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4 posts from March 2008

March 26, 2008

Maturity...

Housethroughtherocks

Good Day, Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome!

I post every Wednesday and my goal is to nourish your soul and challenge your faith along the way.

I'm writing this from my sick bed and I'm scheduled to speak in Georgia this weekend. Please pray for a divine and swift recovery if you think of me. :)

If you take the time to post on my blog in March, you may win a $10.00 gift card to either Caribou or Target (your choice). So drop me a note and say hi!

Now on to my topic.

With one son getting ready to graduate from college, and another pondering the idea of marriage, and still another making plans to take his darling girlfriend to the prom, I can't help but think about the various phases of life.

I love my boys, and while I see plenty of areas in their lives that still need to be refined, I think they are exceptional young men because they each possess a tender, teachable, humble heart. And to me, that's worth more than gold.

I'm not one of those moms who is blind to her children's foibles. I'm a straight talker when it comes to addressing the low or inconsistent places in their character. I won't be sympathetic towards a trait that could very well diminish the kind of husbands, fathers, employees, and Christ-followers they are called to be.

Even so, every day, several times a day, I let them know I love them. They know it so well, that when times of confrontation come, they stand up a little taller knowing that this too will equip and mature them into healthy, fully-devoted followers of Christ.

According to Ephesians, we are all called to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves...rather, by speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body is joined and held together.

So what are the stages of spiritual growth and just what does spiritual maturity look like?

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March 19, 2008

Your Turn...

Marthastrail

Greetings, Dear Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome!

I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

If you take the time to post on my blog in March, you may win a $10.00 gift card to either Caribou or Target (your choice). So drop me a note and say hi!

Now on to my topic.

Though I'm an early riser, I wake up extra early on Wednesday mornings because I'm scheduled to stand on the wall and prayer watch on behalf of my church family.

I sat in my usual oversized chair surrounded by my devotional books and Bible, and I wrapped my hands around my warm cup of java.

It was pitch black outside. I couldn't see past the window.

I couldn't help but ponder the days preceding Christ's death. Talk about a dark night of the soul.

And yet, in His knowing and understanding of what was ahead of Him, He kept moving forward. Each day, He taught, He loved, and He lived.

He pointed His followers to life and to the provision and promises of God. He modeled love. He stayed focused.

Furthermore, when He defeated death on the Cross, the Bible says that He made a public spectacle of the powers that opposed us and stood against us.

Colossians 2:13-15 says,

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Though I could have spent the whole morning meditating on what Christ did for us when He made a public spectacle of the powers that stood against us, my thoughts quickly turned from what He did for us, to what we do for Him.

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March 12, 2008

Love Him More...

Marthas_sunrise

Hello, Everyone!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome.

I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

If you take the time to post on my blog in March, you may win a $10.00 gift card to either Caribou or Target (your choice). So drop me a note and say hi!

Now on to my topic.

If you've heard me speak before, you've no doubt heard me drill home the message of God's boundless love. It's not that we loved God, but that He loved us (1 John 4:10), and it's not about how high we can jump, but that He stooped down to make us great (Psalm 18:35).

The Church is full of striving, jumping, straining people. We're exhausted from trying to earn enough God points to be good enough, or just so we won't seem so bad.

Though this is not new news, it's certainly great news...God loves us.

He sent His Son to pay our debt that we might be free, forgiven, and linked in fellowship with Him.

Love, love, beautiful love, that's what we have access to every single day.

His mercies await us with each new morning and His faithfulness is there during those dark nights of the soul.

The more we let His love pour in to every pore of our being, the more we will be healed, restored, and assured that He's enough for us.

Yes, His love is the best news of all.

His love is the foundation of the free and true life of every Believer.

But where do we go from there?

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March 05, 2008

Staying True...

Singletree

Greetings, Dear Friends!
Susie Larson here...

And to those visiting, I say welcome! I post every Wednesday and my sole purpose is to nourish your soul along the way.

A special thank you to Jo Franz for guest blogging for me last week.

Today I announce the winner of February's gift card giveaway. And the winner is...Carrie Kuiken! What a faithful blogger you are! It's always a pleasure to read your posts. Congratulations, Carrie.

I'll be doing another giveaway in March.

If you take the time to post on my blog in March, you may win a $10.00 gift card to either Caribou or Target (your choice). So drop me a note and say hi!

Now on to my topic.

This morning I read the fascinating story of Catherine Booth, who with her husband, co founded the Salvation Army.

I was incredibly inspired by her grit and perseverance.

In the face of incredible persecution, this once painfully shy woman of God, rose up to be a mighty warrior for Christ and a mighty advocate for the poor and the needy.

Catherine and her husband William were vehemently opposed by the British government because it was believed the Booth's had a political agenda, when in fact, they were simply living out the Gospel.

The name, "Salvation Army" was intended to ridicule the Booths and their work, but they liked the name. In the face of incredible odds and persecution, this once shy and fearful Christ follower proclaimed, "Members of the Salvation Army will fight on, waging war on poverty and injustice wherever we find it."

What's amazing is that the work of Salvation Army, along with Catherine's fiery speeches, led women to give money to the same organizations their husbands were trying to outlaw. (From Stories Behind Women of Extraordinary Faith by Ace Collins; p. 29).

In due time though, the government that scorned them finally embraced them and recognized the impact of their ministry.

Because Catherine stayed true to the Word of God and the call on her life (even while her husband was imprisoned for his faith), she became a history maker and a hero in her time.

Let's read what the Word of God says...

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