Category Archives: Monday Morning Munch

Joy is Here

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(This is in NLT, not Amplified. I’m sorry.)

This is a hard season for many.

I feel deeply the weight and heaviness of sin, brokenness, and the overall hurt of living in a fallen body in a fallen world with other fallen humans.

But the pain isn’t meaningless.
The weight won’t crush us.
The fire won’t burn us.
The flood won’t drown us.
The despair won’t destroy us.
The enemy doesn’t have the final say.

Our champion reigns.
Hope is here.
Glory is coming.
Joy is to be had.
Freedom is ours.
Victory is here.

Fix your gaze.
The true and better Aslan is on the move.

“You who fear the Lord, praise Him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify Him,
and stand in awe of Him, all you offspring of Israel!
For He has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted,
and He has not hidden His face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to Him.”
-Psalm 22:23-24

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Monday Morning Munch No. 164 – Betrayal and Obedience

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“So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to Him, came forward…” -John 18:3-4a

Tears. Every time.

Jesus didn’t shrink back from betrayal; He walked right into it, joyfully enduring the Father’s perfect plan.

Thank You for stepping forward, Lord.
That step of obedience rescued me.
I am eternally grateful.

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Is God Enough in the Wilderness?

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The last week has felt a lot like what I imagine the wilderness felt like to Moses and the children of Israel.

I’ve ached for relief from the heat and unfamiliar surroundings that are, ironically, becoming achingly familiar (“Didn’t we pass that tree a few months ago?” “Is that the same hill I tripped over last year?” “Do you recognize that brown spot? We must have seen it before. Oh right, we have.”). For forty years they wandered, making lap after lap around the barren land, complaining about their manna and quail, and wishing for what God in His mercy saw fit to withhold.

Well, hello, insight to Sophie’s heart.  

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Monday Morning Munch No. 163 – Oh, the Wonder of Christmas

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Infinite, and an infant.

Eternal, and yet born of a woman.
Almighty, and yet hanging on a woman’s breast.
Supporting a universe, and yet needing to be carried in a mother’s arms.
King of angels, and yet the reputed son of Joseph.
Heir of all things, and yet the carpenter’s despised son.

Oh, the wonder of Christmas.

-Charles Spurgeon

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Monday Morning Munch No. 162 – 7 Quotes on Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

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The following quotes are from Spurgeon on Prayer, a compilation of culled gems from Charles Spurgeon, which I highly recommend it to anyone. 

You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph.

If [God] has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have much need of it.

A prayerless soul is a Christless soul.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 161 – Reading Material

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The September/October RTM Magazine is all about the Gospel and relationships.

Interactive content includes articles about marriage, parenting, listening, relating to God in a smart phone society, and our desire to fix people.

Find these stories and other helpful resources in the new {free} RTM Magazine.

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Monday Morning No. 160 – Stop Letting Feelings Dictate Your Life

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The following quote has popped up twice in the last week and each time its truth has had the same powerful effect on this reader.

In C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters (which I highly recommend—so insightful), the senior devil, Screwtape, warns his nephew (a junior devil) of the danger of a Christian’s obedience to God despite his or her feelings on the matter.

“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause [the Devil’s cause] is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy’s will [God’s will], looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” – C. S. Lewis

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Monday Morning Munch No. 159 – Made for Greatness

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And we’re not talking about another human.

The Olympics are great and I adore every part of them, but even the best athletes were made for more greatness than a piece of plated metal on a pretty ribbon.

Don’t put your identity in anything that will not outlast you. Stake your life on what will matter 30,000 years from now.

 

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Monday Morning Munch No. 158 – Walking in the Wilderness

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“Walking in a winter wonderland,”  has quite a different ring than “Walking in a wilderness of adversity,” doesn’t it?

But that’s where the Israelites found themselves for 40 years. And that’s where we sometimes find ourselves as well, isn’t it?

We’re familiar—sometimes mournfully so—with the sandy terrain and rough patches, the brown landscapes and dry air of the wilderness, and we long for a respite, for a hint of green, for shade and cool water.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 157 – When You Don’t Feel Good Enough

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Sometimes you go through something and reality smacks you in the face so hard it leaves blisters.

Reality left a handprint on my face that has been stinging for the last couple of weeks; it whispers the same phrase over and over until my heart threatens to burst under the weight: Nothing I do is ever enough. It’s not enough for the girls or RTM or church or my family. I’m not enough for the restaurant or the community or my small group. 

Nothing I do is ever enough. 

That reality burns, hurts, and wounds. Especially when people remind you that you’re not enough for them. That you failed again. That you aren’t good enough for the task you’ve been given. 

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