I have been watching a LOT of football recently!

January 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Margaret @ 5:07 am

I have really been getting into pro football recently. Most of the time I just watch college football but this season I have watched more football than I ever have! I have loved watching Tim Tebow and I am sad the Broncos didn’t make it to the playoffs. His Christian witness has just been unbelievable. Has there ever been a pro football player as outspoken about their faith as he is?? I am just so thankful that young people today (and adults for that matter) have a positive role model to look up to in the midst of all these reality TVs show characters and crazy celebrities. How refreshing is it to see such a pro football player have his number one motivation not be fame or fans but winning people to Christ? It’s just amazing. I hope the Lord keeps him strong because I’m sure the Devil loves to attack him since he is so public about his faith.  And it really seems to be a genuine faith too.  I really think he is the same way on the field as he is off (I hope I am not just wanting to think that haha!).  But seriously, he has a look in his eyes that looks honest.  You know what I mean?  The eyes reveal so much…who was it that said “the eyes are the window of the soul”? I think Tim has that look in his eyes.

Just recently I heard that every week during the season he would seek out a person with a debilitating illness and spend time with them during that week and visit with that person and their family before and after the game. How amazing is that?? I mean, I have a hard enough time as it is socializing with people before I have to sing a big concert and here this guy is, about to play a huge game with loads of money at stake on national television, and instead of drilling plays and what-not, he is investing in the life of someone else less fortunate. Wow. I hope the Lord continues to bless this guy and allows his Christian witness to remain constant, even when the critics are rising up against him.  The Lord is really working through Tim.  He has been such an encouragement to me not just to be a better person, but to be a better witness for the Kingdom and to see every moment here in the light of eternity. To do everything here to the glory of God because He is the one who gives us the ability to be and do anything in this life. Tim Tebow seems to know where is faith and talents come from.

Here are some of my favorite things that he has said:

If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? And that’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ is that it is the most important thing in my life.

On the field I’m trying to play for the glory of God but then also I’m trying to give everything I have and win and compete. And so I think more than just winning or losing, I think He cares about where our hearts are when we’re playing.

But – but the greatest way to witness is by walking that straight and narrow and also realizing that you’re going to mess up. That’s what grace is for. We’re going to fall, but we’ve got to get back up. And you’ve got to improve. And that’s what I’m all about.

Wow! I actually didn’t intend for this post to be about Tim Tebow but it just went in that direction! I was going to talk about how much I LOVE football but I ended up talking about something else…but still related to my initial idea. I am praying for this guy and I hope the Lord continues to use him in a big and mighty way!

Needed to hear this:

January 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Mary Margaret @ 12:07 am

“As God continues his favor towards his own people without intermission, all the good he has hitherto done to us should serve to inspire us with confidence and hope, that he will be gracious and merciful to us in the time to come.” -Calvin (on Psalm 9)

I needed to hear the part where Calvin says that God shows his favor to his children without intermission. He never stops. Even when it feels like he isn’t there, and I have felt that several times, it does not mean that he isn’t working.  God is continually working to bring us to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6). He is constantly working to complete us to present us as a holy and spotless bride to the Creator of the universe. We must not forget his blessings to us in the past. They are there. Since he has so blessed us in past, what makes us think he will not continue to bless us in the future? He is not going to stop blessing us because he himself said that his steadfast love never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, indeed, they are new every morning (Lam 3:22-24).  He is faithful.  GREAT is his faithfulness.  He does not stop working on us because he cannot stop working on us. We aren’t finished yet.

John Newton says it well:

“I am not what I ought to be — ah, how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be — I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be — soon, soon shall I put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, ‘By the grace of God I am what I am.’”

 

New devotional book :)

January 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Margaret @ 7:21 pm

Well to start off this new year, I decided to start a new devotional book.  I really want to try to be more consistent about reading it everyday because last year I started a devotional book in January and quit reading it around March. I don’t want to do that this year!  I picked up Calvin’s Heart Aflame which is a daily reading from Calvin’s Commentary on Psalms.  First of all, I love the title. It really grabbed my attention. Hey, I want a heart aflame! I also really like the forward by Sinclair Ferguson because he starts off by admitting that Calvin’s name is not usually the first name that pops into one’s mind when looking for some light, inspirational material to jumpstart your day. His writings are very deep and theological and require lots of mulling over and contemplation.  However, the way the excerpts are edited (still using Calvin’s exact words for the most part) makes for a very appropriate way to start the day.   Included in each daily entry is just enough Calvin to get the day going.  He starts in Psalm one and goes all the way to the end of the book.  Right now I am on day 13 (yay I am actually keeping up to date!) and we will have spent yesterday, today, and tomorrow on Psalm 8.

What has me so excited about completing this book is what Ferguson said:  ”…in these pages you will find the Spirit-inspired biblical anatomy of the Psalms and the hands of an outstanding physician and surgeon of the spirit.  Reading them (the Psalms) on a daily basis can hardly fail to bring you spiritual health and strength.”  That is what I want this year.  At the end of 2012, I want to be closer to the Lord than I was at the beginning of the year, and I am hoping that reading the Psalms everyday along with Calvin’s corresponding commentary will do just that.  I feel quite confident that they will, so I am pretty excited to see how the Lord will use this book and the Psalms in my life over the course of this year.  I don’t see how it would be even possible for me to not have changed by the end of the year.  I think that will be pretty impossible!

Some of my favorite things Calvin has said so far have been:

“…let us in circumstances of distress, have ever before our eyes the providence of God, to whom it belongs to settle the affairs of the world, and to bring order out of confusion.” (on Psalm 1)

“God principally proves his faithfulness in this, that he does not forsake the work of his own hands, but continually defends those whom he has once received into his favour.” (on Psalm 2)

“Christ collects the dispersed remnants of his people from all quarters and keeps them joined together by the sacred bond of faith, so that not one corner only, but the whole world, is subjected to his authority.” (on Psalm 2)

“Those only can be truly and perfectly happy who are interested in the favour of God, and they ought to live as strangers and pilgrims in the world, in order through hope and patience to obtain, in due time, a better life.” (on Psalm 4).

This last one has been my favorite quotation so far.  It makes me think of Van Morrison‘s song “Astral Weeks”:  ”I’m nothing but a stranger in this world; I’ve got a home on high”.  This world is NOT our home! We are waiting for pearly gates and streets of gold and the everlasting presence of our heavenly Father who will wipe away tears from ALL faces.  This world is not all there is!  It gets SO much better!!!

Just reading the Psalms themselves does the heart and soul a world of good.  But I am so excited about finding out what Calvin has to say about all of them, since he described the Psalms as “an anatomy of all parts of the soul” and that “every experience, every emotion, all the heights and depths, all the joys and sorrows, all the mysteries of human life, are here (in the Psalms).”

 

Until next time :)

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