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Letter to my son

28 Mar

This letter by another Christian mom really struck  a chord with me… I don’t want my kids to be happy… no siree, I want them to be content in everything and holy before God. I want them to shine His love, not through the cool things they have, but the way they live with Him at the centre. I pray that one day, Elijah and any brothers and sisters he might have will know the love and power of our Lord. That they will be content, good stewards, and strive heavenward, sharing God’s peace, grace and mercy with everyone they meet.

My deepest desire is not that my son be a doctor or a lawyer, but live up to his names and be a man after God’s own heart.

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Rob Bell needs the Gospel

18 Mar

I just watched this and it has made me angry. You watch it first and then listen to why…

Firstly, I want to say that I have watched quite a bit of Rob Bell’s stuff, from back in the day when he was doing the Nooma stuff. Actually he could still be doing the Nooma stuff but I wouldn’t know since I stopped watching it thanks to him. I also want to say that I do not know him personally (though my references to him as Rob) might indicate otherwise. If I did know him personally, I would say all of this to him in the hopes of bringing him back to the Bible.

If you are a Christian, one of the things you should be doing (every day!) is getting your theology from the Bible and bring the theology of others to it. This is so that we don’t stray. We need to be strong (and prepared to speak to others about) the Gospel, and about Jesus. If you are a Christian then the only reason you aren’t in heaven yet is because of the Gospel work you have not yet completed. So the Gospel is a big deal.

If you need a refresher, or you are new here and don’t know this ‘Gospel’ thing, let me tell you quickly:

  1. God made the earth and us to rule over the earth under his authority. (Rev 4:11)
  2. We decided we wanted to rule ourselves and stick it to God. (Rom 3:23)
  3. God punished us with 3 score and 10 years, and hell. (Heb 9:27)
    Let me elaborate at this point. God made us so that He could love us. Since we’ve decided to go our own way, He still loves us but He is just and will punish us. That punishment is no more than we ask for. The Bible describes Hell as a place completely devoid of the loving presence of God. The punishment is simply the result of us choosing to be without God – He sends us away from His presence. He still loves us, and has made a way for us to be forgiven, saved, redeemed…
  4. God sends Jesus to die on the cross for us. (1 Pet 3:18)
    Jesus is perfect, so the only man (fully God, fully man) who doesn’t deserve the penalty for sin takes our penilty for sin so we can be right with God. This is not because we deserve that salvation. It is not because we can earn that salvation. We just lucked out. So we get to be right with God again. A momentary clarify finds us in the blood-mist of our filthy lives and dead souls and through it we can see God’s salvation plan for us. It is Jesus.
  5. God raises Jesus to life. (1 Pet 1:3)
    The perfect God-man how took the sins of the world (past, present and future) is also the conquerer of death, sin and Satan. Jesus is made the judge of all things, living and dead. All people who ever were, are now and ever will be shall pass by His throne and if they knew Him before they died they will not be sent away. Those that did not know Him before that judgement day will be sent away from Him in accordance with their dying wishes. Judgement day is the moment we die, or Jesus returns in glory!

This is the Gospel. We live, we die, we see Jesus. The Bible is very clear on this, and if we are to understand the Gospel and proclaim it to the world as Jesus commanded us to, then we MUST be clear on this too. To suggest for even a second that it is not of eternal importance that we choose Jesus in this life is disastrous. God is grace but He is also justice. If we cannot depend on Him keeping to His word on this then how can we depend on Heaven? If we cannot depend on the salvation of Jesus in this life (or believe in our desperate need for it) then how can be believe that Jesus is the Christ.

These are not open-handed issues. It is not ok to put these unbiblical (indefensible) notions down to misunderstanding or unimportance. They matter fundamentally to us, the Gospel and God.

Rob Bell might be a great guy, but he reaches many with these words of heresy [edit]. In this interview, and in a large amount of his other teaching he is not speaking the words of the Bible. That, friends, is harmful. You can choose to not care; to prevent those who (like us) desperately need it from hearing it in truth. But speak these things as Rob does and you will be aiding in the destruction of people you care about. It is very much a matter of life and death.

EDIT: I stumbled across an exceptional (and long) review of Rob’s book: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/03/14/rob-bell-love-wins-review/

Priorities

18 Feb

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As much as I love blogging and blog reading, I realised yesterday that its becoming an addiction/idol in my life. Therefore I will be blogging more sporadically and only reading a few blogs and then also for a few minutes a day. Its so much more important that I bless my son by spending time with him playing, and bless my husband by having a decent looking house when he comes home, so that I can spend time with him relaxing. I also realised that I spend more time online than I do with God, which is BAD. So I will be around, but not as often as I used to be. But please don’t stop reading, and please keep commenting!!

Today

8 Feb

Its been 3 years and 2 months since I promised my life, my heart and my future to you.

Its been 3 years filled with tickling, breakfast-for-dinner, chocolate slabs, pillow fight-fights, talking teddies, sleep-conversations, dreaming, praying, developer juice, surprises, love, sleeping late, hugs, cuddling, kisses and dancing. Its also been 3 years of hard work, tears, heartbreak, sadness, wanting babies that didn’t come, growing-apart-growing-together, moving and sacrifices.

Then suddenly it changed, two became three within minutes with the skill of a doctors scalpel. The bed now has one more, one demanding, heart stealing, helpless, dependent little one. We wake at night from cries for feeds, we look tiredly at each other, knowing it will happen again and again.

Our time is not our own anymore, this third has stolen that, just as he stole our hearts. This third person we can’t help but love, even through the frustrated tears, the smelly nappies, the sleep deprivation. This third person we have been given, our miracle we wanted too much, the one God gave us to raise for Him.

I wake up early to get ready for the day, making you “developer juice” to stave off the sleep when you go to work for us, I dress myself, and prepare while you both sleep, so that I can do my work during the day. The work I prayed to be blessed with. I look at the two of you sleeping side by side, seeing you, the man who made this little person with me, this unexpected but never-unwanted miracle. My heart swells, it hurts with love, I love so much, two people I was made for. One to love, honour and obey, in sickness and in health, for better or worse, till death parts us. One to love, teach, cherish, grow, nourish, guide and pray for. Two people I could never leave, never forsake and never be without. My life would be emptiness, sadness and lonely meaninglessness without you.

I love you more today, seeing you with our son, seeing him smile at his daddy, knowing you, knowing you were there for him in the first hour of his precious life, when I could not. I love you more today than I did 3 years and 2 months ago, on that summers day under the big tree when we were so young and innocent and we promised each other the world, not knowing what it would take. I love you more today, knowing that you labour daily to provide for us, as God ordained, so that we can raise our son in His ways as He wills. I love you more today looking into the eyes of this tiny bundle of boy and seeing his utter trust and dependence on us, seeing the responsibility we have been given to grow him into a man of God, just like his daddy. I love you more today because you chose me, again and again, even when I am sick and fragile, and unable to be a wife. I love you more today, knowing the price we’ve paid to be here today, knowing the tears we’ve cried, and the prayers we’ve prayed, knowing the pain and frustration we’ve endured. I love you more today, knowing that with each day we will grow together, we will grow with the laughter and the tears of our son, we will grow with the love and commitment of our marriage, and we will one day go home and be together with the Father who grants us these things.

The Godfather

17 Jan

We chose a godfather for Elijah, he is a great guy. A solid Christian, mature, funny guy, who loves Jesus, and Elijah is very taken with him… and seems to have Daniel wrapped around his finger. (Though Elijah has everyone wrapped around his finger…how could he not)

We are very glad to have Daniel as part of Elijah’s life and know that he will be there for him, and keep us accountable, for the promises we as parents make to raise our son in the light of God.

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Bebo Norman : Great Light Of The World

12 Jan

Sometimes at night
I am afraid
I cover my eyes,
Cover my shame
So here in the dark
Broken apart
Come with your light
And fill up my heart

Oh great light of the world
Fill up my soul
I’m half a man here
So come make me whole
Oh great light of the world
Come to impart
The light of your grace
To fill up my heart

The wind of this world
Can push us around
Folding us up
Backing us down
But here in the dark
I’m not alone
So come with your strength
And carry me home

Oh great light of the world
Fill up my soul
I’m half a man here
So come make me whole
Oh great light of the world
Come to impart
The light of your grace

Oh great light of the world
Fill up my soul
I’m half a man here
So come make me whole
Oh great light of the world
Come to impart
The light of your grace
To fill up my heart

The light of your grace
To fill up my heart

Scriptural Encouragement for Pregnant Moms

1 Dec

As you’d have seen in some of my previous posts, I have some fears about the birth and such, and I have been searching for answers to them. Thankfully the bible is full of encouraging words, and even if they are not specifically aimed at childbirth, they have been very helpful thus far. I thought it may be helpful to share some, since I am sure some of you feel the same fears.

I love you, LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:1-2

Be still, and know that I am God
Psalms 46:10

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Phillipians 4:13

These are my verses to ponder/meditate on in this time… let me know if you have any others.

What if this was MY child?

30 Nov

This video is one of many that have spoken to my heart… I was brought to tears… and shame… and conviction…

I have few deep passions and convictions… one has always been young girls and teaching them about godliness and modesty… the other is children. Black, white, coloured… it matters not… this video relit that flame of burden in my heart. What can I do about it? What can I do for the children that are fatherless… motherless?

I live in a country that is wrought with poverty, HIV; babies get dumped in black bags in fields by mother who do not want them… This is MY backyard… Africa is full of lost children who need love and who need Jesus. What am I doing sitting at home comfortably every day thanking God for all the great things I have, buying lovely things for my son… What if that WAS my son? I would do the same… I would call everyone I know, and make them go get him… why am I still sitting here?

Prepare for Rain

29 Nov

Last night we watched Facing the Giants. This scene especially struck home for me.

How true that we often expect God just to bring the rain, but we’re not preparing our fields/hearts for it…

My thoughts for today

16 Nov

Yesterday I realised just how true the statement above is. I watched a video made by a friend of Chris’s for his job as a game reviewer, and in the middle of an unrelated clip, the editor had seen fit to throw in a random pair of breasts. It was unnecessary… just as the hundreds of scantily clad women gracing the covers of men’s magazines, and random videos are not really necessary.

Where are the days when women were admired for their elegance, sophistication, style and femininity? Where are the days where instead of ogling half-naked women, men pursued women by charming them with their chivalry and gentility?
Why does our society deem it appropriate to objectify women, and make them s3x symbols? When are we going to take a stand on this?

I am not speaking only as a Christian, but as a women, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a wife, a mother… I don’t want my father, brother, friends, husband or son having this view of women. There should be a respect for women, for their femininity, for their grace… but more specifically women should respect themselves enough to stand up and be feminine and graceful… without dressing prudish, but maintaining an air of mystery.

Men are designed to pursue us, and whats the point when we hand it to them on a platter – our mysteries: physical and emotional. We have no qualms about sharing our bodies with their eyes, whether in low, revealing outfits or tight-painted-on ones. Neither do we seem to see the value of keeping our secrets and our inmost thoughts to ourselves, to share one day with our husbands. By the time a women gets married nowadays, half the male population has either slept with her, or seen almost all of her body, or knows all her thoughts. This is thanks to social networks in part, but mostly the fact that we see nothing as sacred anymore. Our bodies are nothing more than instruments to get as much attention from men as possible.

Some people blame the men, saying they should control their eyes and their thoughts, and yes, they should. But they were designed to be attracted to us, to enjoy the female form… in marriage, and then only their wives. The responsibility does not rest solely on them. We have the responsibility to stand up and fight for sacred femininity, and the grace and elegance that women inherently have. That which really attracts men, that which was given to us for our husbands enjoyment, so we can be helpers and companions to them. Not so that all the world can see our bodies, or our minds, but so that we portray that mystery that we were
intended to.

I am deeply saddened when I see young women walking around malls dressed in skimpy outfits, leaving nothing to the imagination; it saddens me when I see the men around stare at them, and for all the wrong reasons. Have we lost all our self respect? Have we totally lost the desire to be wanted for our charm and grace, as opposed to the shape of our breasts? Why should godly men have to “bounce” their eyes whenever they walk in public, because of all the skin thats shown… for fear that they stumble, or be seen as perverts. Why do men get called perverts when its exactly what we’re asking for when we walk around in our skin tight, low, revealing outfits?

I think its time for women to take a hard look at ourselves and make a change, and decide to be more Audrey Hepburn, with elegance, grace and class, and less like a Victoria’s Secrets model, handing all mystery to the world on a tarnished platter.