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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God Rocks!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Friday, October 21, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
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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Distractions

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Saturday, August 13, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
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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Fellow Christians, READ YOUR BIBLE!!!

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Sunday, July 31, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
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

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Friday, July 22, 2011, In : Spiritual Disciplines 
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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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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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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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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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.
I immediately thought of this blog and how a lot of my l...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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