Morning Thoughts

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We were blessed with some beautiful snow this morning…I’ve always thought snow was such a wonderful thing. It covers up all the dirt and muck of this world, transforming it into a clean, fresh, wonderland of beauty. Actually, it’s a lot like our Savior’s grace and love in us!

I was thinking this morning about idolatry. The Lord led me to read 1 Cor. 10, and that was certainly interesting! (Not that I haven’t read it before, but it just hit me different.)

I’ve been convicted recently of having some idols in my own life. Chief among them is the computer and internet. It seems like every effort I’ve made to cut back on it has failed. But really, every aimless hour I spend wandering around the world wide web is my choice.  So, I was much comforted when I found this verse:

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

So, because Christ has made me able, I will start limiting my time on the computer to actually useful, productive stuff.  I’ve taken note of what I actually do on the computer…checking my email, social networks, and blog doesn’t take that long! After that, I have much better things to do. Like spend time with my poor neglected family.

In case some of you are wailing piteously at the very thought of me leaving, I am not.  I’ll still be on daily, just not for hours on end. And now, I will challenge you: is the computer an idol in your life? It’s a hard question…

Honoring Your Father

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“Children’s children are the crown of old men, and the glory of children is their father.

Proverbs 17:6 (emphasis added

I find it so interesting that Proverbs tells us that the glory of children is their father. Indeed, would the “normal” teenager nowadays  EVER be caught saying that? Not many.

I especially dislike the children’s shows that are on now. Parents are portrayed as dumb, frumpy know-it-alls that just want to keep the kids from having fun. The stereotypical “Dad” is a couch potato who chases away boyfriends and embarrasses his kids in public.

I could not think of anything that is further from the truth.

My dad is an upstanding, righteous man who loves the Lord with his whole heart, who provides faithfully and selflessly for our family, who cares enough about my future married life to keep me from making a dumb mistake, who has brilliant ideas, and who has an innate sense of decorum in public. 

In short, I’m proud he’s my daddy, and will continue to be so. I refuse to let popular culture define my relationship with my parents.

And no, I do not have a perfect relationship with him/them. That same verse reminded me of a couple times in recent days where I have become impatient with and even disrespectful to my father. That is inexcusable. But as I have been learning, it is Christ in me that makes me able to properly respect my parents. I couldn’t do it on my own. 😉

So, remember to respect your parents today, friends!  They certainly deserve it!

Rightly Dividing

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15) I believe this means not misconstruing the Bible (however that may be), or letting other people tell you what the Bible means, rather than praying about it yourself.

Rightly dividing is tricky, though. It takes time in prayer and thought and lots of meditating on something to really understand it, and know how to apply it to your life.  I think this is something God put in place to actually draw us closer to Him–we can only find the answers we need if we spend a lot of time looking for them in the Bible and asking Him about it. 🙂 Pretty clever, I say.

I guess I just need to start studying the Bible for the answers I want, instead of waiting for them to drop in my lap. I don’t think God works that way.  Rightly dividing is a lot of work…but worth it!

The Virtue of Silence (or, Laurie and her Big Fat Mouth)

I have a bad habit of putting my foot in my mouth. I think we’ve all struggled with that at times—when you suddenly have the irresistible urge to insert your very important opinion into a conversation.  After you’ve said it, you realize you never should have opened your mouth.

I’ve had a few instances of that in the past months.  I say something, and spend the rest of the day thinking how much better my life would be if I would just KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT.

Proverbs has a lot to say about this, I’ve discovered..it’s a veritable treasure trove of instructions on “D.I.Y. Mouth Shutting.”  I did a quick search for a few verses on the subject, and here’s a couple I found:

“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.”

Proverbs 10:19

“He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”

Proverbs 13:3

“The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.”

Proverbs 15:28

And that’s just a small sample of everything Proverbs says about words! Smile So, today, I’m going to work on keeping my mouth shut and thinking before I speak (what a novel idea).

Have a blessed day!