Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Because I'm a 2 on the Enneagram and a 2's signature sin is pride, I will always need to keep the desire for humility in front of me. But hopefully, I have a better understanding of how to do that now that it has been my focus for 12 months. Thankfully I have Jesus to look towards to show me what it looks like and as I fix my attention on Him, I can keep that fruit of the Spirit in the forefront of my mind and heart. And what we gaze on is what we become.
I have a confession to make. I had every good intention of reading Andrew Murray's classic book, Humility, this year but never did. I would like to read it in 2015, kind of as a "refresher" and maybe that is how God intended it to be, so that I continue to live into my way home.
The deepest humility is the secret of the truest happiness, of a joy that nothing can destroy.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart Daily Devotional pg 145
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
excerpt from 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb I John 1:10, 2:1-12
Sunday, September 14, 2014
"Humility" - the willingness to be known for who we are.
Step #8 - Transformation into the Love of God Deut 6:5
Step #7 - Speaking Less Psalms 46:10
Step #6 - Deeply Aware of Being "Chief of All Sinners" Isaiah 64:6
Step #5 - Radical Honesty to Others About Your Weaknesses/Faults James 5:16
Step #4 - Patience to Accept the Difficulty of Others 1 Thess 5:14
Step #3 - Willing to Subject Ourselves to the Direction of Others Heb 13:17
Step #2 - Doing God's Will (Not Your Own or Other People's) 2 Cor 5:9
Step #1 - Fear of God and Mindfulness of Him Eccl 12:13
Prov 22:4 Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
Matt 11:29-30 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and
humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light.
Phil 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others
better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but
also to the interests of others.
1 Peter 5:5 Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of
you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the
proud but gives grace to the humble.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
from last year's journal: author unknown
Thursday, July 24, 2014
"Humility isn't burden or humiliation of oppressive wight, but the only posture that can receive the wondrous grace-gifts of God - God who humbled Himself and came to the feed trough . . The moment I try to grasp for humility, she's gone, Speak of humility, shine a light shaft on her, and she's shadow-gone in the dark. 'Humility is so shy,' writes Tim Keller. If I focus on humility, I look inward to assess if I'm sufficiently humble and in the very act, humility darts and I'm proud, self-focused. It doesn't work...The quiet song of gratitude, eucharisteo, lures humility out of the shadows because to receive a gift, the knees must bend humble and the hand must lie vulnerably open and the will must bow to accept whatever the Giver chooses to give. "
excerpt from one thousand gifts devotional by Ann Voskamp