Friday, March 30, 2012

Evangelism Focus--Easter 03/30/12

On the days leading up to Easter, I have returned to my "Easter Packs" for evangelism during this time. Each "Easter Pack" contains a gospel tract, a note written by me, and a couple pieces of candy, all packaged in a Ziploc bag with a flower sticker on it. A couple weeks before Easter, I make sure I have several packs made up. I keep a box of them in my car, and I keep several of them loaded into my purse at all times. As I'm running my errands, I hand one to the attendant at the counter and say, "Happy Easter! This is for you." It's that easy. I encourage you to give this idea a try around holidays. Everyone seems to be willing to accept a greeting and a token gift around special days of the year.

 The "Easter packs" are pictured below.

Here's the text from the note I included in each pack:

Did you know that Easter is about more than colored eggs and candy? Easter is celebrated because it is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. His life and death were predicted (in the Bible) hundreds of years before he was born.

In the book of Isaiah, it reads, "Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one-- to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity [sin] of us all." (Isaiah 53:4-6).

I have provided for you a gospel tract with a little more information about this event in history and its ramifications. I simply ask that you consider this information today and ask yourself, "Is it true?" If it isn't true, then reject it. If it is true, then it demands a response.

Thank you for taking the time to read this today. Happy Easter! May it be your best one ever.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Scripture Minded

I have several godly friends in my life who follow hard after the Lord, some live near and some live far from me. Two friends in particular are very Scripture minded. When I reach out to them for prayer or counsel, they always counsel me with Scripture. This is so appreciated and something I wish to model in my own life.

Last week, I had to travel to Georgia for some work training. I'm generally not afraid to be alone, but in this case I did have a bit of apprehension about the whole car-renting/driving-an-hour-in-the-dark-on-unfamiliar-roads-to-get-to-my-hotel experience, not to mention the pressure of learning a new job.

Currrently, my friend Kim and I are in the process of memorizing Psalm 119 (we're taking this whole year-ish to do this). Because she knew of some of the things going on in my head concerning this trip, she suggested we take a verse each day from what we were memorizing and counsel our minds with it. So, each day she called my cell phone and left a message with the "verse of the day" and application for the day. God used this greatly in my life during the week.

I'm very grateful for godly, Scripture-minded friends. I want to be one too!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Just For Fun

I tend to shy away from hobbies as it can be yet one more thing to distract me from spending time with the Lord, one more thing to consume me. But, I do enjoy the occasional creative outlet, one of those being arranging flowers (oddly, I find it relaxing).

When my friend Kim and I went to Indiana for a conference last year, we also did a little garage saling. At which time, I purchased these cute little rain boots (actual baby rain boots, size newborn) with the thought that I could do something creative with them someday.

Recently, my mom gave me a bouquet of flowers, and they were just begging to be arranged in those little rain boots.

Voila! The finished product.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Temporary Break

Perhaps you have noticed (perhaps not) that this daily blog has not seen a post to it in two + weeks. I'll be back on Monday, March 26, to continue with daily posting and provide a few updates.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Attitudes of a Transformed Heart

I am currently in a discipleship book study with another woman and we are reading Attitudes of a Transformed Heart by Martha Peace. I highly recommend this book for discipling a new Christian or for using in a Bible Study. This book covers the basics and moves up to more complex ideas covering Our Attitudes about God, Our Attitudes About Man, The Psychologized Man, The Holiness of God, God's Holy Standards, Biblical Doctrine, Application of Doctrine, etc. Each section ends in a series of questions that reiterates and reinforces the teaching of that chapter. It is saturated with Scripture. This book is written by a woman (and probably for women), but I have found nothing so far that is geared exclusively toward women (other than the girly cover of the book). This book (or sections of it) could easily be used in a men's study as well. Men, I encourage you to check it out too.

One thing I appreciate about the book is that it takes the time to explain the gospel and gives worksheets at the back of the book (and instructs you to stop and fill out after specific sections) that work through the concept of salvation (Who is Jesus?, What Jesus Did on the Cross, What Does the Bible Teach About Sin?) These worksheets can also be found on the Martha Peace website. You can click here to download them. They are free for the sharing, and you are encouraged to do so.

Again, if you're looking for a good discipleship book, consider this one. At the very least, pick up a copy to have on your bookshelf as a resource.

I've heard Martha Peace speak in person a few times. She is a Biblical counselor and has written several books. At the last event I attended, she said (about "Attitudes of a Transformed Heart") "If I could write only one book, this is the one I would want it to be." It is the first book of hers that I have read, and I have not been disappointed.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 03/05/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. We made candy treats using Hershey Hugs, pretzels, and M&Ms. Here's how:

First, unwrap the Hugs (I highly encourage cookie projects with little kids that involve unwrapping candy-takes a long time, and they feel quite accomplished in the end).

Next, line up pretzels (square or twists) on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

Then place a hug or kiss (chocolate candy) on top of each pretzel and place in a slow oven (200 degrees) for 5-6 minutes, just until the candy is "melty".

Next, place an M&M on top of each chocolate covered pretzel and gently press down.

We tried out the newest M&M flavors tonight, mint and raspberry, dark chocolate (we highly recommend these, and the mint seemed to be slightly more popular than the raspberry).

Let cool (I usually place them in the refrigerator for a few minutes), and you have yourself a tasty little treat.

We also read from Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. Tonight we read lesson 64: "God's Children Look for What is Coming" and Emily read 1 John 3:1-3 for us from the Bible. Good discussion involving what it means to be a Christian and what can be expected from living life as a Christian came out of tonight's lesson. This book has been well worth the read. I'm very glad we've been systematically working through it (and at one lesson every other week, we've been in the book for about three years now).

We also managed to squeeze in a few rounds of Mickey Mouse Uno. As usual, a fun time was had by all.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Evangelism Focus 03/02/12

Yesterday, I was listening to the Christian Worldview radio program. The host, David Wheaton, asked one of his guests (a former drug dealer and drug addict), "How did you hear the gospel?" The guest said this, "I was on my way home from work on the bus and a man shared the gospel with me." (which was the seed that led to this man's conversion to Christ).

Hmmmm. Ask yourself the question I've been asking myself ever since hearing this program, "Shared the gospel with any strangers lately?"

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Workplace Musings 03/01/12

God has recently given me a new job/profession. I have been a medical transcriptionist for many years but, alas, it is a dying field (with the introduction of voice recognition software and the electronic medical record). As I've seen my department dwindle in number of employees and my workload decrease within the last year, I knew my present job with this company would not last long. I marvel at God's goodness and faithfulness as, at just the right time, He opened up another opportunity within this company for me. I'm also amazed at how God used my past experiences to shape me, prepare me, and allow me this new job. Before I was a transcriptionist, I was a preschool teacher. My new job entails training employees on how to the use the electronic medical record system (a glorified teacher, if you will).

I'm grateful for this provision from God's hand and will seek to glorify Him in this new position and in all that I do (P.S. prayer would be appreciated in this regard). 

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