Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I need a maid...

    This morning I decided it was time to tackle cleaning and re-caulking the shower in my master bath. As I sat in the floor of the shower scrubbing the grout I thought surely there is a better way of doing this.  I climbed out of the shower and headed to the garage where I found several strong cleaning products plus a screwdriver, caulk scraper and old rags. With determination to get this job done I sprayed down the shower with cleaning products and about knocked my self out from the smell. I decided it would probably be wise  to let it air out a little (while I checked my facebook) then I started washing everything down. I realized a regular rag was not going to cut it so I grabbed the closest thing ,you know it, my toothbrush. I have to say it worked very well. Then came the hard part of pulling out all of the old caulk and grout so that I could  make everything look fresh and new.  This is where I hit the wall.  I pried and scraped with very little progress. I can't believe it I even started praying that God would help me get that old stuff out. Finally I leaned back and decided I just needed a maid who would keep my house so clean we would never have to do this kind of stuff again
        How many times do we want to make growing in our Christian walk easier.  You go to church every Sunday expecting the pastor to spoon feed you.  You think maybe I can just buy a product (book, CD, bible study) that will clean me up without any work. Maybe you think, I will just sleep with my bible on my night stand and it will all jump into my head while I sleep. Sometimes this Christian walk of mine is hard and I want to give up and let someone else do it for a little while.
     This week keep your eye on the prize and know that a relationship with our heavenly father is worth the work.                           (Yes I did buy a new toothbrush)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

That man of mine.

     When Tim and I were about to get married we had to go to premarital counseling. There we were setting in front of the pastor with big grins on our faces.  He asked us why we wanted to get married? We looked into each others eyes and said, "we are in LOOOVE."  He looked at us over his glasses and said ,"that is not a good reason to get married."  You could have heard a pin drop in that room. I thought that the man had lost his mind. He continued on to say that we are to become one and so that means that we were to complete each other. He wanted to know what each one of us was going to bring to the table that would complete the other. My mind went blank. I knew that Tim was good looking and he made me feel special all the time but to be honest I couldn't tell you what he had that I needed. I also knew that there was nothing I had that would complete him.
     Now that I have had thirty-one years to ponder this question I think I have an answer. My husband has allowed  me to be me. The man married a Drama Queen who is always moving from one laugh to another. Tim goes with the flow never putting me down but always steering me in the right direction. He has never tried to change me but has slowly and patiently listened and prayed as I grew into being the person I am today. He has shown me how to take my time in making decisions so that I will not regret the path ahead. He has loved me when I was unlovely (pregnancy). He has put up with my schemes. (delivering phone books for a living) He has loved my wacky family. (sorry guys)  He even sometimes loves my cooking.(pancakes) He is my rock.  I know that he completes me. Love ya T.                                                      

                    That is why a man will leave his father and mother and remain united to his wife, for the two shall become one. Mathew 19:5

Monday, August 13, 2012

American Idol was at my house.

     Have you ever had a song that rocked your world? I know many of you could say "Victory in Jesus" or "I Surrender All" hit your hard. But these past few weeks I have had one that will not leave me alone. It is called "Clear the Stage."   This song has challenged me to take a hard look at myself and the world around me. Here are some of the words.

You can sing all you want to and still get it wrong: worship is more than a song.
We must not worship something that's not even worth it.
Clear the stage, make some space for the ONE who deserves it.

Any thing I put before my God, is an IDOL
Any thing I want, with all my heart, is an IDOL
Any thing I can't stop thinking of, is an IDOL
Any thing that I give all my love, is an IDOL

Cause I can sing all I want to and still get it wrong

After hearing this song I started seeing all of the idols in my life.(Kids, house, position and your not going to believe it, my church) I have to confess to you that sometimes it is easy to just sing the songs and let everyone think that I am a true worshiper but that is just not true. I let these idols take the place of the real thing.  I have been driving down the road with my mind going 100mph when that phrase will hit me,"anything I can't stop thinking of is an Idol." At that moment my heart breaks because I know that I have spent more time on my worldly worries instead of true worship.

You can't believe how my focus has changed. My contentment level has never been better.  My eyes are focused on true worship. I will know longer clutter my stage with the idols of this world.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30 

"Clear the Stage" by Jimmy Needham