五月31

2017级:规划未来

2017 at 6:57 am   |   by Nicole Whitacre 归档下Biblical Womanhood|Trusting God

当我妈妈高中毕业时,她有一个计划。She was going to Bible college.She resigned her job as a secretary for a Christian ministry,enrolled in school,and packed her bags.Then a few days before she was set to move,她遇见了我的爸爸。It was love at first sight.

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,他们庆祝了四十二年的婚姻,他们比以往更加相爱。Needless to say,她的生活没有按计划进行。

What are your plans after graduation?无论你是有一个五年十年的计划,还是对下一步感到迷茫,兴发xf881手机版你需要了解生活中的一些事情:兴发xf881手机版

Life is unpredictable,那是最好的日子。

如果有一件事你可以确定,这是一个不确定的世界。Your life won't go as planned.有时候,下载兴发pt首页登录意想不到的事情是令人兴奋的,就像我妈妈遇到我爸爸时一样,但有时也会让人沮丧和困惑。

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。我们在六个下载兴发pt首页登录诗句中发现了四次短语的变化。“you do not know."“基本上,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)又一次恐怖袭击。又一个龙卷风季节。You do not know what disaster,near or far,may change the course of your future.

“你不知道上帝所做的一切……”“(v.5)到目前为止,你无法解释上帝在你生命中的旨意,也无法预测他将来会叫你做什么。

“你不知道哪种努力会成功……”“(v.6) 经济是不可预测的。People and trends are unpredictable.You cannot know for sure what path will lead to the most success.

生活会让你惊喜,也不总是以一种好的方式。It's uncertain and unpredictable.

Not only that,the only thing we can predict in this uncertain world is that it will be hard:“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,2017届毕业班,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,I know.But Ecclesiastes doesn't just give us the bad news,它告诉我们如何在一个不确定的世界里好好生活。When we face up to the unsettling reality that life doesn't go as planned,we learn from Ecclesiastes how to make new and better plans.

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。做一个企业家

“早晨播种,到了晚上,不要伸出你的手,因为你不知道哪一个会兴旺发达,这个或那个,or whether both alike will be good"“(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首页登录他们犹豫不定地向一个或另一个方向承诺。他们担心找到上帝的意愿兴发xf881手机版。他们挣扎着。

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。无论上帝在你面前做什么,你都要尽你所能努力工作。你永远不知道,这可能会奏效。

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,and what lies within reach,“建议德里克绑架者。“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.Phil Ryken的这些话是一个杰出的使命宣言:

“可能是真的,to paraphrase this passage,‘you never know,“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。Try something new!做一个精神企业家。即使你不完全确定什么会起作用,try everything you can to serve Christ in a world that desperately needs the gospel.从早到晚努力工作,把一整天的工作献给上帝,充分利用你的时间。下载兴发pt首页登录然后把结果留给他,knowing that he will use your work in whatever way he sees fit."“

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。在一个不确定的世界里,这是通往有用生活的必经之路。

2.放弃你的生命

“给7分,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。我们不会花时间在下载兴发pt首页登录hopeless case."We won't serve the ungrateful.我们不会呆在那个小教堂里。We won't volunteer for children's ministry or the cleaning crew.We won't give our all to a boring job.

但懂得人生无常的女人却慷慨地给予,almost recklessly,她的时间,下载兴发pt首页登录她的爱,以及她对他人的服务。她寻找卑微和被遗弃的人。她耐心地倾听困难的声音。她秘密服役,and has what Zach Eswine calls"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。如果这是一个令人麻痹的想法,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',and that ‘the measure you give will be the measure you get'.Derek Kidner

把自己交给别人,不要计算成本。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.你不会有中年危机或者我前几天听说的,兴发xf881手机版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You do not know what will happen tomorrow,所以今天就放弃你的生活吧。

3.享受今天

“所以如果一个人活了很多年,让他为他们所有人感到高兴”“(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。But don't let the specter of the dark days of the future rob you of the joy of today.

享受这一刻,毕业的优雅,因为这是一种惊人的恩典!感谢学习的特权,陶醉于你所建立的神圣关系,laugh over the memories.在毕业的每一刻,都要心怀感激之情去享受。

我们失去了很多美好的时刻,我们的生活试图防止坏的时刻。When we know that they will come,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we will look back and realize that we had a happy life.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,we will find we are a happy person in the end.

令人振奋的呼吁

Life is unpredictable.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,但没有任何虚张声势或不负责任的迹象。我们的知识和控制力很小,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become the reasons to bestir ourselves and show some spirit."“

2017级:请不要犹豫或自夸,but armed with the knowledge of how little you know,may you rise up,show some spirit,为了我们复活的救世主的荣耀,尽你最大的努力。

五月二十四

带我回家的恩典

2017年下午3:04,Nicole Whitacre 归档下Biblical Womanhood|Trusting God|Suffering

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We might not think 兴发xf881手机版about it like this at first,but trouble and hardship are like Dad's dog.They keep us from straying into the busy street of sin.我们并不总是欣赏他们在当下拯救生命的存在。Trials feel to us like that collie might have felt to Dad: annoying at best,painful at worst.Trouble sticks so close,它推得太用力了。It keeps us from going where we want to go.At 下载兴发pt首页登录times,试验把我们打倒在地。我们渴望摆脱他们麻烦的存在。

但诗篇作者认为他的考验是拯救生命的方法。Before I was afflicted I went astray,“他坦白说,“but now I keep your word"(Ps.119:67)。听诗篇作者说,he's actually glad that he experienced affliction!现在,没有一个诗人,尤其是诗人,说苦难是令人愉快的,或者说我们应该享受痛苦或苦难。但在上帝神秘的道路上,we should see each and every trial as a blessing.Afflictions are divine herd-dogs,sent by our gracious heavenly Father to protect us and keep us from sin.

For one,试炼可以保护我们不受骄傲的伤害。They keep us humble;they keep us needy and dependent on God.It's hard to think too highly of yourself when you are brought low—and that's a blessing.Affliction can also keep us from straying out into the shiny streets of worldliness.当我们受苦时,我们意识到我们的脆弱和死亡。We get a glimpse of the emptiness of all this world has to offer,因此,我们不急于陷入罪恶的快乐。和审判,当我们以神的恩赐回应他们时,can keep us from being callous others.We are more compassionate,更加关心,更多的理解,因为我们知道一点疼痛的感觉。我们生活中的每一次尝试,无论大小,都能保护我们不受罪恶的伤害,引导我们回到上帝的身边。并且joy.

等待,你说了吗joy?We think of our trials as joy-takers,不是快乐使者。“在我受苦之前I was happy,,但现在我一直很伤心下载兴发pt首页登录““is how we put it.但试炼是令人不快的,而试炼却剥夺了我们的快乐,这两者是有区别的。Our afflictions are sent by God to lead us joy.Listen to Joni Eareckson Tada,她17岁时发生潜水事故,四肢瘫痪,长期疼痛。“I'm grateful for my quadriplegia.It's a bruising of a blessing.用黑色包装的礼物。It's the shadowy companion that walks with me daily,把我拉进救世主的怀抱。And that's where the joy is."“

审判不仅使我们远离罪恶,他们把我们推回救世主的怀抱。And这就是快乐所在。诗篇作者不仅要履行上帝的诺言,now hedelightsto keep God's Word.现在他有了快乐!在我们对基督徒生活坚忍而偏执的观点中,我们失去的一件事就是如何找到快乐。我们认为所有的快乐和幸福都在外面,on the busy byways of sin.So we go wandering from home,我们偏离了基督。痛苦,上帝的恩典,把我们带回来。它使我们安全。它引导我们回到快乐的地方。

所以如果你觉得后面跟着这个”暗影伴”苦恼,如果审判总是紧跟着你,if Trouble keeps shoving you to one side,感谢你的”bruising of a blessing."May your trouble,major or minor,把你推入救世主的怀抱。愿你的痛苦带你回到快乐的家。

五月十七

夏季:机遇季节

2017年8:59,Janelle Bradshaw撰文 归档下Motherhood

Summer was always my favorite season as a little girl,我带着我所拥有的全部精力,奔向那些光荣的放学月份。所以现在,as I come upon another summer as a mom with four children I'm equally excited.我也很感激我妈妈为我树立的榜样。就像生活中的其他一切一样,she approached our summers with great intentionality.别误会我了,她给我提供了许多娱乐和休息的好机会。I still remember our local pool which offered an hour of"自由泳夏天每天早上8点到9点。大多数日子,我妈妈会开车送我们,还有一车我们的朋友,to swim in the ice cold waters of Upper County Pool.我们怎么想的?freezing swim"我是夏天的乐趣是一个谜,但妈妈给了我这个夏天的回忆,我将永远珍惜。

But Mom also saw summer as a land of opportunity and refused to let us squander it.我有一个特别的记忆是quiet 下载兴发pt首页登录time"她需要。午餐后1-3,we had to stay inside and spend at least an hour of that 下载兴发pt首页登录time reading.The other hour was to be spent in some other constructive pursuit such as art,音乐,烹饪,缝纫等我仍然记得这条规则的摩擦,不完全欣赏”quiet 下载兴发pt首页登录time,“因为它打断了我的演奏时间。下载兴发pt首页登录Sorry 兴发xf881手机版about that Mom!But I was chatting with Nicole the other day 兴发xf881手机版about this very thing,我们正在重新计算那一小要求带来的所有好处。Obviously,它给我们灌输了对阅读的热爱,但那只是开始。它还帮助我们认识到结构和调度的价值,习惯和纪律。It gave us focused 下载兴发pt首页登录time to cultivate our gifts and desires.我们今天热爱和追求的许多东西,如艺术和写作,都是在那些夏日宁静中诞生的。我们得到的好处帮助我们坚持不懈地为自己的孩子创造类似的结构。这么小而简单的练习有这么多价值。

所以,随着学校的临近,让我们问一下:今年夏天我们怎么可能是故意的?我们的一个孩子有没有一直想学的技能?有没有一种特殊的性格品质可以让我们创造性地促进家庭的成长?也许对你来说,这将是“仁慈的夏天“for your kiddos,like it was for Nicole's a couple years ago.也许你可以为你的孩子创造一个阅读成长的结构,这恰好是我今年夏天的目标。This will look different for each of us,但请记住,a little bit of intentionality in these years has the power to effect not only your kids but even your future grandkids.这是一个让人兴奋的夏天!兴发xf881手机版!

五月

谁在找妈妈??

2017年上午9:40,Nicole Whitacre 归档下Motherhood

当我最小的女儿索菲三岁第一次来到我们家时,she,就像每个小孩一样,想要我一直关注。如果我不看她,她会拉我的胳膊,然后重复,“妈妈,妈妈,妈妈。”I would turn around from the dishes or look up from my laptop and respond with an exclamatory"看看你,Sophie!多好的工作啊!“几周后,索菲学会了我的回答的语音(如果不是语法的话),开始大声喊起来。拉查乔Mom!哇!“我花了几次时间才意识到她不是在用她下载兴发pt首页登录的母语阿姆哈拉语说话,而是在对我说我的话。She wanted me to"“look at you."“

One of the most precious gifts we give our children is our attention.我们在厨房里看着他们旋转,我们检查了他们在后院发现的新虫子。We look for signs of a sniffle,在我们帮助他们过马路之前,我们要注意两个方向。We pay attention to their diet and their sleep and the neatness of their handwriting.我们会一直关注他们,漫无边际的故事。We attend to their needs,and we keep an eye out for their temptations.我们看着他们在客厅的角落里和大厅里爬来爬去;then,转眼间,我们看着他们从车道上走到街上。据传说,we even have eyes in the back of our head.从我们的新生儿(或三岁的孩子)被抱在怀里的那一刻起,we begin a vigil that never ends.We moms are always on拉克拉奥duty.

唉,我们母亲毕竟是人类。我们不能每天每时每刻都看着我们的孩子。Our eyelids grow heavy.We must sleep when they sleep.然后我们分心。We fail to listen.We miss so many moments.或者我们变得焦虑,fretful with the care of these eternal souls.我们对所有的观察都感到厌倦。

But as we watch over our children,我们的天父在守护着我们。2 8)。他不会变得虚弱或疲倦(伊萨。40:28).他的注意力没有闪烁或消失。As we attend to our children's needs,we are constantly being attended to by God,who knows exactly what we need (Matt.6:32)我们所有的母性职责都是在他细心照料的慷慨保护伞下完成的。34:15).我们听的每一个故事,every picture we praise,我们改正的每一个罪恶,我们在天父的监督下行事。

Ji Packer写道:

最重要的不是,在最后的分析中,我认识上帝,但更重要的事实是他认识我。我被刻在他的手掌上。我永远不会忘记他……我认识他是因为他首先认识我,然后继续认识我。他知道我是朋友,one who loves me;and there is not a moment when his eye is off me,或者他的注意力分散了,没有时间,因此,when his care falters.这是重要的知识。有一种无法形容的舒适,那就是那种充满活力的舒适,是这样说的,not enervates—in knowing that God is constantly taking knowledge of me in love and watching over me for my good.

我们不需要哭”拉查乔to get God's attention.他已经在找了。He's already caring.他已经知道我们需要什么了。In fact,当我们呼叫他时,这是因为他第一次提醒我们祈祷。如果我们是his孩子们,in Christ,我们天父的眼睛离开我们的时候,没有一刻是这样的。He is always watching over us for our good.Here,我的妈妈们,is an unspeakable comfort.还有能量!I don't know 兴发xf881手机版about you,但这正是我母亲节想要的。

五月

不要让你的局限阻止你

2017 at 6:57 am   |   by Carolyn Mahaney 归档下Biblical Womanhood|Good Works

我们都有局限性。A condition of limited ability;缺陷或失败。Our particular limitations could be a lack of 下载兴发pt首页登录时间,money,能量,ability,或经验;或者生活环境和义务的不受欢迎的限制。不管我们有什么限制,many of us may wish we could get rid of a few,if not all of them.


But let's not forget:God是那个可爱地限制我们的人。圣经给了我们明确的证据,证明他控制了我们生活的每一个细节(约伯14:5,Jer。10:23,Dan 4:34).在他的智慧中,他决定我们能做什么,不能做什么。And we must be careful not to be so preoccupied with what wecan't dothat we miss out on all that we能做to love,发球,and please Jesus.

In Mark 14,我们读到一个女人的故事,她不让自己的局限阻止她表达对耶稣的爱。The setting is a dinner party that was being held in Jesus' honor,就在他被钉死前几天。耶稣坐席的时候,a woman (John 12:3 identifies her as Mary,马大和拉撒路的妹妹走近他,在他头上洒上非常昂贵的香水。门徒很气愤,把这样的行为看作是完全的浪费金钱。耶稣吩咐门徒离开她,称赞马利亚的作为。Then he says of her:"“She did what she could““(v.8).

Mary may have wished to do more for Jesus.但玛丽不允许她有限的资源或能力阻止她。相反,she did what she could.无论我们的上帝有什么限制,他们不会妨碍我们为救世主服务。In fact,我们的局限性常常是上帝用来推动我们获得丰硕服务的手段。Consider Fanny Crosby.六周后失明,她写了8000多首赞美诗,我们今天唱的很多。她的失明,she said:"It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life,我感谢他的特许。If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow,我不会接受的。I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things 兴发xf881手机版about me."“

照片信用: Russ Dodge

范妮·克罗斯比并不嫉妒她失明的局限性,但她认为这是一份滋养和培育她的赞美诗写作的礼物。也许玛丽的例子有助于塑造范妮对自己局限性的态度,因为在她的墓碑上,她要求说:Aunt Fanny: She hath done what she could."“

像玛丽和范妮一样,让我们尽我们所能为救世主服务。Let's regard each of our limitations as a gift—a special provision from God for fruitful service.他只要求我们做我们能做的,by his grace.当我们竭尽所能的时候,he has one more thing to say.他对玛丽也说过同样的话。兴发xf881手机版“她对我做了一件漂亮的事”(Mark 14:6).哦,我的,这有多不可思议?To think that when we simply do what we can,我们正在做一件美丽的事情给那个曾经对我们做过最美丽的事情的人,因为我们的罪死在十字架上!How can we not,with gratitude and joy,尽我们所能??