Autumn is here. The sun is rising later and the mornings are getting cooler. I haven’t been sleeping well lately, so it is tempting to ignore my alarm when it goes off at 5am. Early morning exercise hasn’t been happening either. But at least I don’t have to leave the warmth of my bed to do my devotions.
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Last month I read The Pursuit of God and The Five Love Languages of Children, both of which I’d read years ago. It was good to read the latter now that two of my children are old enough to figure out their love languages. The Pursuit of God was also worth re-reading, particularly the chapter on ‘Meekness and Rest’. Too often, I allow myself to be burdened by the cares of daily life and forget that Jesus promises rest and peace if only I would come to him and lay down my burden at his feet.
“Artificiality is one curse that will drop away the moment we kneel at Jesus’ feet and surrender ourselves to His meekness. Then we will not care what people think of us so long as God is pleased. Then what we are will be everything; what we appear will take its place far down the scale of interest for us. Only an evil desire to shine makes us want to appear other than we are.
“The heart of the world is breaking under this load of pride and pretence. There is no release from our burden apart from the meekness of Christ. Good, keen reasoning may help slightly, but so strong is this vice that if we push it down one place, it will come up somewhere else. To men and women everywhere Jesus says, ‘Come unto me, and I will give you rest.’ The rest He offers is the rest of meekness, the blessed relief which comes when we accept ourselves for what we are and cease to pretend. It will take some courage at first, but the needed grace will come as we learn that we are sharing this new and easy yoke with the strong Son of God Himself. He calls it ‘my yoke’, and He walks at one end while we walk at the other.” A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
This month I am reading J.I. Packer’s Knowing God. One chapter in, and I am already feeling convicted.
I am also reading The Story of the Church (A.M. Renwick and A.M. Harman). I like history. A lot. And the little bits of church history that I’m doing with Angie have spurred me to read more.
And I’m reading An Introduction to Christian Writing by Ethel Herr. It’s been on my To Read list for a while. It’s been interesting to think about why I write, and how my writing can be worship.
What’s in your morning basket?