The Greater Work

 Posted by on March 25, 2014  2 Responses »
Mar 252014
 

Icebergs, what in the world do they have to do with what’s going on in your life?  My husband, Bob, had surgery and developed an infection. We were praying earnestly for his healing.  As I was crying out to the Lord one night, He used the illustration of an iceberg to begin revealing what was really going on in our lives. You can only see the part of an iceberg that is above the surface of the water, and I had no idea know how much of an iceberg is hidden. Wikipedia says that typically only one-ninth of the volume of an iceberg is above water. The shape of the underwater portion can be difficult to judge by looking at the portion above the surface.

This has led to the expression “tip of the iceberg“, for a problem or difficulty that is only a small manifestation of a larger problem.  Bob and I were so focused on him recovering from the surgery and the infection all we could see was the physical problem and what we thought God needed to do.  Bob is an action person and the forced inactivity was very hard on him, but God used it to put us in a place where we had to stop and take a hard look at our relationship with Him.  Since Bob’s retirement we had just sort of drifted along, we got spiritually lazy and couldn’t seem to find our place. I am so thankful God would not leave us in that state!

When I dress his wound I only see the surface, but we know a healing is going on underneath the skin and that part must close up before the healing can be complete.  In the same way God is at work in the spirit realm, underneath what we can see with our physical eyes, performing a FAR GREATER WORK than we could ever begin to imagine.

The infection in Bob’s body was nothing compared to the infection that was developing in our spirits, but God is a healer of spirits as well as bodies;  He is interested in our total restoration.  If you compare His work to an iceberg, that means eight-ninths of what God is doing FOR us is not visible TO us.  He is performing a FAR GREATER WORK than anything we could ever imagine or hope for; and when He is finished we will come forth as gold that has been tried in the fire; pure and untarnished.  So when you are faced with a situation you can’t understand, remember it is just the “tip of the iceberg”; not of the problem, but of what God is doing.  He is at work!  You can’t see Him, but He is there!

So don’t give up, stay in the lifeboat, help is on the way and your deliverance is going to be amazing.  Let me close with this prayer: Now to God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us, to Him be all glory in the church and in Jesus the Anointed from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen. (Ep. 3:20-21 The Voice)

Do Your work Lord, do Your work!

Mar 202014
 

The Book of Job is a book many people turn to in times of suffering.  It is a great lesson from God about trusting Him, even when we don’t understand our circumstances.  Job teaches us that God does not need our understanding and He does not owe us any explanation for His actions.  We learn to put our trust in God and allow Him to work in our lives, regardless of our understanding of our circumstances.

A Lesson in Friendship from the Book of Job www.habitsforahappyhome.comStudying Job recently I thought I would be reminded of God’s power and control, but God has shown me more through the trials and suffering of Job…

A little background… Job was a righteous man.  He had a wife, many sons and daughters, servants, and large herds of livestock.  God had blessed him with much because of his faithfulness and righteousness.  To prove to Satan that a righteous man would still be faithful in any circumstance, God allowed Satan to test Job.  During this test, Job loses everything and becomes very ill with boils and sores; he is about as low as man can get on this earth.

In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. 

Job 1:22

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Nature versus nurture

 Posted by on March 18, 2014  No Responses »
Mar 182014
 

Nature versus nurture.

It’s been long debated by psychologists whether you’re the way you are because of nature (your genes) or by nurture (your environment). The debate will probably go on until the Lord comes back.

Have you thought about the nature versus nurture debate in regard to your parenting? Whether or not you let nature take its course or if you nurture your children, molding them into what you feel like the Lord would have them be?

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Today in our society, many parents neglect the opportunity they have to make a difference in the lives of their children. They neglect discipline as if it were a plague. They let other people raise their children (if not physically, at least emotionally). They subscribe to the theory that it takes a village to raise children and while it does take more than one person to have an impact on a child’s life, “the village” ultimately is not responsible to God for the raising. Parents are.

When parents let nature take its course with their children, they have no way of knowing how things will turn out. Because we’re sinful creatures, we’re naturally inclined to sin. The world would say our sinful nature is nothing more than human nature and our life experiences make us better people. Yes, our failures do make us better people if we use them for the good, but that doesn’t make some of those things any less sinful or acceptable.

Our goal as parents should be to nurture our children. To grow them in the admonition of the Lord. To make sure that nature doesn’t take its course to the extent that our children are untamed like a wild river.

But how do we do this?

It’s easy to say that you should raise your children to follow the Lord. It’s an entirely different thing for it to actually happen. The truth is: we, as parents, are sometimes just as wild and untamed and unwilling to be nurtured as our children are. We rebel against any type of structure. Even in our homeschooling sometimes, we tend to neglect our schedules and take too many relaxed days. What happens? We get to May 30th and realize we still have 30 or 40 days of school left and we’re going to miss our summer break.

So while structure sometimes isn’t fun and allowing ourselves to be nurtured and groomed in a certain way feels restricting, in the long run it’s better for us and it’s better for our children. I certainly do not subscribe to the theory that life shouldn’t be fun and that it should be all work all of the time. The Lord knows I would have dried up and withered away long before now if that were the case. But when let people influence me in a Godly way and smooth out my rough spots and nurture me instead of letting me be the natural wild beast that I’d be, I come out so much better on the other side. The same is true with our children.

If we never instruct our toddlers to behave and if we never teach manners and general proper behavior, they’re going to be like untamed beasts. If we fail to teach them how the Lord would have them live, they’ll bring shame upon the Lord and upon your family. And upon themselves ultimately.

So the debate between “nurture or nature” may go on for generations to come, but I hope you’ll see that the most natural way to parent and to grow children who will walk in the Lord is to nurture them.

Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

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March 2014 Around the Web by @littlesanctuary at www.habitsforahappyhome.com

John Stott’s Prayer for the Next Generation

Why We Shouldn’t Neglect to Meet Together

How to care for your family into eternity

Is Your Grandmother More Alive Than You?

Will America Be Judged?

Preparing Your Teen for College

Beyond Blushing

Sin and the child of God are incompatible. They may occasionally meet; they cannot live together in harmony. ~John Stott

Kim ~littlesanctuary

Mar 102014
 

Here at Habits for a Happy Home we love Pinterest! It’s a tool that we use for building habits. Collecting ideas for making happy homes.
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For example, Kendra created a bedroom sanctuary with inspiration from Pinterest. You can read all about how she did it in her post, Surviving Life with Boys: Creating a Sanctuary.

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