Monday Meanderings

Monday Meanderings: Weekly "Life" Organization | The Brown Tribe

Bible Study:
Proverbs

Memory Verse:
It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:15-17)

Husband Encouragement:
* Pray for him – this week specifically praying for wisdom in participating in a Perspectives class. Wisdom for leading his other men’s study as well.
* Respect his nose and not use one of my favorite essential oils because he just doesn’t like the smell of it.
* Take care of making an appt for oil change

Train Them Up:
IAIN: He’s being prepped to start potty training in January. He’s very excited about it because he wants to go to school and knows he can’t unless he uses the potty. He’s all eager about it now. However, this has also caused him to be very articulate with who has penises and who doesn’t in our house, as well as broadcasting all bathroom business to whomever’s around. It’s funny and slightly embarrassing.
CLAIRE: She’s reading quite a lot but gets shy around other people, even daddy. She’s definitely trying to be “mommy” which means she tries to help me & take care of things but she’s usually bossy to Iain. We’re working on her attitude with that and teaching her that being helpful is awesome but she needs to be kind at the same time.

New Habit of the Month:
Get organized with documents and files; clean up the desk/office area & create a nice workspace.

MUST DO:
* Laundry
* Send info to Lynn
* Make oil change appt

Menu:
Mon – Chicken Tortellini Alfredo, Broccoli, Peaches
Tues – Grilled Sandwiches, Soup, Apples
Weds – TBD
Thurs – MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Fri – TBD
Sat –TBD
Sun – TBD

FUN THINGS!
* Playdate with Kristi & kids at the ranch & I might even get to do some branding! Branding is one of my most favorite things, I haven’t done it since college but being on the ranch will bring back some great memories!
* Christmas festivities!

3 things I’m thankful for today:
1. Advent – the season of anticipation and worship as we celebrate our Savior’s birth and look forward to His second coming.

2. Fun times with the church caroling around Columbus last night! Great fellowship while blessing our neighbors & inviting them to our church’s Christmas Eve service.

3. Sleep. When I get enough of it, it’s awesome!

Prayer Requests:

1. Perspectives, a course on global missions, starts in January. Paul & I have both taken it when we were both single, we learned a lot & it broadened our perception of Christianity throughout the world. There’s a possibility that we can get a cohort together to go through the course this spring – of course we both want to do it too!  Pray that we’d have wisdom in deciding whether to do ti and which one of us gets to do it. This is fun dilemma to be in as a family!

2. Pray that my parents find a new place to live.

3. Pray that our church would be a light in the community, that there would be a vision for involvement and spiritual depth. Pray for our church’s leaders as they glorify God in their decisions for how they lead us.

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Advent: The Love Candle

This week of Advent focuses on the demonstration of God’s love to us through His faithfulness and provision of redemption through Christ Jesus. Let us come before Him in adoration.

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Waiting For the Son

BLESSING

Heavenly Father, You first loved us by promising a child born of a virgin who would be an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Thank you.

CONTEMPLATION

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

Oh God, You have fulfilled Your promise. We rejoice in Your faithfulness. Give us courage to respond with love and compassion.

SCRIPTURE

“‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’- Matthew 1:23

Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ” - Romans 1:1-6

PRAYER

Oh God, we look forward with eagerness to the coming King. Prepare us to welcome Him with open arms and open hearts. David’s psalm is our cry: “Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.” (Psalm 24) O Come Now, Son of David! Amen.

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When God’s Glory Isn’t Found in the Body

God’s glory. What an amazing thing! Astounding really, and one that should be displayed by the very people who claim to know Him. There is a fast and easy way to tell if God is being glorified within the Body of believers. Just observe how Christians treat one another. Jesus and apostles readily make the case for showing love to each other as a testimony of God’s glory and the faith of His followers. Is this what you’ve experienced?

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I was walking on egg shells, not wanting to engage this person who had decided not to bother with simply being polite. Who ignored me and treated my family with disdain. Our very presence was an offense to them.  Yet, I couldn’t reconcile this treatment with the profession of faith that they had.

Sometimes this behavior is not so blatant. Sometimes it’s hidden behind fake niceties and smiles or words that just seem off. It comes in many packages:

  • We might put a smile on our faces and speak kindly to them but in our hearts we’re not sincere. We don’t genuinely care for that person.
  • When someone’s name gets brought up in conversation, we may bristle a little or wrestle with an arrogant thought.
  • Perhaps we harbor jealousy, envy, judgement or hatred toward that person so we find it very difficult to think of a good thing about them.
  • We might ignore them when they are around, purposefully (or not) give the cold shoulder, avoiding them so as not to have to make conversation with them much less look in their direction.

I’m thankful that God gave me the gift of discernment because I pick up on these subtleties very easily. However, I can’t seem to fathom how believers would treat one another this way.

You see, others have treated me this way but I can deal with it much easier – that is, not take it so personally – when I know that the person is not a Christian. I don’t expect them to live & engage people as Christ says believers should. However, with those who are believers, there is a standard of how Christ calls us to live our lives and specifically how we should treat other believers.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:34-35

Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.” - John 14:23-24

No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” - 1 John 3:9-11

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” - 1 John 4:19-21

I’m not innocent in all this either. I’ve caught myself struggling with certain people. Several times I’ve gone to them to ask for forgiveness and sometimes they had no clue what was going on. Something I’ve learned and am becoming more comfortable with is that I don’t have to like everyone. And not everyone has to like me. It’s natural that certain personalities just don’t get along like other ones. But that’s no excuse to treat them unkindly, unwanted, or be fake.

Even if I don’t necessarily like someone, I am still commanded to love them. Simply because we share the same faith in the same Savior, we are in the same family.

So when they are hurting or need help, I need to offer service and care. When I see them, I need to offer kindness. When they are around, I need to acknowledge them. When we speak, I need to be genuine.

I do this for two reasons: Christ commands it. And when we each die someday we will live together forever worshipping the God who saved each of us – regardless of personality.

We need to own our sin. We need to die to flesh. We need to repent for treating fellow believers and heirs of the Kingdom with disregard, disdain, unkindness, avoidance, judgement, hatred, malice – even if all these things are hidden from public view in the vaults of our minds and hearts.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” - Hebrews 12:1-2

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God loves this person. God created this person in His own likeness and more important than that, God called them to faith and they answered. We have the most important thing in common, we ought to set aside all other differences and simply be kind and put the effort toward loving our brothers and sisters in Christ. After all, didn’t Jesus do that exact same thing for us when he died on our behalf and for our benefit?

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” - John 15:12-17

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Monday Meanderings

Monday kicks off our weekly “life organization”. This keeps me sane and on-task as I prioritize rightly. Join me every week on Monday!

Monday Meanderings: Weekly "Life" Organization | The Brown Tribe

Bible Study:
Proverbs

Memory Verse:
“And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33)

Husband Encouragement:
* Pray for him – this week specifically praying that his spiritual walk with God would be dynamic and engaging. That he’d yearn for time in the Word and share what God teaches him. Also for vision & favor in ministry with the Mission Leadership Team that we both serve with.
* Make a yummy dessert for him

Train Them Up:
IAIN: We’re trying to train him in all his boyish-ness what it means to have all this energy and desire for rough play within the constraints of respecting girls, manners and kindness. I want him to be the manly man God is creating him to be yet learn boundaries in what that looks like. Paul’s doing a good job of teaching him that he can play certain ways with Daddy, but not play that way with Claire or me — he’ll slowly get it, right?
CLAIRE: She is being such a helper lately. I’m taking advantage of that and asking her to help me clean, cook and do laundry. I love that she just wants to join me in tasks. We also take ample time to practice reading & writing, she is doing so well! She’s also learning addition fairly well too, and much of her work she is doing in her head, with sounding out words silently to herself or doing the math in her head before telling us the answers. She is still learning to speak clearly, without whining, especially when she doesn’t get what she wants.

New Habit of the Month:
Get organized with documents and files; clean up the desk/office area & create a nice workspace.

MUST DO:
* make new (natural) cleaners to use with essential oils
* Finalize grocery list & finish shopping
* Laundry
* Stich-fix

Menu:
Mon – Basil Ravioli, Cauliflower, Peas
Tues – BBQ Smokies, Homemade Mac & Cheese,
Weds – Sausage Crescents & Eggs
Thurs – Tortellini Alfredo, Salad, Grapes
Fri – Lemon Butter Dill Salmon, Salad, Clementines
Sat –Hot Dogs, Sweet Potato Fries, Apples
Sun – Leftovers

FUN THINGS!
* Playdate with Corrin & kids
* 1×1 with Cindy (nap time)
* AWANA for Claire
* 1×1 with Tina W. (nap time)
* 1×1 with Zonna (kids in bed)
* Paul’s parents coming this weekend
* Claire’s Christmas Program!
* Taking Claire to Beauty & the Beast for her birthday gift – a day out dressed up to meet a princess!
* Christmas Caroling event

3 things I’m thankful for today:
1. God’s provision & care. I’m so thankful for a working heater, a roof and walls surrounding us, and for His distinct care for us.

2. We had a wonderful, low-key weekend with nothing planned. We rested a LOT, played games and just had fun as a family.

3. A supportive and grace-filled husband. God teaches me so much through him.

Prayer Requests:

1. Pray with us as we seek to lead our kids, particularly Claire right now, through what it means to be a Christian and live a life that follows Jesus. Pray for her heart to remain open and for understanding as we try to explain the answers to her questions.

2. Pray that my parents find a new place to live.

3. We want to see God’s glory permeating through this town. Pray that we would not grow weary in putting forth effort to love people and to tell them truth. Pray that we’d truly care for their souls more than our comfort.

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Advent: The Joy Candle

The third week of Advent is one of joy and celebration, waiting with expectation of His glory!

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Waiting with Expectation

BLESSING

Centuries ago, Christ came to us as a child, so we too anticipate Christ’s coming again as King of Kings. Oh God, we rejoice!!! Your arrival draws near.

CONTEMPLATION

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12

Dear God, create in us a beautiful paradox. The joy of finding You while still pursuing You. The joy of having You yet always wanting You.

SCRIPTURE

“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” - Isaiah 35:10

“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” - Hebrews 9:28

PRAYER

Like your prophet Zephaniah, we rejoice in Your soon coming to take away our punishment and gather the exiles. We rejoice in your Second Coming, when You return for your bride to bring her home. David’s psalm is our cry: “You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) We Wait for You, Rejoicing! Amen.

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