Thursday, April 10, 2014

Praise Him with a MEGAPHONE

I haven't blogged in awhile, but I want to share a new discovery concerning Praise and Thanks. I'm taking a class on the Psalms and learning so much. Here's what I've found so transforming.

  • Praise is "a public and vocal act of genuine delight in the person and actions of God."* Praise in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is always spoken and meant to be public. There is no silent praise to God.
  • Thanks is a New Testament word. It can be done aloud or privately in one's heart. 

This perspective is a new one for me. It's changing the way I think about my own prayer life. Based on these new-to-me definitions I too often stop at thanks, and fail to actually PRAISE! I desire to be more vocal and public about how I feel about our magnificent God. I want to use a LOUD VOICE (that's "MEGAS PHONE" in the Greek!) What about YOU?

*from And I Will Praise Him, by Ronald B. Allen

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Prodigal Children

Do you have a prodigal child or know someone who does? I found this article written by a prodigal child himself, who just happens to be John Piper's son. It offers great insight that might help a struggling parent out there.

Let Them Come Home (John and Abraham Piper)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Choosing Gratitude

I'm leading a Bible study based on a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss called Choosing Gratitude. After attending a women's retreat this fall, I've been challenged to explore the topic of gratitude. However, I don't just want to learn about gratitude, I want to become a more grateful person. I don't want to stay the same. I want my life to look different after I complete this study.

I'm already grateful to have other women join me -- even though I don't know who they are yet. But tonight and next Tuesday, I'll begin to meet them. I hope they are as anxious as I am to begin this journey of gratitude.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Older I Get

The older I get, the more important family and friends become. I can feel my priorities shifting from things and tasks to people and relationships. I really missed my brother and his family at Thanksgiving. For years they lived in our neighborhood and came to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. I used to joke that I had a double oven -- the second one was at his house. A few years ago they moved to Texas -- Thanksgiving is not the same now. I miss my brother, and he sent this picture to let me know he misses me too.