We all do it don’t we?
Try to hide what’s really going on in our lives just like we try to hide the gaping holes in our socks.
A visiting friend sat down in one of our recliners, sat back, put up the foot rest only to put it down immediately because of the holes in her socks. I had seen the holes and didn’t care. Hey, I wear socks with holes in them. (Don’t tell my mom)!! We know the holes are there, but still try to pretend they don’t exist. Just like the missed dust on our shelves or dust bunnies hiding in corners. All of our homes have missed cobwebs, hardwood floors that show every speck of dust when the sun shines on them or dirty windows that can’t be washed because of unending winters, piles of laundry and unopened mail. There are dishes in the sink, beds unmade and messy closets. Holes we think define us when seen.
Even worse than household chores that go undone are the heart holes that can easily be hidden. Heart holes of bad marriages, rebellious children, siblings who live a lifestyle we don’t agree with, depression or a past we try to hide. We think we can put on a smile, put our best foot forward and no one will ever know the holes in our hearts that tear at us everyday, letting the bad define us.
I’m not suggesting we tell the whole world what is breaking our hearts, or the past needs to be re-lived. I’m not saying your home needs to look like Martha Stewart’s. We all do it, home holes or heart holes we believe define us. But they don’t.
Do you know you are accepted(John 15:15; Ephesians 1:6) when your house is messy, or your heart is breaking over bad decisions made as a young adult? Do you know you are immersed in Jesus Christ(Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4)? Do you realize you don’t have to live in darkness, but God wants to take you out of that domain of darkness? (Colossians 1:13,14)There is freedom in not hiding the holes of our hearts. Jesus Christ has redeemed your heart holes.
He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2
I wish I could say I have my act together, my life organized and heading in one direction. Fact is, I can’t lie. If you see me on the street, well..walking, not actually on the street, you will see a pretty much put together person. But this picture sums up the past several weeks and the days to come. It is easy to feel like your head is spinning most of the time. With too much coming and going we sometimes forget to enjoy the go, go, going.
Why am I trudging through a bad marriage(not me), why can’t I get my finances in order(not me) and why did one of my dearest friends have to die(gain, not me) are just a few questions I’ve heard this week, causing us to lose focus and our purpose for the day. What is the hub of our heart on a daily basis? Focusing on the problem and not on the Great Problem Solver shows us where our hearts lie. Can I cry out to God in the middle of neediness and affliction? Do I believe He is my only Help and Deliverer? (Psalm 70:5)
As Justin left a week ago for a new adventure in Wyoming Hannah arrived back in Lafayette from her overseas travel. Add to the mix a busy teenager and life in the parsonage, this girl in the green shirt has been me. Arriving this week for a visit is my Mom from Iowa along with Lori a life long friend. Kelsey will make her way home this weekend filled with apple picking, birthday celebrations, coffee sipping, including Kopi Luwak, on the deck and a couple of days of memory making before everyone heads back home early next week. A week from Wednesday, October 1, Hannah and I will pile into her Honda Civic with all her earthly belongings(this isn’t her car, but you get the idea of what we will be piling into)
heading west across country, landing in Phoenix, AZ where she will live with family until she gets a job and apartment. Yes, two children will be thousands of miles away. And yes, I will cry as I head back east on an airplane to my beloved family in New York, church family included. But, I will also be happy for the four children God gave me who are pursuing their dreams, who are living life to the fullest and will continue to cause their momma’s (their word for me) to spin.
In the women’s Sunday School class I lead we have been in the book of Joshua for six months. Yes, coffee is never far from studying and yes, that may seem like a long time in one book, but if you know anything about Mr. & Mrs. Gates, we love the Word of God and take our time going through it.
Joshua is most famous for chapter 1, verse 9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
But did you know there are seven times the Israelites are told to use stones to build a monument so they may remember what God taught them?
Shelly, in the pink dress, had a fabulous idea of what we could do to wrap our time in Joshua. We built our own monument to place on the table. She suggested we think about what God had taught each one of us from studying the book of Joshua. We always have a great time together laughing, studying, fellowshipping and learning more of our Great God every Sunday Morning. If you’re local you may want to join this
crazy group of women.
Shelly brought the rocks and a Sharpie so we could write one or two words on the rock summarizing our thoughts about Joshua. And no, none of these ladies knew I would be blogging about them. 🙂
I love this picture of Bibles open…
This is the finished product
A great way to begin a Sunday morning, Bible study, good friends and coffee. It doesn’t get any better than that. For my local readers there will be no class next week because we will be gathering in the Sanctuary to hear our international worker speak as we kick off our Global Outreach Conference. In two weeks, October 5, please join us as we begin our new study Women of the Word, How to Study the Bible with Both OUR HEARTS and OUR MINDS.