This post should be called The Lord, the Weed eater and the Milk to follow this post because I really heard the Lord speaking to me this morning while I was weed eating the yard. As I was doing my usual delightful yard work I was thinking of the things that I would hire out for if I could. I really do enjoy mowing the front lawn and weed eating feels like a fresh haircut or when I get my eyebrows waxed by my stylist. You just get this renewed feeling where everything feels as it should be.
I wish that I got that same sense when I swept the floor or dusted the furniture. Yes, I do like it clean I just don't want to be the one who has to do it. I like it when the closets are organized I just don't want to make the effort to do it.
I know this is a stretch for the imagination, but we cannot hire out for our spirituality either. Yes, there are lots of things you could pay someone to do, but we cannot hire out going to church to fellowship with our Christian brothers and sisters. We cannot hire someone to read our Bible to find out what pleases the Lord. Yes, sometimes when I am in a slump I would like to hire someone to go to church in my body to take notes for me, but this is not what the Lord wants from me. We each are responsible for our walk with the Lord and we each will be called to account for our life, whether close to Jesus or not. So we may can hire out for those dishes or that yard work, but we cannot hire out for our relationship with Jesus.
So what is the point of this post: to challenge myself to look at my walk with the Lord and to ask where I need that eyebrow waxing, weed eaten refreshment. . . that renewed feeling of everything is as it should be. Where are the areas that I would rather hire out with my Lord? Those are the areas that the Lord wants us to grow in. The result is not a read Bible or to be able to complete Bible drill. . .the result is a peace that surpasses all understanding. It is a knowledge of the Lord and His will for our life. The result is a love relationship with the Lord because you know that He loves you and is in control of your life.
Ok, I am finished preaching. I hope that this word encouraged you as it did me. Ok, now back to dusting, sweeping and doing the laundry. :)
It has been difficult for me to write lately because so much is going on. I have sat down at my computer I don't know how many times, to post and cannot express my thoughts. It is not so much that my thoughts are so incredible but I just think I don't have a lot of extra words. I know that seems odd, doesn't it. . . especially to those who know me personally.
Ok for starters, if you follow this blog at all we are adding on to our house. I cannot tell you how many blog posts that I have come up with when I am on the roof shingling. Including the title, "Look, I have shingles." I know, ridiculous. Another thing that I have pondered up there is what to do with my poor kids who are below biding their time on the computer. I felt so guilty last night when my kids came out at 9:00 pm and said that they were so hungry and I discovered when I came in they had gotten into the French bread and were eating off the ends like cats. My only thought is that I am literally "putting a roof over their heads" and until the house is "in the dry" I have to work.
The other great thing that is going on is I am doing a great Bible Study called Vertically Inclined by Mary Kassian as well as reading a book called The Shack. The Shack is a very controversial book and one that I have agreed with so far until the end where he talks about the church. If you could just pull out the last pages it is a good fiction, thinker! My Bible Study is just great. The gals are great who I am completing it with and the daily work is very enlightening.
On another and final note, I am having major Naughty Lobby withdrawal as my sweet Prince Charming lovingly calls it. I am into jewelry making and I need beads in a bad way. I have tried several websites and maybe I just have some kind of tactile deficiency, but I really need to feel as well as see the beads that I am buying. Maybe it's just the smell of Hobby Lobby that I need. I don't know, but I may have to head that whopping 75 mile direction soon.
Well, there I got the post out of my system. Maybe, just maybe there will be some fun little pics with me soon "with shingles." :)