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As if A Day: 07.19.09

The weeks pass as if a day.

This week’s highlights were:

  • When a dear older man gave me a gospel tract (story forthcoming).
  • Enrollment in next week’s camp jumping from three kids to eight! (Prayers work!)
  • Working out many of the details concerning my schooling.
  • A renewed understanding of trials in the life of the Christian.
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Thoughts on Suffering: Part I

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I was talking to my mom yesterday about a dear woman who is on her death bed with cancer.  She has two young children and one amazing husband.  This woman is right here in my city.  It makes it feel very real.  My mom asked the question, “Why would God allow her to be taken away!”  And it hit me, “For His glory!”

We do not understand what brings glory to God.  The suffering of Jesus brought glory to God.

For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one sorrows while suffering unjustly.  For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?  But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.  For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.  1 Peter 2:19-24 ESV

In my flesh, I cry out with those who say, “Why?”  Why does a young mother get snatched from her family?  Why do innocent unborn children die at the hands of doctors?  Why did God’s perfect Son get nailed to a cross taking on the wrath of God for me?  It does not seem fair.  But GOD…

God knows just what will bring Him the most glory.  He knows when taking away a wife will create a warrior man for His kingdom.  He knows when taking away a mother will raise up two children who will lead many to righteousness.  I do not know the end result, but I do know that God does.  Even in my small sufferings- loss of a friendship, death of a dream, etc.- God is in control and is working to bring glory to Himself.

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Though I feel under equipped to talk about this subject, I do want to share some practical thoughts  on dealing with times of suffering as a Christian.  Stop by next week for Part II!

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As if A Day: 07.12.09

The weeks pass as if a day…

This week’s highlights were:

  • Finishing the other half of the fall schedule for my business.
  • Sweet reminder’s of answered prayers through the sale of various items that brought in a little much needed cash.
  • A time of worship with the reminder that God meets people in so many different churches.
  • A bit of meditation on Psalm 93:5, “Your testimonies are fully confirmed…” (NASB)
  • The feeling that the Reverend Mother said to Maria in The Sound of Music, “When God closes a door, He opens a window.”   Feeling a window possibly opening…
  • Seeing two of the babies I helped deliver.  One is now eight weeks old and the other is just four weeks old.  They are precious!
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Entrusted With My Business

I never realized when I opened my own business that it would be such a fertile ground for ministry.  From making classes accessible through low tuition rates and scholarship opportunities to providing a healthy environment for kids, there is something special happening at this place God has given to me.

Opportunities also come up to talk about faith.  Just this week I dealt with a set of cousins that are dear girls but both struggle with their own personal issues relating to family.  They have been spending a bit too much time together and are starting to get on each other’s nerves.  In her frustration, one cousin made some very embarrassment comments about the other in front of the group of kids.  A lesson in reconciliation was in order.  Though the conversation was directive in nature, I could see both girls soften as they apologized and offered forgiveness to one another.  Even more than what was happening between them was the seeming relief of having a mediator.  They both felt loved.  After a few minutes of conversation, one of the girls said she wished I would come live with them.

The conversation was such a reminder that kids thrive within good boundaries.  This same little girl lied to me earlier in the week telling me she had not brought a drink with the hope that I would give her soda.  I corrected her and gave instruction for how she should have handled the situation.  She apologized, and today when she wanted soda, she politely followed the instructions, “Miss Jenny, I brought water, but I would still like something else to drink.  May I have some soda?”

I am entrusted with my business, with the families, and the students.  The best part of this week was not the new enrollment numbers, the mostly-well-behaved kids, or the much needed rent money that came in.  The best part of this week was getting to talk about Jesus with a couple of the students and getting to shower some love on kids.  Praise God that He has entrusted me with my business.

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As if a Day: 06.28.09

The weeks pass as if a day…

This week’s highlights were:

  • 15 delightful girls at Dance, Dance, Dance camp.
  • Much progress working on my business.
  • A training for a possible new job opportunity to supplement my other work.
  • A conversation about eternity with a local police officer (story forthcoming).
  • An evening out with a friend and hearing the ways God is blessing her life.
  • The opportunity to introduce two girls at camp to some conflict resolution skills.
  • Learning that boundaries given in love will make a child feel more loved than giving in to their sin (the same two girls!).
  • Tastes of God’s glory and touches of His love.
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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: 06.22.09

For Today…

Outside my window… night is falling (writing this Sunday evening).

I am thinking… what a busy week I have ahead of me.

From the learning rooms… teaching a bunch of girls a bunch of fun dances this week at camp.

I am thankful for… my Heavenly Father.

From the kitchen… fresh blueberries- a gift from a sweet friend.

I am wearing… this very different skirt with turtles on it.  I’ve had if for a year and finally felt in the mood to wear it.

I am reading… Deuteronomy.

I am hoping… to have a week even better than last week filled with reminders of my Gracious God.

I am creating.. art projects for this week’s camp.

I am praying… for more grace and opportunities to share the Gospel.

Around the house… I accomplished nearly everything on my to-do list today!

One of my favorite things… an organized room, John Piper’s sermon playing…

Have a blessed Monday!

HT: The Simple Woman’s Daybook

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As if a Day: 06.21.09

The weeks pass as if a day…

This week’s highlights were:

  • Six amazing little girls at Princess Ballet Camp.
  • Two successful open houses at my studio and the blessing of new faces registering for fall.
  • A makeover of the art room at the studio- thanks to the moms who painted, and painted, and painted to cover the cave of wood paneling!
  • My Vista Print order came.  Lots of great promotional materials.  Time to paint the town!
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  • An eternity conversation with my mechanic (story coming this week).
  • Reminders of God’s faithfulness through friend’s encouragement.