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What’s Your Problem?

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“In their own eyes they flatter themselves too much to detect or hate their sin.” Psalm 36:2

When I first read this verse I could apply it to many people. I had one person in particular in mind. Then the Lord showed me that it also applied to me.

I have always known that I have a temper. I say I got it honest from my dad. There is a verse that applies to this as well. It is one of my favorites. Proverbs 30:33 says, “For as churning cream produces butter, and as twisting the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife.” I get angry about something and I just can’t seem to let it go. I think about it and think about it till I am like a volcano about to erupt. You can literally see the smoke going out of my ears and nose. Ok, not really but my family knows when I’m mad just by looking at me. One of my eyebrows rises. I got that from my mom. Her’s went up when she was mad, too. When it was up you knew to steer clear. Far away clear! My family has learned the same thing.

Like the alcoholic that doesn’t see drinking as a problem, I didn’t see my anger as a problem. Like the alcoholic, I didn’t want to admit it. But once I admitted it as a problem and handed it over to God He began a mighty work in me.

He showed me what triggered my anger. Sometimes it is worse when I am totally female (if you get my drift). I have learned to look for that and do something on those days that keeps me busy and focused on something positive. I sing a lot more now. Something about singing helps me to express my emotions better. So many Christian songs are out there that express exactly what I am feeling. This blog is a huge help. I have found that the truth really does set you free. When I am open and honest with you, my readers, Satan’s hold is broken!

There are many things that can be a problem. There are the more obvious one’s like alcohol and drugs, but there are the subtle one’s too. We all have a problem that we need to give to God and allow Him to clean them out of our hearts. Do not flatter yourself into thinking that you don’t have one. You do. If you can’t see it ask God to reveal it, but be ready. It isn’t going to be pretty and you aren’t going to like it. Just except it and ask God to clean it out of your heart so you can become more like Jesus. Isn’t that you goal anyway? If not, it should be.

Father, we are a new creation if we have excepted Jesus as  our personal Savior. As a new creation we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Sometimes that means we have to take a hard look at the ugly in our hearts. The mess is sometimes way too big for us to clean and we need help. Let us never be too proud to admit the we need help. Humble us so we can be helped.

Read: Psalm 36 and apply it to yourself instead of that person that comes to mind.

 

Just Got Busy

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“For I am convinced that neither death nor life…nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

It has been a while since my last post. No real reason why. I just got really busy and had some things I needed to get done. One of the things I had to do was make a wedding gift for my cousin who is getting married in December. I made her stockings. I thought I could get them done in about an hour. It took about 3 1/2 hours.  , I thought they turned out really pretty.

The next day I decided that the computer/sewing/office/junk room needed to be cleaned up and out. It was a mess. It went from this… (See the desk on the left?) …to this

I got most of my crafting stuff into this container an doff the desk. I still have a little more work to do in there. Of course this job took longer then I expected. I thought 2 hours tops. HA! More like all day! I had lots of ribbon I took off their spools and made them smaller. Now they all fit into a cylinder container. That took only… forever!! More on what I learned this day later.

This is my next project. All the stuff under that table…yea, boxes of pictures that need to be sorted.  Ugh! Am not looking forward to that task.

I also just got busy with cleaning my house and washing clothes. After a couple of days of doing other stuff, my house gets ignored and therefore very messy.

The past two days I have had Boo here. We are out of school for Thanksgiving break this week. Her mom still had to work, so I’ve been babysitting. I’m use to it being quiet while I do my blog. It is rather hard to concentrate  with her here. She  has much she needs to tell me. LOL

It has been a productive time, but I have missed writing. I have missed sharing what Jesus has been teaching me.

All of this has made me thankful that my Lord never gets too busy for me. He always has time to listen to me. He always has time to speak to me. He always has time to help me. He always has time to comfort me. He always has time to spend with me. He always has time to clean out my heart. He loves me matter how busy I may get.

Father, thank you that You never get too busy for me. Help me to always remember to spend time with You each day. I am always refreshed and renewed when I do.

Read: Luke 10:38-42

Mama Said…

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“She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

My Mama had a lot of wise sayings. You know those ones you swore you would never say to your kids. The ones that once you had your own kids you saw the wisdom in those words your mama use to say.

Here are just a few of them…

“You are a little Toby!” ( My Mama, Polly)

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” (Proverbs 16:24)

“What comes around goes around.” (Galatians 6:7)

“Treat others like you want to be treated.” (Mark 12:31)

These are the southern translations of these Bible verses.

Here is one my mama use to say. When she was saying it to me, I was totally clueless as to what she meant. Now, I totally get it!

“Do something constructive.” (Proverbs 31:17)

She meant get up off your lazy rear and do some work. Well, she would be so proud of me today. I did some major construction.  I cleaned up around the barn.

It’s hard to see what I have done in this picture. I should have taken a before shot. Oh well! Let me tell you what I did. (Click the picture to get a larger view.)

Do you see the 3 posts that hold up the overhang roof? Before you couldn’t see those posts. Bushes were in the way. I cut them down.  Ok, the gray under the overhang is the tarp covering our boat. Do you see the white circle in front of it? That’s an old bike, actually two bikes laying there. The shining white thing in front of the bikes is a ladder. I had to weed eat from the ladder all the way to the right side of the picture. Of course I ran out of string half way through. Never fails!

Oh, I’m not done yet! I’m just taking a break and writing this. I still have to move the ladder, do something with the bikes and there is trash you can’t see that needs to be picked up. AND…

see that tall pile of brush by the tractor, to its left? Can you say BON FIRE? We need to have some friends over and have a big hot dog and marshmallow roast! Problem is the pile is only a couple of feet from the tractor and it won’t start and MM is afraid the fire will spread and catch the tractor on fire. I say put the tractor in neutral, hook it up to the car and pull it out of the way. Then we can burn it.

Oh, by the way. I weed eated, weed ate, whatever, around the bush hog and the finishing mower and the tractor and everything in between, too, all the way to the ladder!  Man, my arms gonna hurt tomorrow. Man, do my arms hurt now! I don’t care. I am satisfied with my work and I praise God that I have the strength, as weak as it is, and the ability to be able to do this.  As long as He gets the glory! Praise God for weed eaters!!!!! And long extension cords. Weed eater is electric.

So, in memory of my mama I did something constructive today! Thank you for teaching me that lesson!

Father, thank you for the feeling of satisfaction when we do a hard days work and do it well. It is what you want for us. I give you praise and glory for my work. May I do it all as if unto You.

Read: Proverbs 31 She’s such a hard worker!

My Job Performance…?

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“Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:7

I decided to clean the carpets in Dillon’s room today. They were looking pretty bad. I wish now I had gotten a picture of the dirty water as I poured it out. Then again, they were really dirty and I would have been embarrassed. Oh well! You will just have to take my word at how dirty they were. D-I-R-T-Y!!! Looked like muddy water. Shoot… it was muddy water!

God revealed a pretty dirty area in my life today. I would be willing to compare it to how dirty the carpets were. That area is my job performance.

My devotion, this morning, caused me to see God in a way I had not before. As a hard worker, paying attention to the smallest detail. Just look at creation and you can see that. It says a lot about His character and His personality.

My job performance says a lot about me, too. It tells how thorough I am. Or how sloppy. It says if I care about those I work with and for. Am I callous towards them? Or do I treat them with respect? Am I kind and considerate towards them? Am I a hard worker or do I tend to be lazy and make excuses?

I have to admit that most days I am pretty lazy. I spend way too much time on this computer. Or I will work hard in the morning for a couple of hours and slack off the rest of the day. I get to a point of  I don’t feel like working anymore. I can’t think of anything to do. ha That’s a joke. There is so much to do it’s not funny.

Not just at work either. I do this with my service for God. I justify myself with I have done my share of nursery duty, I’ve done time with the children and the youth, I’ve been on that committee. Or best one yet, I’m just burned out.

My devotion asked, “Suppose someone was asked to write a description of you based upon an inspection of your job performance. What would it say?” OUCH! Just like God’s work reveals His character so does my work reveal mine. Right now I am as embarrassed with my job performance as I was with my carpets. I think I need to get to work on cleaning it up. And I’ll get back to work on my chores. Those carpets aren’t going to clean themselves.

Father, I confess most days I am pretty lazy. I’m sorry. That is not how You want to be revealed through me. Help me to become a harder worker.

Read: Psalm 19