Whatsoever Magazine

Archive for June 2007

Christian women all over the planet often lament that it’s hard to understand what makes a woman truly beautiful when the world screams out its own bizarre and, for the most part, unattainable standard of beauty. It’s even harder to break through the confusion when the church itself, and Christian men who populate it, help push theories of worldly beauty along. It’s easy to wonder: Am I stupid for desiring a husband who will value true inner beauty?

This week on Boundless, Michael Lawrence addresses the belief that men can’t help what they find beautiful. It’s a natural instinct. But is it really? And should it be? I’m Just Not Attracted to Her is written to men, but women will definitely benefit and be encouraged by this God-centred take on beauty.


Inspired by the excerpt from The Valley of Vision shared in the last post? Sovereign Grace church radio is currently playing songs from their album, Valley of Vision, inspired by these precious Puritan prayers. If you’re looking for some rich, edifying listening, tune into Sovereign Grace radio here.

Four excited girls. A day of browsing through thousands of used books. Aching arms. Strained backs. And the result? Dozens of new books to treasure, read, and digest.

I’m still working through the pile of books I brought back from last week’s Lifeline Bookfest, but already I’ve fastened on a favourite: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennet. After reading recommendations of this book in several blogs I read and respect, I was overjoyed to find a copy, used but barely worn, at the book fair. Since then, I’ve been reading a page a day as part of my morning quiet time, and finding such inspiration from the richly Biblical, worshipful prayers.

Consider this gem:

O Lord God, who inhabitest eternity,

The heavens declare thy glory,

The earth thy riches,

The universe is thy temple;

Thy presence fills immensity,

Yet thou hast of thy pleasure created life, and communicated happiness;

Thou hast made me what I am, and given me what I have;

In thee I live and move and have my being;

Thy providence has set the bounds of my habitation,

     and wisely administers all my affairs.

I thank thee for thy riches to me in Jesus,

         for the unclouded revelation of him in thy Word,

               where I behold his person, character, grace, glory,

               humiliation, sufferings, death, and resurrection;

Give me to feel a need of his continual saviourhood,

     and cry with Job, ‘I am vile’,

          with Peter, ‘I perish’,

          with the publican, ‘Be merciful to me, a sinner.’

Subdue in me the love of sin,

Let me know the need of renovation as well as of forgiveness,

     in order to serve and enjoy thee for ever.

I come to thee in the all-prevailing name of Jesus,

          with nothing of my own to please,

          no works, no worthiness, no promises.

I am often straying,

     often knowingly opposing thy authority,

     often abusing thy goodness;

Much of my guilt arises from my religious privileges,

     my low estimation of them,

     my failure to use them to my advantage;

But I am not careless of thy favour or regardless of thy glory;

Impress me deeply with a sense of thine omnipresence,

     that thou art about my path, my ways, my lying down, my end.

I encourage you, in your treasure hunts, to keep an eye out for this precious collection. It will be a valuable tool in your prayer life.

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