Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

It’s been one of those weeks where every day felt like Friday because I desperately wanted Friday to come. Now Friday has arrived and I find myself thinking, “What? It’s Friday already?” Oh well, such is life and the fickleness of man (and woman)!

As a chronic worrywart, I find myself frequently reflecting on and reminding myself of Jesus’ admonition in Matthew:

Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34)

How true this is, for, as I quickly discovered, each day this week brought its own cares, both troublesome and victorious. There was no need to long for Friday, for each day kept me sufficiently occupied.

I absolutely love the practicality of the Word of God. In this portion of His Sermon on the Mount, Christ is graciously teaching about the Lord’s provision and care for His own. Matthew 6:25-34 has long been a favorite passage of mine for this very reason. If God dares to take time to clothe the flowers of the field so magnificently—flowers that quickly wither and die—why would He not take greater care to clothe those whom He has saved? If He bothers to feed the fleeting sparrow, will He not take care to feed His child? And indeed, has He not provided for us even more abundantly by granting us an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:11-14)? These verses in Matthew’s gospel are truly beautiful, which is why I cannot refrain from returning to them time and again. They remind me of my Father’s sovereign care for me, thus causing all worries, both small and large, to fade appropriately into the background.

With that, let me help you avoid worrying about your weekend to-do list by encouraging you to first take some time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • God does speak, but He speaks to us through His Word.
  • Just who was King Saul?
  • Such an interesting biographical sketch of Sarah Miller. Learning of God’s grace to fellow believers throughout Church history is a great encouragement.
  • Speaking of author Simonetta Carr (who wrote the above biographical post), this book sounds like an excellent read. It’s now on my to-read list!
  • Seek sanctification in the ordinary and that will be radical enough.
  • What we do in secret matters.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Whoa. Magnificent.
  • Remember Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? This letter is heartbreaking.
  • Such a gracious reminder of God’s love for His own.
  • I recently finished a book that chronicled the story of some fundamentalist Mormon sects. It was a fascinating read and gave great insight, not only into these fundamentalist spin-offs, but into mainline Mormonism, particularly in its early days. With that said, this article is timely, as it explains why one can’t get to Heaven through the Mormon faith.
  • Are there seniors in your church? There should be. Embrace them.

You see, the great promise of the word of God is that we cannot control our minds and our hearts and those thoughts that grip us in our anxiety, but God can! That’s the truth of the word of God. He can do it. And not only that, but as they are brought to him, he will do it… 

—S. Lewis Johnson, “The Infidelity of Anxiety

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