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Jeremiah Burroughs on contentment with life circumstances

In books, prayer requests, quotes, recommendations, reviews, theology on January 18, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Right now is just about the most exciting and the most nerve-wracking time of my entire life. I am graduating from college in May, getting married to the most beautiful woman on the planet in July, and I’ve been accepted to seminary. Evidences of God’s grace are found everywhere in my life. However, there are so many decisions that we have to make in the next few months that I often feel bogged down with stress and anxiety. It is far too easy for me to focus on what is uncertain instead of focus on what is. I think a lot of my friends are in the same boat.

I’ve been reading an incredible book, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by an old Puritan named Jeremiah Burroughs. His purpose in the book is to help believers find peace and contentment during difficult times. Today I came across a quote that was a very helpful word of grace that I just wanted to share with you:

“You should labour to bring your heart to quiet and contentment by setting your soul to work in the duties of your present condition. And the truth is, I know nothing more effective for quieting a Christian soul and getting contentment than this, setting your heart to work in the duties of the immediate circumstances that you are now in, and taking heed of your thoughts about other conditions as mere temptations.

…So it is with those who think, If I were in such circumstances, then I should have contentment; and perhaps they get into those circumstances, and they are as far from contentment as before. But then they think that if they were in other circumstances, they would be contented, but when they have got into those circumstances, they are still as far from contentment as before. No, no, let me consider what is the duty of my present circumstances, and content my heart with this, and say, ‘Well, though I am in a low position, yet I am serving the counsels of God in those circumstances where I am; it is the counsel of God that has brought me into these circumstances that I am in, and I desire to serve the counsel of God in these circumstances.'”

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Jesus, help my personality flaws.

In loving jesus, prayer requests on December 27, 2009 at 2:14 am

Following Michael Bird’s recent post, I have a confession to make: I am an introvert. While being an introvert isn’t a bad thing and I’m thankful that God made me one and I trust that he intends it for his glory, I often have a hard time expressing emotion to people. This is especially difficult during Christmastime. I have a hard time showing people how thankful I am. This is a personality flaw, and I want to nail it to the cross, relying on the Spirit to conform me more into the image of Christ. I can’t change this myself, but I do have a great God who can. I am extremely blessed by my generous fiancee, friends, family, and soon-to-be family in-law, and to all of you, thank you. Even more so, I have an extremely gracious and generous God who blesses and saves ill-deserving sinners like me. So Jesus, help my personality flaws.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with┬áthankfulness in your hearts to God.” – Colossians 3:16

Please pray for Matt Chandler

In prayer requests on December 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Texas recently had brain surgery to remove a tumor and the pathology results that came in today indicate cancer. Matt has been a huge influence on me and a faithful minister of the gospel. I would encourage you to watch the video that was filmed the day before his surgery. You can read the Village Church’s post on it here. Please pray for Matt, his family, and the church. He is showing us what it looks like to suffer well for God’s glory.