Tag Archives: God’s Word

The Sliver in my Finger

Ever have sliver in your finger that was so small it was almost impossible to remove? You dig and dig with whatever is handy to get the intruder removed. It becomes red and inflamed and irritating even after the culprit has long been removed. The smallest of slivers can become a big distraction. I am always on a mission to get it removed even if I have to squeeze my finger until it hurts to get that thing gone. I had one of those recently... As I was trying my hardest to rid my hand of this little sliver I thought of the "little" sins in my  life that tend to...distract. (As a blogger who attempts to post on a daily basis, I am always looking for the spiritual analogy) I don't murder, cheat on my husband, steal from my neighbor or lie to my family. Before those thoughts are even finished, God says to me... pharisee!  'I'm not like this tax collector, I pray three times a day, I read my Bible and pray, visit the lonely and depressed and love my neighbor. It is the sins of discontent, murmuring, complaining, wanting my own way, calling people names, if not out loud at least in my heart, cutting someone off in traffic, telling that little white lie _________you fill in the blank. These are the sins that eat at my heart and soul, robbing me of joy in the Lord and the intimate relationship I want to have with my Lord. The serpent whispers in my ear convincing telling me lies that I am better than those who have murdered and hated their neighbor. Today I ask myself...am I the pharisee or the tax collector? How far will I go to remove these sins, even though the removal may cause some pain?
Catch the foxes for us,
the little foxes
that spoil the vineyards,
for our vineyards are in blossom.
Song of Solomon 2:15

Summer Sloth

Isn't this little guy cute?           Looking up the defintion of sloth I found slothfulness isn't so cute =habitual disinclination to exertion; indolence; laziness; shiftlessness, idleness, slackness.(Dictionary.com) In a word lazy. With the summer comes a much less structured schedule and the temptation to be lazy. Isn't that what summer is for? The lazy, hazy days of summer? Staying up later, sleeping in a little later than usual. Although this summer I am finding sleeping in late isn't happening and Lauren hasn't been home for two weeks, so my schedule has been even more open. And with an 'open' schedule comes the freedom to do farmers markets, lunch and coffee with friends, more reading and writing and vacation. My schedule does slow down this time of year, but I don't want my time in God's Word to take a vacation. I have to be intentional in my reading, studying, and meditating on the food for my soul. I don't take a vacation from eating in the summer so why would I take a break from eating the Food that satisfies like no other? Being intentional = on purpose. I intentionally spend time in God's Word presently
  • reading through the Old Testament, in Nehemiah right now
  • Reading a daily devotional by Nancy Leigh Demoss
  • listening to the Bible on my iphone when I go to bed or when I'm walking
So many ways to get God's Word into my life.  How are you being intentional this summer? How do you fight against the sloth of summer? Found this article by Al Mohler on loving God's Word. Devouring the Word

*JHKL(October)

24 hours before Hurricane Sandy blew up the East coast we couldn't see our hand in front of our face. We can usually see our church down the hill. Today it is still rainy and dreary but I remind myself the sun does come out.

October was a slow month, actually life has been slow as of late. I never thought the days of endless amounts of diapering, getting dinner on the table and taxiing teenagers would ever come to an end. Except for Lauren, who isn't home much, I find myself...floundering. I've tried to be all big and brave and keep a stiff upper lip regarding the almost empty nest.

It's no big deal.

I won't be upset by the fact my chosen field of work is almost done.

I will not wimper every time I walk past empty bedrooms.

All things I have said to myself over the past couple of years but have finally come to the realization I've put myself out of a job that I  devoted 27 years to. Isn't it the same feeling my neighbor feels when she loses her job at the work she has done day in and day out for 30+ years? Now what do I do?

And maybe it hasn't been a big deal for some of you.

Enjoy the quiet, take up a hobby, don't fret, spend more time with your hubby...

are all things I've heard recently.

But it is a big deal because I love JHKL, I devoted my life to them. I don't have to tell you mothers what it means to mother well, to be there for the kids God gave you day in and day out. Rob and I gave them to God shortly after they were born and we've done it everyday since then, praying they are yours Lord.

But...

...did I love*JHKL more than God. Do I love them or my husband more than God?

Matthew 10:37 is a verse I often go back to so I won't make my kids, husband or anything or anyone an idol.

God wants "unqualified allegiance."

There are too many things that attempt to fill my wide open heart. I want to be devoted to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).

When Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment, he said it was to love God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul. If I am so filled with God won't that spill over to my neighbor, my children, my spouse?

The dense fog will clear when I fill up to the brim with the Lord. Filling up with the Word of God that gives me everything I need for life and godliness will bring the sun. Filling  my heart with God, filling my mind with God, filling my soul with God everyday and the sudden changes of life and losses that come will seem dim in the light of His glory and grace.

When loss and change of any kind comes what will you fill  heart, mind and soul with?

Team Sullivan is a blog I read almost everyday. Check out this post for further thoughts on filling up with God.

*JHKL= Justin, Hannah, Kelsey, Lauren

This will be my October post. You can read other monthly posts here and why I do a monthly synopsis.