Daily Diary – 3/18/18

Why I Write These:

These are written in honor of 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:

Acts 4:32 says: “All the believers were on in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

A fairly basic point that I”m not going to overdo, especially since I’m doing this a bit late and want to get to bed.

We must remember that when we are saved, we are saved not as individuals only. But we are more importantly saved into a people. That people are all one in heart and mind, and the common grace that the Lord showers on one of us is grace showered on all of us. Similarly, the pain and suffering that one of us suffers is pain and suffering that all of us share in.

 

Favorite meeting of the day:

Got to watch basketball with Guy Wilcox. Shared a few good laughs. Good time.

Hardest part of my day:

Had a moment while I was eating with some people where I wanted to direct conversation back to something about Scripture but was having a hard time redirecting the conversation. I just felt like an outsider for a brief moment. They were talking about phones and such for a bit, and then all these other things.

Sometimes I feel that so many conversations are frivolous and wastes of time. The hard part of this is that sometimes, like I had with Guy, I just need to relax and have a good time. Sometimes I have a hard time knowing when these silly, frivolous moments can and should happen. I just feel out of step sometimes with those around me.

Favorite moment of the day:

Singing the last line of I Stand Amazed a cappella with the congregation. Powerful stuff to hear the voices of your brothers and sisters lifted up to the Lord in wonder.

What was the weather like today?:

Really great. And then rainy. But mostly great. I was honestly inside most the day, so take all this with a grain of salt.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

Probably had more cookies than I should have today. Part of me thinks that Sundays are a good Sabbath day and it’s nice to just be able to relax and enjoy the bounty of the Lord with his people. But I also didn’t need 4 of them tonight. Honestly, the hardest part of monitoring my diet is that I get so many blessings of hospitality from the people in my church that I so constantly have things in front of me I want to enjoy. It is hard to say no sometimes.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 19-21

Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this tonight.

Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this tonight.

On the Incarnation by Athanasius – No reading for this tonight.

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – Reading this tonight.

What was for dinner?:

Soup with noodles and chicken. Sourdough bread. Salad. Cookies. I did say no to ice cream. A small win in self-control, but at least it was something.

Song of the day:

I Stand Amazed – A simple response song that declares the simple truth that God has done something amazing for us. He has secured our salvation, and I cannot help but be awed and provoked to love by that!

Quote of the day:

“Most the Israelites had a little God and big giants. Caleb had a big God and little giants.” — Brad Wheeler

This was a great quote. Caleb, not even originally a Jew, got a great portion of land. But he did have to take it from Anakites who were the fiercest opposition. But Caleb was an 80 year old who did not fear those the Lord had pronounced as defeated. Brad’s quote on this is a solid reminder that I am to be one who has a big God. So big that the giants who threaten me seem relatively relegated to a place of insignificance in my life.   

Prayer of the day:

God, you are big. I need you to be big. Thank you for being big enough to handle my burdens. Thank you for being big enough to bring Heaven down to me when I had no way to even fathom of getting there. Thank you for being big enough to save me when I was your enemy. Thank you for being big enough that your name glorified through the nations is a rock that I can hang my faith on. Thank you for being big enough to save me from my mountainous sin. Thank you for being big. 

Amen.

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