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1 Timothy 5:9-10
A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man, having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work. 

I saw another brother make a few important connections in this passage. I thought I would highlight the connection to encourage mothers.

1) Paul places "bringing up children" in the theological category of "good works". This means that verses like Matthew 5:16 and Ephesians 2:10 apply to times like an emergency grocery store trip with kids that missed their nap. And all other times.

2) Paul puts raising children in the same category of "good works" as things like housing foreign missionaries and cooking meals for all the other weary saints.

Application: Every moment of your day at every stage of life is crowded with eternal significance. Do it all for Christ.

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A thought: No amount of past unbelief can hinder any believer today. The only thing to hinder is present unbelief.

A good exhortation on believing the promises of God.
http://illbehonest.com/believe-the-promises-of-god-paul-washer

A good resource on some of the promises to believe.
http://www.challies.com/sites/all/files/attachments/take-words-with-you.pdf

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Anyone running OS X (Macbook, Apple Desktops, etc.) have recommendations for bible software? 

For Windows folks: I have the below e-version NASB on all of my Windows based computers. Very simple but useful.

http://www.lockman.org/download/index.php

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Encouraged by this article. Here's an excerpt:

In a word, the spiritual mind sees God in everything. The worm, the whale, and the tempest, all are instruments in His hand. The most insignificant, as well as the most splendid agents, further His ends. The east wind would not have proved effectual, though it had been ever so vehement, had not the worm first done its appointed work. How striking is all this! Who would have thought that a worm and an east wind could be joint agents in doing a work of God? Yet so it was. Great and small are only terms in use among men, and cannot apply to Him "Who humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven," as well as "the things that are on earth." They are all alike to Him "Who sitteth on the circle of the earth." Jehovah can tell the number of the stars, and while He does so He can take knowledge of a falling sparrow; He can make the whirlwind His chariot, and a broken heart His dwelling place. Nothing is great or small with God.
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