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Monday, July 28, 2008


I love to read. I really wish that my interests were more philosophical and abstract. I wish I cared more for politics and current events. I don't. I like to read about nutrition, mothering, and the Word. Perhaps some day I will have time to expand my literary horizons, but today is not that day.

After spending a chunk of my husband's wages and a lot of time on internet learning sites, I have become more and more disillusioned with the advice of "man". I am constantly picking up new ideas that contradict old ideas on two of the subjects that are are important to me. After a five-year trend promoting the health benefits of a protein-rich diet, the diet dictocrats are now, and once again, enamored with veganism. Four infant care books tell me that my child will be emotionally scarred if I don't pick him up each time he cries, but three others insist that my child will be a spoiled adolescent and adult if I don't let him "cry it out". As I am sure that many stay-at-home mothers share my interests, it is no surprise that many young moms experience depression and withdrawal. We are confused! Tell us the truth!

Our world is controlled by the prince of the power of the air, and he delights in our confusion. The more confused we are, the more we search out answers, the less time we have to fellowship with our true Lord and Savior. The world cannot give us the Truth because it is has been mastered by the father of Lies. Where does my hope lie?

Mine comes from Jesus Christ, my peacemaker. He says, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27). The world gives me confusion. The world seeks to make me wise in my own eyes and forget my utter dependence on the Sovereign Lord of the universe. Christ cuts through the confusion and brings peace, simplicity, and truth. What are my vain pursuits in hope of? Perfectly behaved children? A perfect body? Long life? In this world-seriously?

I am thankful to be reminded that there is no postmodern "let's all play the truthmaking game". God is 100% truth. I love to read about my Lord because He never changes. His promises endure throughout generations and my hope lies secure in Him. In my quiet time today, I was struck by the truth that I will never be good enough for God. I will never be wise enough to get myself into heaven, no matter what I am taught. I have broken one commandment, and I have broken them all (James 2:10). I have hated the Lord; I have been his enemy. But while I was still there, He sent His Son to die a base criminal's death for me. And- I love to think about this- when the Father looks upon me, He does not see me, for He would shudder in the small shadow of this wretched sinner. He draws me near to the throne of grace because He sees His Son in my place. If that is not Truth, I don't know what is.

1 comment:

Jennifer Gray said...

Amen sister!!! Very well said and so relevant for us moms reading your blog. I just stopped in to check your status on the sling making. I still wear my beloved sling ALL THE TIME and my daughter will be two next month. :) I get stopped all over and people ask me where I got it. I just told my friend Nikki about you so hopefully she'll get one for her sister.
Jen Gray (Staci's Friend and the one you introduced to the Sharifis)


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