Daily Diary – 2/15/18

Why I Write These:

This is an initiative I started in 2018 to begin documenting my life better. It’s meant to be a snapshot of a day both for public disclosure of what is going on, both good and hard things in my life. It also serves as a record that I hope to be able to look back on in future years. This concept was inspired by my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.

Daily Highlights:

Godly thought of the day:

Ezekiel 47:21-23 says: “‘You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes fo Israel. You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the alien settles, there you are to give him his inheritance,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.

Oh, Lord! I love it when I see myself in a passage. When the Lord restores, He really restores! He doesn’t just give the Israelites the land back and restore them. He restores the aliens who have settled amongst them. The work of Jesus Christ was too great to be limited to the lost tribes of Israel. The people of Israel were expanded.

What a gift! I think it highlights a common misconception people have about God. Yes, He is a God of judgment. Much of Ezekiel highlights this. He will not tolerate sin forever. But He also so desires to restore people. And He is well disposed towards His people and longs for us to flourish. The Israelites would have never extended their inheritances to be divided up even more amongst the aliens.

But God did. And thus there was room for me among God’s people. What a Lord I worship!

Favorite meeting of the day:

Had a fun meeting with the CEO of my largest client. He’s in a good place and I think that we’re getting back on track with a lot of things! We ate some Fresh Market food and chatted up a bit before we hit some agenda items, and made some changes to things for the company. I’ve never had fried mozzarella balls or whatever they were, and probably won’t buy them for myself. They’re expensive, I think! But I enjoyed them.

I’m feeling a lot better about how that all is going. I just need to stay sharp and proactive. I sense that me being much more proactive at work is helping a lot. And I can understand that. There are things I trusted other people to watch, and while I want to trust them and equip them, I’m also being a bit more vigilant myself.

Perhaps this is what the Lord meant, in part, to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves? I don’t think it is the primary point of that passage. But some vigilance without bitter distrust of everything would be helpful in my work.

Hardest part of my day:

You know, I think I’m going to just praise the Lord for today! I don’t feel like any part of the day really stands out as one that hit me hard.

Favorite moment of the day:

See the weather for more below, but I ate a quick dinner (supper was free courtesy of my client who had catered in some sandwiches and such for lunch) off the Fayetteville square. I enjoyed just sitting there and taking in a breath of fresh air. The air was warm and crisp, and things felt alive! It was a quick moment, but a good one.

What was the weather like today?:

So, so beautiful. I almost wore a short sleeve shirt and definitely could have gotten away with it! It was that nice out. I’m pretty sure that spring is here! And that means that tomorrow will be cold. I drove home with the sunroof open and some hymns blasting as I sang them.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

Again, I’m going to just praise the Lord here! I felt very in step with the Spirit today, which is probably because I was also praying fiercely today. My next lesson for Living Sacrifices is heavy and it’s about prayer, and it has been driving me to my knees.

Just to be clear, I’m not claiming to be perfect. I’m sure at some point I had a stray thought or something. But I guess nothing stands out as a particularly unfaithful moment. Perhaps I’m blind to something in my own life? We’ll say that my inability to see where I was unfaithful was my unfaithfulness. I’m sure there are opportunities to serve the Lord better, but today was a solid day spent in His presence.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 3 & 4

The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn – Finished the book. Ended better than it started. I wouldn’t recommend it to someone, but it has challenged me to think about “rewards” in Heaven and such. I suppose I will have to wrestle with that, and for that I thank the Lord because it forces me to wrestle with Him more and that is always a good thing!

Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – I did not read any of this today.

Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today. It will be a periodical read at best.

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – Oh my. I read more of this today and it is seriously so good. Don’t read this if you’re wanting to coddle sin in your life. But if you want to give someone a read, this is quickly becoming one of the best books I’ve found on it. A bit heavy towards alcoholism, but the applications are easily transferred to other things.

What was for dinner?:

A sandwich from Stone Mill, sweet tea, and a oatmeal cookie. A delectable little meal!

Song of the day:

Holy, Holy, Holy by the Norton Hall Band – The Lord’s Prayer starts with “Our father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.” Hallowed. He is holy. Do we dare actually try to let our minds drift towards that for a second? To do so is to be seared. Will our searing be one that is our doom? Or, like Isaiah, will the fire cleanse our tongues so that we may preach His word?

Prayer of the day:

“Sometimes it is hard to tell a real story from a tempest in a teapot.” — Albert Mohler

Prayer of the day:

Lord, you are holy. I desire to be holy, for you are holy. Lord, that is only possible through your grace helping me to walk in stride with your Spirit. Help me to match the pace and the direction of your Holy Spirit. Let the path that He is treading be illuminated to me by your word and through the power of prayer. Let me have eyes to see, oh Lord!

Amen.

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