Nov 24 2017

The Slippery Slope of Getting Comfortable with Sin

The Five Minute Friday word for today is familiar. This word brought me back to a study in Psalm 1 I did earlier this week. Here’s a bit of how I approached Psalm 1.

  • Pray — I prayed to see the text “fresh” and asked God to help me to be humble, to have a longing for the Word, and to understand what I was reading.
  • Read — I read the passage multiple times, including reading more than one translation. I was reading to answer two questions: What do the verses say? What stands out (or “lights up”) to me?
  • Observe — I went back and answered: What do I see? I looked for themes, repeated words, and made 2 observations each verse.
  • Interpret — I focused on answering: What does the passage mean? I considered authorship, audience, context, purpose. I looked for how the verses reveal a truth about God and truth about me (or the nature of mankind).
  • Apply — I asked myself: What does God want me to do? or How can I respond to what these verses way?
  • Pray — Based on what I learned, I talked with God confessing the truth about myself and asking him to guide me to be like Him.

I’ve read Psalm 1 many times, and God helped me to see something I hadn’t seen before. I found it in the words walk, stand, and sit.

The Slippery Slope of Getting Comfortable with Sin

 

Go. “Oh, I’d never do that.” We all think those thoughts. We know it’s beyond us, but it’s not. We’re all capable of doing the unthinkable. But the path from integrity to the unacceptable is a slippery, downward path of getting familiar with just a little bit not-so-good. We tell ourselves it’s entertainment. We’re adults and know better. But the filter turns off, and the council begins. We listen to evil, and it becomes normal. We watch evil, and it becomes natural. Then, because it’s so familiar, we consider. And then we’re almost hooked.

As a believer, we have the opportunity for escape, but that window gets smaller and smaller the more we expose ourselves to what isn’t good. What we watch and listen to (in all it’s forms) affect our thinking. Marking draws us in, and it’s hard to not be pulled along.

May we be like the blessed man. Stop.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

Psalm 1:1

 

 

Comfortable with sin

Who is influencing you

As you go about your day, consider who is influencing you. Psalm 1:2 recommends a day and night meditation on God’s word for good reason. It’s a path that leads to strength and blessing.

I want to be blessed. I want to be strong. Don’t you?

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Nov 20 2017

Congratulations to Our Lego® Gator Winner!

Congratulations to Our Winner!

I want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our LEGO® Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator giveaway and helped make it a success!

I’m happy to announce that Elicia P. is our winner. Congratulations on winning a LEGO® Snapology Mascot Sebastian Gator.

Her name was chosen at random, but everyone who participated had to leave a comment. I thought you might enjoy her comment about the ways she is providing STEM play in her son’s life.

Here are her comments:

What are you doing now to help your children with STEM play?
I have actually gotten him so neat building stem kits,

What is one thing you wish you could do to help your children with STEM play? nothing, my son has a really good mind and his problem solving is good. Although, it does take me backing down on some things when he has trouble figuring it out.

Which of Bear’s projects (above) look the most interesting to you? Why? the dice tower looks pretty neat. I am sure my son would like that.

Have you ever participated in a Snapology event? If so, which one? I have not.

May God give her wisdom, grace, and strength in her role as a mom and as she leads her son in STEM play.

Backing down and letting him wrestle through problem-solving is a good gift she is giving her son. Giving children “just right” challenges is the best way to help them grow.

If you missed the giveaway, you are not all at a loss. Check out the post here and dive into the benefits of STEM play. Providing opportunities for STEM play will help your child now and prepare for his or her future.

This giveaway was fun for me. Who doesn’t love to give away play?

 

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Nov 18 2017

Book Review: True Identity by John C. Majors

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True Identity by John C. Majors

 

True Identity by John C. Majors* (affiliate link) is all about helping teens understand who they are in Christ. From identity to mission, John Majors helps teens navigate purpose. I look forward to my teenagers reading it now that I’ve finished.

What I like

I like the author’s conversational style of writing. He communicates his message through stories and practical examples. He puts in humor, which is always a winner.

He addresses many difficult issues straight on and in a biblical and compassionate way. Transgender and same-sex attraction are two big topics that need addressing our world today. Because his focus is on rooting a person’s identity in Christ, the answers have a bigger perspective than simply how someone is feeling at the moment.

My favorite parts

I enjoyed the stories he shared about his own life. He didn’t always have it together. Life is a journey of growing in Christ. Through his life, the reader can find encouragement.

Final thoughts

My biggest takeaways:

  • Understanding who we are matters.
  • Our sense of self has many influences.
  • We have a purpose. When we have a Christ-rooted identity, we can fulfill our purpose knowing God made us the way we are for a reason.

I recommend this book for anyone who has a teenager in their life. (Don’t forget to read it first, there are good words in there for all of us to remember.)

Resources at the end of the book

At the end of the book are some recommended books like CS Lewis* and Oswald Chambers*. The author sites throughout the book the impact of good books. Good books are wonderful additions to the living-life-together mentors God puts in our life.


Note:

I was given a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House Book Publishers. My opinion is my own. Unlike a biased view of my kids (the best in the world), the review is my honest thoughts and reflections.

Links in this post contain affiliate links (marked with an asterisk). If you choose to purchase products mentioned on this page, I do benefit—at no extra charge to you. My intention is to bring to your attention products I recommend. Read my disclosure policy here.

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