Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Crosswalk

One resource I like to check out now and again is the Crosswalk webzine. There are interesting reads covering singles, marriage, family life, entertainment, career & finance, and spirituality. Here are some of their recent articles for your interest. They will only take up a few minutes of your time to read. Even better, check out the site here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Unfurling Flower

Last night, in a roundabout way, I came across a new blog that I'd like to recommend to you. It has recently won the award for Best Young Christian Blog at the 2007 Christian Blog & Web Awards. Unflowering Flower hosts a wealth of good reads in Christian living, biblical femininity, enjoying life, marriage & singleness.

BTW - My Unashamed Workman also won an award - Most Inspiring Leadership blog -though for some reason nobody told him! So we missed out on a nice swanky 4 course meal and night out and he might not get his funky award ;(

Monday, September 24, 2007

Felicity Margaret Piper

Our thoughts and prayers today are with the Piper family. John Piper posts about his granddaughter who was due to be born yesterday to Abraham and Molly Piper, but sadly was stillborn on Saturday.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Guaranteed Good Music

I mentioned the other day that I got a few good presents for my birthday. Catriona (a.k.a fellow blogger) and the family blessed me with two fantastic pressies, one of them being the new Phatfish CD, just released this past August.

The album has been described as "energetic and tuneful, with Lou Fellingham’s vocal upfront and shining brightly. But it is also marked by a constant commitment to extolling great truths about God and the eternal destiny that he has secured for us."

You can get a free taster over at the Phatfish website here. I'd particularly recommend the songs Pouring Out and Rise Up.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Online Video Resources

Recently, Parkside Church, where Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor, have put up video of their most recent worship services. Colin and I are trying to make the most of Alistair's ministry by watching a service once a week. Currently, we are enjoying his morning series in James which we highly recommend. Why not check it out here.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Music to my Ears!

Last week it was my birthday. I received many good gifts, among them a couple of CD's and a new book. Colin purchased for us, ahem, I mean me, The Best of Stuart Townend Live! It's a 2 disc CD with all his well known songs, "See What a Morning", "Oh, to See the Dawn", "All My Days", "You're the Word of God the Father" and "O Church Arise," to name but a few. There are also some new gems such as "Lord, I'm Grateful", "We Have Sung our Songs" (How Long?) and "What Wonder of Grace."

If you are wanting the complete collection of Stuart's music then this CD is what you are looking for. If you are looking for hymns and songs, old and new, filled with meaning and truth, then this is for you.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

New Feature

A wee while back I used to post Womanhood Watch on Fridays - some links to worthwhile reads on the net. Rather than continue posting useful stuff that way I've decided to add a new feature to the blog! If you look over to the right hand side you'll find "Womanhood Watch" but in different form. I'll attempt to update it as regularly as possible with things that I've found edifying during the week. I hope you enjoy!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Pyro on Dating

Pyromaniacs have written a great post this past week on Dating: when words and choices clash. Its a poignant article, especially in these days when Christians are threatened to compromise about their relationship choices.

Naomi Schaeffer has also written in the Wall Street Journal about Christians dating and marrying "outside the fold." Another essential read on the issue.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Love Lustres at Calvary

Recently I've been using the audio version of the Valley of Vision, a collection of puritan prayers to listen to in the car. I'm finding it a struggle to have any form of real "quiet time" while in the house with the three kids running around, making lots of noise and demanding your attention. Driving in the car doesn't always make these things go away (well there's definitely no running around), however, most of the time I do find that the two younger kids nod off to sleep and my eldest is suitably occupied with the sites around, allowing me time to meditate on these prayers.

Love Lustres at Calvary is one such prayer that I find myself continually hitting the repeat button. It brings me back to the great truths of the gospel message and helps me focus on the Saviour and all that he has done and bought for me at Calvary. Here is an excerpt from the prayer:

My Father,
Enlarge my heart , warm my affections, open my lips,
supply words that proclaim 'Love lustres at Calvary.'

There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on thy Son,
made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man, thy fellow;
There thy infinite attributes were magnified, and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due, and infinite punishment was endured.

Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy, that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell's worst, that I might attain heaven's best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.

My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorned crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might live forever.

O Father, who spared not thine own Son that thou mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and accomplished;
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Anticipating Needs

Katherine over at Raising Five really hit the spot with me this week in her post about anticipating the needs of her husband and children. She writes:
"I get focused on all the things that go into running a home without remembering who all this work is for! My little ones, especially, hang on me, interrupt me, whine and cry, usually when I’ve just sat down to answer email or pay bills. But even my big kids bicker and get into trouble when I seem most preoccupied with my own agenda. There are lots of ways we can anticipate needs as wives and mothers."
Read here to find out how.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Pulpit Critics

As you know, Catriona, Nita and myself all serve as pastor's wives at Charlotte Chapel. I'm sure they will agree with me when I say that one of the hardest things about this 'job' is when your husband receives undue criticism, particularly after preaching God's Word.

This morning I came across an article over at Boundless reminding all of us about our own responsibilities when we sit under the Sunday sermon. It offers some good pointers on what it means to be a real pulpit critic. Read it here.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Watch Your Priorities

I realise that posts are few and far between these days, it seems that blogging isn't much of a priority for us girls at the moment. However, what I would like to do over the next wee while is to point you to some talks, sermons or things I have read that you might be able to share in what I have found spiritually beneficial.

As my previous post mentioned, my husband and I are enjoying some talks free from Sovereign Grace Ministries. Last night I listened to an insightful panel discussion from their 2007 Leadership Conference, "Watch Your Priorities". In it, 5 "seasoned pastor's wives" answer questions on "duties, priorities and opportunities of being a pastor's wife."

Here are some of the questions they address as mentioned on their site:
  • How can a wife order her priorities so that “the tyranny of the urgent” doesn’t dictate what gets done?
  • What are purposeful ways to encourage husbands in their specific roles and duties as pastors?
  • How can wives find time to read, and which books should they read in their limited time?
  • How can wives care for their husbands personally, emotionally, and romantically, while still keeping up with other duties?
  • What are some ways to disciple young sons and daughters?
And if you are wondering why I've posted in the middle of the night, one of my priorities is my 9 week old, Grace, and she is feeding!