Bookmarks 2/26/14

Bookmarks: Relevant Links for Kingdom Women

Quote of the Week:

“I have the privilege of being one of Christ’s ambassadors. In His name I can offer eternal life to ay man, woman, or child, who is willing to have it. In His name I do offer pardon, peace, grace, glory, to any son or daughter of Adam who reads this paper. But I dare not offer that person worldly prosperity as part and parcel of the gospel. I dare not offer him long life, and increased income, and freedom from pain. I dare not promise the man who takes up the cross and follows Christ that in the following he shall never meet with a storm.” (J.C. Ryle, Holiness)

Links of the Week:

What Not To Say (And What To Say) To Your Pastor’s Wife: Christine Hoover shares some practical ways you can serve your pastor’s wife through your speech.

The Artistry of Sex Forgotten in the World: Thabiti Anyabwile challenges Christians to recapture the romance of sexuality.

Making Better Disciples: Grace vs. Knowledge: Melissa Deming talks about the need for discipleship to revolve around the gospel.

Fight for Us: Rachel Jankovic reminds us that the way we suffer impacts the rest of the body of Christ.

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Bookmarks 2/19/13

BookmarksQuote of the Week:

“A marriage without drama does not mean a cold marriage. People always talk about where the spark has gone in your marriage, as though a spark is the ultimate achievement. Well ideally, it has turned into some red hot coals. No drama does not mean no heat. Sparks are not always an indicator of things being alive. Sometimes it is just someone trying to light a damp log with a sparkler.  We should be pursuing in our marriages a kind of deep, unrelenting, steady heat. True love is not showy, it is reliable.” (Rachel Jankovic)

Links of the Week:

Constant Love: The quote above? It’s from this post. Don’t let the fact that this is a “Valentines Day” post keep you from reading on, my married friends. Please read, and think, and implement. That’s what I’m trying to do anyway.

How Union with Christ Defines Us: Luma Simms has written a very helpful post on how the doctrine of union with Christ influences, changes, and empowers us toward godliness on a daily basis.

Crouching at Your Door: Lore Ferguson shares some insightful thoughts on the struggle we face as we walk in grace and at the same time, struggle toward holiness.

Bookmarks 2/12/14

BookmarksQuote of the Week:

“It is exceedingly acceptable unto God, even our Father, that we should thus hold communion with him in his love–that he may be received into our souls as one full of love, tenderness, and kindness toward us. Flesh and blood is apt to have very hard thoughts of him–to think he is always angry, yea, implacable; that it is not for poor creatures to draw nigh to him; that nothing in the world is more desirable than never to come into his presence, or, as they say, where he has anything to do… Now, there is not anything more grievous to the Lord, nor more subservient to the design of Satan upon the soul, than such thoughts as these. Satan claps his hands (if I may so say) when he can take up the soul with such throughs of God: he has enough–all that he does desire. This has been his design and way from the beginning. The first blood that murderer shed was by this means (Gen. 3:5). He leads our first parents into hard thought of God: ‘Has God said so? Has he threatened you with death? He knows well enough it will be better with you”–with this engine did he batter and overthrow all mankind in one; and being mindful of his ancient conquest, he readily uses the same weapons wherewith then he so successfully contended. Now, it is exceeding grievous to the Spirit of God to be so slandered in the hearts of those whom he dearly loves.” (John Owen, Communion with the Triune God)

In other words, Believer, believe that God loves you with all tenderness, kindness, and compassion–so much more than you could ever understand. Not to do so makes Satan very happy, and God very sad.

Links of the Week:

An Olympic Lesson for Husbands and Wives: I enjoyed this short post by John Ensor on the parallels between pairs figure skating and marriage.

Let it Rise: Rachel Jankovic shares why the pro-life fight is worth fighting, even when it feels futile.

Looking to Christ in the Loss of A Child: Jason DeRouchie shares a candid and loving post on the way Jesus transforms your grieving.

Beauty: The Greeks, Romans, and You: Dave Jenkins challenges our thoughts on beauty with the truths of being created in the image of God and the gospel.

How Ephesians Killed My Radical View of Christianity: Peter Jones reminds us that simple obedience to God is more important that perceived radicalness.

Five Lies About Your Body: Jen Wilken encourages us to battle the lies of this world with the truths of Scripture.

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Bookmarks 2/5/13

BookmarksQuote of the Week:

“The love of the Father is a love of bounty–a descending love; such a love as carries him out to do good things to us, great things for us…. [It is] a love like that of the heavens to the earth, when, being full of rain, they pour forth showers to make it fruitful; as the sea communicates its waters to the rivers by the way of bounty; out of its own fullness–they return unto it only what they receive from it. It is the love of a spring, of a fountain–always communicating–a love from whence proceeds everything that is lovely in its object. It infuses into, and creates goodness in, the persons beloved.” (John Owen, Communion with the Triune God)

Links of the Week:

Hospitality is Not a Selfie on Instagram: This wedding homily is a beautiful reminder that hospitality begins within your own marriage. Also, when we seek to serve others with love, we shouldn’t expect for things to be picture perfect.

When Neighbors Begin: Doug Wilson skillfully challenges Rachel Held Evan’s thoughts on when life begins.

How Many Motivations Are There for Godliness?: Kevin DeYoung put together a helpful list of reasons to pursue holiness.

I Feel Like A Mean Mom: Carolyn Mahaney shares some encouragement for the moms who feel they are lacking in tender affection for their children.

Once a Month Hospitality Challenge: Melissa Deming is challenging herself and YOU to be purposefully open to last-minute hospitality.

Teaching Boys to Be Respectful: Sarah Dees offers this excellent post on practically training our sons (and daughters, of course) to be respectful to God and those he has place in authority positions.

The Verses Project: You will definitely want to check out this website. It has visual and musical aids to help you memorize Scriptures. –Really creative stuff!

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Bookmarks 1/29/14

BookmarksGood morning, friends! My family and I have been busy, busy, busy moving into our new home this past week. I look forward to sharing a guest post with you from Melissa Jackson on Friday, and then be back with you on Monday. Until then, have a wonderful week!

Quote of the Week:

“The true, ideal flower is the one that uses its gifts as means to an end; the brightness and sweetness are not for its own glory; they are but to attract the bees and butterflies that will fertilize and make it fruitful. All may go when the work is done– ‘it is more blessed to give than receive.’” (Lilias Trotter, Parables of the Cross)

Links of the Week:

Make Love Your Aim: Carolyn McCulley writes wisely on the topic of spiritual gifts and not being limited in your service. Instead, she advices that we simply seek practical ways to love the people around us.

Has Authenticity Trumped Holiness?: Brett Mcckracken challenges modern christians to move beyond our focus on “authenticity” and “messiness” and instead focus our hearts and minds on Christ. See also: Yes, We Come Messy, But We Always Leave Clean.

Joy Farmers: Rachel Jankovic encourages moms to live in a “joyful reality,” working diligently within their families and expecting difficulties.

Stay-at-Home Moms with Missionary Hearts: Lindsey Carlson shares her struggle to understand how her passion for mission work and her calling as a mother can be united.