Thoughts for Valentines Day  

Today is Valentines Day in which America celebrates LOVE.  Our culture would define love as a mushy, gushy, emotionally charged feeling, and there is nothing inherently wrong with that feeling (within the proper context of course).  However, while reading 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 this morning, I was reminded that there is more to it. This is how God defines true love: 

 "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

This is the kind of live that will never fail! 

Here is an excellent Valentines Day thought from the Botkin sisters:

"Almost every bachelor, boyfriend, suitor, and husband in the world started out as some girl’s annoying little kid brother, and every one of those girls played a part in what kind of man he became.

When we’re tempted to bemoan the fact that the men are not rising up to where we think they should be, we should seriously ask ourselves if we’ve been doing everything we can to help our own men get there. Too many sisters spend their youth teaching their brothers to sit down, be quiet, stop asserting themselves, stay in their place, and take orders – only to grow up and wonder where to find a husband with guts and a backbone. The ones who pushed down their own brothers now pray fervently that somewhere out there, there were some sisters who did not do the same to theirs.

This Valentine’s Day, invest in some other girl’s future Valentine: your brother."

Your Choice!  

The Oil of Forgiveness  

"Forgiveness is the oil that keeps the machinery of the Christian home and church running smoothly. In a world where even those who have been declared perfect in Christ sin, there is much to forgive. Christians who must work together closely find themselves denting each others' fenders, now and then taking out a taillight or two, and at times even having head-on collisions. Under such conditions, forgiveness is what keeps things from breaking down completely."

~Jay Adams "From Forgiven to Forgiving" ~

Some Thoughts on Les Miserables  

This paragraph was written by my dad and presents some wonderful food for thought...what do y'all think?

"After reading the movie reviews of "Les Miserables", we have some questions. We are curious as to why many Christians we know seem fine with subjecting themselves to watching a film which bombastically displays such gross and graphic sexual immorality. For the music? For the redemptive theme in the story? Is the benefit derived from these two elements worth the potentially poisonous defilement to our souls (or the souls of our children) by letting our eyes gaze upon these things? Is it okay to unashamedly watch people engaging in lewd and immoral behavior just because they are actors on a big screen? Would we peek in a window to watch this type of activity? Would we want one of our children to be one of those actors? Is it really necessary to openly subject ourselves to this content to be properly apprised and informed of the harsh realities of sin and suffering in the world?

Just a thought... "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8)."

My First Date  

This is my first date with the best man in the whole world!  :-)

Spurgeon: The Value of Godly Mothers  

"Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing, think the reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship. However, dream not that she is lost to the work of the church. Far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord.

Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty. Christian women, by teaching children the Holy Scriptures, are as much fulfilling their part for the Lord as Moses did in judging Isreal, of Solomon in building the temple.”

~C.H. Spurgeon~

My beautiful mom and little sister Abby!

Day by Day  

"Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest."

~An Old Hymn