God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean.
— Jonathan Edwards
We strongly need to see the manifest hand of God in what we are and what we do. We need to be sure He is pulling the load, bearing the burden—which we are all too ready to assume is up to us alone. We must understand that He is in charge of the outcome of our efforts, and that the outcome will be good, right. And all of this is encompassed in one biblical term, “Sabbath.”
Sabbath is a way of life. (Heb. 4:3 & 9-11) It sets us free from bondage to our own efforts. Only in this way can we come to the power and joy of a radiant life in ministry, a blessing to all we touch.
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Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s still high of 84 here, but I’m pulling strong for cooler weather. Below are a few things that have been filling my car on commutes, earbuds during workouts, speakers while I work.
ESV App Audio Bible
I have started listening to the Bible when I drive or walk around the neighborhood, and it’s been amazing! Refreshing. Like a blanket of God’s words around me, filling the air and breathing new energy.
Favorites: What We Cook When We Don’t Feel Like Cooking and Fat Isn’t Bad, Stupid is Bad
I have been inspired and drawn to worship of God with these videos of their live music set.
Her podcast is like talking with a friend; she is relatable and friendly and gives good advice. She’s also a journaler, so it was a quick ‘in’ for me.
Not necessarily a listen, but I loved this look into their upbringing, life, and love for the Lord.