Scripture, Short Devotion
Whom are we working to please, the best thinkers of our time or the Thinker of eternity? What is the crucial end game for us, recognition on this culture's glittering red carpet, or recognition in the form of these words, "Well done, good and faithful servant?"If with heart and soul you're doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you're still better off. Don't give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. 1 Peter 3:13-15a
Often, it seems, Christian media is critiqued in such a cynical way that it's hard for those who create it to continue to be motivated. It almost seems that when a truly "good" piece is produced by a believer, the world assumes the position of unabashed amazement.
In the face of opposition and discouragement, let us not forget for Whose glory we are working toward. We must acknowlege our greater purpose, and agree to no compromise, regardless of the criticism or rejection we may face. We must resolve to put truth at the helm, and never turn back to another muse. We should be the model of working with all our ability, as scripture exults us to do the same.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. --C. S. Lewis
Writer, keep your heart in attention before Christ alone! And know that as you do, in the coming year He will give you the passion and the privilege to write your heart and soul for Him.
While your children are small, introduce them to the rewards of a clean living space. Whether it's their own room or a family room, show them the proper way to "pick up" after a playing session. Even a toddler can learn to put everything back into a toy box, though as she grows older, she will find more satisfaction in choosing a more particular spot for each toy. Children are overwhelmed in chaos just like adults. Organization will encourage their developing skills and your present enthusiasm!
Write about the process in which you set a goal and achieved it. What inspired you to set the goal? Who or what encouraged you to continue the pursuit of it? What are the rewards you enjoy now as a result of your determination? What do you think you may have inspired in others as a result of your achievement? Think of the time and effort you placed in seeing the goal through to success? What made it worth it all?
Pork Roast with Apricot-Dijon sauce
1 medium sized Boston Butt pork roast
4 Tbsp Apricot preserves
1 Tbsp Dijon or spicy mustard
Preheat oven to 375. Heat a heavy frying pan on medium-high heat and place roast in it. Sear the roast on all sides, turning it over and alternating sides until they are slightly browned. Set out and sprinkle garlic salt generously over entire roast. Set the roast in a roasting pan and fill the pan with about 2 inches of water. Roast for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the outside has browned well and the inside is no longer pink.
Meanwhile, mix the preserves and the mustard for the sauce. Refrigerate until the roast is ready, and serve alongside, along with your favorite sides.
Now that He (Christ) has gone into heaven, He is at God's right hand, with angels, authorities, and powers subjected to Him. 1 Peter 3:22No matter what you are facing, know that your Deliverer is sitting in supreme authority over it. The One who was willing to give His life for your reconciliation is dominant over anything that seemingly seeks your demise. And not only that, but He is seeking your complete and perfect benefit in His divine plan and purpose for you. What a friend we have in Jesus! Surely we can trust Him in our difficulties, and trust him for our betterment!