This is part of the series How To Develop A Daily Routine. Check out more from the series!
Developing a good routine is one of the most important parts of my day to day life. It can be a crucial element to being as effective as possible.
But routine can be detrimental, too. It can become a rut if you’re not careful.
This was made very evident to me over the past few weeks. You may already know, I just moved my family from the Gulf Coast of Florida to southern Missouri to take the lead minister role at Cabool Christian Church. This is a very exciting time for me, as a minister, and for my family, not only as we start a new ministry, but start a new type of ministry. I’ve been a minister to teens for more than two decades, and making the transition to the lead role in a church comes with a new learning curve.
But the process of making the ministry change, both from youth to preaching, and from Florida to Missouri, has caused some significant upheaval in our lives.
I have a pretty typical routine that I adhere to most days. The past several weeks have been difficult, simply because the familiar routine hasn’t been there.
Here are a few of the elements that occur in my morning routine on a daily basis, almost without fail. My morning starts with a cup of coffee, brewed in my Chemex, once I get to the office. While the water is heating, I boot up my computer and pull out my iPad and journals. Once the water is hot, and the coffee is brewed, I sit at the desk, and read the days’ passages from my Bible reading plan, usually using the Logos app on my iPad. When I finish my general reading, I turn to the passage I’m writing. On a normal day, I handwrite several verses from whatever book I’m currently working through, usually eight to ten or so, in my Journible. While I am writing these verses, I watch for things that stand out to me from the passage, with an eye to what God may be trying to teach me for the day. These I list out in my journal, along with other thoughts and prayers. All of this usually takes me around an hour or so.
One of my favorite genres is the legal thriller. I’ve read such authors as John Grisham and Randy Singer for years, and have enjoyed their books. However, I’ve never had the opportunity to read anything by Lis Wiehl. It’s just never crossed my path.
Recently, I had the chance to read Wiehl’s newest book, A Matter Of Trust. I found it to be very captivating and hard to put down. I really enjoyed it.
The story is about a single mother named Mia Quinn, who has stepped back into the legal world after the death of her husband, in order to support her two children. After the murder of a colleague and friend of Quinn’s, she is thrust into the investigation full force, attempting to solve the crime before anything else happens.
With the pressures of raising two kids as a single parent, struggling under the financial pressures left behind by her husband, and dealing with the politics and problems of the workplace, Quinn is forced to face some hard realities, both as a professional and as a mother.
Besides the investigation of her friend’s death, a subplot of cyber-bullying twists and turns through the story, and the lives of her kids.
With so much going on in the story, A Matter Of Trust keeps your attention until the finish. And it left me with a desire to read more of Wiehl’s works. I will be seeking out another one to read in the very near future.
All in all, I really enjoyed A Matter Of Trust. If you like reading legal fiction, I recommend that you pick up a copy. It’s a story worth reading, with a lot of positive and encouraging elements. You’ll be glad you did!
Have you ever read any of Lis Wiehl’s books? If so, which is your favorite? You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze blogger review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.“
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God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. – C. S. Lewis
In this week’s passage, Paul wraps up his instructions concerning deacons, repeating some of the same directions he gave concerning elders, and then shares some encouragement for those who serve in this capacity.
Take a look at the passage in 1 Timothy 3:12-13:
Paul returns to the discussion of deacons, after departing from it for a moment to address the woman’s role. He repeats the same injunction he gave concerning elders: they must be the strong leader of a well managed family. They must be a committed husband, and as the NIV2011 put it, “faithful to his wife.” Domestic orderliness and parental control are as essential for the deacon as they are for the elder, and Paul uses identical phrases as in verse 2 and verse 4.
Paul finishes off this section of his letter by offering a promise to those who lead well: they will receive an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith.
By “excellent standing,” Paul is undoubtedly referring to one’s standing before God, although it could refer to the deacon’s influence and standing in the church and community.
“Great assurance” conveys the idea that the leader has the courage and confidence to stand before God in his faith, as well as stand before his community and speak of his faith.
Both of these blessings are built upon the foundation of their faith in Christ Jesus.
Though Paul’s instructions for elders and deacons are detailed and specific, and even somewhat difficult to interpret in light of our cultural changes since Paul’s time, they set the standard high for leaders in the church to be servants to others and people of integrity. It can be no other way.
Do you have any final questions concerning the roles of elders and deacons? You can leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained. – C. S. Lewis