Tuesday, August 28, 2007

SGM Free Downloads

If you are not already aware, Sovereign Grace Ministries are now serving us with free downloads of all their talks. My husband and I are quite excited by this and have started to listen to a few together. So far we can recommend a talk given by Danny Jones on The Leaders Home. If you are involved in pastoral ministry, especially starting out, this is a must listen to.

Readers of this blog will particularly want to check out such talks on biblical manhood and womanhood, as well as on parenting, being single and married. There's loads to choose from, or why not work your way through them all?!! So switch off that TV and feed your soul!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Two Great Sermons

Today I'd like to recommend two excellent sermons preached at our home church yesterday. To say the least, I was very challenged.

Firstly, our senior pastor preached from Jeremiah 32, "Investing in God's Future." In the passage, God instructs Jeremiah to buy a field when all others are trying to get shot of their property as Judah is under siege by the Babylonians. I am left this morning meditating on whether everyday life for me is spent investing in God's future? Is most of my financial, leisure, family and church life spent investing only in the here and now or do I heed God's Word and obey that it might have an eternal, future impact?

Secondly, our Assistant Pastor preached from Luke's Gospel taking us through the account of the transfiguration and following passages of Jesus' interaction with the disciples. "Visions of Glory & Delusions of Grandeur" has also left me meditating today on how I can become more cross-focused rather than glory-focussed.

To really appreciate what I mean you'll need to have a listen in. Both sermons were expositionally top notch, but even more so highly practical and challenging. You can access both below.

"Investing in God's Future" by Peter Grainger
"Visions of Glory & Delusions of Grandeur"
by James Anderson

Friday, August 17, 2007

From One Weary Mum to Another...

Over these last few months it seems that there has been very little time to fix my hair or clean my teeth in the morning, never mind blog. With the recent birth of our third child and the decorating and moving to a new house, daily habits and disciplines have gone by the wayside and life has become more than crazy. On top of all this, it seems that our delightful two year old daughter has now decided to live up to the "terrible twos" syndrome and my four year old has entered a phase of talking back and arguing.

Last night I found myself describing to my husband how 'weary' I had become in being a mother and how disheartened I found myself in the struggles of each day. However, there are always glimpses of hope and encouragement that come at the right time. To know that others go through the same experiences as I do reminds me that I'm not a terrible mum and that my kids are not the only ones who drive their parents to their knees. And so, if you are facing similar days (and I know you are) then I recommend this past weeks posts over at Girltalk:

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Matters of the Heart

I'm not sure if any of you are reading along with Girltalk, Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart by John Ensor. This past week I was particularly struck by something they said in relation to women who are preoccupied with trying to get the attention of the men around them. "Allow a man to win your heart, and if he doesn’t want to, then why would you want him?" This is something I wished I heard many years ago as I feebly attempted to catch the eye of a suitable male. And so I want to share this thought with all our single friends and readers. Here is how John Ensor puts it in his book:
Sisters, all the advice from Vogue, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan that talks about going after and getting your man, all the blather about how in this day and age it is just as acceptable for you to initiate as for him, is just that—blather. Be confident and trust your feelings on this matter. Be confident that if he is the man you hope and wish him to be, he will play the man. You crackle the leaves a bit when he is in the area and let him know you are there. Then wait for him to initiate, or not. In the long run, you will be well served either way.