Intersecting Life and Faith

Author: Jody (Page 4 of 31)

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

Don’t Waste Your Life?

Another post from my archives as I am gone for the week. 

I wore this t-shirt recently when I did my exercising at a local walking path. Forgetting I had it on I was met with some strange looks, wondering why are they looking at my shirt. It only took a couple of glances my way to remember what I was wearing. I need a daily reminder that

“…my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is from God. I am not my own, for I was bought with a price, so glorify God in my body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I am still working on what I would say if someone at the park asked me what this means.
It begins with two of my life verses:
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 
1 Corinthians 10:31
and
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17
Am I making much of God in every aspect of my life?
Do I make much of God as a

  • wife
  • mother
  • daughter
  • in the workplace
  •  in my church and community

Not focusing on what Jody can do today, not doing things in my own strength. Not trusting in my to-do list of works righteousness, but in the righteousness of the blood of Jesus Christ. The price I was bought with was Jesus’ blood. There is nothing I can to do today to add anything to that price. It is because of God…rich in mercy…because of his GREAT love for me, when I was dead in my trespasses and sin, when I was his enemy, by the grace of God I am saved.

How do I make much of God today?
  • Seeing the many interruptions of my planned out day as opportunities to practice patience and humility.
  • Praising God for many inches of rain so I will have water to drink and food on my plate.
  • Taking the time out of my busy schedule to listen to a friend without trying to put my “two cents worth” into the conversation.
  • Not having the last word with my husband, again practicing gentleness, kindness, patience with my family when they rub me the wrong way.
  • Not gossiping with my neighbor about my husband or children.
  • Loving my neighbor as much as I love myself(my closest neighbor being my spouse or kids)
Minute by minute CHOICES to make much of God in every aspect of my life.
How do you make much of God?

The Bruised Reed

Dug out this book to read again, here are a few quotes that were helpful to me. 

I am reading The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes and taking part of the conversation at Challies.com.
We are half way through the book and have found some very thought-provoking and helpful quotes. This book is a puritan classic on my recommended reading list. Here are some of the quotes:

He(Christ)is a good physician good at all diseases, especially binding up of a broken heart. He died that he might heal our souls with a plaster of his own blood, and by that death save us, which we were the procurers of ourselves, by our own sin.

God often delights to take advantage of our averseness, that he may manifest his work the more clearly and that all the glory of the work may be his, as all the strength is his.

We are weak, but we are his, we are deformed, but we carry his image upon us.

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