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Pursue Holiness

Week 44, Thursday Dorothy Patterson For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—these, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:16-17 (nkjv) In the Old Testament, humility often indicates lowliness or even affliction (see Psalm 9:12). In the New Testament, the word may also suggest a demeanor that assumes dependence upon God and respect for others. This character quality resulting in a holy and set-apart lifestyle does not naturally evolve from human instinct but is a spiritual discipline achieved with determined obedience to follow the Lord’s principles. Some religious monasteries have been luxurious and those who inhabited them indulgent. The French painter Victor Marais-Milton (1872–1948) enjoyed painting scenes from the lives of Catholic cardinals. His colorful compositions showed their luxurious living. In the oil painting A Tasty Bite, the cardinal, surrounded by...

Finding our Identity

I was busy. Too busy. Working while in school, three kids going ten different directions, a recent move to a new state and my pastor/ husband meeting and greeting as we tried to find our footing. Makes me tired just thinking about it! This pace of life wasn't anything new; this was our life. A continuation of the life we had at our last church and I understood this was for a season. I was sure things would change when the kids grew up, and we completed grad school. It was in this setting that my husband was planning a mission trip to Mexico. No problem, I got the kids. Plans were set but in God's infinite sense of humor Rob got sick the day before the trip. Since it had already paid in full, the church asked if I would be willing to take his place. "No worries," they said, "we will take...

Reveling in Christ’s Sufficiency

Week 44, Tuesday Dorothy Patterson Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 (nkjv) The wise of the world have always despised the “poor in spirit” (Matthew 5:3, nkjv) or anyone considered to be a weakling or wimp. Someone with self-confidence and a take-charge attitude is sought, admired, and followed in every realm of life. On the other hand, the Christian woman is blessed because she realizes her own spiritual helplessness. Poverty of spirit is essential for Christian growth and was never meant to be an end in itself. There is no entry into the kingdom without this fundamental quality, which first and foremost means the emptying of yourself. A woman cannot be filled with the Spirit until she has been emptied of herself. Laying hold of Christ presupposes letting go of yourself and recognizing your own inherent worthlessness until your heart is emptied of self and filled with...

Wholly His

Week 44, Monday Dorothy Patterson Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (nkjv) Poverty of possessions does not necessarily produce a woman who is humble or “poor in spirit.” Mrs. H. L. Hunt, whose husband was a rich and powerful man, depended upon the Lord as have few other women. She certainly had an abundance of worldly possessions—priceless art, valuable antiques, and a picturesque estate. She generously undergirded ministries through her inspiring stewardship and generous philanthropic giving. She was a gracious hostess to friends and neighbors as well as acquaintances and strangers. All that Ruth gave and did for others is not what most endeared her to me; rather, I saw a life marked by humility as she presented her spiritual needs to the Lord. We wept together and prayed together. When I visited her on the bed of affliction, she never failed to pray for me. She loved...

It’s Not About You!

Week 43, Wednesday Marilyn Kirkpatrick If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 (nasb) In the world we live in, we are told that it is “all about you”! From billboards, magazines, TV, and other media, the message over and over is to love yourself, pamper yourself, look out for yourself, forgive yourself, be good to yourself, and so on. The world’s view is totally contrary to what God tells us. When following Christ, we are to follow His example of dying to self and living for the glory of the Father only. It is not about you! Jesus’ example of self-denial was demonstrated throughout His entire earthly life. He never sought His own glory (see John 8:50,54). He did only what the Father commanded (see John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38). His teaching was not His own (see John 7:16). His very life was laid down as a...

Come Alongside One Another

Week 43, Tuesday

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

Older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine. to teach what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and submissive to their husbands, so that God’s message will not be slandered. Titus 2:3-5 (hcsb)

Over the thirty-three years I have been a Christian, God has always placed people in my life who have encouraged me in my walk with the Lord. Many have spoken truth into my life, even when I didn’t necessarily want to hear the truth. I am thankful for those who God has called alongside me and for those He continues to bring into my life.

When I first got involved at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, I was a stay-at-home mom and spent countless hours with...

Among Giants

Week 43, Monday

Marilyn Kirkpatrick

All these were approved through their faith. Hebrews 11:39 (hcsb)

I recently sat in a hospital room with a dear friend and mentor as we waited for her husband’s imminent death. When I arrived, there was another couple there with her, one of many of her peers. Before the afternoon was over, there were about five couples in this room that were all close friends of one another, as well as this grieving wife. I looked around that room and realized that over the past twenty-five years each one of these couples had poured into my life personally and spiritually. I was sitting among some of the greatest disciple makers of our church.

Over the course of their lives, they had individually and collectively poured into hundreds of young lives, including mine and my husband’s. They were each teachers, directors, administrators, or group leaders who...

We Are Valuable to God Because He Has Work for Us to Do

Week 42, Weekend

Ann Iorg

For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (hcsb)

When I think of God the Creator and all He has made, I am amazed. There is such variety, color, and diversity all around us! God, who created the universe, also has a specific plan for us. He prepared work for us before we were born and created us specifically to accomplish those plans.

God created everything with purpose. He knew who our family would be. He knew who our neighbors would be. He knew what the world would need and how we could contribute. He put abilities and personality inside of us because He had a plan to use them. Sometimes we get hung up on titles and positions. God just shakes His head. He wants us...

We Are Valuable to God Even in Our Pain

Week 42, Friday Ann Iorg “Don’t call me Naomi, call me Mara,” she answered, “for the Almighty has made me very bitter. I left full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has pronounced on me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?” . . . Then the women said to Naomi, “Praise the Lord, who has not left you without a family redeemer today. May his name be famous in Israel. He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. Indeed, your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” Ruth 1:20-21; 4:14-15 (hcsb) Naomi experienced great pain. She not only lost her relationship with her husband and sons, she also lost her financial security. In those days, there were no retirement benefits or Social Security. As women aged, they had to depend...

We Are Valuable to God Even with Our Sinful Past

Week 42, Thursday

Ann Iorg

By faith Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed. Hebrews 11:31 (hcsb)

Rahab was a prostitute, yet she is in the lineage of King David and Jesus (see Matthew 1:5). God searches for those who really believe in Him. He is ready and waiting to forgive and bless, despite past sin. Rahab did not grow up learning about God and His commandments, but she came to believe in Him later in life. She gave up prostitution, became a wife and mother, and followed the God of Israel. Consequently, she is listed in Hebrews (in the faith “hall of fame”) and her life is a testimony to God’s grace.

We think our past sins diminish our value and make us inferior. God does not see us that way. He loves for us to turn to Him and reject...