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Fruit Central

6 Feb

Can I recommend once again another read that I’ve enjoyed going back to over and over? Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovic from Femina is a short little piece that has taught me lessons I replay often.

One of her chapters describes the nature of fruit trees. They produce an abundance of fruit if they’re healthy, and of the fruit they produce, there is often a lot of it that never gets eaten but rather falls off and is left along the way. That doesn’t stop the tress from doing what they’re supposed to do. They make their fruit, not caring who eats it or what happens to it. Continue reading

The Family: Some great links

29 Nov

I’ve got more on marriage, coming soon, but for now just a few links that have been so helpful and encouraging to me over the past few years. I check out these blogs regularly and am so blessed to see the faithful ministries of these two families (the Mahaney’s & the Wilson’s). Really, the gospel fruitfulness that can come from a home that is dedicated to honouring and enjoying God blows my mind. The home is a place where so much important stuff can happen for the kingdom. It’s a training ground for little minds, a place of warmth and unconditional love, a haven for the weary and tired, and a source of wonderful God-given relationships. I hope that you will check these out regularly and peruse the many different categories that these women have written about in order to glean wisdom, insight and hopefulness about what the Christian home can become, by God’s grace.

Take a peak!

And, just for some added encouragement, read what the wonderful Charles Spurgeon wrote in the November 10th entry from his devotional series, Morning & Evening:

“The eternal God is thy refuge”– Deuteronomy 33:27

The word refuge may be translated ‘mansion’, or ‘abiding-pace’, which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is a fulness and sweetness in the metaphor, for dear to our hearts is our home, although it be the humblest cottage, or the scantiest garret; and dearer far is our blessed God, in whom we live, and move, and have our being. It is at home that we feel safe; we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. So when we are with our God we ‘fear no evil’. He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge. At home,  we take our rest; it is there we find repose after the fatigue and toil of the day. And so our hearts find rest in God, when , wearied with life’s conflict, we turn to him, and our soul dwells at ease. At home, also, we let our hearts loos; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So when we are with God we can commune freely with Him, laying open all our hidden desires; for the ‘secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him;, the secrets of them that fear Him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord. Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in Him which far surpasses all outer joy.  It is also for home that we work and labour. The thought of it gives strength to bear the daily burden, and quickens the finders to perform the task; and in this sense we may also say that God is our home. Love to Him strengthens us. We think of Him in the person of His dear Son; and a glimpse of the suffering face of the Redeemer constrains us to labour in His cause. We feel that we must work, for we have brethren yet to be saved, and we have our Father’s heart to make glad by bringing home His wandering sons; we would fill with holy mirth the sacred family among whom we dwell. Happy are those who have thus the God of Jacob for their refuge!

The Family: Marriage

16 Nov

Here are two short little videos with John Piper, D.A. Carson & Tim Keller for Together for the Gospel & The Gospel Coalition on “Sustaining the Covenant of Marriage”, “The Power of the Gospel & Marital Love”.

In thinking about the family, and beginning with marriage as the starting point for family life, it’s important to ask yourself what marriage is all about or in other words, what is the purpose of marriage? Is it just another type of romantic relationship that may or may not last? Does it really matter if your marriage fails? What makes a marriage last? Just some questions to get the thoughts flowing, and hopefully I can add a few more relevant links that will give helpful insight as well as point towards some passages in scripture to help us to think through this topic.

Sustaining the Covenant of Marital Love

The Power of the Gospel in Marriage