Daily Diary – 2/18/18

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:

Amos 9:15 says: “I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God.

Hope. Such a fleeting thing. Here one day and gone the next. But that’s only if we think that our hope comes from who we intrinsically are. But if our hope exists in the reliable character of another, then we can truly be confident that they will hold on to it.

I love the way Amos ends. After all this judgment for the evil going on in the world, there is hope at the end of the book. And who offers this hope? The Lord. And if He says that there is hope, then I can cling to that.

And who is this hope for? Well, I love the way this book ends because of two words. “your God.” At the end of all of this, there is a remnant being saved through the fire. And the remnant has a Lord who is their God. He’s my God. And that lets me go to sleep realizing that I may never see the dawn and that will be alright.

Favorite meeting of the day:

Our ABF class was a blessing today. At first, I thought it would be small again. It was about 8-9 people and part of my heart sunk. We started to break up and pray together, and sure enough people came trickling in before we were done.   

Hardest part of my day:

Got really, really tired during Life Group. I almost fell asleep at one point. Just not letting tiredness drag me down and cause me to have a miserly spirit was difficult. I wanted attention and for people to notice me, which was purely selfish motivation for that. That led to me coming home and just wanting to give in to sinful desires, but thankfully prayer and some songs have at least given me enough to not pursue those tonight in any way.

Favorite moment of the day:

The last stanza of Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery. I got to drum today and had a fun build during that section. I forgot to look and see how the congregation was doing, but that was just because I was so into the moment that I forgot to check. 🙂 It was a very worshipful moment, and I enjoyed playing the drums.

What was the weather like today?:

Really nice day. Initially, I had a coat on. But by the end of the day, I had just a sweater and collared shirt on and felt great. Really nice weather!

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I found myself at lunch today watching the TV while someone talked because I felt I understood their point and didn’t need to listen. That’s not right. I should have been engaged with them. Who knows, maybe my ears would have picked up something new or different this time! I need to remember that people are much more eternal than the Olympics.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 8-10

Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for 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 – Going to read some of this before bed.

On the Incarnation by Athanasius – Going to read some of this before bed.

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – This is another pastoral reading group book. I’m going to be starting it tonight.

What was for dinner?:

I had some tacos, cookies, and famous Amy Gaddy lemon cake! All washed down with a rather unappetizing La Croix. I’m not sure what people like about that stuff. But Life Group is always fun since we break bread together.

Song of the day:

He Will Hold Me Fast by Keith and Kristen Getty – The strength of our salvation is not in the strength of our own grip to the Savior, but His grip to us. On a night where I am rather tired and feeling faint, that is a comfort I cannot take enough stock in.

Quote of the day:

“When Jesus comes back, we’ll be bowing down to a Middle-Eastern, labor-class, Palestinian man.” — Brad Wheeler on who the promise of God is for, and pointing out it neither begins or starts in the United States but that we are merely one of the Gentile countries that benefits from the Gospel and ought to contribute to its promotion in other countries.  

Prayer of the day:

Oh God, sustain me. That is all I ask for.

Amen.

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