Daily Diary – 4/13/18

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 14:7 says: “Then he went down and talked with the woman, and he liked her.

Samson hadn’t even met her yet. His lust was so great that he just saw someone and decided he had to have her. And we think the Bible doesn’t understand our modern culture? Laughable, that assumption is.

A reminder to be very wary of giving our hearts to things we have only superficially seen. We should not give our hearts to things without first testing that thing against the word of God. If something should stack up well against his word, then we can give our hearts to it without shame or regret.

Favorite meeting of the day:

Yan and I have had some really, really encouraging meetings recently! I think it is awesome to see how he is growing. We’re just getting to read the Bible and he’s really rethinking some of these things.

We talked today about how he’s feeling sorrow and grief when he and his wife argue. He was wondering if it was depression. But we read 2 Corinthians 7 and I was able to show him that it may be Godly sorrow at the presence of sin. I urged him not to rush to medication, and we talked about how God changes people when they come to him. He had never thought about that, and I am so, so encouraged to see him growing! It makes me grow to see the Spirit leaping up in a young, Christian soul.

Hardest part of my day:

I have one of my potentially most lucrative clients struggling to generate sales. It is tought because I think I’m sending the right kinds of traffic to their site. I went over it with them and they all agree. So the website seems to be a culprit here. I would love to get them up and running, but patience is necessary here! When this things go big, it will be huge for me! I want to stay in on this, and it could have some really great dividends.

Favorite moment of the day:

Got a really big hug from Sarah during our date. I’d say that was really good! 🙂 We took a step forward and agreed we both want to “go steady” as grandma would have said. It’s not an engagement and there are plenty more steps to take. That’s good, because it means there’s many more fun moments ahead. But it was fun to take a step forward tonight!

What was the weather like today?:

Gorgeous! And then rainy. Arkansas, essentially. But it was warm all day and that was nice.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

At one point today I was really distracted during work and found myself starting to watch some ultimate videos on YouTube. I always feel a bit down when I get sidetracked like that at work. It’s a habit I need to keep in check.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 18 & 19

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 – The final battle is coming upon us! I don’t know what will happen. I am eager to finish it. It’s taking everything in me to not stay up late tonight and do so. But I must practice at least some restraint in how I read!

What was for dinner?:

Tacos 4 Life with chips and queso. A drink to split with Sarah. Then Oatmeal Cream Pies for dessert.

Song of the day:

Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher – Somehow this budding relationship makes me more keenly aware of my ability to impact someone in both a positive or negative light very quickly and deeply. And the difference in which way I go will be where I look most. Ironically, while most the world would tell you to turn your eyes on your intended, Christianity says that the greatest things you can do is cast your eyes to Christ and realize that will naturally draw your eyes to your neighbor in the right way. Jesus Christ is my one defense in this life with any relationship, let alone a romantic one. I must remain desperate for him each day.  

Quote of the day:

“It involves heartache of your own infliction; yet finding when the pain has passed, joy beyond description.” — Sarah Watkins

This is part of a poem she wrote, and I really like it. It speaks well to what growth feels like in the believer’s life. I also just like reading Sarah’s poetry.

Prayer of the day:

Lord, my heart wants to wander. My gaze wants to drift. My mouth wants to praise things other than you. Give me humility to lower myself before you so that your grace may raise me up as holy and blameless in your sight. I am yours, and you are my God. Anything good in this life is only won through the blood of your Son and given freely because of the great cost he bore. Let me never forget that!         

Amen.

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