(Posted as today's devotional at godly_gals. I thought it was something that might interest others. Cross-posted to various Christian communities.)The GodlyGals Boards
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: Keep A Quiet Heart
Scripture: Joshua 13:14The Childless Man or Woman
Children, God tells us, are a heritage from Him. Is the man or woman to whom He gives no children therefore disinherited? Surely not. The Lord gave portions of land to each tribe of Israel except one. "The tribe of Levi... received no holding; the Lord God of Israel is their portion, as he promised them" (Joshua 13:14, NEB). Withholding what He granted to the rest, He gave to Levi a higher privilege. May we not see childlessness in the same light? I believe there is a special gift for those to whom God does not give the gift of physical fatherhood or motherhood.( Read more...Collapse )
This was part of a devotional series by Elisabeth Elliot that I thought hit a lot of really good points. Seemed like something to share here. Hope you all get something from it :)
Author: Elisabeth Elliot(reposted from godly_gals, cross-posted in some Christian communities)
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
Scripture: 1 John 1:6-7
The Root of Hostility to Others
When personal relationships break down, it is a sure sign that there is some rift in one's relationship with God. The deeper the rift, the broader will be the effect on the human level. Rebellion against our Creator and Redeemer--against the One who designed us and gives us the breath of life and loves us every minute of every day--is not only unreasonable but outrageous. The sense of outrage will reveal itself in our treatment of others.
We "get at" God by getting at those He has made, especially those whom his providence has placed close to us. We cannot bear the image of God in them, for we cannot bear the ineradicability of that image in our own being. It is a constant reminder of our own sin, which is the violation of the divine image. Without the consciousness of a legitimate claim on our lives, we could not know sin.
To recognize and submit to that claim is to return to peace and fellowship.
"If we claim to be sharing in his life while we walk in the dark, our words and our lives are a lie; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, then we share together a common life, and we are being cleansed from every sin by the blood of Jesus His Son" (l Jn 1:6,7 NEB).
Hi everyone! My name is Liz and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you all about an online ministry geared toward young women. It's called GodlyGals. We've had a community here on lj for some time now (godly_gals
), but now things are getting started in other areas. Our message board is up (http://godlygals.com/board
) and very soon we will have our online magazine going (http://godlygals.com
- nothing there yet!).
We discuss current events, issues that are a concern, dating, health, and lots of other things that are deemed appropriate. Soon we will also have a Bible study, book club, prayer list, and lots of discussion over Biblical topics. We need people to join and help us build this ministry!
God has laid it on my heart to minister to young women and I am using the talents he has given me and the avenues he has opened for me to do so. I would really appreciate you taking a look at what we have and becoming a part of what I truly believe is something that will bring glory to God. Thank you!
(Cross-posted to a lot of places. I'm very sorry if you see this thing more than once!)
I hope this is ok to share. My friend Abi is trying to help her cousin out and I would like to try and give both her and him a hand as well. Here is what she shared with me:Hello Friends!!! I am writing on behalf of a family member. My cousin is in the Peace Corps in the Philippines. His recent contacts have let us know what he needs to help those around him. He works with school children every day and has discovered they are in LOVE with the NBA here in the U.S.
So, here is what I am wondering...do you (or anyone you know) have any old T-shirts that have a NBA team on it? It does not have to be new, just clean and readable and any size will do. If you e-mail me, I will arrange postage, so you will not have large costs for sending it overseas or even to me here in Indiana.
Please let me know if you have anything that might help. Since these people beat there clothes on rocks, the shirts usually only last 6 months, so that is why he is looking for used ones instead of new. Thank you to everyone and let me know if you have anything!
Leave me a comment or e-mail me at email@example.com if you have any you are willing to contribute.
Okay...so this all actually happened yesterday, but i was too tired to attempt to write about it.
so, i was at work, and angie and encountered a really strange and rather heartwrenching situation. THere is a little boy and his sister who normally don't play very well with the other kids and we, at times, have to tell them they need to calm down, use nicer words, or simply be kinder to the other kids. tonight one of those kids pretty much broke down and was crying a river and so i was talking to him in the corner trying to calm him down (he was supposed to be in time out) well, where he happened to be sitting in the corner uner the coat racks and my keys were hung on one of them. now, i have a green lanyard that says "i love Jesus" in huge white lettering. the kid saw it and askied if it was mine. i told him yes and he said that his parents tell him that if he talked about "that guy" (the poor child can't even say his name!) you go to jail!
i asked the other kid if this was true, and she said yes.
What in the world are we teaching our kids???? Jesus wasn't a criminal...i don't understand why you would tell your child this...this kid is three years old. i get that you might get in trouble in a public school or something...but even there they have christian groups of sorts...i couldn't believe my ears! i didn't know what to say after that...not to mention the YMCA is supposed to be a Christian environment. Angie and i were pretty much baffled and had no idea what to do at that point so we told him to go play.
i went to adoration and just pretty much bawled...i was a wreck...these children are our future and this is what we are teaching them? that they aren't allowed to have faith? That they can go to jail for speaking Jesus' name? it didn't help that when i walked into the chapel there was absolutely NO ONE there, and i looked on the sign-in sheet to find that no one had been there to visit him since four o'clock that afternoon! (we have perpetual adoration) i always feel horrible leaving Him late at night by Himself even though the chapel is password protected, but in the middle of the afternoon? the password entry doesn't even kick in until six!!!!! that made me even more sad, and i eventually found myself getting angry. to calm myself down i walked the chapel and said a rosary. then i got sad again. finally i prayed a divine mercy chaplet for the family, and just left them to our Lord. i realized that there wasn't more i could do for those poor kids without jeopardizing my job or getting the Y possibly involved in a major lawsuit.
so i guess what i'm asking for is prayers for this family.