My shriveled little heart was pricked by conviction in the past week. It was ugly, let me tell you. The bottom line: I have treasured an idol fashioned out of my ability to presume others' guilt and perceived hypocrisy. I have forgotten--nay, dismissed as folly--the supernatural work of spiritual rebirth, done God's way, in God's methods, with his timing, and under his direction.
We've done some room arranging here at #thereyougothinkingagain. I hope it will make it easier to find specific articles or posts of a particular genre.
Until recently, most of the writing on this blog was driven by Bible studies, conversations, observations, and meditations on Christian life. As I've ventured into contributing pieces for other platforms or publications as well as produce some very genre-specific writing, it just seems to make sense to categorize those posts into separate pages here.
"A Child is in the Well!", by James Smith, was written in 1860. Grace Gems shared it about 6 years ago, and because I shared it on social media, it ended up in my throwback feed. Enjoy.
by James Smith, 1860
My brother sometimes sends me a subject for my pen, and a letter just received from him contains the following account:
"A child is in the well! A child is in the well!"
It is now more than fifty years since I heard that cry. It was a terrible scream, and it is as fresh in my memory, as when it was first uttered by that affrighted woman
Photo credit: Hope Miller
Spiritual contentment comes from the frame of the soul. The contentment of a man or woman who is rightly content does not come so much from outward arguments or from any outward help, as from the disposition of their own hearts. The disposition of their own hearts causes and brings forth this gracious contentment rather than any external thing.
Let me explain myself. Someone is disturbed, suppose it to be a child or a man or a woman. If you come and bring some great thing to please them, perhaps it will quiet them and they will be contented. It is the thing you bring that quiets them, not the disposition of their own spirits, not any good temper in their own hearts, but the external thing you bring them. But when a Christian is content in the right way, the quiet comes more from the temper and disposition of his own heart than from any external argument or from the possession of anything in the world.
~ The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Allow me a moment to do something I rarely do and that is reblog someone else's post. I have a large Facebook following, so usually, if there is an article which I hope people will find interesting/convicting/thought-provoking/inspiring, I share it on my Facebook wall.
Think it not hard if you get not your will, nor your delights in this life;
God will have you to rejoice in nothing but himself.
A 5-Minute Friday post
Opportunities come and go in our lives. Most poignantly, they happen in small slices of time. A moment’s hesitation and a job prospect is gone. One second more and that car would have sideswiped you. The phone sounds its last ring and you grab it in time to hear the apology you've been praying for. You crest the hill at exactly the same moment the sunset sky reaches its most glorious and spectacular release of color and light.
Western news outlets (here, here and here) are reporting daily on escalation of tension between the U.S. and North Korea. You can't avoid catching an image of dictator Kim Jong Un whether you get your news from screen or print, nor are displays of perceived military might scarce, especially transmitted via Korean state media (many project the weaponry carried on parade is fake).
For a beautiful start to your morning, watch this . . .
Pray for the people of Senegal and all people groups therein and around the world to come to know the glory and name of Jesus Christ.
Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;  but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:30-31)
This is an act of providence,
and how do I know what God is about to do,
and how many things depend upon this providence?
~ Jeremiah Burroughs
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
Looking for a list of articles published around the web?
Looking for posts written in response to 5-Minute Friday prompts? Click here:
Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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