Daily Diary – 4/16/18

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 1:11 says: “In him we were also made heirs, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.

Our God is in charge. It is supposed to be a comfort to the Christian that we worship a sovereign God. But what would we rather have? A gambling God who seems to be pretty decent at making his will come to pass, but we may fall outside of his will and scope? Or someone who is constantly conforming all things to the pattern of his predestined will?

I’ll take the latter every day. This also means that when I pray, I should pray not so much for particular provisions. It’s fine to pray for specific ways. But when I pray, most of my time should be spent praying for the person of Jesus Christ to be glorified. If we pray for that to happen, we won’t be disappointed. But if we only pray for what we hope will happen, if that ever conflicts with what God wills then we’ll be disappointed by God and wonder why he isn’t faithful.

But he is always faithful.

Favorite meeting of the day:

Had a good time meeting with Luke Stanton as we made dinner together! It was a good conversation. I actually managed to shut up talking about Sarah and ask him a few questions. 🙂 It was a good conversation and, I hope, an encouraging one from him. Luke has become a quite good friend and I’m glad to have known him.

Hardest part of my day:

Mondays are just hard because I feel so scattered and I rarely get concentrated time on everything I’d like to. Sometimes I feel like I can’t focus my mind on any one thing and tha’ts a bit fatiguing over the course of the day.

Favorite moment of the day:

Making Shepherd Pie. Sarah gave me one of her favorite recipes and I’d like to make it for her sometime. So I tried it tonight. It actually tasted really good. I’ve never mashed potatoes before or anything else. But it was really good, and even though I didn’t get to see her it was a fun way to try and enter into her childhood.

Plus, it tasted really good. Probably the most complicated meal I’ve ever made by myself. So I’m happy to have done it and look forward to making it for her at some point!

What was the weather like today?:

Really, really great! A bit of a chill, but the right kind of chill. Not super windy. Just enough to put on some warm clothes and feel awesome. 🙂

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

Probably just letting my mind wander. Sometimes I need to get more disciplined at buckling down to small tasks that need done. They feel small enough that I kind of let myself get distracted from them. That’s not very healthy. I focus when I have such big, ambiguous concepts ahead of me. But I also need to care about details.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 1 & 2

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 – No reading for this today.

What was for dinner?:

Shepherd’s Pie. 🙂 With Oatmeal Creme Pies for dessert. Luke really enjoyed it. And I have some great leftovers for the rest of the week.

Song of the day:

Lord (I Don’t Know) by Newsboys – I love the grungy intro. But I even more love the concept that we just don’t know so much. And yet that’s okay. We can be led to peace and have confidence that we don’t need to know.   

Quote of the day:

“There’s enough confusion and stress that it feels like emotional pain.” — Luke Stanton

Just talking with Luke made me realize that the importance of words. He has people trying to care for him and the very words they think are caring for him feel like stab wounds. We have to be so thoughtful with our words. They can lead people into valleys and dark places if we’re not extremely careful about how we speak.

Prayer of the day:

God, each breath you give us is a miracle. Let us then use each breath with as much care and honor as we can to build others up. Thank you, Lord, that you give us good things like fun recipes and people to eat with. God, I pray that I would be diligent in the work you place in front of me. Not only in the large things, but moreso in the small things. For so it is that where I am faithful in little, I will also be fiathful with much. Help me then, Lord, to realize that         


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