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

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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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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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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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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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