Women in Christ (logo) Notes from Nancy

 

As with any parent, my children have some times caused me frustration. Whenever I would find my anger growing toward them, I would sing part of a song from the musical Bye-Bye Birdie. I am not sure of the title of the song, but I would sing a few bars in my head.

"Why can't they be like we were, perfect in every way.  What's the matter with kids today..."

Singing the tune would remind me that I was and never will be perfect. I could no longer be angry.

I often marvel at God's patience and mercy with mankind. After all, He is "perfect in every way."

When dealing with other people I try to remember this verse:

"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable --- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy --- think about such things." Philippians 4:8

I try to apply that to people because I feel that is what God does when He looks at us.

It also helps guide me toward the goal of being a woman such as Deborah. Paul continues:

"Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me --- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:9

As we strive to learn righteous judgment, we look toward the most righteous and merciful Judge of all.