This Week at Desiring Virtue

Practical Theology

[intlink id="6972" type="post"]When Prayer Goes “Unanswered”[/intlink]

I have lost two children in the womb (see here and here). Two darling little babies, at different stages of developement. I had the highest hopes for each of them and prayed often for their safety, growth, and healthy delivery. I prayed for their souls even before they had fingers and toes, for their future before their brains were even fully developed. I asked my God for their lives, and he refused my requests.

I was asked recently by a sweet sister in Christ if I now found it difficult to pray. From our perspective my prayers for my children were unanswered. It would be easy to assume that God either didn’t hear my prayers or that he simply didn’t care about them. Even worse, someone in my position may begin to doubt the reality of a God who doesn’t “answer” prayer. It is the perfect situation for an unbeliever to say, “Ha! You see? He isn’t really there; you are waisting your time praying to a God who can’t hear you!”

When we are faced with the unthinkable we are often faced with a crisis of theology. Suddenly what we believe about God becomes imperative to how we respond to his providence. Perhaps you have been in a similar situation or are going through one today even. It is all too common in this sin drenched world for us to face the effects of the fall. Death is all around us. Pain and suffering seem to sweep through our families as often as the flu. Hopes and dreams are too often crushed into tiny pieces of disillusionment. All the while our prayers can sometimes seem pointless. [intlink id="6972" type="post"](Keep Reading)[/intlink]

[intlink id="7000" type="post"]Scriptural Examples of Answered and “Unanswered” Prayers[/intlink]

On Tuesday I wrote about “When Prayer Goes Unanswered.” I gave two scripture references as I talked about the Lord sometimes choosing to grant our requests and sometimes choosing not to. One is from the life of Elijah and the other is from the life of David. Today I wanted to take a closer look at these two passages and the application of them to our prayer lives. [intlink id="7000" type="post"](Keep Reading)[/intlink]

[intlink id="6945" type="post"]Encouragement for a New Year of Homemaking[/intlink]

These are the quotes at the top of my daily planner this year:

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:3-5 ESV)

“Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty. Christian women, by teaching children the Holy Scriptures, are as much fulfilling their part for the Lord, as Moses in judging Israel, or Solomon in building the temple.” (Charles Spurgeon) [intlink id="6945" type="post"](Keep Reading)[/intlink]

In the Kitchen

[intlink id="6993" type="post"]Easy, Yummy Cake Box Cookies[/intlink]

Do you ever have those days when you randomly crave something sweet and chewy?  There are times when you aren’t necessarily planning on baking, but think, “If only I could magically whip up some brownies or cookies or a cake! The thought of measuring out flour, baking soda, sugar, and more is enough to stop your delicious fantasies in their tracks (probably a good thing right?). Then you think about all of the time and effort, all of the clean up…. but wait, I am going to share a little secret with you:

They are called Cake Box Cookies. [intlink id="6993" type="post"](Keep Reading)[/intlink]

Organization

Blank Day Planners in Purple and Green

[intlink id="6886" type="post"]On Sunday[/intlink] I talked about how much I enjoyed Large Family Logistics and beginning to implement some of the “systems” into my daily routine. I made my new daily planner available for you to print out, but know that since it is so specific, many of you will not be able to use it.

However, I really liked the color scheme and lay out and wanted to make it more universal so that more of you would be able to use it. This planner also provides another option for those of you who use the [intlink id="1743" type="post"]Plan of Attack.[/intlink] (Keep Reading)

Updates

[intlink id="6924" type="post"]A New Year at Desiring Virtue[/intlink]

As a new year begins at Desiring Virtue, I would like to thank each of you for spending time in this little corner of the internet. The Lord blessed me through your fellowship as we walked through the Scriptures, searched out the yummiest of recipes, talked about organization and household management, and even as I let you peek into my own heart. This year I shared with you my highest moment as well as my lowest. You have both encouraged me to pursue the Lord harder during the beautiful, lovely days and offered your words of wisdom during my darkest of hours. Thank you. Your fellowship is a gift from God. [intlink id="6924" type="post"](Keep Reading)[/intlink]

Recommended Links

Desiring Virtue has linked to these sites either on Facebook or Twitter this week:

Christian Hedonist Calvanism

Missing Mike

The Meaning of Marriage

My Review of Mark Driscoll’s “Real Marriage”

Recommended Books

Desiring Virtue has either talked about or quoted these books this week:

Have a great weekend!

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