Daily Diary – 4/12/18

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:

Judges 13:8-9 says: “Then Manoah prayed to the Lord: “O Lord, I beg you, let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” God heard Manoah, and the angel of God came again to the woman while she was out in the field; but her husband Manoah was not with her.

I am sometimes reminded of how important it is to hear the different types of voices in your life. Voices from different cultural backgrounds. Voices from different genders. This passage reminded me of the latter part a great deal. Manoah is kind of presented as an idiot. It is his wife that the Lord is revealing himself to primarily. She is the one who is shown throughout the passage as seeing the Lord clearly, while Manoah is kind of a sensation, doubting fool.

I found this a compelling reminder that we should delight when we find strong, Christian minds in our sisters in Christ. And we would do well to listen to them. For sometimes the Lord will reveal himself to women in a marvelous way. Think of this, think of Mary learning of Jesus, think of the women at the tomb. God will use and confide in all who are faithful to him, regardless of race, class, or gender.

So I would do well to always remember to have great joy that the female mind exists and that God will reveal himself to me through women sometimes when I’m being a fool! 🙂

Favorite meeting of the day:

Got to meet with Clay Morton today for lunch. We had a great conversation getting to know each other more! We had some great discussion about race and how the church might start moving towards that. I left energized that this is a new type of ministry I want to get into. UBC has to do something about this! We can’t sit on the sidelines anymore. I’m trying to rally some men who I think can help lead and start getting people moving in a direction where we get involved towards this end.

My heart has recently started burning with the importance of unity wherever we are able to find it. I understand that sometimes unity will be difficult or that it won’t always be easy or perfect, but the church has spent too long split apart at the seams. It breaks my heart to see her so, and I would strive to put whatever repairs up that I am able to.

Hardest part of my day:

Played ultimate in the wind. I was bummed that it was so windy. I haven’t been throwing enough to really be that effective in it. I wanted to get out and play, and felt a little disappointed that we couldn’t get some more cohesive action going.

Favorite moment of the day:

I got to do some reporting for a client and I feel like I’m really locked in. I sent ou an email with where we’re at for the week and, I think, knew exactly what needed to happen to make sure the remainder of the week goes well. I just am enjoying seeing real progress take shape there in work!

What was the weather like today?:

Aside from the wind, I loved it! It was sooo blustery.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I have been really, really caught up in these Codex Alera books. I haven’t been reading much else besides them — except my Bible, of course. I enjoy them so much, but I’ll also be ready to be done with them. They’ve been quite good. I’m excited to see how they end, but I also still am struggling to show restraint sometimes with how I read Fantasy books.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 15-17

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.

First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher – I am so excited to see how this gets all wrapped up. The payoff has been epic. The whole book has been battle after battle. I’m ready for it to keep going.

What was for dinner?:

Slim’s plate with Will Dockery at Slim’s. Wasn’t planning on eating there, but didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to eat with a good friend. So we went out after the game of ultimate.

Song of the day:

The One by Everyday Sunday – Somehow this song makes me think of both Jesus and Sarah. I like that. It is humbling that the things Sarah likes most in me is the places where Jesus Christ has replaced me with himself most. So my best hope for giving her a grand relationship is to continue straining after Christ with every breath. 

Quote of the day:

“How is your girlfriend?” — Jerry Etheredge

About the last person I ever expected to hear ask me this. Apparently, my dating life has been hot news in many circles! I am honestly shocked how many people know about it! But I’m also excited and she was going to be known in my life one way or the other, so why not start early?

Prayer of the day:

Lord, thank you for the wind. It may have been frustrating trying to throw a disc well in it, but I also know that it reminded me of the breath of your Spirit that you breathe into us. This is the only reason I have life, whether physical or spiritual. May I always steward that gift of breath well and live a life worthy of the Lord.        

Amen.

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