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

Browsing Archive: April, 2011

Wedding Memories

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, April 30, 2011, In : Marriage 
Prince William and Kate got married last night. It was called the "event of a generation". Weddings are great, lasting marriages better, and a relationship with Jesus is best. It may seem odd placed, but it's true; a relationship with Jesus is the only unconditional loving and forever lasting relationship we can ever have. The song I walked down the aisle to was "Oh Happy Day" from the movie Sister Act 2. My wedding day was such a happy day, but as the song says, "when Jesus washed ... my sin...
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Will I ever win the lottery?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Friday, April 29, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
I don't usually buy lottery tickets, but when I go to a Canucks game I can't resist buying a 50-50 ticket. The money goes to a good cause and your odds are about 1000x greater to win than with a 6/49 ticket! Once I have the ticket in hand I begin to think of what I would do with the money if we did win: pay off some bills, help others, maybe a vacation. I came to the realization once that I will never win and that if I think like a true child of God I shouldn't want to win. If I won, then any...
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A lesson learned from my son

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : Parenting 
This past long-weekend I had the opportunity to clean the house and include my kids in some of it. We were cleaning the windows and my son (almost 3) said, "daddy's gonna come home and say 'it's so clean!' He'll be so happy".I hadn't said anything to indicate that we were doing this to make daddy proud and now recalled that my son always thinks that way. Whether he draws a picture or builds a tower out of blocks it's always "for you", never just for fun or for his own benefit. Jesus was right...
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What would you not want to be doing when Jesus returns?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
I have thought about Christ's return many times, picking opportune times when I'm in the middle of a great worship service and glad he didn't come when I was involved in something "sinful". I'm sure you would have similar answers if asked, "what would you not want to be doing when Jesus returns?"  
I was reading Luke 21 this week and came upon a passage when Jesus was talking to his disciples about being ready for his return. I was surprised at his suggestions. "Watch out! Don't let me find y...
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I'm good at it!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Monday, April 25, 2011, In : Self 

This while ago a girlfriend of my was encouraged after a night out at a club. "Still got my game!" is what she exclaimed. She has previously condemned herself for being a flirt but now says, "I'm really good at it." This reminded me of my brother when he was young and started stealing candy from the corner store. He knew it was wrong but he also knew he was really good at it and not getting caught, "God has given me this ability" is what he said. I also remember from my own life feeling like ...

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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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