I am LOVING this "Daniel" Bible study. I can't wait to share with you the excellent thoughts that Beth Moore shared today in Daniel 6.
I was praying yesterday, feeling like my world of influence is so small. How do I win souls to Jesus, when I am home with my children and have very limited contact with others? What in my life will start a conversation with a cynical person who might thing the Bible is a bunch of hog-wash?
Philippians 4:4 says "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" God has really been working with me on "joy". I mean, He seems to be hammering this thing in my head, relentlessly!!!! OK, God, I'm getting it!
Beth says, "The word can't help but notice those accosted by joy. The world also can't help noticing a life that seems to work. Our lives can become flesh-and-blood felt boards of the great and glorious paradox: life is found by losing it for the sake of Christ. A vessel is filled by pouring out. The key to receiving is giving. The key to living is dying to self. The greatest in the kingdom is the servant of all. God has been right all along. His upside-down path is the only way to true contentment and satisfaction. The world's claim of happiness is betrayed by an ever-increasing lust for more. Nothing ever suffices. Nothing ever will. Christ alone satisfies the ailing human soul.
Cyrus the Great freed the captives of Babylon, but until further notice, you and I are still here (in our own Babylon culture). WE remain exiles, chosen like Daniel to influence our overindulged, self-absorbed culture for the kingdom of God. We-believers in Christ in a post-modern, increasingly profane western culture-may feel like a small handful amid a scorning populous; but Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four in the midst of thousands. Our path to success is theirs: uncompromising resolve in a big and small things alike. This quote offers some thought:
'It's highly probable that if Daniel had compromised by eating the king's food, he would have compromised about other things too, like bowing to his image. "Oh, I'll still pray to God, but I'll just bow to this thing to spare my life, because, after all, I can do a lot of ministry forGod if I survive." That wasn't Daniel or his uncompromising buddies Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego. When you obey God in the small things, it becomes a lot easier to obey Him in the big things. That's when God shows up. He can shut the mouths of lions and protect you from the flames."-Janet Folger (The Criminalization of Christianity)
We cannot seclude ourselves indefinitely in Christian hideouts. Our lives must be poured out like healing ointment on this injured land. We must not forsake meeting together and jealously holding one another accountable to walk in truth and remain fortified. For now, we live in this Babylon-like culture, but we can proactively guard ourselves from being corrupted by it. Otherwise, like the masses in Daniel's day, we too, will be absorbed into virtual irrelevance."
I know that was a long post, but I hope that it was worth the read! I'm just loving this study and want to share the nuggets He is giving me.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball