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: May, 2011

How do you do business?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
The Lord demands fairness in every business deal; he sets the standard (Proverbs 16:11). Wow! The Bible really has something to say about everything. I am not a business person but we all make transactions. The true challenge in this verse seems to be with who sets the standard. We probably all aim for fairness in our dealings, but often will do something contrary if "everyone is doing it" or "that's how it's done" or "I know it sounds bad, but..." I encourage us all to go above and beyond th...
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Do I fit myself into God's plans, or him into mine?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
On Sunday morning our pastor was talking about how he preaches. Some people are thematic or topical in that they pick something to talk about and search the scriptures for support. He, however, is an expositor meaning that he takes scripture book by book and verse by verse and draws the lessons from them. He said that as an expositor you are forced to look at the whole scripture and share the whole scripture in his case, which is great.
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How chocolate is helping me be less selfish.

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, May 29, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
A couple of months ago when the period of lent was starting, my international student from China asked me what I was going to give up. She's a Buddhist but for some reason was challenged to give up something and not only that, but to replace it with something good or helpful to others. I have given up something for lent before as a way of reminding me to focus on the Lord when I reach for it without thinking. So this time, I didn't want to commit to a full ban on chocolate but to pray for som...
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Beware of Oaths!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, May 26, 2011, In : Faith 
One of the biggest mistakes I've made in my life has been making an oath that I didn't think over well enough. In my youth before ever having a boyfriend, I made an oath to God that I wouldn't french kiss until I was married (among other restrictions). The thought was that I wanted to remain a virgin until my wedding night, so in order to protect that I would create more restrictions to stop me from breaking the main one. These restrictions were great to have during my first relationship as t...
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Misunderstood Joy

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
Today's lesson was obviously about joy in the Christian life. A student shared his testimony in chapel today and declared that his life with God is so much more fun than what he got from drinking and drugs. Also, my husband caught up with an old acquaintance and heard his testimony of how he was struggling with drugs and imprisoned at one time before turning his life over to God and now he is "on-fire" and excited about life with the Lord. 
This is true in my life too, but how come this joy i...
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No End Times without persecution first!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, In : End Times 
This weekend was an interesting one with a very vocal yet failed prediction of the End of the World/Rapture. There are many commonly known signs of the End: earthquakes, famines, wars, moon turning red etc. but the one commonly missed and that I have been reminded of lately is the persecution that first must come. See Luke 21:7-36; Mark 13:4-27; Matthew 24:3-31. Some of the things that are hard to hear are that parents will turn against children and children against parents, friends etc. will...
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Is God resting still?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, May 22, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
In the beginning God created the heaven's and the earth. On the seventh day he rested from his work, (sanctifying the Sabbath) is he still resting now? I realize that I have been thinking that all along. The way I envision God is so limited, but it is often Him sitting on his throne in heaven where angels come to Him and then are sent. The Sabbath was created for man, not man for the Sabbath (as Jesus said). We need rest in the week to keep from focusing too hard on our work and our little li...
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I'm Expecting! Are you?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, May 21, 2011, In : End Times 

I am expecting my third child anytime now. I am still working, but I’m motivated to make sure everything is in order before I leave so that if I go into labour and am not at school the next morning my replacement can step in and take over the class smoothly. Living in this state of expectation has made me be a more organized and responsible teacher.

                We are all expecting… Jesus to return. And, the best thing we can do is to live in a state of expectation. “And all who have...


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God doesn't need me, so why bother?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, May 19, 2011, In : Evangelism 
I've been hearing encouraging reports of what God is doing in the world today. Loren Cunningham shared a few stories this weekend of reaching unknown people groups, miraculous healings and huge faith gains. These made me want to get involved and do my part. What is my role in bringing people to God? Do I just need to say and do the right things? Is there a manual to follow? The truth is God doesn't need me to bring people to him, but to not turn them away. Even Jesus gives God the credit for ...
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My Dream Job is in Heaven!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, In : Self 
I was picking weeds today and my mind started to wander and think of what life would be like without them. What was the original creation like before the fall? before the weeds? God placed Adam in the garden "to work it and take care of it" (Genesis 2:15) -- He was created to work. After the "fall" God said to Adam, "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all of the days of your life." (Genesis 3:17b) 
    So now we live in a state where work is a pain. W...

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I <3 Discipline!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, In : Parenting 

When I do attendance in my classes I prefer to ask a question instead of going down the list for a "here" or a "present". Today I asked about discipline -- specifically spankings. I only had 4 out of my 80-some students who had never recieved a spanking. Some had stories of the infamous 'wooden spoon' breaking on their backsides, but the repetition of that story made me think it was an urban ledgend. I followed up by asking whether they thought it was successful and would spank their own chil...


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What can God do for a nation?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, May 15, 2011, In : Evangelism 
This weekend our church is hosting Loren Cunningham the founder of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) a group of bible schools set up all around the world. My husband and I both went on a YWAM before we got married, the experience allowed us to grow a lot in our faith. It was great to hear Loren talk, a 75 year old man who didn't have a set sermon but kept us engaged in telling us what God is doing around the world. He has personally visited every sovereign nation on Earth and many other territories...
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Do you Doubt? Look into it!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Friday, May 13, 2011, In : Faith 
I have heard many people express their doubts. Usually it takes the form of, "I don't know, sometimes I feel God is real but if he is wouldn't [fill in the blank] happen (or not)?" And then the thought is dropped. If you have a doubt or a question about God's existance don't build it on feelings, although they can be a confirmation the existance of God can be based on facts. Also, if you have a doubt or question then explore it. Look for the answer. Don't just leave it for another day.
    Tod...
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Fighting the Devil -- Childsplay!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, May 12, 2011, In : Spiritual Warfare 

My son often watches Dora the Explorer and I usually hear it. Even though I haven't watched it much, I have been able to notice the antagonist in the show is a fox called Swiper and he always comes along to steal the item they are trasporting to grandma's house or wherever it is that episode. When he does, Dora asks the person watching to join in as they say, "Swiper no swiping!" three times. To which he always snaps his finger in dissapointment and says, "Aww man!". Then they say, "Yay! We s...


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Joy of Serving

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, In : Parenting 

I am not as nice as I thought I was. We had a slumber party at my brother's house a couple of months ago, a way of spending more time with the family over the Christmas holidays. It was a great idea, to be able to put the kids to bed and then be able to stay up and play games. When you have kids you realize that it is virtually impossible to have a lengthy conversation or uninterrupted visit unless they are sleeping. So, this was a great idea.
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Born Christian?

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, In : Faith 
Being born into a Christian home/country doesn't make you a Christian as much as being born in a McDonald's would make you a hamburger. This was a line from Nicky Gumbel and the Alpha course. I was born into a Christian home, raised going to church on Sundays and Pioneer Girls or Youth during the week. I went to a Christian high school too. I knew what I was supposed to do/say and how to act, I also knew what not to do/say or how to act. I would have considered myself a "good person" but my f...
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Magic Eraser

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, May 8, 2011, In : Faith 
My husband bought a magic eraser type thing (store brand) yesterday and after the kids were in bed we tried it out on a few areas, mostly crayon and felt marks. Isn't married life with kids interesting?!? Actually these kinds of adventures are the most fun - making the most out of the little things. What I realized is how happy I was to have those marks gone. I felt genuine happiness. These were marks that I was disappointed when I first saw them, cringed every time I saw them, had to continu...
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Body Works

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, May 7, 2011, In : Faith 

I went to the Body Works exhibit early this year at the Telus World of Science in Vancouver. It was interesting to see real bodies, and organs etc. I have seen a lot of body system models and engaged in animal dissections in my university studies and work as a science teacher, but these were real. No room for artistic error.
            My favorite part was the embryonic development section. It was sad to know that individuals had lost the babies that were in the exhibit, but it was great to s...


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Winning arguments

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Friday, May 6, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
I had a meeting with one of my administrators today and we talked about the way I prepare students for future ideas and arguments dealing with evolution, origins and faith. I said that I wanted my students to realize that their faith centers around Jesus' life, death and resurrection which is proven. As far as evolution vs. creation and Old-Earth vs. Young-Earth goes there will always be discrepancies. Visible galaxies that would need 13.7 billion years to exist and be seen from earth and lim...
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A Result of the Fall

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, May 5, 2011, In : Marriage 

I am working my way through the one-year Bible again. The one-year structure helps me be motivated and I am amazed each day. Some stories are so familiar that it is easy to think I have nothing more to learn, but I am constantly surprised at the new lessons and personal teachings that I recieve daily. 
    One of these all-too-familiar stories is that of "the Fall". I always remember the woman's curse was increased pain during childbirth (I have experienced that twice and will again in about 6...


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A new lesson around John 3:16

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Wednesday, May 4, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
The most famous verse in the Bible is probably John 3:16, you can probably recite it. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life." A few weeks ago at our Easter production the pastor had written in the program that responding to the Easter message isn't based on whether you feel warm fuzzy feelings about Jesus. And if so, then you should become a Christian. But rather, Jesus' life, death and resurrection is a proven fact and you n...
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What I never knew about Samson

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, In : Faith 
Right now I am reading Judges and the story of Samson. I've heard this story since I was a child, but I've never seen it as so weird before. It seems like as a judge of Israel bringing God's judgement on it's oppressors he sure isn't someone to emulate. All of his acts on the Philistines seemed revengeful. He was tricked out of his riddle so he went and killed 30 Philistines to fulfill his payment. His first wife was given in marriage to the best man at his wedding, when he found out he caugh...
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A new song

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, May 1, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
I went to church tonight and was thinking about what my lesson is today, sadly this was while I was singing. I hate when I sing a worship song and my mind travels. My mouth is saying such amazing things and my mind is treating it like nothing. I was made aware of this earlier this year and wanted to make an effort to only sing if I was thinking of what I was saying. This has made for more meaningful worship this year, but I still trail off sometimes. 
The next song we sang had the lines "I wi...
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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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