Blog theme: A Lesson a Day Keeps the Devil at Bay

In talking with friends about how we know God is real, I heard many stories conjured up from years before. An event that happened when Jane was 14 that convinced her God cared or a situation that Jon got through 8 years ago that wouldn't have been possible without God's intervention. I know those are big, life-changing lessons, real faith-forming stones, but what about the daily lessons? The little ones that come more from a relationship with God than a coming-to-faith event. I know God talks to me daily, and they are profound mini-lessons on his character or advice for my life. Unfortunately, those pass right through my short-term memory if I don't write them down or verbally express them to another person.
    This blog is in response to this -- an acceptance of the challenge to write down the daily lessons that the Lord is teaching me. May it be a testimony to others of God's "mercies being new every morning" and his presence in and care for everyday life. And to my own benefit, may having my ears open to the lesson God has for me each day keep the devil at bay from trying to convince me that God doesn't care.

I encourage you to take up the challenge too! 


Dawn Thiessen

Truths a child can understand

December 22, 2011
Yesterday the kids and I were watching, "Santa Claus". They had their PJ's on and we were quieting down. My husband told me about an outdoor carol singing by our city's nativity scene put on by some local Christians and suggested we should go. The kids sounded interested but it was too late. "No kids, we're going to stay home and watch Santa..." As the words left my mouth I realized I had to go. I want to teach my kids the true meaning of Christmas and although a bit unconventional this would be a memory we should make.
I got their snow gear on and got them into the van. We drove down and joined the crowd. I only knew a few of the 40 people, but I felt like I was with family. This is our family, our church family. We sang a few songs and then walked around the creche. I gave the kids time to look and study each character. 
As we got back into the van my daughter asked why we were singing. I said, "we were singing to God to thank him for sending Jesus." 
 My 3 year-old son interjected to correct me, "mom, God and Jesus are together. God is in Jesus and Jesus is in God." 

"That's right! How did you know that?" Amazed at his perception of the trinity.
"God 'splaned it to me."
"Wow, some adults don't even know how that works. Don't stop talking to God!"
"I won't, he hears me now."
I was blown away! The ability of kids to understand such deep truths makes me glad that I took the time to encourage this development by singing with fellow Christians in the cold night instead of staying warm and letting the TV teach my kids about Christmas miracles.

 P.S. - We'll probably watch the rest of "Santa Claus" but I will be aware that their learning and to discuss what they are perceiving.

And God said, "Put thy children to bed!"

November 19, 2011
Their finally sleeping, all three of them. It is quiet now, but 20 minutes ago I was almost crying, my kids were whining and coming up with excuses as to why they couldn't fall asleep. As, I headed to there room for the third time I told my husband, "this is the least favorite part of my day". I wish they could just give me a hug and a kiss, say goodnight and go to bed so that I can have the "my time" that I've been waiting for all day. To do my Bible reading, and homework for a Bible study I...
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God Rocks!

October 21, 2011
I am going through the study Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby and would highly recommend it. Not because the study is so great, but because God is so great! The truths are so simple but profound. I have had a lot of things backwards lately and God is working on me through this study to get reacquainted with him and back on track.
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Job's Lesson

August 26, 2011
I'm reading Job again. Many are familiar with his story: a righteous man blessed by God with riches and family is targeted by Satan. God allows Satan to take away his wealth, family, and health which Satan hopes to prove to God that those things are the only reason Job loves God. But there all taken away and Job explains that God gives and he takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord! Job knows that he has not done anything wrong, but his friends come to talk to him. The conversation goes b...
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Hot Body!!

August 25, 2011
It's bathing suit season and the desire to look good or give up and cry stares us in the face. This experience made 1 Corinthians 15:43 stand out to me: "Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory" So, I'm not saying we should let loose and give up caring for our health or bodies, but to not be obsessed with changing it.
My hot body will be in heaven!
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August 13, 2011
I have been thoroughly enjoying this time we have had as a family since Baker was born and Matt has had some parental leave. We've been able to hang out as a family as well as do some work around the house with some RealEstate money that just came in. I am happy, I love having my husband home to help with the kids and making suppers -- he has actually been doing so much that it is more like I am helping him. Anyways, these verses I read today seemed to speak directly to us and our current sit...
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I am just like the Apostle Paul

August 5, 2011
You may think I am getting too cocky now, too proud and "high and mighty" comparing myself to Paul. But where I really see our similarities is in Romans 7:21-25: "It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God's law with all my heart. But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will fre...
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Fellow Christians, READ YOUR BIBLE!!!

July 31, 2011
Top Ten Reasons You Should Read Your Bible:

 10. Because your NOT "too busy" if you really think about it
9. Because God wants you.
8. Because Satan doesn't. (Who's winning in your life?)
7. Because you have the freedom to own a copy and read it in your own language anytime
6. Because that freedom may one day be taken away. (Will you remember enough to live wisely?)
5. Because you can learn from peoples' mistakes
4. Because it's filled with advice on how to live, love, and treat people today
3. So yo...
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Sin as work; payment death

July 22, 2011
I've been reading Romans now, it is really a loaded book that I should slow down to capture its depth. But anyways, whether you read slowly and contemplate or read multiple times either way you will learn lessons from the Lord. The latter was how I came to my lesson this week. I have repeatedly read and probably memorized in Sunday school Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." The thing is, I've read this verse by itself fo...
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Fewer Public Updates

July 8, 2011
God is still teaching me things every day and I have to still make a conscious effort to realize them before they slip away. As far as writing them on this blog though, I've found that a bit distracting. I feel the need to write something because the date will be stamped on the blog entry and someone might come along, see missing dates and conclude that God doesn't talk daily. Some lessons are small, some don't even need to be stated. So, I am going to sit back and live life and these God les...
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Wife, mother, teacher, and author -- the glamorous hats I wear. I am also a daughter, sister, aunt and friend and am learning to be a good citizen. To be true to myself and to genuinely love people without an ulterior motive (even if it seems good intentioned).

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