26 March 2010

Winning Him Without Words


I have been enjoying these ladies and their encouragement on Facebook. Their fan page is called Spiritually Unequal Marriage, and they have a blog of the same name. The book isn't due until next year, but you can get a lot of great words from their blog.


I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
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Teresa (Tracy) Dear


18 March 2010

Timeless

Hopefully, what I've written here is timeless and you can enjoy a lot when you surf my topics from the sidebar. Sorry it's been so long; a few posts are percolating...


I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!
Teresa (Tracy) Dear


16 March 2010

Steward

I've been trying to look on "the bright side" of doing childcare again. I'm trying to look at it like someone is paying me to look after my own kids in a better fashion.


When I do childcare, I am really conscious of doing a good job. I want to always feed them breakfast by 8:30, I want to change their diaper at least every two hours, I want them down for nap at a regular time. I wash their little faces and give them healthy snacks. In short, my kids get more structured care because I am stewarding someone else's.

But when I figured that out, the Lord spoke to me and asked why did someone have to PAY me to better steward the children he is asking me to watch? My own children?

Yikes... I was humbled and fought off overwhelming feelings of guilt. My own children are only here for me to steward into Christ's image- they don't belong to me. At the end of my time with them, God isn't going to check and see if their faces are clean or their clothes match. He's going to look at their hearts and their choices and how well they submit to his will.

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!
Teresa (Tracy) Dear


08 March 2010

Unrequited Love

Although I am usually loathe to refer anyone to Wikipedia, it had a few good poems about unrequited love, and this nice quote:


"Unrequited love has long been depicted as noble, an unselfish and stoic willingness to accept suffering, though contemporary western culture may give greater weight to practical, goal-oriented and self-assertive behavior."

I feel lately like I have an unrequited love. It really doesn't fill the definition, but I am "unfulfilled" all the same. I am in love with four kids, two siblings groups, from the Texas foster system. This is not the time of life to get 4 more kids; but if we wait for the perfect time, we'd never get anything done.

"She looks away from the troubles and miseries and obstacles of life that seem to make the future bleak, and she focuses her attention on the sovereign power and love of God who rules in heaven and does on earth whatever He pleases." John Piper

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!
Teresa (Tracy) Dear


02 March 2010

It's Hard to be a Big Girl












So it is Tuesday night...
and once again,
I have been given
the opportunity
to be patient,
forgiving,
and to forget offenses in love.

*sigh*

Supposed to go to the Daniel Bible study but James has to help a friend. grrr.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Bible study is good. Fellowship with other Christian women is good.

Anger is bad. Resentfulness is bad.

Forgiveness is good.

I'm honored that you would read New Mercy and
I would love to hear from you through comments!
Teresa (Tracy) Dear