Snow Day! It has been cold this week in Texas. Granted, I know some of you are much colder and have a lot more snow-but I will take what I can get.
It is such a rare opportunity here to photograph birds in the snow so I had fun behind my camera. I posted several of my shots on Facebook on the Tuning My Heart page. (I do not know if the link will work for you, if not click on the facebook link on the right side of this webpage.)
New on My Site This Week:
My look at Psalm 119 continues:
Freebie Thursday-It's all about Redwork this week on the Quilt Blog
Happy New Year:Part 3-the conclusion to my photo journey of our anniversary trip.
Around the Web:
Preach the Word: Because It Makes the Ministry Dependent on God-I have been enjoying John MacArthur's series Preach the Word. What he has to say is not just relevant to pastors, but for all of us. This particular one struck me as I continue to consider the ministry of my life as a blogger. "By contrast, a ministry that centers on the preaching of God’s Word is a ministry that is, by definition, wholly dependent on God. Rather than relying on gimmicks or ploys, it relies on God Himself for both its content and direction."
Judges Judging US-This is a great look at the book of Judges I saw it in a new light after reading this post by Jesse Johnson. "Plainly and practically: the church is not defeated (or threatened) if a court case about marriage goes this way or that way. The church does not lose if there are, say…gay marriages at the Grammy’s, or if abortion is funded by tax dollars. Those things are sinful, obviously, and are signs of God’s judgment on our country. But the danger for the church is always compromise being allowed on the inside. We are not responsible for what happens in the world, but we are responsible for what happens in our heart and in our flocks. That is where defeat and danger are seen. We should lament the culture’s run into sin, but also understand that the real battlefield is not the culture war, but the war for the purity of our hearts, our homes, and our churches–culminating in evangelism. "
Dear Donald Miller-There is an interesting conversation going on in the blogosphere about whether Christians should attend church or not. Many young people are looking for a way out of the inauthenticity they see in their local church. The results have been very interesting and worthy of consideration by all of us.
BRRRrrrrr. It is a brisk 28 degrees here this afternoon with periods of sleet, snow, and freezing rain. Just yesterday it was 78. I love winter but it sure drops in here in dramatic ways around and never stays for very long. Now is the time to remind myself how I longed for spring when we lived in Michigan where the winter weather that started in October was still going strong in March.
New on the site this week:
Psalm 119 continues:
Incline My Heart -My favorite email this week said this is precisely why I started blogging as Tuning My Heart, my recognition that the change I wish to see, the growth I want, will all come from God being at work in my life and me simply yielding to Him.
Give Me Life
Give Me Life! I guess I liked that title this week... To life! To life! L'chai-im!
I began a journey through some of the writings on Calvinism.
My Reading List on the Reformation- I would love to have some other minds weigh in as I read these!
On Controversy: Part 1-My opening thoughts on a letter written by John Newton that is very applicable to us today. After reading this I found a book on Amazon that contains many of John Newton's letters, apparently he was a sort of Dear Abby for Christians during his time as a minister of the Gospel. I'm hooked. This particular letter can be found for free here.
On the quilting front, things continue to be slow. I have been battling a cold and just feeling a lot more tired than usual. It has felt better to just curl up under a quilt with a book to read and a hot cup of tea to sip, so that dear friends is what I have been doing. Oh, and Bailey and I also have enjoyed some snuggle time while watching Leave it to Beaver after lunch. It is so hard to say no to him when he comes and asks for snuggles.
What is Happening in the Studio-I have a new helper in the studio and he even let me get some work done.
Freebie Thursday-Some fun Christmas quilts to add to my ever growing list of future projects.
And from around the web:
5 Things Mistaken for Evangelism- Good points to remember from Mark Dever
A prayer for those battling sin- This prayer was written by Kevin Halloran and is based on The Mortification of Sin by John Owen. (One of the books on my reading list)
This kiddo always makes me smile...
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