July 7, 2015
Hope you are blessed by this short devotional—Ben.
“If you love me, keep my commandments.” –Jesus (John 14:15)
Anytime we sin, it’s a slap in the face of God. Our love for God is shown when we keep His commandments; When we break them, we are showing hatred towards God.
Sin is serious.
"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil....” Psalms 97:10
Let’s be examining ourselves. Even the born-again believer will fall into sin. It brings us much grief. Sin is an act of spiritual adultery against the only One Worthy, the Lover of our Souls, who loves us even to death. Praise God that even though the struggle is real, and many times we fall, He is still working in us, and conforming us to Christ’s image! (Romans 8:29, Ephesians 2:10)
But if sin is the pattern of our lives, this can be a sign that we really don’t love God. If we say “I love Jesus” but our actions prove the opposite…well, what’s that old saying “Actions speak louder than words.” Our words are empty and meaningless unless backed up by our actions.
Oh Lord! Deliver us from deception! It’s is easy to simply “say” but to really live it out and “do” is entirely another thing. So many deceive even themselves when they say they love Jesus—yet their lives show just the opposite! Free every Christian from hypocrisy! Help us to love you, and to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving” ourselves. (James 1:22)
Lord, break our hearts for what breaks Your heart, and grant us true repentance! Help us to look to Christ, and live in freedom from the sin that so easily entangles us.
June 21, 2015
June 17, 2015
We want to pause a moment and thank all of you who have been lifting us up in prayer. We are so grateful and blessed!
Our little family is, by God's grace, going to continue seeking to lovingly point people to Christ and encourage those who are down. God’s goodness and kindness to us even in difficult times is humbling and wonderful!
Baby Seewald is growing steadily and Mommy has been feeling some little, yet strong, kicks! We recently had an ultrasound, but aren't revealing our firstborn's gender yet. Can't wait to welcome this blessing from God into the world!
Here are some verses of exhortation for you all: "Therefore seeing we also are surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily ensnare us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." -Hebrews 12:1-2
May 13, 2015
Ben SeewaldWe've been traveling so much recently! Spring has been quite eventful! We're still trying to wrap our minds around the fact that we're expecting! The thought thrills us, yet we haven't had much time to let it sink in. ---I really enjoy traveling with the family. The Duggar's have been so many places and done so many things. But to me, each new city I visit, and every state and county I pass through yields new wonder. I love the diversity in this beautiful country! The mountains and valleys, the rivers and lakes, the people with their different dialects and subcultures. New adventures await tomorrow. New people to meet. New opportunities to share the love of Christ that has captured my heart. I'm so blessed to be alongside my beautiful bride and our little one on the way.
May 10, 2015
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