Thoughts on divorce

Don’t do it. It’s worth the effort to make it work.

As the child of a divorce, married to a child of a divorce, watching the self-destruction of other children of divorces, I just don’t have patience for it. I know marriage is hard. Communication is hard. Setting and being clear about expectations is hard. Holding up your end of the bargain is hard. Staying when they aren’t holding up their end is hard.

Walking away from what you share is hard. Losing the relationships that-might-have-been with your children is hard. Figuring out how to talk with people who think you were wrong to do it is hard.

Months and months ago I heard some positive remarks about a book called The Three Weissmanns of Westport. It’s a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility (if you’ve read S&S in the past few years, you’ll have this figured out within the first chapter). I bought it months ago and just didn’t get to reading it. The timing is probably about right, because now I was ready to read it.

In S&S, it is the father’s son from his first marriage who is charged to take care of the father’s second wife and 3 daughters after his death. This modern retelling changes it up a bit, and it is actually a divorce of the parents after 48 years that leads to the reduced circumstances of the wife and daughters. The bits about the divorce really hit home.

For example: p3 (the first page of the book)

Irreconcilable differences? she said. Of course there were irreconcilable differences. What on earth does that have to do with divorce?

The author of the book goes on to explain that it really had nothing to do with this divorce. It was really that Joe was “in love” with a younger woman, but that isn’t the reason he gave his wife.

Joe can’t figure out why his daughters are so mad at him and why they don’t want him to be happy. They can’t figure out why he’d do something so cruel and selfish as to abandon their mother.

The oldest daughter is thinking about him at one point (p65):

Annie thought fondly of her father for a moment. She almost wished he had died, she realized with shame, for then she would have been able to remember him as he had been, distant but in a quiet, patient, and reassuring way, someone she admired and looked up to and relied on. Instead, he was a living, unreliable, despicable deserter.

A little further on was this (p90):

Joseph had not spent all his time playing with the girls. He had been a work, and when he was home, he had agonized about work. Joseph wanted to build a future for his family. That’s what he told her at night when they lay in bed, arms around each other, dreaming of all the good things that would someday come their way. Well, Betty thought, here we are in the future, and what good did all of Joseph’s planning and concern do them?

In some ways the fact that this book so closely resembles some of the reality we are seeing right now is comforting. I did like how the author Catherine Schine showed how Joe did regret his decision and wish he could undo it a few times. But he can’t seem to figure out a way to undo what he’s done. And he’s easily satisfied by some small remark, that he is just fine with his new girlfriend.

One of the most telling moments in S&S in early in the book when the older son’s wife uses his generosity to somehow bring him down to barely giving anything at all to his father’s second wife and daughters. This book has the same scene, with the new girlfriend and her greedy desire to have his nice apartment, convincing Joe that his ex-wife can’t afford the maintenance and effort involved so he should keep the apartment and maybe give her some of the value instead. It’s amazing how his intention to be generous to his wife of 48 years, turns into months of no money at all due to legal discussions and exiles her from New York to live off the generosity of distant family.

In the novel, the daughters have their own relationship issues, but it was definitely the divorce of the parents that I found most interesting this time around. If you are thinking about divorce, maybe reading this novel will help you see some of the reasons it is worth putting in the effort to fix yourself and your marriage instead. Or at least understand why you will be considered selfish and making a huge mistake by some people if you go ahead with it.

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Why it matters…

So, why does a proper understanding of God’s sovereignty matter?

It affects how we live our life. If we truly believe God is sovereign over all things, even the bad things, then we have a better respect for his holiness and more trust to get us through our suffering.

This past week’s Sunday School lesson was about Joshua ch 7, where all of Israel is defeated by the town of Ai because one person kept some things from Jericho that were supposed to be devoted to destruction to God’s glory. God arranged for their defeat. Joshua and the Elders knew enough to get on their knees and ask God why he let them be defeated, but God had to tell them to get up and root out the sin that led to their defeat. Achan didn’t truly respect the holiness or righteousness of God. He thought he could keep just a few little things and God wouldn’t miss them.

Then the sermon Sunday was from 2 Cor 12:1-10. Paul talks about his visions and then about the fact that he was given a thorn in his flesh to keep him humble. God told him “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” That was enough for Paul to delight in his weakness.

Pastor Hamer continued that God is working on our perception of our lives, this world, and, most of all, of God. We must see Him correctly. 1 Peter 1:6-7 points out that we are tested so that our faith is shown to be genuine and that results in praise and glory and honor to Christ.

Suffering is God’s servant. Pride, self-sufficiency, and spiritual pride leads to being blind to the mercy of Christ. A thorn in our flesh, suffering, brings us back to reality – we have no reason to be proud and we are not self-sufficient. We suffer with a purpose, and we can live with the suffering, even boast and delight in it. The thorn can stay in place because God’s grace is sufficient. It doesn’t remove or reduce the pay, but it gives it meaning.

The preacher then quoted Psalm 40:2 “He drew me up from the pit of destruction and out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” But sometimes he doesn’t remove you from the pit or the miry bog. There is still a rock under your feet!

We should watch our own ways and be serious about being holy. And when we suffer, whether we are lonely or in pain or out of money, we must remember that we are children of a sovereign God and we can trust Him, in all things, at all times.

Below are some quotes from Paul Tripp that he’s tweeted the past few weeks, along with some of my thoughts about them.

Today you must preach to yourself that what God says you need is, in fact, exactly what you need and for that you have the grace of Jesus.

Life may take away opportunities from you, but God will not expect anything from you that he does not also equip you for. He gives us what we need and our dreams may not be part of His plan.

You can fret knowing that you may never realize your dream or trust that God’s plans for you are better than any you’d have for yourself.

Sometimes, when someone else sins and causes us pain and hardship, or a random accident seems to interrupt all we thought we were supposed to do, it is tempting to think maybe God can’t really do what he has said.

You can talk yourself into doubting one of God’s promises or grab hold of his grace and live with hope and courage.

Some days it’s easier to review the list of obstacles in the way and the reasons for why it is so hard to even get through today. What-might-have-been is so must easier, than just standing up and doing what we know we should do. The daily tasks of each day don’t seem noble somehow.

Grace is what you must preach to yourself, not how hard people are, how tough life is and how unable you are to face both.

Today you’ll tell yourself that you’re poor/unable/alone or preach to yourself the grace of forgiveness and power that’s yours in Christ.

God is good and God is all powerful and God can be trusted – all the time.

Today will you embrace God’s promises, rely on the Spirit’s presence, and live believing in Christ’s provisions?

Today will you fret, doubt and worry or will you trust, celebrate and obey?

If God isn’t sovereign, over everything, then we have no hope and no reason to trust Him. But He is. And while that leads to some things we can’t completely understand, we can trust His character and His promises.

That’s why it matters.

 

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God’s sovereignty

I will use my Sunday School lesson from this past weekend to squeeze one more post in here for the month of June.

The scripture was from the book of Joshua – the Battle of Jericho. Which we all know really well, so what is there to teach on? Here’s how I structured my lesson and where I took it for deeper thoughts.

Joshua is a generally optimistic book, showing the fulfillment of God’s promises to the people of Israel. The first section describes the entry into the land.

Joshua has been the assistant to Moses. He’s been on Mt Sinai, closer to God than anyone but Moses. He lead the soldiers in battle. He is the chosen successor to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. The promise of the land is unconditional and everlasting, but participation in it is not guaranteed to every person or generation.

Earlier we covered the first chapter where he is told by God to be strong and courageous. The people accepted him as their leader. Then our lessons covered the miracle of their crossing the Jordan during the flood stage. And of the young spies who went into Jericho to see how things looked.

Today we see them take Jericho. Only, it isn’t really the Israelites who do it. God is clearly laying a foundation – but as with the Exodus, it isn’t necessarily sinking in here either. Moses had them cross the Red Sea. They got manna, and then quail, and water, and their clothes didn’t disintegrate. Now, Joshua has them cross the Jordan, and God delivers Jericho right into their hands. Will they learn and rely and trust in God this time?

Here begins the second section of Joshua – the conquest of the land. The last two sections of Joshua cover the division of the land among the tribes and the covenant obedience to the Lord in the land.

Joshua 5:1-2 – Start with the circumcision. Remember Genesis 34:17 – when Dinah was raped and her brothers used circumcision to weaken the men they were going to kill. Here the Israelites are all circumcised and stay safe in their camp until they are healed. While the rulers of the surrounding country are quaking in their boots, instead of attacking.

Joshua 5:13-15 – Next up we meet the Commander of the Lord’s Army – very likely a theophany. Any time it was an angel not to be worshiped, he would stop the person from bowing down, but here Joshua’s worship seems appropriate. His presence is reassurance that He is here and He will fight the battle for Israel.

Joshua 6 – Consider being a resident of Jericho – with this at dawn each day for 7 days. The soldiers and 7 priests march around the city – in silence except for the horns. At dawn.

Then on last day they march around the city 7 times and the priests will blow their trumpets and all the people will shout. The walls fall down flat – not in, but out? The people easily enter in the city from all directions, not your typical squeeze at a few small breaches. Note the warning that all is to be dedicated to the Lord, no looting. (We’ll come back to this next week.) But lots of death.

Jericho was defeated. God’s sovereignty is displayed. God defeated the walls and defenses of Jericho. He caused the hearts of the rulers in Canaan to quake and be in fear of Israel. He shows grace in opening Rahab to belief in the God of the Israelites. God caused the Canaanites to go up against Israel in battle (11:20). God commanded the Israelites to kill all the inhabitants of Jericho, even the women and children and animals.

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This is where the thinking gets deep and maybe a little troubling. God commanded them to kill all the inhabitants, none survived except Rahab and her family. He has repeatedly said the inhabitants of the Promised Land were to be driven out. He left them until their iniquity was complete and ready for judgment.

Gen 15:16 God says to Abraham that his people will be taken away and return in the fourth generation “for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” Then in Leviticus 18:24-25 God warns the Israelites to not become unclean by associating with the inhabitants of the lands “for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.”

Finally, Deuteronomy 18:9-10 mentions the abominable practices of the nations, including child sacrifice. God knew these people would populate the region given to Abraham and the Israelites, He knew they would be degenerate, He gave them hundreds of years to turn away from their abominations and instead they just grew worse. God raised up the Canaanites and then ordered the Israelites to drive them out and in many instances to kill all the men, women, and children of a city taken in battle.

Here I pull in a quote from John Calvin, as found in Foundations of Grace by Steven Lawson, p 106.

God hardens them for this very end, that they may shut themselves out from mercy. Hence that hardness is called His work, because it secures the accomplishment of His design. Should any attempt be made to darken so clear a matter by those who imagine that God only looks down from heaven to see what men will be pleased to do, and who cannot bear to think that the hearts of men are curbed by His secret agency, what else do they display than their own presumption? They only allow God a permissive power, and in this way make His counsel dependent on the pleasure of men. What what saith the Spirit? That the hardening is from God, who thus precipitates those whom He means to destroy.

Looking for more assistance in interpreting this, I turned to Almighty Over All: Understanding the Sovereignty of God by R. C. Sproul Jr.

He discusses why and how Eve sinned. If all was good, who had the power and the motive to change Eve’s inclination from all good and obedience to sin and disobedience? He establishes that no one had the power except God. Eve, Adam, even Satan, did not have the power. Then he looks at God’s possible motive.

Imagine God before the creation of the world…. God considers his strength and finds it wonderful. He considers his mercy and finds it delightful. And then he considers his wrath. Many of us have difficulty imagining God finding any glory in his wrath, but he does. He is pleased with his wrath. If his wrath exists, and we know from his Word that it does, then we know he is pleased with it. We cannot imagine God looking at his wrath like unwanted pounds he wants to lose, if only he had the power. No, God is as delighted with his with his wrath as he is with all of his attributes. Suppose he says, “What I’ll do is create something worthy of my wrath, something on which I can exhibit the glory of my wrath. And on top of that I’ll manifest my mercy by showering grace on some of these creatures deserving my wrath.” (p52-53)

He then refers to Paul’s statements in Rom 9:22-24 where he states just the same thing.

Interesting to note that the supply pastor’s sermon was on Acts 2:22-24 and Acts 4:24-30 and Proverbs 19:21 – about the sovereignty of God over the crucifixion of Christ.

When we first joined HARP, Pastor Hovey was teaching on the exodus from Egypt, and I remember him admitting he couldn’t explain how God could/would harden Pharaoh’s heart. There is a sense that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and we cannot truly know and understand all of what He does. But we can know God from what He has revealed to us in the Bible. Some of the reasons we struggle with this concept are good, but other reasons we struggle show just how self-centered we are, and how little we value God’s holiness. I am working on thoughts for another post about why it is important we have some right understanding of God, His authority and sovereignty, and His providence. Otherwise, we have no security in this life.

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Stand up!

I’ve thought for awhile about having a standing desk. There is more support for it being healthier than sitting in a chair, usually with poor posture, all day long. Don has sent along a few things about how to make it happen. It’s always just been a tad too much trouble and I wasn’t sure it would really work out. I don’t have or refuse to spend the money on a desk that can convert from sitting to standing height, although that would probably be ideal.

But recently my elbows have been hurting and the doctor blames it on tendonitis from typing. Although I think I am pretty good about not just typing for hours on end. I do, however, keep my arms in a pretty static position all day long. Plus, I was reading the memoir by Donald Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown, and he used a standing desk. So, Saturday morning I mentioned this to the darling ingenious husband and we spent some time musing about how it could be done.

Platforms came to mind, new furniture didn’t even really get a mention. But time and money was likely to disperse any impetus we had. Finally, I asked if we could just use the ugly cinder blocks we have in the garage at least for a temporary solution to see if I could get used to it. Shortly after that, we were up and at it. But with prettier bricks.

After two full days of a standing desk, I am rather pleased. My back is fine, posture is good, squats and stretches are being done. I borrowed a bar chair from friends so I can sit down once in awhile – this is not a cold turkey kind of thing. I have a rubber mat for some extra cushion but the feet are still sore while I get used to this.

Overall, I consider it a success!

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The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John MacArthur – review

Another BookSneeze book. The Jesus You Can’t Ignore by John MacArthur.

I received this book in August last year and kept putting off reading it. For a few reasons – it seemed it would require paying attention and taking notes and rethinking some of my preferred attitudes about discussing the truths of the Bible. It eventually became very easy to put it aside and even put it away on the shelves. But I never really forgot it and knew I did want to read it. If this is biblical, I desire to know that and see it. I finally picked it up this month. It was the right fit, I have eagerly read through it over the past week.

This book looks at the ministry of Jesus, especially his interactions with the Pharisees and Scribes, mainly pointing out His insistence on teaching the truth even when it was in contradiction to what the religious leaders were teaching. In fact, especially when it was in contradiction to what they were teaching.

It is hard to hold onto the idea of the meek and mild Jesus if you read the gospels very much at all. This book took that even deeper. I will not read the Sermon on the Mount the same way again. MacArthur presents the encounters of Jesus with the multitudes and specifically with the members of the Sanhedrin and shows how Jesus never watered down his message or tried to make it more palatable. He told them what they needed to hear and often in a confrontational manner because it was the way they needed to hear it.

Throughout the book, and especially in the Epilogue, MacArthur addresses concerns that we aren’t perfect like Jesus and that he is not telling us we should be belligerent about everything. He is stressing that the truth of the gospel cannot be corrupted or twisted just to make people comfortable. He references the writings of Paul and the Revelations of John as further evidence that false teaching is not to be tolerated.

The structure of the book, each chapter focusing on one or two encounters and how it was initiated by Jesus, keeps drawing the reader in, building up to the inevitable ending. The writing was easy to read but never condescending. Terms and traditions that need to be understood are explained well. Attitudes and responses are reflected in the words he uses. The Bible is the source for everything he presents. I recommend this book for personal study and even for group study to discuss how we are to stand firm in our faith and address the internal threats of false teaching.

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The Next Story (review) by Tim Challies

I finished it today, with a fair bit of rereading and discussing as I went along. I admit that reading a book like this takes me longer for two reasons. The good reason is that I do spend time writing out, thinking about, and discussing the concepts and how they apply to me. The not so good reason is that I don’t make a lot of time for that kind of thing, it’s faster and easier to pick up a novel some days.

In The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion by Tim Challies seeks to show how technology affects us, changes the way we live, has costs as well as benefits. He also challenges us to think deeper, want more from life than the shallow thinking that comes with so much of the technological gadgets we surround ourselves with. This deep thinking includes the perspective of a Christian who believes in an almighty God who calls us to be holy.

The first section points out some truths about technology – why it is necessary and also why it is often destructive. He recounts a history of technology up to the digital explosion, showing how each advance in technology brought great benefits but also many changes, and some costs.

The second section discusses 6 ways our lives have changed due to the digital technology available to us. He discusses how our habits of communication have changed. And how most of our communication is mediated rather than face to face. Last month I read Pride and Prejudice, which is a book very much centered around gatherings, long personal letters among friends and family, and travel for in-person visits. Tim Challies points out much of this has been sacrificed and is now considered inconvenient in the age of email and blogs. He picks on using email instead of phone calls, as many consider phone calls an interruption. I choked on this a little bit, as I remember as a child thinking that a phone call was an interruption and how we should strive to not be at the mercy of the ringing phone. But his point was that we would rather send a quick email than spend time really talking to someone by phone (or even video conferencing).

He also talks about being distracted and how the demands of technology to switch tasks and check so many different things are robbing us of our ability to focus and spend longer amounts of time working and thinking. He follows this up with a talk about how we want more and more information, but spend less time really seeking true knowledge or wisdom.

The last two chapters cover the way we are losing a concrete idea of truth and authority, leaning more toward the wiki version of truth by consensus rather than truth by facts as studied and explained by experts. And he covers the weird way we want to be visible and sacrifice privacy for much of that. Even if we aren’t worried about being visible, the convenience factor very often drives us to give up our privacy and allow a data trail to be collected, collated, and analyzed.

Many times through the book I would have the thought that I am nothing like what he is describing. I don’t think this was pride thinking that I am not that bad. Just shock that so many other people must be this addicted to their technology. I can still find plenty to convict me of my own habits with technology, desire for more and more information, and ability to be distracted. I also agree with his premise that if we keep watch over our lives with our theology in mind, knowing Jesus as our living Savior and seeking to please Him and live our lives to God’s glory, we will need to and be able to evaluate our habits, including those using technology, with discernment.

A worthy and sobering read. Much more descriptive than prescriptive, as he says was his intent. Food for thought. Will we take the time to think it through and take action?

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I’m reading a book

and I want to tell you about it now, instead of waiting until the very end to review it. So, I’m going to post at least twice about it, not quite like The Pursuit of Holiness where I summarized every few chapters, but more than others where I just post a single review entry. As you probably know if you follow my blog, I follow the blog of Tim Challies. My husband sent me a few of his blog posts a few years ago and I got hooked. I find his writing relevant and right-thinking. I have had my own thinking challenged a few times by his blog posts. And other times I’ve found he has put into better words much of what I was thinking (especially when reviewing The Shack and other similar things.)

As a result of following his blog, it was evident that he was working on another book called The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion. It’s about technology and how it impacts our lives. We pre-purchased it for the Kindle and got a nice discount on it as a result. Plus, it is the free audio book this month on Christianaudio.com. And for full disclosure – I then received a hard copy of the book in return for blogging about it. But I would have blogged about it anyway.

My reading lately is going very slowly. There is just so much other stuff to do. So, I’m not complaining, just noting that I have a few books in progress and making very slow progress in all of them. And I want you to be able to take advantage of the Christian audio deal this month if you are an audio book person. I’m actually reading the hard cover and then listening to the audio book of the same chapter the next day. I did that with The Pursuit of Holiness too, and found that it helps to get my attention and save the information.

Anyway – here’s a bit about how the book is structured and what it’s about. He starts with the point that most of us don’t take time to think about things – I mean deep thinking about the meaning of things and the impact of things. We are too busy living our lives, keeping up with our jobs, running from one place to another. I think society in general has often left the deep thinking to the philosophers. But he challenges us to stop and do some thinking – about how technology affects us for good and ill. And to take it even further to apply Christian values to that thinking. He wants us to get to where “our use of technology is not just thoughtful and informed, but it is informed by the Bible, by an understanding of God’s purpose for technology.” (p16)

The book is set in 9 chapters, separated into two parts. The first 3 chapters, part 1, get our attention about the importance of thinking about technology, understanding it better including how it affects us and our culture, and a brief history of how we got to where we are – after the digital explosion. I’ve read and listened to these 3 chapters. He has done the heavy lifting of seeing what other deep thinkers have said, what research has shown, and put it together for us.

In many ways these 3 chapters are not that enlightening. It’s things we should have heard or thought of or read and considered already. But it is also a good way to challenge the reader – have I thought of this or considered it? He points out that technology is good, but it is also affected by the fall, and it is really the way we use technology that is either God honoring or furthering sin.

The next section will look at ways our lives have changed as a result of the digital explosion. I’m sure he’ll include plenty of food for thought. I like that he reassures throughout that he is not saying all technology is bad. Just that we need to realize that technology that we adopt will change us, and while we only see the upside right now, we need to learn to think through the costs that will be associated with it. I’ll be back with more from this book.

{Blog title from this great video by Julian Smith, which I first saw on an A La Carte blog entry by Tim Challies}

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Mission Trip coming up!

We are headed to Mexico again! We haven’t been in a few years (it’s been longer than I had realized). For several years we went to San Pedro outside of Merida in the Yucatan peninsula. A fascinating combination of rocks and jungle. And wonderful people.

This year we are going to Camp Maranatha. It’s a retreat center for the denomination in central Mexico, also used for lots of youth camps and other events. We’ll be in Rio Verde, flying in to San Luis Potosi followed by a bus ride (a touring bus, no chickens). We will be doing some repairs and construction work, part of the ongoing effort to get the Camp into tip top shape.

We are going early August, but they promise the weather will be nice. I know what August in NC is like, so we’ll see how it is in Mexico.

How you can help!

Prayers – we are flying from Houston to San Luis Potosi, so we will not be anywhere near the border areas that have been so dangerous lately. But we always covet prayers for safe travel and the wellbeing of all of us on the trip.

My mom will be house-sitting for us – taking care of the cat. She’s already making plans to have both my aunts over and doing some visiting and site-seeing. Pray that they can get the remote to work when they sit down to watch movies in the theater room, and that the rest of the week goes well, of course!

Funding – it does cost money to fly to Mexico and to purchase materials. We would appreciate a donation of any amount, as it all adds up and helps cover the costs. We have already raised some money through fund raisers at our church, including a spaghetti dinner in February and a Chili Cookoff in March (yummy!). We have a festival planned for June with burgers, hotdogs, and bbq, plus games and fun stuff for the whole family!

You can donate two ways!
The digital way – http://www.razoo.com/story/Laura-Navarro-Fundraising-For-Mexico-Mission-Trip-2011
This link (also in the widget below in this post and in the sidebar) is also on my Facebook wall and I will tweet it a few times. Razoo shows the amount for the entire team. It’s about $1700 a person unless we can get airfare costs down.

The old fashioned way – send a check made out to Huntersville ARP Church, and note Navarro mission trip in the memo field, or just Mission trip, any funds help the entire group cover the costs.
Address for donations
Huntersville ARP Church
PO Box 316
Huntersville, NC 28070

Donate to Laura Navarro fundraising for Mexico Mission Trip 2011

I’ll update with more details and preparation descriptions as the time gets closer (it’s already a lot closer than I expected). I appreciate all your support, especially the encouraging words!

 

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Scripture Memorization

I had mentioned Fighter Verses as a great resource for memorizing scripture. They have a series with individual verses, and a version with larger segments to memorize. I recently found another resource that is a great help. This booklet by Dr. Andrew Davis provides some great methods to employ. I have the verses I’m memorizing with Fighter Verses and the Shorter Catechism, so I’m not ready to start something larger yet, but many of the techniques work well for what I’m doing already. It’s a good thing!

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Something to consider

I don’t practice Lent. But I understand the season and the intent behind sacrifices, and evaluating our lives. In the middle of this Lent season, I followed a link from Tim Challies to a blog entry about Complementarianism by Mary Kassian. Then I looked around her Girls Gone Wise blog and that lead me to entries about Giving Life for Lent which had a link to She Is Safe. SIS is having a Lent campaign, asking people to give up something that would cost them about $30 a week and for the 6 weeks of Lent, and donate that money to SIS.

SIS and our partners do serious work to prevent, rescue and restore vulnerable women and girls from abuse and exploitation. Ultimately, we want to see every least-reached girl or woman safe and equipped to thrive: body, mind and soul.

That means they do good stuff. You don’t have to give up anything for lent, or make a long term commitment. But if you are looking for a way to help these victims of the world, this looks like a good place to give.

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