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It’s December; not only December, but it’s 11 days until Christmas, and 18 days until we stop writing 2019 . . .

If there is anything that I have learned in 2019, it’s that I can make plans and have goals, but . . .

Proverbs 19:21 ESV – 21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.

I am learning to hold my plans and goals loosely; not to procrastinate; to take joyful advantage of every “good” day that I can; to not resent the “tough” days, but to trust that God’s purpose stands.

Beginning January 1, and continuing until Easter (April 12), by God’s grace I will be reading and meditating on the life of Jesus, using the book, One Perfect Life by John Macarthur

The pace will be such that there will be time for memorizing, praying, and simply being awestruck by knowing Jesus as He has revealed Himself in scripture. I would love for you to join me! The link above will give you any information you need to purchase the book, new or used, print or kindle.

Have a very blessed Christmas,



This is our final installment in this book, and what a joy it has been to read this book together.

For our final week, we will cover chapters 21 – 26, pages 187 – 235.

How do people see me? Who do I live for? Where do I belong? These questions require an honest answer. These questions require an answer born out of obedience to God.

“When you know your creator, and you seek to praise and reflect and honor Him in every way possible, what that looks like to the world is body confidence.” (p.193)

“Being oriented to Christ and to the glory of God is in fact the answer to almost every human trouble. The fact that it is almost always the correct answer is not the same thing as being the answer we always want to hear. . .” (p. 195)

Read Philippians 3. Notice the Apostle Paul’s goal. He could survive prison and beatings and rejection because his ultimate goal was to know Christ and to reflect the glory of God.

Is sin ever the right way to go? It’s so easy to answer quickly with a no, but how many times do we want to circumvent God’s law because it’s uncomfortable? We think that obedience will lead to obscurity, and we want so much to be known, and to know that we matter. When will it be enough that I matter to God?

Read Ephesians 2:1-10. Notice the dead and made alive illustrations. Do you see that it is God who gives me value and purpose? It is God who gave us work to do. Obedience to God and His Word is the road to real purpose.

I hope you see how important it is to know God and his word. We cannot obey someone we do not know, and we cannot obey the law we do not know. God is our father, and he wants a relationship with his children. Know Him. Follow Him. Obey Him.

That is how you know who you are. . .



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