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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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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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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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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A lesson learned from my son

Posted by Dawn Thiessen on Thursday, April 28, 2011, In : Parenting 
This past long-weekend I had the opportunity to clean the house and include my kids in some of it. We were cleaning the windows and my son (almost 3) said, "daddy's gonna come home and say 'it's so clean!' He'll be so happy".I hadn't said anything to indicate that we were doing this to make daddy proud and now recalled that my son always thinks that way. Whether he draws a picture or builds a tower out of blocks it's always "for you", never just for fun or for his own benefit. Jesus was right...
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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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