SPF 045: The Necessity of Biblical Faithfulness in the Grit of Everyday

There is a necessary faithfulness to motherhood, to marriage, to our places of ministry, that will endure the grit of every day. It shows our allegiance, our steadfastness to the Glory of God. Today we are talking about some hallmarks of faithfulness and how they impact our daily roles and responsibilities.

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Three Hallmarks of Biblical Faithfulness

 "There is a necessary faithfulness to motherhood, to marriage, to our places of ministry, that will endure the grit of every day. It shows our allegiance, our steadfastness to the Glory of God.” - Lauren Hlushak

There are the highs and lows of life, but inbetween there is there every day grit. Where you just have to get ‘er done. Where there are little joys and little set backs, where there has to be dinner, encouragements, little lessons of hope and truth, and a whole lot of grace and repentance.

The grit can wear us out. It’s like sand in the shoe - it can be really irritating after awhile unless we understand that that faithfulness is an unrelenting drive to glorify God. 

1. Believe what the Bible says about God - His existence, His character, His work.

2. Endurance in the Truth rather than the fleetingness of feelings.

3. Live by faith and not by sight.

Our Hope in Faithfulness

  • God is faithful 2 Timothy 2:13 “if we are faithless, he is faithful for he cannot deny himself.”
  • Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit so we can grow in it! Galatians 5:22

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SPF 044: Four Graces that Comfort in Times of Grief

I little life update, and a marker of grace. I’m sharing with all my SPF friends and listeners four gifts of grace during a time of grief in miscarriage.

Four Graces of Comfort


Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
— Hebrews 4:16

Grace No. 1: The Living and Active Word of God

God's Word points to His plan and purpose of His Glory and what He has done for us!

Read: Psalm 103

Grace No. 2: Perspective and Thanksgiving

God gives us perspective in times of grief.

Read: Colossians 3:15-17

Grace No. 3: Community

God uses the Body of Christ to provide comfort.

Read: 2 Corinthians 1

Grace No. 4: Sovereign Joy in Sovereign Pain

God uses sovereign pain in our lives to advance the Gospel and that is a joyful thing.

Read: Philippians 1

If you love God for what He gives you, you’ll hate God for what He takes away
— Benham Brothers

SPF 043: Turning to the Lord - Three Lessons from Ezra

God is a Sovereign God who has graciously given us clear and good instructions for our living. The book of Ezra demonstrates these two Truths so well, I just had to share some history and some encouragement to hide in our hearts. The days are long but the years are short. Let us not drift away.

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Three Lessons From Ezra

1. God makes things happen according to His Will

The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will. Proverbs 21:1

2. The enemies of God are enemies of God and will be our enemies too

Romans 5:10 - we are enemies of God before Christ

1 Corinthians 15 - God is putting all enemies under the feet of Christ

John 15:18-25 - If you are of the world, the world will love you

1 Peter 2:18 - endure when we suffer for God

1 corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

1 Peter 5:9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.

3. God’s Word shows us our sin and sin must be called sin for forgiveness to be known

Ezra 10:10 "break faith" is what sin is - not believing who God is and entrusting ourselves to the world instead.

We need to come before God with humble hearts.

What’s the worldly call in your life? What’s calling out to you?

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Books for your Consideration

The Gospel Centered Life

This is my favorite Bible Study to do with new and mature believers. IT IS SO GOOD. Seriously. I'm doing it for a third time. Try it! (*affiliate link)

The Gospel-Centered Life: Study Guide with Leader's Notes
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Heralds of the Reformation

If you liked the book Radiant - you'll love this book! Rich church history of the saints who persevered in the midst of persecution to see the Word of God and the grace of God reach people. (*affiliate link)

 

 

 

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SPF 042: Cultivating Joy Even in Struggles

Joy is an uncontrolled hope in the God who Is. Joy delights in God and His ways, and can be present no matter the circumstances. This sounds very appealing, but how do we cultivate this heart of joy? Today we are talking about joy, the struggles, and a few examples that will help us understand it all a little better. 

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Joy of the Lord

The joy of the Lord begins with abiding in Christ - John 15

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22

What Do Joyful People Do?

  • Joyful people share the Gospel - Matthew 28
  • Joyful people have fellowship with others - 1 John 1:7
  • Joyful people delight in what God delights in - Psalm 103
  • Joyful people are thankful - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Joyful people serve - Romans 12
  • Joyful people worship and sing to the Lord - Colossians 3

The Struggles and Solutions

There are struggles that can steal our joy but the Bible gives solutions:

  • Complacency / Repentance Romans 3:1-3
  • Fear of Man / Fear of God 2 Samuel 6, Psalm 112:1
  • Pain (emotional and physical) / eternal perspective Luke 22, Hebrews 12:1-2
  • Anger and Bitterness / Repentance Psalm 37:8

Bible Examples and Personal Study

Read John 4 and Philippians 4 at these two examples of contentment and joy. What is the source of joy?

What are some of your struggles with joy? What is the biblical solution?

Resources

What is Biblical Counseling - Interview with Isabella - Episode 33

The Woman Who Fears the Lord - Episode 41

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Counseling the Hard Cases

A great book to give us wisdom as we make disciples and come across hard issues.

Virtuous

A great little read on virtues of Christian women.

 

 

 

 

SPF 041: The Woman Who Fears the Lord

Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Today we are talking about the fear of the Lord, what it produces in our lives and be spurred on and encouraged by some stories of women who feared the Lord and thus were a great influence in the advancement of Christianity. 

What is the Fear of the Lord?

Knowing the holiness, awesomeness, supremity of God and responding with reverent fear of who He is and who we are.

  • God is the uncaused cause
  • God has always existed
  • God created everything that ever was or is or will bee
  • God has supreme power and authority - including over our bodies AND our souls
  • Isaiah was full of dread in the presence of the Holy God
  • Job put his hands over his mouth after questioning God and realizing Job was made from dust
  • Perfect love casts out fear because fear has to do with punishment.
  • We don't have to fear eternal punishment if Jesus has forgiven our sins

Scriptures to read:

Isaiah 6:1-6

Job 38-42

1 John 4

Hebrews 2:1-4

Check out the Salt and Light Podcast Episode on the Fear of the Lord:

Episode 31 Salt and Light

Good Fruits that come from the Fear of the Lord

  1. The fear of the Lord produces a God-centered Worldview Colossians 1:16, Acts 17:24-27
  2. The fear of the Lord produces an awareness of sin 2 Corinthians 7:1
  3. The fear of the Lord produces wisdom Proverbs 9:10
  4. The fear of the Lord fuels our evangelism 1 Corinthians 5:11
  5. The fear of the Lord frees us from the fear of man Proverbs 29:25, Psalm 56:11

Women in History who Feared the Lord

On this podcast episode I read portions from two chapters out of the book "Radiant - 50 Remarkable Women in Church History" by Richard Hannula

Please grab a copy and be encouraged and spurred on by these women who loved the Lord and feared Him alone.

Stories we discussed:

Perpetua - Early Church / 181-203 / martyred for her faith in Christ

Margaret Nisbet - Reformation / 1635-1683 / persecuted for her faith and exiled

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SPF 040: Three Biblical Instructions for Raising Godly Children

The mother’s calling. The Bible not only tells us of the blessedness of mothering but also gives some clear instructions on how to do it. Today we are going to look at the big picture of motherhood that will help us run this mothering race with perseverance and look at 3  instructions for mother’s in the Word of God.

Big Picture Scriptures for Mothering

  • Psalm 127
  • Psalm 128
  • Proverbs 31:10-31
  • Proverbs 14:1

"The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down." Proverbs 14:1

Three Biblical Instructions for Mothers

  1. Be learners and doers of the Word - Titus 2:3-5, Isaiah 50:4
  2. Instruct our children in the ways of the Lord - Ephesians 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:4-11
  3. Discipline our children to teach about the gospel, authority, and for your children to grow wise - Hebrews 12:5-7, Proverbs 29:15

Who can mother?

The vision of motherhood is greater than our own children. The essence of motherhood is about revealing God to the world - as all things are. The world is waiting to know the caring heart of God.

"Every woman can blossom as a mother, wither she gives birth to her own children or not. All she needs to do is allow the nursing instinct that God has put within her by divine creation to flow from her life.” - Nancy Campbell The Power of Motherhood

Examples of mothering others:

  • 1 Timothy 5:10
  • Proverbs 31
  • Romans 16:13

For God and Through His Grace

There is no perfect mother. We mother for the glory of God and through His grace. There is forgiveness when we fall short and grace when it's difficult, and joy when we rely on God. Mothering is a sanctifying work completed with diligence through the power of Christ.

Recommended Resources

There are so many resources I talked about on the show today! Amazon links are affiliate links meaning I receive a small commission if you purchase through my link. It does not cost more for you and I only recommend products I truly love.

 

Praise Her in the Gates - Nancy Wilson

A very practical read through biblical motherhood. Sick days, holidays, education - she covers it all. Some of the content may challenge our worldview, but I encourage you to use is as an opportunity to study God's Word on the topics!

Shepherding a Child's Heart - Tedd Tripp

This book laid foundational biblical principles about discipline for me and my husband. I was challenged and humbled by my view of what discipline is and why it matters. I learned how to share the Gospel with my children through this book.

Shepherding a Child's Heart
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Radiant - 50 Remarkable Women in Church History - Richard Hannula

This has got to be one of my favorite, most compelling books I own. I am shocked and humbled by the faith of these women and how God used them to advance His Kingdom. We are truly living in blessed times because of the faith and perseverance of the ladies. I will be doing a podcast in the future about some of these women.

 

Instructing a Child's Heart - Tedd and Margy Tripp

This book is so practical in how to instruct our children in the ways of the Lord. Tedd and Margy give great examples and remind us of the foundational truths of why we do what we do as God-fearing parents.

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The Power of Motherhood - Nancy Campbell

This is an intensive workbook that takes you through Scriptures about all areas of motherhood and femininity, including things like birth control and pregnancy. I have not yet worked through the entire workbook and so I cautiously leave this link here - but wanted to share it because I referenced it in today's show. I caution you to take things you have questions about to the Word of God and to your husband and to your pastor. If anything this is an excellent book to help us look through all areas of womanhood and discover God's purpose, desires, and plans.

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SPF 039: How to Righty Handle the Word of Truth

The Bible - there is not a book like it - but how do we become women who, as 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “rightly handles the word of Truth.” How do we read the Bible, interpret the Bible, understand the Bible - are you dizzy with excitement yet? Today is a dose of practical Truth on how to study the Bible. 

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Sola Scriptura

The scriptures alone are the authority of life, inerrant, infallible authoritative.

Scripture is infallible, inerrant, and authoritative because it is the Words of God:

Take a look at these verses:

1 Corinthians 2:13 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 Peter 1:20-21 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

1 Peter 2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—

If God's Word is Authoritative - What does this mean for us?

  1. Know the overarching story of Scripture
  2. Know how to respond to Scripture
  3. Know how to test what is taught
  4. Know how to answer the question of the day

Learn more about Sola Scriptura: New City Denver sermon

How to Correctly Handle the Word of Truth

  1. Scripture is about know God
  2. Scripture is complete and completely useful: Hebrews 1:1-2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  3. Exegesis vs eisegesis (see gotquestions.org information)
  4. Read for objective reality
  5. Learn to ask good questions
  6. Obey what the Bible says (John 15)

Recommended Resources

John Piper article: how to read the Bible for yourself

Three Tips for better Bible Reading - Desiring God

the Five Solas SPF Podcast: sheprovesfaithful.com/podcast/episode17

 
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SPF 038: A Sacrifice of Praise - Cultivating a Thankful Heart

Giving thanks to God might roll of the tongue when the heart is joyful - like   when He answers those long awaited prayers with a yes, or when your kids play together without fights or fits, or when those shoes are on super final clearance and they are your size. But what about on the days when God says no, or your kids are a hot mess, or you can’t find two matching shoes anywhere in your house? How do we cultivate a thankful heart at all times and how do we teach our children? Today is packed with Scripture and four ways to cultivate a thankful heart.

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Wisdom says: Be Thankful!

Ephesians 5:15-20 - Ways to walk in wisdom includes being thankful mentioned three times in this passage:

  1. Understand what the Lord's will is - to give thanks 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 1 Peter 2:9
  2. Make melody in our hearts to God - rejoice because God is good James 1:17
  3. We give thanks always and for everything - it's a sign of our faith Hebrews 13:15

Why can we Continually Praise God?

"We have all His wondrous works to praise Him for and that will give us plenty of material to fill our hearts with thanksgiving." - Nancy Wilson, Virtuous

"The believer who is in a spiritually healthy state rejoices mainly in God himself; he is happy because there is a God, and because God is in his person and character what he is. All the attributes of God become well-springs of joy to the thoughtful, contemplative believer; for such a man says within his soul, "All these attributes of my God are mine: his power, my protection; his wisdom, my guidance; his faithfulness, my foundation; his grace, my salvation." He is a God who cannot lie, faithful and true to his promise; he is all love, and at the same time infinitely just, supremely holy. Why, the contemplation of God to one who knows that this God is his God for ever and ever, is enough to make the eyes overflow with tears, because of the deep, mysterious, unutterable bliss which fills the heart." - Charles Spurgeon

Check Out Charles Spurgeon's sermon on Joy HERE

Fruits of a Thankful Heart

  1. Cheerfulness Proverbs 15:13
  2. Eternal Perspective Hebrews 13:14-15
  3. Peace Philippians 4:6-7
  4. God Centered Living Psalm 100:2 Isaiah 66:5

Four Ways to Cultivate a Thankful Heart

  1. Model thankfulness to your children and friends
  2. Praise God for answered prayers
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  4. Serve

Check out these resources from this Episode

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Virtuous - Nancy Wilson

This is a great little devotional book for ladies. The short chapters cover christian virtues and are succinct and challenging. A great little bed time book to help us focus on God before we shut our eyes. I read parts from the chapter on Gratitude in this episode.

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SPF 037: Delighting in God and the Desires of our Hearts: Idols and Saviors

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. That’s what Psalm 37:4 instructs us. What are our REAL heart desires? To be understood? To live pain free? To be in control? How can we tell if they are good or not so good? Today we are discussing how our desires can get muddled and can turn into idols - and how that affects our daily living including living out the greatest command to love God with all our heart mind soul and strength. Plus get four tips on cultivating a heart for God’s Glory.

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Desires, Idols, False Saviors

Martha Peace said, “An idol can be anything. It may even be a good thing. But if we want it so badly that we sin if we don’t get it or sin to attain it, then we are worshiping an idol rather than Christ.”

This is a game changing sentence. A life changing sentence.

This is saying that there are times when we want something so bad, even good things, like affection and understanding from our husbands, and when we don’t get it = we either sin because we don’t get it (like yell or become cold and unloving) or we sin to get it (manipulate, shame, etc). 

The greatest command in Scripture is to love the lord you God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and the second is like it love your neighbor as yourself.

Our number one desire should be to love God with all we have. That means that even when our feelings are hurt, our needs go unmet, or we aren’t being cherished or appreciate as wives, we still are called to love God. 

That means live for His glory and say no to sin.

A Desire to Glorify God

Instead of setting our heart’s desires on a certain feeling, or action from our husbands, we need to ask God to give us a desire like the psalmist in Psalm 119. 

Over and over he writes about desiring God and His commands -

Here are a few:

  • how blessed are those who seek Him with all their hearts vs 2
  • with all my heart I have sought thee vs 10
  • I shall delight in your statues vs 16
  • My should is crushed with longing after your ordinances at all times vs 20
  • Your testimonies are also my delight, they are my counselors.24
  • Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. vs 35
  • Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to dishonest gain vs 36
  • Behold I long for your precepts, revive me through your righteousness. 

A hearts desire like in Psam 119 is a gift of grace from God to the believer. God will change our desires as we delight in Him.

What is really important to you? Getting your way? Being understood? Is it worth sinning to get it? or do you believe God will care for you and honor you and bless you if you seek Him instead.

What you have your heart set on will make all the difference in the world in your fulfillment and your joy. Ask God to give you new desires, then proceed to seek after God with the same passion and energy you are currently expending on idolatrous desires.

Four Ways to Set Our Hearts on God's Glory

  1. Delight in the works of God
  2. Build contentment through thanksgiving
  3. Pray and ask God to give us new motives
  4. Invest more time in Scripture

The Excellent Wife - Martha Peace

The topic from today's show was inspired by chapter 7: Christ - The Wife's Heart. I highly recommend this book, though it is challenging to the heart. *This is an affiliate link.

SPF 036: The Fruit of Repentance: Abundant Living

When there is sin, relationships hurt, fellowship breaks, days are long and grinding. What is the God given solution to sin? Repentance - and repentance is more than saying "sorry" today we are taking about repentance and what it looks like in our everyday living, plus five ways to live a more fruitful life. 

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Repentance

Repentance literally means to change your mind, to reverse. When we repent we acknowledge our sin before a Holy God. Sin does not honor or glorify God, so turn from walking in sin, so I can receive mercy and grace for my sin and walk in a way the glorifies God.

When we don't repent, we may be minimizing sin. Here are a few ways:

  • defending
  • faking
  • hiding
  • exaggerating
  • blaming
  • downplaying

Bear Fruit in Keeping with Repentance

The fruit of repentance is holiness - an abundant life in Christ.

Scriptures referenced today:

  • Matthew 3:7-10 Bear fruit in keeping with repentance
  • Psalm 51 - a demonstration of a repentant heart

Five ways to keep repentance and live a flourishing life:

  1. Counteract our sinful tendency to shrink the gospel by constantly pursuing biblical truth (reading and hearing the Word of God)
  2. Develop a bigger view of God’s holiness - by knowing him - try reading Job 38-42
  3. Develop a biblical view of sin - like David did in psalm 51
  4. Recognize when you are minimizing your sin and repent ;)
  5. Repent - just do it!

My Favorite Bible Study: The Gospel Centered Life

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