“The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob” (Psalm 87:2).
God loves our homes (the dwellings of Jacob), but He loves our corporate worship (the gates of Zion) more. As we come to worship Him on Sunday, our demeanor should be one of reverence for God, love for His Word, and a holy desire to worship Him corporately with His people. This is the high point of the week, the most important thing we do. We are created to worship our Creator, and this is when we are most like what we are created to be.
Sometimes moms can create competition between the “dwellings of Jacob” and the “gates of Zion.” Perhaps your husband is serving on a committee that conflicts with family night, or you think your family worship at home is more important than Sunday morning. If that is the case, you are more likely to let things interfere with Sunday than with weekly family activities. Don’t be territorial about your family or jealous of time given to the church. Those are definitely unwanted guests. Yes, we are to gather as families around God’s Word during the week. These are what my husband likes to compare to football Continue reading ‘May 21: The Gates of Zion’
I recently gave a little talk to a ladies’ group who had just read My Life for Yours which is a walk through the rooms in the home. They asked for a talk that would relate to the book, so I did a walk through the church. I will break it up into a few short posts.
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand” (Psalm 95:6).
As we walk through the rooms in the church, let’s consider our duties in each room as well as the unwanted guests who may sometimes barge in. First before we get into the church proper, we have to park the car. So let’s start in the parking lot. Even here we have to compose our hearts and not get annoyed that someone took our favorite spot. Envy, competition, and criticism are the unwanted guests in every room, but they can even show up here in the parking lot as you see who’s late, who’s early, or whose family is in or out of order. Leave those unwanted guests outside.
Most churches have a foyer, and if you are a church member, you share “ownership” which means you share in the hostess duties at church. Even if you Continue reading ‘May 20: A Walk Through the Church’
My granddaughter Lina whipped up this little bouquet for me yesterday while playing in my yard. I love the grass tied in a knot around the little flowers. And I love the little hands that brought it.
Logos Press is offering many online classes this coming Fall 2013, and one of them is a class on fashion and fabric design, taught by Bekah Merkle. If you’re interested, they have church group and school rates, so feel free to call Logos Press to inquire.
Some of you have asked from time to time whether the Glory Makers talks from the Grace Agenda Conference last fall are available….well I just noticed today that they are now available at Canon Press.