Christian Perspective

Encouragement

October 2007

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"Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore." Psalm 105:4

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Update: Online Chat/Holiday Devotionals/Illustrator Needed/Prayer Request

On October 30th at 1:00 Central Time, my mom and I will be being interviewed by Cindy Rushton in her Talk-A-Latte program (http://www.talk-a-latte.com/chats.html) about our holiday devotionals and taking advantage of the holiday season. We're excited about the opportunity, and would appreciate your prayers that we would be able to clearly communicate whatever God wants us to share. We'd also love to have you join us! The chat will begin at 1:00 PM Central Time in the Talk-a-Latte room. Use the password letschat to log in. Note: You will need to download some free software ahead of time. Visit http://www.talk-a-latte.com/chats.html and follow the instructions. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

And, while we are speaking of the holidays, I wanted to let you all know of a few devotionals we have available for the holiday months. We wrote these devotionals because we wanted to help families keep focused on the Lord and His truth throughout the holidays in a fun and meaningful way. Each of the devotionals comes as a set that includes a little book for children to make by coloring/adding a sticker every day. To make things simple, everything comes included in the kit, meaning there’s no preparation necessary on the part of the parent.

Some information on the devotionals can be found in the special section below. More details are available on our website at http://www.christianperspective.net/devotionals.html. If you've already purchased the devotionals, don't forget to pull them out and begin them in a few weeks!

I also have a few other prayer requests I'd like to briefly mention.  We have begun praying for an illustrator for various projects.  If you, or someone you know is gifted in this area,  please send your information to my mom (Cris) at  cloop@christianperspective.net

Also, I have been experiencing some pain in my thumbs, which has made typing and working on my projects more difficult.  I think it is tendonitis.  Please pray for God’s healing if that is His will, and that I'll have the patience and wisdom to rest when needed. I have been thanking the Lord all week for the way he had me switch over to my laptop recently from a desktop--I can't use a mouse right now, but I'm able to use the laptop pad. He truly knows exactly what we need each step of the way!

Resting in His love,

Katherine

 


SPECIAL SECTION: Looking for a way to take advantage of the holidays with your children or for a fun and meaningful way to get in the Word of God together as a family?

THE GOD WE PRAISE - THANKSGIVING DEVOTIONAL - STARTS NOVEMBER 2
God We Praise Child

pictureThe God We Praise is a unique 21-day Thanksgiving devotional kit for the month of November. The short devotional readings center on God’s character as revealed throughout the Bible. While they listen, children make their own little book by adding a sticker/coloring every day (book, stickers, and a gold pen are included). Easy, meaningful, and enjoyable! To learn more, visit http://www.christianperspective.net/devotionals.html.

THE PROMISED ONE - CHRISTMAS DEVOTIONAL - STARTS DECEMBER 1

picturepictureJesus-The Promised One is a Christmas devotional designed to start December 1st and finish Christmas Eve. The devotional traces God's plan of salvation from the very beginning of time, laying the groundwork for what Christmas is really all about. As you watch God's message unfold, you and your children will grow awed at how much Christmas means for you each day.

"I heard my daughters (age 8) prayers mature. We discussed/reinforced her understanding of why Jesus was born. We got into the habit of reading every day! She also gained an understanding about the difference between following the law and following Jesus and why we had to have the law. I also came to a more clear understanding of this." -- Homeschool mom

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For more details or to order, please visit our website,

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Thought: Reflections on 2 Timothy

No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. 2 Timothy 2:4 NASB

It’s so easy to get caught up in going about everyday life or to allow petty annoyances to distract us from the remembrance that this earth is temporal—we’re bound for a home up above. Instead of getting caught up in the "affairs of everyday life," may the Lord help us to continually, "Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David" (2 Timothy 2:8 NASB).

Questions I have been asking myself: What are the things that tend to entangle me? Am I allowing the affairs of everyday life to distract me from the Lord? Am I living like a really believe I'm in a battle? 

Story: Keeping Focused

General Bradford was definitely an unusual general. He was known far and wide for both his infinite patience and love as well as for His justice and wrath. His soldiers loved him dearly—and for good cause. His orders were always good, and he personally found a way to care for each of the soldiers who volunteered for his little band.

Michael had recently joined the general’s band, and was now quite anxious to prove himself a good soldier. His first task was to learn to march.

“The key to marching is to stay focused and to listen for my commands constantly,” the general explained. “See that distant horizon? Fasten your eyes fifteen degrees above the horizon line. Don’t let them wander to the circumstances or people around you. Keep your eyes focused above the horizon, and your ears tuned to my voice. You’ll find that many, many things will try to distract you.”

Michael couldn’t imagine anything distracting him from the horizon or the general's voice. He’d soon find out, however, just how easily he could get distracted.

The first time Michael actually had the opportunity to march, he lifted his knees up nearly to his chest each step in an effort to look like a good marcher. He desperately wanted to do a good job to please the general!

The general shook his head and gently admonished the young private, “Don’t let your desire to show off distract you. True marching isn’t about lifting those knees in show; it’s about putting one step in front of the other in sync with my commands.”

Michael hung his head. He had allowed the thought of what others would think to distract him from really doing his job.

Michael tried again, this time not worrying about how he looked. Yet he had such a hard time keeping his eyes above the horizon! His eyes seemed to constantly wander to the things or people around him. Then he’d catch sight of the general and remember his command to look above the horizon. Would he ever learn?

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“George,” Michael called reprovingly, “your step is a little fast, and wipe the grin off your face.  And Scott, loosen up your arms and let them swing a little more natural and—” 

“I said flight halt!”

Only after walking several paces in front of the rest of the troop did Michael finally hear the command.  He didn’t think he could ever forget the general’s reproof, “Cadet, fall back in line.  Keep your own eyes and ears attentive and let me take care of the others.”

Michael stepped back in line. He was beginning to realize that keeping focused would be a moment-by-moment battle. It was SO easy to get distracted!

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12 KJV

Homeschool Tip: Distractions

-- By Cris Loop

Ever know you have a task you need to do and just can't seem to get to it? For one reason or another, try as you may, something always gets in the way? Or have you ever had a child that, no matter what you do, simply wouldn't learn his lesson? Or a situation that frustrated you or that you couldn't figure out?

It's easy to let the frustrations of life become distractions, taking our eyes away from the Lord and robbing us of the joy He longs to give us. We need to remember that we're in a daily battle. The "ruler of this world" is constantly seeking to distract us, robbing us of the joy we have in Christ. But we don't have to be distracted! The very situations that tend to distract can serve as reminders to us that we're in a war and need to constantly equip ourselves for battle.

After all, it is very easy to forget the daily battle and just keep plowing along our merry old way. Though we know that the enemy is constantly attacking, we forget to put on the armor of God like we should. We live as though we don’t really believe we are in a battle.  Complacency sets in or, worse, we fall back and start thinking like we did before the Lord showed us His new, glorious way.

Parents, I know that you know intellectually that you are in spiritual warfare, but are you fighting or are you retreating? The frustrations you face—whatever they may be—are part of a much bigger battle. Make sure you're spending time in God's Word, meditating on who He is, and praying throughout your day so that you'll be able to fight the good fight. Put on the armor of God by reading His Word. Remember that you are in a battle and that you need His Word as much and as regularly as your body needs water. Replenish and refresh yourself often! Let God use the frustrations of every situation to be a blessing instead of a distraction in your life. Fight the good fight--in Christ.

Hymn/Poem: How Happy Every Child

--Author unlisted. Found in Living Hymns for Use in the Sabbath School, Christian Endeavor Meetings, the Church and Home. Compiled by John Wanamaker. Published in Philadelphia by John J. Hood, 1890.

How happy every child of grace,
Who knows his sins are forgiven!
"This earth," he cries, "is not my place,
I seek my place in heaven, —
A country far from mortal sight;
Yet O, by faith I see
The land of rest, the saints' delight,
The heaven prepared for me."

O what a blessed hope is ours!
While here on earth we stay,
We more than taste the heavenly powers,
And antedate that day;
We feel the resurrection near,
Our life in Christ concealed,
And with his glorious presence here
Our earthen vessels filled.

O would he more of heaven bestow,
And let the vessels break,
And let our ransomed spirits go
To grasp the God we seek;
In rapturous awe on him to gaze,
Who bought the sight for me;
And shout and wonder at his grace
Through all eternity!

 

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