Daily Diary – 3/1/18

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:

Joshua 10:26 says: “Then Joshua struck and killed the kings and hung them on five trees, and they were left hangin gon the trees until evening.”

This is a rather brutal momen. It is the Israelites purging unclean people from the land. It is an outpouring of wrath on a people that God has waited for over 400 years to pour out wrath on and He is dispensing it from His agent Joshua and the Israelites.

And it points us to the cross. As Deuteronomy 21:22 tells us, anyone whose body is hung on a tree is under a curse from God. And what did Jesus die on? Of all things, a tree. And what was written on the placard above Him? “King of the Jews.” Even here in Joshua, we are seeing that when Jesus allowed Himself to be taken to the cross, it was not merely symbolic. It was as an object of a curse. It was to be under punishment for capital offense against God’s law.

Although, unlike these kings, we know that Jesus deserved no such punishment and was taking the punishment for those who could not take it themselves. And He was raised 3 days later. What a God! And after Jesus has been raised, He is now in His Heavenly home. On the other side of the Jordan, if you will. He’s getting ready to cross it and be a true and better Joshua to clean the land and plant His people securely in their inheritance.

These are major themes of the book of Joshua, and I absolutely love that the authors would have had no idea what they were writing about. At least, not fully. But here they are pointing us to a cross and, after that, a conquest. One has happened. The other will happen soon. Come quickly, Lord!

Favorite meeting of the day:

Actually was home all day. So this is not a thing. ūüėČ

Hardest part of my day:

Did a fast and it was hard to not eat. But today wasn’t a hard day, really. A very laid back day of working from home and reading and a bit of lesson prep.

Favorite moment of the day:

Honestly, Thursdays are my “sleep in” day. But I woke up around 7AM and was kind of bummed out that I woke up so early. But I read my Bible and then ate breakfast and as I was doing some work in bed, I just felt a weight of sleep come on me. Turns out I wasn’t ready to wake up and I woke back up around 11:30AM. I really was glad the Lord gave me extra sleep. I felt like it was much needed, even though it was a bit unplanned to go down like that.

What was the weather like today?:

Not bad. I really wasn’t out much, but it was a colder spring day. Less rain, praise the Lord! We’ve had enough of that.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I didn’t clean the dishes in the sink. I like to try and keep my apartment a bit more orderly. I need to make sure I get things ordered at some point. Part of this is that I got caught up reading a fantasy book a bit much. I should have probably been a bit content to read a bit slower and clean up more.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading –¬†Deuteronomy 1-2

Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp РNo reading for this today.

Church History by Eusebius РNo reading for this today.

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch РNo reading for this today.

On the Incarnation by Athanasius РNo reading for this today.

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells РNo reading for this today.

Cursor’s Fury¬†by Jim Butcher – Good stuff. Have to admit that a couple parts of the book took my breath away with the cool visuals that were struck. Wasn’t expecting those and have been impressed, by and large, with the writing of the book. Characters are engaging. Not necessarily the most innovative book, but a fun, energetic storyline to read. The main character is intensely charismatic and easy to root for.

What was for dinner?:

After fasting almost the entire day, I ate some Taco Bell. I forgot to thaw chicken in time, so didn’t cook anything with that.

Song of the day:

Messiah / You’re Beautiful – Sometimes I just need to remember how beautiful God is. My love for others comes from the overflow of love that I receive from Him, and this life can become a drudgery if I don’t keep Him in sight properly.

Quote of the day:

“Christ the sure and steady anchor, while the tempest rages on, when temptation claims the battle and it seems the night has won. Deeper still then goes the anchor, though I justly stand accused. I will hold fast to the anchor, it shall never be removed” — Matt Boswell

Love. This. Line. So good. And such a comfort that my anchor is deeper than anything else in this life.

Prayer of the day:

Lord, run deep. Run true. Run strong, oh my anchor. Keep my ballast even so that I may not keel over and crash into the waves.      

Amen.

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