提供了一段不受拘束的时间,在这段时间里,在十字架的阴影下,丈夫/父亲重新意下载兴发pt首页登录识到自己做得比他应得的要好得多。上帝仁慈仁慈,而不是愤怒和地狱,pouring out his wrath on his Son so that sinners like you and me could experience forgiveness,正当理由,redemption,和解,收养。

因为十字架,evidences of grace abound in our lives,beginning in our families.我们应该特别感谢上帝对我们家庭的每一个成员,并表达他的感激之情。假期是辨别和庆祝这些来自上帝的独特礼物的机会,这些礼物是我们不应该得到的。

Leadership + Family Vacations Part One,,第二部分,和Part Three.

五月22

2015年的课程:当生活没有按计划进行时

2015年4:57 am,作者:Nicole Whitacre Filed under圣经中的女性身份|Trusting God|精神成长

当我妈妈高中毕业时,she had a plan.She was going to Bible college.她辞去了基督教部秘书的工作,入学,帮她收拾行李。Then a few days before she was set to move,she met my dad.那是一见钟情。

妈妈从没上过圣经学院。她找到了以前的工作,几个月后嫁给了我爸爸。On May 17 of this year,他们庆祝了40年的婚姻,他们比以往更加相爱。Needless to say,her life didn't go as planned.

毕业后你有什么计划?Whether you have a five and ten year plan or are a fog 兴发xf881手机版about the next step,there's something 兴发xf881手机版about life you need to understand:

生活是不可预知的,and that's on its best days.

If there's one thing you can be certain of,这是一个不确定的世界。你的生活不会按计划进行。Some下载兴发pt首页登录times the unexpected is exciting—like when my mom met my dad—but it can also be discouraging and bewildering at times.

We find a mini-commencement speech of sorts on this topic in Ecclesiastes chapter eleven.它为毕业生和每个考虑未来计划的人提供了宝贵的智慧。Four 下载兴发pt首页登录times in six verses we find some variation on the phrase“你不知道。”“Basically,你对自己的生活有很多不了解的地方。兴发xf881手机版

“你不知道地球上会发生什么灾难……”“(v.2)Only a few weeks ago we marked the anniversary of the Boston Marathon and witnessed the devastating earthquake in Nepal.You do not know what disaster,近或远,可能会改变你未来的方向。

“You do not know the work of God who makes everything…"“(v.5)到目前为止,你无法解释上帝在你生命中的旨意,或者预测他将来会叫你做什么。

“你不知道哪种努力会成功……”“(v.6) The economy is unpredictable.人和趋势是不可预测的。You cannot know for sure what path will lead to the most success.

生活会让你惊喜,and not always in a good way.It's uncertain and unpredictable.

Not only that,在这个不确定的世界里,我们唯一能预测的是,这将是困难的:“所以,如果一个人活了很多年……让他记住,黑暗的日子会很多。”“(v.8)。

In other words graduating class of 2015,you don't know what will happen with your life,但有一件事你可以肯定的知道:你会有很多糟糕的日子。

几乎没有你希望得到的鼓舞人心的信息,我知道。但传道会不仅告诉我们坏消息,它告诉我们如何生活在一个不确定的世界。When we face up to the unsettling reality that life doesn't go as planned,我们向教会学习如何制定新的更好的计划。

在不确定的时期,我们如何做出正确的决定?下载兴发pt首页登录教会给了我们三种方法。

1。Be an Entrepreneur

“早晨播种,到了晚上,不要伸出你的手,for you do not know which will prosper,this or that,或者两者都是好的。”“(v.6)。

年轻人经常花很多时间担心他们的生活。兴发xf881手机版下载兴发pt首页登录They hesitate to commit to one direction or another.They worry 兴发xf881手机版about finding the will of God.They flounder.

但传道会告诉你,在一个不确定的世界里,成功的最可靠的方法就是开始工作。Work as hard as you can at whatever work God has put right in front of you.你永远不知道,it just might work.

而不是“想想可能是的和可能是的……我们的任务是努力解决实际情况,以及触手可及的东西,“advises Derek Kidner:"很少有大企业等待理想的条件;我们再也不应该了。”“

Coming to grips with uncertainty frees us to take risks for Christ.These words from Phil Ryken make an outstanding mission statement:

“可能是真的,为了解释这段话,“你永远不知道,“但同样真实的是,‘如果你不播种,就永远不会收获’,所以要为上帝的国努力工作。大胆而富有创造性地生活。尝试新事物!做一个精神企业家。Even if you are not completely sure what will work,try everything you can to serve Christ in a world that desperately needs the gospel.从早到晚努力工作,making the most of your 下载兴发pt首页登录time by offering God a full day's work.然后把结果留给他,知道他会以他认为合适的方式利用你的工作。”“

做一个精神企业家。从早到晚努力工作。在一个迫切需要福音的世界里,尽一切努力服事基督。In an uncertain world,this is the certain path to a useful life.

2.放弃你的生命

“Give a portion to seven,甚至八点,因为你不知道地球上会发生什么灾难。”“(v.2)。

试图控制我们的生活或预测未来使我们变得吝啬。We won't spend 下载兴发pt首页登录time on a"无可救药的案件。”我们不会为忘恩负义的人服务。我们不会呆在那个小教堂里。We won't volunteer for children's ministry or the cleaning crew.我们不会全力以赴去做一份无聊的工作。

但懂得人生无常的女人却慷慨地给予,几乎是鲁莽的,她的时间,下载兴发pt首页登录her love,and her service to others.She seeks out the lowly and the outcast.她耐心地倾听困难的声音。她秘密服役,还有扎克·埃斯温所说的不被注意的耐力。”Because who knows what may happen tomorrow??

时间和机会可以颠覆我们最好的计划。If that can be a paralyzing thought,它也可以刺激人们采取行动:因为如果每件事都有风险,it is better to fail in launching out than in hugging one's resources to oneself.我们已经感受到新约的气息吹过前两段,a hint of our Lord's favourite paradox that ‘he who loves his life loses it',“你给出的量就是你得到的量”。Derek Kidner

Give of yourself to others and don't count the cost.失去你的生命。Lose it now and you won't worry so much 兴发xf881手机版about losing it later.You won't have a mid life crisis or what I heard 兴发xf881手机版about the other day,四分之一的生活危机(真的吗?)不要为了应对生活的不确定性而囤积时间和才能。下载兴发pt首页登录你不知道明天会发生什么,所以今天就放弃你的生活吧。

三。享受今天

“所以如果一个人活了很多年,let him rejoice in them all"“(v.8)。

如果你会有很多黑暗的日子,这是真的,那么传道会告诉你今天要快乐。

Sure,你今天可能有麻烦。你可能担心未来,兴发xf881手机版兴发xf881手机版担心你的新工作,兴发xf881手机版对困难处境的绝望兴发xf881手机版,因为你还没有达到你希望的目标而感到沮丧。但不要让未来黑暗日子的幽灵剥夺你今天的快乐。

享受这一刻,the grace of graduation,因为这是一种惊人的恩典!感谢学习的特权,revel in the godly relationships you have forged,欢笑回忆。在毕业的每一刻,都要心怀感激之情去享受。

We lose so many of the good moments of our lives trying to prevent the bad ones.当我们知道他们会来的时候,不管我们多么努力地避开他们,we are free to give God thanks for the evidences of his grace today.

当我们享受每一天,一天一次,下载兴发pt首页登录回首往事,我们会发现我们过着幸福的生活。可能会有很多悲伤,and many dark days,但当我们每天刻意地为上帝高兴时,我们最终会发现我们是一个快乐的人。

令人振奋的呼吁

生活是不可预知的。我妈妈不可能料到1974年的某个夏天她的生活会发生怎样的剧烈变化。你也不知道明天会怎样。那么,我们如何应对生活的不可预测性呢??

Derek Kinder将课程带回家:

“The true response to uncertainty is redoubling of effort…It is a stimulating call,没有犹豫,yet no trace of bravado or irresponsibility.The very smallness of our knowledge and control,在整本书中,我们经常被困难时期的可能性所打动,下载兴发pt首页登录成为振作精神的理由。”“

Class of 2015: May you not falter or boast,但是如果你知道你知道的太少,你能站起来吗?show some spirit,为了我们复活的救世主的荣耀,尽你最大的努力。

五月14

母亲的工作从未完成

2015年7点46分,Nicole Whitacre Filed under母性

上星期五下午我和我妹妹说话,Kristin,兴发xf881手机版关于养育我们的孩子。第二天他们中的四个参加了足球比赛,我们正在制定策略,如何帮助他们在神的品格中成长,成兴发xf881手机版败在此一举。(他们输了,which provided a great chance to grow in humility.Thank you马哈尼体育!)我们在前一周讨论过一些性格问题兴发xf881手机版,and we'll probably talk 兴发xf881手机版about them again next week too.Parenting is a job that is never done.

我喜欢完成工作,把它们从我的名单上签下来,关闭文件…你明白了。因此,我发现育儿工作从未完成的本质有时令人沮丧。下载兴发pt首页登录我看到进步,当然,有许多人回答了祷告和上帝恩典的证据。但增长速度通常比我想象的要慢得多,有时我想知道我的训练和教学努力是否达到了目标。

事实是,the never-finished nature of parenting work gives us one of our greatest opportunities to glorify God.那是因为教育是查尔斯·布里奇所说的a work of faith."“

“像这样的,“他写道,“只有积极而坚持不懈地实践这一原则,它才能持续下去。这就是为什么它是我们灵魂的恩典,以及一个伟大的媒介来提升我们的神圣主人。”“

In other words,only faith in God can sustain us in the day in,每天外出,never-completed business of parenting,and this is how God has designed it to be: we're forced to rely on him,然后,他又反过来利用这一信仰,作为我们灵魂的恩典和为他的名字而荣耀的手段。

“正是信念使我们的工作永远充满欢乐。它把每一部分都奉献给上帝,in the hope,that even mistakes shall be overruled for his glory;and thus relieves us from an oppressive anxiety,经常伴随着我们的责任感。The shortest way to peace will be found in casting ourselves upon God for daily pardon of deficiencies and supplies of grace,不必太急切地寻找现在的水果。”“

“信念填补了养育子女时忠诚和成果之间的鸿沟,并注入了它。”永远的快乐。”当我们看“太渴望现在的水果了”we may grow weary or feel like a failure;但当我们仰望基督时,我们会发现daily pardon of deficiencies,““救济”oppressive anxiety"and"hope that even mistakes shall be overruled for his glory."“

育儿工作可能永远也做不到,but it cannot exceed the inexhaustible supplies of God's grace.

五月十二

Book Recommendation: Hints for Parents by Gardiner Spring

2015年5:46 am,作者:Nicole Whitacre Filed underResource Recommendations|母性

如今,作为一个家长的挑战之一就是对父母意味着什么的大量建议。”兴发xf881手机版一个好父母。”It's so easy to get so distracted by the ideals and methods of modern culture that we lose sight of the basics of biblical parenting.

这就是为什么我最喜欢的一些育儿书是由100多年前JC Ryle的父母写的或关于他们的。兴发xf881手机版Duties of Parents塑造的一个基督教家庭伊丽莎白·埃利奥特(关于她父母的养育)。兴发xf881手机版从今天文化命令的混乱中解放出来,像这样的书帮助我更清楚地关注上帝的育儿原则。

Recently I added a new book to my list of parenting book favorites:Hints for Parents加德纳泉.这本短文很简单,convicting,令人鼓舞。In four sections,Spring lays out biblical priorities for parenting,实现这些目标的方法,动机,最后是每个父母最需要的-勇气继续进行。

“God means for us to renounce our self-confidence and feel our dependence on him"Spring:

“When we fail—as certainly we will to some extent—we will lie prostrate on our faces and carry our children to the God of all grace and power.The sooner,更认真地and more submissively we do this,我们希望的理由越多。

父母的温柔是最纯洁的,the most faithful,最有活力的,when prayer nourishes it.It is as God's mercy seat that a parent's love all flows out.上帝的仁慈正是我们孩子所需要的。”“

这本小书将成为你的育儿图书馆的宝贵补充。

五月

母性是美的终结吗??

2015 at 6:46 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under圣经中的女性身份|美女|母性

For a bunch of college girls,这是一个令人震惊的景象。我们的朋友,还有双胞胎的母亲,showed us her stretch marks and we,rather impolitely,stared back in dismay.怀孕真的会在女人的身体上刻出这样奇怪的图案吗??

“总有一天你们会像这样,“她警告说:laughing at our expressions.“当然,mine are worse,因为我有双胞胎,but if you get pregnant,you will get stretch marks."“

我很高兴我当时不知道,除了伸展的痕迹之外,我还有一个C形截面的疤痕,plus two more long scars from emergency surgery following the delivery of my first child.我的胃现在看起来像一张粗略绘制的路线图。

怀孕对妇女的身体造成了严重破坏。Stretch marks and fat deposits,c-section scars and varicose veins…the list goes on.那就是母性。睡眠不足会在我们的眼睛下面挖黑坑,洗瓶会让我们的手变干,our clothes don't fit anymore and are dotted with spit-up.我们的关节因为几个小时的拼车而僵硬,我们的肌肉因为带着孩子和婴儿包、打包和玩耍而酸痛(别忘了婴儿车!)

Whatever beauty we thought we had before we had children feels like a thing of the past.我们担心我们的丈夫兴发xf881手机版是否仍然会觉得我们很有魅力。我们对别人的看法感到自我意识和不安全。兴发xf881手机版

但母性不是美的终结,it is an opportunity to become more beautiful.Moms may not get much 下载兴发pt首页登录time at the spa,但是我们有机会申请神女美容养生法every day,一整天。

这是什么美容疗程?Scripture says that the woman who applies trust in God ("一种温柔而安静的精神”1宠物。3:3-5)有好的作品(1提姆。2:9-10)不会不美丽。还有谁,I ask you,has more opportunities to apply this beauty treatment,than a mother with young children??

每天她都要相信上帝的身体安全,the emotional wellbeing,and the state of her children's souls.每天她都要做无穷无尽的事,repetitive acts of service on behalf of her husband and for the sake of children.And every day,作为妈妈,我们有无数的机会把目光从自己身上移开,to serve others,and to look to God for strength and help.This makes us truly beautiful.

所以这样想:你可以让自己一整天都很漂亮!Not only when you shower and style your hair,but also when you clean up vomit and wipe dirty bottoms,when you encourage your husband and serve your family with gladness.你信靠神,行善事。This will make you beautiful in the eyes of your husband and your children,在上帝的眼中是珍贵的。

Motherhood is not the end of beauty;相反,它可能是更深层次的开始,更深邃的美,从内到外改变我们。所以,与其哀悼失去一个圆滑的,平坦的,今天是母亲节,let's give thanks for the opportunity to pursue a beauty that will never fade (1 Pet.3:3-5)。

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五月

获奖者:真美母亲节比赛

2015 at 11:41 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre Filed under圣经中的女性身份|美女|母性

We wish we could meet every one of your beautiful mothers,but we had to pick two winners for our Mother's Day Contest and they are…

Lynette:

她向穷人张开手,向穷人伸出手来。Prov 31:20

我妈妈是学校护士,经常发生在患有严重慢性病的儿童身上。她对他们充满了爱。It has always amazed me how she can communicate so much love to children who are unable to speak,walk or function without some kind of medical support.但是他们很高兴她,从她进入房间时他们的眼睛是如何发光的。我妈妈灌输给我的姐妹们,我爱被抛弃的人,残疾人士,穷人和穷人。在我们的小房子里总是有很多人,and attracted the people who are hard to love.She was never scared away by difficult personality,awkwardness,奇怪的行为,等。She loved unconditionally,让每个人都觉得特别。I am so thankful that she is able to see people through Christ's eyes,并且有这样一颗坦诚的心来满足这么多人的需要。她塑造了我的人生观,我非常感谢她。

Michelle:

I'm 48 and my mom is 73.我最近被诊断出患有第四期乳腺癌。Though I always expected to take care of my mom as she ages,now she is taking care of me (and my husband,还有我的孩子们。.她帮我洗衣服,has us over for meals,and is the proverbial listening ear and shoulder to cry on.当我们发现癌症扩散了多远的那晚,她和我爸爸一起带来了晚餐,and I'll never forget how she pleaded with God to not let any of us become bitter towards him over this hard providence.我祈祷我的孩子们永远不会忘记那个晚上或她的祈祷请求。她向我展示了一辈子的忠诚和丰硕。下载兴发pt首页登录那才是真正的美!!

勒奈特和米歇尔,you will each receive two copies of真美一个给你,一个给你妈妈。让我们每个人都告诉我们的妈妈,为什么他们在这个母亲节真的很美!!