Week in Review

This ‘n’ That

Spring is not exactly around the corner, but we are starting to see some early signs of it in spite of the chill that remains in the air. Due to the wonky weather this winter brought, the daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths started to sprout early. Unfortunately, most of them were quickly frozen out by a deep freeze we received a few weeks ago.

Today brought reminders of spring, though, as I stepped outside into the all-too-infrequent sunshine and heard the birds singing sweetly in the trees. This evening, the first ducks of the season visited the backyard, reminding that corn must now be available for them daily and that it hopefully won’t be too long before we see more waddling across the backyards.

I lived in southern California for several years, and while I adored the nearly consistent weather (75 degrees and sunny? Yes, please!), I did miss the seasons. Now, I didn’t necessarily miss the erratic nature of the seasons, but it seems to me that the extreme unpredictability we’ve experienced in recent years is just that…recent. Nevertheless, God has ordained each season.

He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. (Psalm 104:19)

And as there is a time for each season on the calendar, there is also a time for each season of life (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Some seasons are joyful, and we never want them to end. Others are difficult, and they never seem to end. One thing is constant through them all, and that is our great and sovereign Savior.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

I think of this when I see the seasons turn. Jesus never goes away, not even for a season. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s an amazing truth.

Well, here we are at the end of another week. As you wind down to enjoy your weekend, pause for a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • Here’s another review of Simonetta Carr’s book, Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them. I really think this might be next on my reading list.
  • Because He is the God of all comfort, we must go to Him first with all things.
  • I’m looking forward to the rest of Amy Mantravadi’s articles about theology.
  • So call me out of touch, but I had never heard of Marie Kondo up until a month or so ago (thanks to my sister-in-law to alerting me to Kondo’s popularity among some Christians). Now I see her name everywhere, and I’m thinking that something needs to be said to Christian ladies about this nonsense.
  • It’s not always easy, but we should be courageous Christians.
  • Sir, we wish to see Jesus.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This has been heartbreaking to watch, but simultaneously heartwarming to see a community rally around this family.
  • I suspect there will be more stories like this in the coming years.
  • This, on the other hand, is a story worth celebrating.
  • Thinking and feeling are not mutually exclusive. Above all, we must desire to see Jesus as He really is.

The rest and happiness proposed in the Gospel, is likewise found to be exactly suitable to the desires and necessities of the awakened heart. And the conduct of those who reject this salvation, as well as the gracious effects produced in those who receive it, prove to a demonstration, that the word of God is indeed a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

John Newton
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