Daily Diary – 3/19/18

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:

Ephesians 1:4-5 says: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.

How cool is it that it was God’s loving pleasure to excercise His will to pick me at some point in eternity past. The Father and Son didn’t have some big, ambiguous plan to deal with. They plotted out every step of it, and part of that involved the small details and the small lives, of which I am part. But even though I am small, Jesus looked out and said, “That one. I want Him.” Chills. Just massive chills to think that, for some reason I can’t fully explain, the Father chose me through Jesus Christ to be holy and blameless in His sight so I could have salvation!

Favorite meeting of the day:

Only had one meeting, so I’ll give it to Bev and printing off copies today! Always good to see her and a joy. She makes me laugh, so I’m thankful for her kind heart and willful attitude to help me with my ministry at church.

Hardest part of my day:

Honestly, I’m not sure I have a part of the day that stands out as hard. It felt very productive and very fruitful. I was pleased with it. Maybe the hardest part is that I really want to text the girl I asked on a date, but I also don’t want to overdo that when we haven’t even gone on a date yet. So I’m actively restraining myself from indulging myself there too much. I guess that’s kind of hard, but it’s a good kind of hard, I think.

Favorite moment of the day:

Made sweet potate wedges in the oven. Never tried them before, but they went super well with my grilled chicken and I was very happy they came out well! I’m enjoying trying some new things in the kitchen. I think sweet potatoes will find their way into my repertoire more and more. They’re cheap and not overly unhealthy. A good side option with a bit of protein and fiber!

What was the weather like today?:

It was a bit cold today. It felt warm at first, but it got windy and blustery by the end. When I left the coffee shop I was working at, I was shivering!

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I lied to a guy at Walmart about not having cash in my pocket. I couldn’t understand what he was asking money for, to be honest. And I kind of went for a generalized answer of why I couldn’t give money. I should have just been willing to politely say, “No” and walk away. I didn’t need to lie about a detail like that, and doing so doesn’t help promote honesty in my life.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Joshua 22-24

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 – Will read a bit of this before bed!

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – I read this today. I honestly have almost no idea what I’m reading. I guess that we’re realizing the modernity is empty, so we’re trying to get post-modern and that is driving us towards cities and technology. But these cities aren’t really places of community, I think is his point? So even though we live in masses, we live in isolated masses because we don’t have a sense of time and place.

What was for dinner?:

Grilled chicken breast with lemon seasoning as well as cheese and salsa on top. Then sweet potatoe wedges with sea salt, pepper, and cinnamon on the top. All baked together in the oven.

Song of the day:

Be Still by Newsboys – “We’ve wasted our time on inventions that have hurried us nowhere fast. Now it’s time to turn our attention to what will last.”

I like this line a lot. It’s very true that one of the “truths” of the modern world was that our increased technology would make life easier. We’d have more leisure time. But that hasn’t really happened. It’s just made us busier in an even unhealthier way. It’s time to get down on our knees and wait for the Lord to move us rather than rushing about like a chicken with its head cut off.

Quote of the day:

“I think that kids these days are overstimulated.” — Bev Loos

You could say that again. Nobody seems to know how to focus anymore. Nobody knows how to give themselves to something wholeheartedly. I hope that I am not such a person. I’m sure there are things I am doing that in, and I need to be active in remembering to not be that kind of person.   

Prayer of the day:

God, thank you that you chose me. You, a holy and perfect God, unapproachable by any Earthly means looked out and saw me and through your Son gave me free access to the throne of God so that I might be made into the image of your Son and have life everlasting with you. Thank you for that, God! I am in awe and I worship you as I wait for your return eagerly.  

Amen.

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