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Parenting: The Joyful Impossibility (By Paul Tripp)

It hit me that If I were ever to be the tool of transforming grace in the lives of my children, I needed to be daily rescued, not from them, but from me! That’s why Jesus came, so that I would have every resource that I need to be what he has chosen me to be and do what he has called me to do. In his life, death, and resurrection I had already been given all that I needed to be his tool of rescuing, forgiving, and transforming grace.

Parenting: It’s Never an Interruption (by Paul Tripp)

But my problem is that there are moments when I tend to love my little kingdom of one more than I love his. So I’m impatient, discouraged, or irritated not because my children have broken the laws of God’s kingdom, but the laws of mine. In my kingdom there shall be no parenting on family vacation days, or when I am reading the paper on my iPad, or after ten o’clock at night, or during a good meal, or . . . I could go on.

The Tucson Tragedy and God’s Gift of Moral Language (by Kevin DeYoung)

The world, and to a large extent the church, has lost the ability to speak in moral categories. We have preferences instead of character. We have values instead of virtue. We have no God of holiness, and we have no Satan.  We have break-downs, crack-ups, psychoses, maladjustments, and inner turmoil.  But we do not have repugnant evil as the Bible has it. And this loss makes the world a more dangerous place. For the words may disappear, but the reality does not.

Living Life or Documenting Insignificance (by Randy Alcorn)

The problem isn’t just what we are doing with our time; it’s what we are NOT doing with it. Where does all the time spent on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, YouTube and television and radio actually come from?

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I saw this posted today on the Desiring God blog and was so encouraged by what Paul Tripp had to say, I felt I needed to call special attention to it.

If you’re confused about what God’s agenda is in your life, or if it doesn’t always seem like his promises are being fulfilled, then this strange little prayer from Psalm 51 is helpful and clarifying. In his psalm of repentance after his sin against God, Bathsheba, and Uriah, David writes this provocative little prayer, “Let the bones that you have broken rejoice.” What in the world is he talking about and how in the world can it give perspective and hope to you and me?

Let me begin to answer with a personal confession. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but I have a low tolerance for difficulty. I confess that I am a project-oriented person. I tend to have a specific agenda for each day. I awake knowing exactly what I want to accomplish and what a successful day will look like. I don’t want to have to deal with interruptions or obstacles. I want the people, circumstances and locations to willingly submit to my sovereignty and participate in my plan. All of this means that it’s counterintuitive for me to view difficulty as something beneficial. I have little time or tolerance for “broken bones.”

But I have a problem. My Redeemer is the redeemer of broken bones. Now, maybe you’re thinking, “Paul, what in the world are you talking about?” Well, here it is. “Broken bones” is a physical word picture for the pain of redemption.

I don’t like being uncomfortable and I certainly don’t view difficulty as a fantastic thing most of the time, seeing it as a benefit!

We very rapidly forget or ignore the powerfully addicting dangers of sin and think we can step over God’s boundaries without personal and moral cost. We think we are stronger than we really are and wiser than we actually prove to be. We assess that we have character, discipline and strength that we don’t really have. So God, in the beauty of his redeeming love, will “break our bones.” He will bring us through difficulty, suffering, want, sadness, loss and grief in order to ensure that we are living in pursuit of the one thing that each of us desperately needs—him.

God will not let us be satisfied with anything else but Him and because He is our loving, perfect, caring Father, He will shepherd us towards the right satisfaction, that is, in Him.

God hasn’t forgotten you. He hasn’t turned his back on you. He isn’t punishing you in anger. He surely isn’t withholding the grace that he has promised from you. No, you’re receiving grace, but it’s grace that is willing to break bones in order to capture and transform your heart. This grace is unrelenting. This grace has no intention of giving up. This grace will not be satisfied with the status quo. This grace does not get discouraged. It will never compromise. It will never become bitter or cynical. This is loving, patient, perseverant, powerful grace.

God does not forget us. He does not fall asleep and just let our lives turn to wreckage. He is always at work. He is always after your heart. His grace does not give up! Read the rest here.

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Twitter! I have been actively engaged on it for almost 2 years now. It can definitely be a time sucker and can add to the information fire hose of today if you’re not careful but it’s been useful and helpful to me. Here are a few reasons why:

It’s Not Facebook

Facebook is a walled garden. Facebook is a home for moms. Facebook is 95% about me not information sharing or mutual encouragement. Facebook is almost purely status updates. This is what I’m doing. This is how my day was. Please click the “like” button. Please comment on my status so I feel good about myself. You hear plenty of “Are you my friend on Facebook?” but hardly ever “I de-friended that person on Facebook.” Why is that? It’s because the semantics of it make it like they’re real friends and you hate to say, “That person is not my friend anymore.”

Twitter gives you the freedom to share information or a link or something that helped you, engage in short dialog, pass on news, and encourage. Yes, there are status updates, but that’s not the power of Twitter or the direction it has gone. The power in Twitter is in its real time speed and dialog. Also, those on Twitter follow and unfollow each other all the time. I don’t get offended if an actual friend doesn’t follow me.

Yes, I do have a Facebook account but I frequent it only about once a month or so and usually post to it through Twitter and TweetDeck.

The Wisdom of Others

“God is many things, but “impressed” is never one of them.” – timconstant

You can face the reality of your sin with humble hope because Jesus faced the consequences of your sin with redeeming love.” – PaulTripp

“You can’t want what you don’t want while you don’t want it. But you can ask to want. And if God wills, the want will happen.” – JohnPiper

I love seeing the thoughts of others boiled down into 140 characters of gold. I love trying to boil a thought into 140 characters, often it lets me know if I understand it or not.

Professional Connections

The social media engagement by others in my career arena, civil engineering, is slowly growing on Twitter. It’s still minimal but it’s moving along. However, one key part of my job is trying to keep our office up to speed in GIS and Geospatial technologies and systems. The geospatial industry has, to say the least, embraced Twitter and has become a major network. These folks have been an excellent source of wisdom and news and technical help and I’ve tried to be a resource as well. The use of social media in the geospatial industry, including the use of video technology and technical blogging, has even spurred minor discussion of what the need for conferences is anymore.

Instant News

You see things happening in real time, it is simply amazing. From breaking news to software updates to new blog posts to even a friend’s mom passing away, there is no more delay. Tweeting local driving conditions and last minute meeting updates becomes useful in this environment. Collaboration is one of the major things we’ve seen happen through Twitter in the Iran political uprising, conferences, and especially local organizations. This doesn’t work quite the same without the real time capability. The downside is that this can be overwhelming and distracting but there are filters and things like TweetDeck to help.

My Church

Our church is built on small groups that are 95% demographically focused. You have college aged single teams, young married folks, young families, and so forth. There are benefits and weaknesses to this system but that’s how our church is. Being in the young family demographic, Twitter definitely has been a tool to connect with some of those younger folks and has lead to some being able to build some of those relationships further with face to face time. Much of that would not have happened apart from Twitter.

Other good reads about Twitter:

SuperNews!: Twouble with Twitters (funny cartoon video)

12 Reasons to Start Twittering (Michael Hyatt’s Blog)

The Beginner’s Guide Twitter (Michael Hyatt’s Blog)

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