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

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Job's Lesson

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Friday, August 26, 2011, In : Faith 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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