Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lilias Trotter~Faithful in Weakness

I am so excited about begining this next chapter. I know of the struggle that comes with being faithful when you feel that you are just to weak to hold on to your faith.

I am looking forward to gaining a increased perspective on remaining faithful in weakness.

This chapter can be accessed by clicking the book title link on the right sidebar. Lilias Trotter is chapter two of the book.

II Corinthians 12:8-10

Have you ever gone through something that you just wished that the Lord would take away? I think we all have. Let these words encourage you in your struggle.

"For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Chapter 1 Review~Sarah Edwards

How many of have complained about the long hours that our husbands work in order to provide a living for our families?

How many times have we grumbled about him not helping out around the house?

Let us look at the life of Sarah Edwards who spent her life serving her husband without complaint and use that to help compel us to transform our minds. Sarah Edwards reared eleven children, kept the home, was a help meet to her husband and opened her home to many guest. Yet they all speak of her highly saying things such as "She was clothed with meekness and humility". Her husband is "known in the gates" for allowing God to use Him for his service. Her children grew to be respectful pillars of the community.

Are you striving to be a women who can be spoken highly of? Not for your own prideful self-fulfillment but to big glory to God while her on this earth.

What an awesome legacy to leave behind. I can only hope that those that I have come to contact with would speak so passionately of my memory.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Chapter 1 Questions

What do you like about chapter one so far?

What do you dislike about chapter one so far?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Chapter 1

This week we will begin reading chapter 1 of our reading selection. I will post our first discussion questions on Friday August 15th, 2008.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Reading Schedule

We will begin reading the first chapter of Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God and I would like to get your feedback for the reading schedule. The first chapter is titled Sarah Edwards~Faithful in the Mundane. The entire chapter is 23 pages. At what rate of speed do you all want to read through these chapters? Would you rather read one chapter a week, every two weeks or one chapter per month?

I understand that we all have different schedules so I want to take that into consideration. I am open to the either option. To have your preference considered, please leave a comment with your choice by 5pm August 10th.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

About the Author: Noël Piper

There is one passage of Scripture that Noël Piper finds a way to use almost every time she speaks—Deuteronomy 11:1-19. “You shall therefore love the LORD your God. . . . You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul. . . . You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” She sees this passage building a framework for a life that glorifies God.

Noël grew up in Georgia, the oldest of 10 children. Though her family was not perfect—in other words, they were normal—they laid a foundation that prepared her for faith in God through Jesus Christ.

Noël has been married to John Piper since 1968. They have 4 sons and a daughter, 4 daughters-in-law, and an increasing number of grandchildren. Their children grew up in Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, where John has been a pastor since 1980. Talitha, a grade schooler, is the only one still living at home with Mom and Dad.

Noël met John at Wheaton College, only a few months after making the definite pronouncement, “I will never marry a pastor!” This went right along with the assurance that, “I’m going to wait a long time to get married so I can see the world first.” John was pre-med, so that was all right. Their wedding was a month before she finished college. Then God was very patient in preparing this rash young woman to become a pastor’s wife 13 years later.

Now she travels for missions and speaking as often and as far as possible. And she smiles to think of the naiveté of the 19-year-old who assumed that nothing as good as seeing the world could ever happen after marriage.

Every year, she realizes more clearly when we trust in the LORD with all our heart, and do not lean on our own understanding—that when we acknowledge him in all our ways—he will make straight our path (Proverbs 3:5-6). And she prays for his Spirit to work in her that trust and that wholehearted acknowledgement of him.

Noël Piper has been married to John since 1968, and together they have labored at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis since 1980. She enjoys speaking and writing and is grateful for every opportunity of missions-related travel. But her main calling is to her family. She and John have 4 sons and a daughter, 4 daughters-in-law and an increasing number of grandchildren.

Some of her other books include

Most of All, Jesus Loves You!
Treasuring God in Our Traditions
Devotions for Ministry Wives

and our selection

Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God

You can learn more about Noël Piper and her family by visiting

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Votes are In

The book that we will be reading for the next Blogger Book Club will be
Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper.

You all have made a great selection. This book will encourage you to do more than what you might have ever thought possible. You will be encouraged to stand strong in your daily challenges and will finish this book knowing that nothing is to hard for God.

The book club will begin on August 11th 2008 with the reading assignment being posted here on August 10th. Please visit on August 10th to view the weeks reading schedule. At that time I will have a question or two posted for you to comment on.

If you have any question prior to August 10th feel free to email me at or simply leave a comment. Be sure to remind your readers of the book club so that they can begin with us if they are interested.