By Elizabeth Prata
I started a Gratitude Journal. I’m grateful every day, and I often express that gratitude in prayer. But I don’t remember these expressions from day to day or month to month. God is faithful and providentially supports me every day, and I decided it was important to keep a record of His faithfulness so I can see the bulk of His work and graces to me in toto. Ultimately praise reflects back to His glory and I want to always shine a light about His glory working in my life.
I have never been good about keeping up a journal though. I love collecting notebooks and journals but rarely fill them up. I like the journals better than what I put inside, lol. I love this journal. It was a gift and I’ve been waiting to put it to a certain and good use. The leather is butter soft, the pages are thick, the size is perfect and the clasp is solid. I’m hoping that the need to praise and exalt him, and the quality of the journal I’ll enjoy when handling it will inspire me to keep it up.
Here are various items for your perusal. I found them edifying, I hope you do too.
Don’t forget how dead we were. Do we remember how desperate our spiritual condition was? David Murray speaks of it in his sermon summary Spiritual Resurrection. His full Sermon notes & infographic here.
On defending and protecting your kids from these evil days, Peachtree Baptist Church Pastor’s Wife has some thoughts.
Susan Lafferty muses on weeds, actual and spiritual.
Darryl Dash said he took up someone’s encouragement to read the Bible in 40 days, and greatly benefited by it.
The Sound of Collective Grief, as many people had plans for April, including weddings, that had to go by the wayside…
We also grieve that we are not able to gather as a local body.
When you have an eternal perspective, you can be sad at the passing of the man who killed your father, and rejoice that you will see him again in glory. Mincaye is now passing through the gates of splendor.
You know the fake smile and the “Oh, I’m just fine!” when you ask at church, Why you should avoid stoicism and fake-happiness when suffering hits
We all need other people. Yes, even now. Even me.
Glenna Marshall reminds us ladies to Keep coming to the Lord
Justin Peters Ministry does a monumental work in showing The Modern Prophets and Faith Healers Utterly Destroyed by COVID 19. Please watch!
Always interesting and helpful, Reagan Rose’s Redeeming Productivity Show
Even if this doesn’t apply to you this is still a fantastic and insightful treatment of the issue of Pornography and the Church. It isn’t an issue for me but I was blown away by the discussion. DB Harrison and Virgil “Omaha” Walker nailed it again.
I enjoyed this discussion at Women Encouraged between Bethany Barendregt and Summer White about feminism, all the more important for us ladies to prepare our minds for discussions such as these with Hulu’s massive hit Mrs. America, the series look at the epic battle in the ’70s as second wave feminism rose between conservative women led by Phyllis Schlafly and feminist Gloria Steinem.
Bethany was talking with Summer Jaeger about feminism and how Christian women should examine this worldview. We hit a variety of related topics in our conversation including legalism, faithfulness, Bible reading, agreeing with God, and cultivating discussion about hard topics with our friends.