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TEN THOUSAND REASONS BY MATT REDMAN
The writings of Matthew Mark Luke & John tell the story of Jesus written by people who experienced Christ and his work. When I dig into the stories of how Jesus chose these 12 disciples, I see this deeper story of how God changes hearts and moves mountains for us. These guys set the foundation for Christianity. They started the church, they set the leadership and accountability in place to catapult us forward and save us. They pressed on and when life got really tough, that’s when the church grew the fastest! It works the same way now.
It's so hard to send our kids back to school when we hear about school shootings & bus crashes, but as parents we have to remember that our job is to train up our children to make good decisions. It's our burden as parents to challenge our kids to understand that every decision they make will have a positive or negative outcome. We can't let fear make our decisions for us.
The woman (Antoinett Tuff) who was working in the front office at the school in Atlanta who talked the shooter down, said: "I'm not a hero, I was scared to death!"
Jim Elliot said, “Wherever you are, be all there.” I’m having a hard time being really present anywhere lately if I’m honest. Tim Challies wrote an amazing article in Leadership Journal called “Here and There”, in talking about technology he says he see’s two challenges to presence, to being there in a digital world. ”First, our technologies try to convince me that I can be there even when I remain here, that my presence can be transported through bits, bytes, and pixels, that the essence of who I am can exist on a screen.” Second, the digital world, with all its attractions and distractions, hinders me from being fully here, fully present in life’s best times and places.”
Believe it or not, out of the first 18 years of our child’s life, almost 6 and a half years of that time will be spend in school! That’s over 1/3 of their journey will be outside of our personal care!
That challenges me as a parent to brainstorm new ways to supplement my child’s education and do a better job living out my values. Like Proverbs says, "If we train up a child in the way he should go, when he’s old he won’t depart from it."
We might not have specific control over our kid’s education, but we do have influence & power when we pray for them each day! Carve out the time!
I was listening to the latest song from Sidewalk Prophets: Help Me Find It. These words are so powerful about God's will for our life!
Colton Dixon made an app to add his signature hair to your face!
I've been playing with it this morning while I'm playing the music on SOS Radio! Click here and "Coltonize" yourself!
So, I found the recipes to all the McDonald's favorites online.
Pretty cool. Check 'em out here.
One of my new favorite songs is Luminate: God Can Heal This Home. I really believe that He can! I’ve seen it in some crazy circumstances. One of the keys is to shift our view of what’s best for ME… to what can God do through US?
It’s that idea that maybe marriage isn’t just about making us happy, but more about making us holy.
I feel SO out of style when I see all the clothes at the mall. I'm still in skinny jeans denial! Back to school shopping always does this to me. It's like 5 stages of grief!
1. Denial – The clothing stores are just selling ugly stuff this year. They are out of touch!
2. Anger – I am NOT paying $65 for a ratty t shirt with some designer logo on it. These girl shirts just keep getting tighter and tighter and shorter & shorter…. no one can fit into this!
3. Bargaining – OK.... I've been to 27 stores.....MAYBE I'll let my kid wear that outfit IF I can change it up a little bit and make it a little more modest….