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.
Godly thought of the day:
Judges 10:14-16 says: “Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble! But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.” Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.”
What a God we worship! He tells them to cry out to all they’ve clung to so desperately. But they throw themselves on his complete and utter mercy. They don’t even ask for lasting mercy. They ask him merely for one day. For salvation now. If he should choose to do something with them after that, so be it. They understand they deserve nothing.
How beautiful are these words? “And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.”
Oh my. The will of God is that the wicked shall be punished. But God’s heart is for all to repent and live. He does not take some kind of gleeful delight in the death of sinners. He bears up under the necessary justice that a good God must bring.
But when this people relent and tear down their idols, he can take it no longer. This God is so loving, so kind, and so good to us. He longs for us to throw ourselves completely on his mercy, and if we do that then we know that it is his character to come glorify his name through the salvation of his people in their least deserving hour.
I praise God for this truth!
Favorite meeting of the day:
I got to meet with Yan today! The conversation was very light and encouraging. He and his wife are starting to do so much better! I am exhilarated to see how they’re improving! I know they’re not out of the woods yet. But they’re starting to get out from under the shackles of Satan’s lies and the Lord is building up a better marriage than they’ve ever known.
I am excited to watch this. Yan is coming alive and the Spirit of God is on the move. Pass the word. He is on the move.
Hardest part of my day:
I skipped lunch. Other than that, today was fantastic!
Favorite moment of the day:
I went on a 2nd date with Sarah. It was amazing.
I got to be pretty vulnerable with her about many things. We prayed together at the end. We even made a Redwall feast. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it.
I haven’t had a dull moment with her yet. In fact, when I dropped her off I thought how much I wish I hadn’t had to drop her off. I know it’s early, but the feelings I’m experiencing are pretty intense. She’s great in so many ways. I don’t know what else I’m supposed to look for. I guess it’s just about trying to enjoy the process and enjoy the road. Maybe something will come up at some point, but at this point I’m just excited to keep going!
What was the weather like today?:
A bit cold and rainy. Overcast most the day. Getting colder tonight and may snow tomorrow.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
To be honest, I felt like today was a day lived in the Lord’s presence. I know that I did something wrong. I’m sure I had a selfish thought somewhere, but between a faithful morning getting to the gym, discipleship, work, writing a blog post, a great conversation with my mom, a date that I felt glorified the Lord, and other things, I’m just not seeing any glaring part of the day that makes me look back with regret. For that I am grateful!
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 25-27
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this today.
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
We made a Redwall dinner for our date! It was shrimp and hotroot soup. We made Abbot’s Special Abbey Trifle with a custard sauce for dessert. We made some October Ale.
All from a Redwall cookbook! It was great fun. I enjoyed it so much!
Song of the day:
Lemonade by Chris Rice – I found myself humming this song again tonight.
Quote of the day:
“If we follow the model of Jesus, it doesn’t lead to a high five, nor a pat on the back. It leads to a bloody death.” — Trip Lee
Seriously, this MLK @ 50 conference is one of the better things that’s ever happened for racial unity. I pray that much comes out of it. The speakers have been speaking truth and have been bringing the heat.
We have to do something about this. If I ever get the pleasure of gracing a pulpit and shepherding a church, this will be something that, within whatever means are available to me, I pursue unity. The passion and pleasure of the flesh must be crucified on the cross so that we can have unity. We must become more unified.
The world will hate us, but I’d rather die together than live alone.
Prayer of the day:
Lord, you care about justice. You love justice. Let us become a just people. Help us to care about your statutes with every fiber of our being! You are good. You are glorious! You are perfect. Let us, the entire, multiethnic church of Christ put on our fine linens and prepare ourselves for that day when you return and take us home to be with you. And Lord, on a more local scale, help me to be a wise man that orders my own life well so that I can be someone who might speak into a woman’s life if she were to start placing her trust in me. I want to honor her, not bring her harm. May I ever be a reflection of you to her.