Coffee Break (June 21)

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10 Sure Marks of Humility

Humility is something that I constantly have to actively seek, meditate on, and pray for. Pride catches me off guard when I least expect it. It is the sneakiest, most subversive and most pervasive sin! This article has been grounding and edifying. I’ve been pondering these 10 marks much over the last few days, and this one has been resonating with me: “A humble person complains about his heart, not his circumstances. Even when he faces difficulty, his greatest grief is the state of his heart. Where a hypocrite loves to boast about his goodness, the humble soul is always aware of his badness. Even Paul, who had the immense privilege of being caught up to the third heaven, cried out, “Wretched man that I am!” The more a Christian grows in knowledge, the more he becomes aware of his ignorance, of his lack of faith, and the more he cries out for God’s grace.”

Decadent  Caramel Popcorn

This looks ah-mazing! And since this lovely blogger is my friendly neighbor, I might just have to ask her to make this for me. Michelle! Are you reading this? Seriously.

20 Quotes

Matt Smethurst pulls 2o quotes from Glen Scrivener’s 321: The Story of God, the World, and You . I think this one is my favorite: “There are no promises of earthly riches or easy living. In fact, Jesus leads us into a suffering world to engage with it more, not less. While most people spend their lives keeping back, filling up, and clinging on, Jesus teaches us to press in, pour out, and give away. The way of Jesus is not a trouble-free existence—far from it. But Jesus does promise that, in giving ourselves away, we will truly find ourselves” (112–13).

The Spiritual Diet

Eliminating Spiritual Toxins “Consider a person who exercises fastidiously and holds to a strict diet but also abuses alcohol and drugs. That kind of schizophrenic behavior would raise a lot of questions, and rightly so.

The same goes for Christians who carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or eliminate sinful, spiritual toxins from their lives. Faithfully studying God’s Word is vital to our growth, but it’s not the only factor. We need to recognize sinful attitudes and motivations as carcinogens that can wreak havoc in our spiritual lives.”

Suffering: A Case Study

Recommended by my sweet tweep @AnahnSheMoo. She was right– “Whew. So good.”
Renewing Your Mind, Suffering: A Case Study “Listen as R.C. Sproul explains why all suffering has purpose and meaning.” (26 minutes)

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Jessica Pickowicz

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Jessica is the founder and lead writer of Beautiful Thing. She is wife to pastor/ church-planter Nate Pickowicz, and mama of two.