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This year has begun with a bang for sure. I feel God is teaching me so much already, and even though He may be speaking to me in a zillion areas of my life, I feel like I’m in the baby stages of learning. Do I have anything to share?

One thing that has suddenly come to mind (the prompting of the Holy Spirit, perhaps?) is a verse God pointed out late in January. I had been thinking about the new year a lot, wondering what it might hold for me. I really had no idea! I had thoughts of minor things I want to achieve personally, but nothing grand, nor anything about what God might have in mind. I wondered what God would teach me, what adventures I’d have, and what changes would be made. I also wondered if I would be faithful to do God’s will. I wrote to some friends while pondering all these things:

This year seems different. My heart feels kind of full of I don’t know what. Happy excitement, expectations, as well as a bit of apprehension maybe? It’s odd. But it’s exciting. I was trying to think of a word to describe how I feel about this year, and one came to mind that I really think fits what I’m feeling—and that is ripe. It’s almost like there are a lot of things building up and now they’re ripe for the picking. And I guess that’s where the apprehension comes in. If something is ripe, then it needs to be harvested. I feel like God is opening up lots of doors of opportunities and lessons (or laying out a field of ripe fruits) and I have to harvest them. I’m kind of nervous that I won’t take the opportunities God has given me. But I’m excited, too. I know that He’ll help me and give me the ability to do His will.

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Welcome, 2008, and apologies for the unscheduled blogging break over the last weeks and maybe even months. The next issue of WM (Volume 10 #1 — ten years!) is in the pipeline at the moment, but while you wait for some fresh reading material, I encourage and urge and plead with you to read John Piper’s A Challenge to Women. As we start off a new year with a clean slate, it’s amazingly challenging to be reminded of the resolutions that really matter. John Piper’s 15 challenges to women will inspire you.

Gregory Spencer has published a fascinating series on authenticity over at Boundless.

Check out Authentic Phony, Being Real is a Real Problem, and Real Presence and the Image Consciousness Fairy.

John Piper’s powerful teaching has been incredibly impacting in my life. Through Piper’s humility and passion, God has taught me much about Himself and about living for His glory and renown. Many of Piper’s books are available online, for free. Which I think is completely awesome.

Check out the newly-refurbished Desiring God Online Library.

Remember being little and feeling unjustly treated by your parents? Remember finding some comfort in the thought that, “When I’m a grown-up I’ll…”? Yeah? Me, too. When I’m a grown-up I’ll buy Coco Pops. When I’m a grown-up I won’t have to go to bed at 8 o’clock. When I’m a grown-up I won’t have to obey anybody.

Well I’ve got news for both of us. Obedience is something you never really get too old for. And while there certainly comes a season in life where our parents don’t need to be reminding us to wash our hands before we eat, we don’t suddenly reach the magical age of eighteen and step outside the realm of obedience. You don’t just grow out of “honour thy father and mother.”

Thabiti Anyabwile discusses the ins and outs of society’s bias in favour of independence and the seeming difficulty in reconciling that with the Scriptural principle of honouring one’s parents:

The wider culture values independence and autonomy above most other things, sometimes including respect for others. The messages are everywhere, from Burger King commercials promising you can “have it your way” to teenage-focussed sitcoms that relegate parents and authorities to either the status of clumsy, hopelessly out-of-date nitwits or phantom-like incidental characters irrelevant to the young person’s premature explorations of adult themes and situations.

…. In this kind of culture, and with so many real life experiences with our parents, how can honor God by honoring our parents even as we transition to adulthood and adulthood roles?

Anyabwile’s answers are refreshing and Bible-based. Read the rest of his article here.

Evaluating afresh how I meditate on the Scriptures, I was inspired to hunt out a short series of blog posts I remembered reading last year. The Five15 blog, a ministry to the youth of Sovereign Grace church, posted a three-post series on spiritual journalling. It contains simple tips that may inspire you in your approach to Biblical meditation.

Check out part one, part two, and part three on writing the truth about grace.

You might wish to also explore the posts on praying, singing, and reading the truth about grace.