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! 

Blessings!

Dawn Thiessen

Browsing Archive: June, 2011

Baby Number 3 Arrives! That wasn't too hard!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, June 25, 2011, In : Faith 
So the waiting was worth it! Our third child, was born on Wednesday morning (June 22nd). What I noticed this time was that during every contraction or push the pain seemed unbearable -- I didn't want to do it anymore or ever again. But as soon as the contraction was done, I would feel like "that wasn't too hard" until the next one came. Even through the last pushes, I knew it was close, but just wanted it over with. Then it was over, the pain diminished and I thought again, "that wasn't too h...
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Still waiting

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, In : Parenting 
I am 6 days overdue now and all I can do is wait. You'd think by the third time you would be able to recognize all the signs but I have been convinced that the baby is coming too many times over the past few weeks. In a way I am glad this is my third full-term pregnancy because if it was my first I would have been in an out of the hospital numerous times. I'm just waiting for that first BIG contraction now. My thoughts also turn to worries as I fear the possibility of something happening to t...
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Lesson from the early church

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, June 19, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
There are many things to admire about the early church as described in the book of Acts. They cared for each other's needs, lived as a community and grew in the Lord. Another one of their successes is depicted in Acts 9:31b "The believers were walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit". This verse struck me with its simplicity and challenge. I feel like I personally lose some of the fear of the Lord because of the comfort and connection we can get through the Holy ...
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Psalm 127:1-5

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Friday, June 17, 2011, In : Faith 
"Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like sharp arrows in a warrior's hands. How happy is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not b...
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What's the thing with calves?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, In : Spiritual Warfare 
After Solomon dies, his son, Rehoboam takes over and does a horrible job resulting in Israel (except Judah) rejecting him and making Jeroboam their king. Jeroboam didn't want Israel to go back to Rehoboam when they went to the Temple in Jerusalem so he built two gold calves and placed them on either side of the kingdom and told the people that these were the gods that brought them out of Egypt (1 Kings 12:27-30). This sin of Jeroboam's is then continually referenced for the rest of the Old Te...
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Seeing is Believing?!?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Monday, June 13, 2011, In : Faith 
King Solomon was known around the world for his wealth and wisdom and characterized Israel's most successful empire. He was given this glory and honour because of God's promises to his father David as well as for Solomon's request for wisdom instead of long life or riches or the death of his enemies at his first visit from God (1 Kings 3:5-14). 
Unfortunately, Solomon didn't remain faithful to the Lord for his whole life. Because of his foreign wives he was led astray and worshiped their fore...
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Christianity and Mormonism - Where are they different?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, June 12, 2011, In : Faith 
I feel almost nervous writing this, but this blog is as much for me as it is for the few people who may one day come across it. God meets you where you are and is involved in what you are doing, and because I am currently reading this book about Mormonism (Under the Banner of Heaven), that is what is on my mind. So, when I went to church this evening I prayed that God would show me the differences between these two religions which both hold the Bible as truth, claim to be the only way, yet ar...
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The Unforgivable Sin

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, June 11, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
The fact that we even want to know if there is a sin that is unforgivable should show us something about our character. We want to know a limit so we can live as close to it as possible without going over. The Bible mentions one "unforgivable sin" and that is blaspheming the holy spirit (Mark 3:29 and Luke 12:10). This has always been a little unclear for me, but as a result of the book I am currently reading, I can see the full extent of this sin.
Jon Krakauer's book, Under the Banner of Hea...
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A teacher's verse

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
Proverbs 16:21 -- The wise are known for their understanding, and instruction is appreciated if it's well presented.
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A true leader can take one for the team!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Monday, June 6, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
Today in my Bible reading, I came across a passage that has confused me in the past. Today, I think I received a little more insight. The passage is 2 Samuel 24:1-25. It starts out with God saying that he was mad at Israel and so he caused David to harm them by asking him to do a census (v.1). David passed the order and even the captain of his army tried to talk him out of it, but he went ahead anyway (v. 3). After the census was done, it says that David's conscience began to bother him and h...
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God Does the Calling

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, June 5, 2011, In : Evangelism 
I find my biggest temptation as a long-term Christian is to work for my faith instead of receiving grace, to take credit for the Lord's work and to take the blame when I fail. I know I could be living out my faith in a better, bolder way that would hopefully send people flocking to God because of the good news my life preaches. When I'm not doing big, bold things for the Lord, I feel like I'm failing, that I need to try harder. I think of the early church, who lived to share and care for ever...
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Why work? Jesus is returning!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, June 4, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 

Yesterday my husband and I met with a financial consultant to go over what we are currently doing and what we could be doing with our finances. When it comes to planning for retirement, investing and life insurance I am tempted to back down and do nothing claiming that “God will provide”. He sure will, but we need to be responsible as well. Jesus warns us , to “not store up for yourselves treasures on earth”, I could use that to back down from investing. But then Jesus also shares in ...


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About Me


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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