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:
Psalm 1:3 says: “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”
I love how this metaphor of the tree is immediately applicable to both struggles that a lot of Christians will go through. Feeling restrained and in a rush to get somewhere? Be still. Trust that a tree planted by the streams of water will yield its fruit in season. This is an encouragement to a young man like me.
However, I also love how the same metaphor then extends to the person who feels past their prime and lacking in usefulness. The tree by the stream not only produces fruit, but its leaves never wither. I actually can’t remember what the cross reference was, but I read a passage about how leaves were used to make poulstices for those who were sick. So the old and distinguished and refined tree never sees twilight, but rather has healing and unifying properties in its leaves.
I love this! It’s a remarkable psalm with a lot packed into it.
Favorite meeting of the day:
No meetings today.
Hardest part of my day:
I thought today was great fun! Maybe I didn’t get to sleep in a bit and that’s always tough. Had things to coordinate and get to. But overall, not an overly challening day.
Favorite moment of the day:
We (Joy, Brianna, and I) were talking about women praying in church at Yellow Rock Trail. Some guy, Rick I believe, was there and started talking to us. He even prayed with us, and that was great!
What was the weather like today?:
Very, very sunny. I may or may not have gotten a bit sunburned. But it was seriously so warm and gorgeous. It was a great day for hiking and throwing!
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
I am not sure. Honestly, it was an active day and if there’s one thing that I know it is that days I spend active are days I have a lot less time for unfaithfulness.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Ezra 3-7
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – No reading for this today.
What was for dinner?:
I fasted almost all day, so supper was good to eat after a very active day. I had hamburgers, watermelon, and some cookies.
Song of the day:
Pins and Needles by Lifehouse – Honestly, nothing special here. I just like the beat. I also like the idea of simplifying things. I sometimes get caught pushing too hard and runnig people out of town with my passion for things. So I resonate with that. But mostly, I just find myself enjoying listening to it.
Quote of the day:
“You recovered from that a lot better than I would have.” — Joy Hawkins
I had a little slip on the hike today. It was fun because I cam eout of it quite gracefully all things considered! It was so nice to be out and active.
Prayer of the day:
God, thank you for your creation. All creation sings your praises. Who is man that you consider him? We are but a breath, yet we crown your creation. Thank God that you choose to consider us and deign us worthy of being your image bearers. Lord, help me to plant myself firmly besides great streams so that I might be a tree that produces my fruit in season and never have leafs that wither. May I never be a poor sapling that tries to produce fruit I am not ready for nor may I become a drooping, dead husk that gives off no healing properties to all who come near.