Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cleaning isn't the hard part..........

It's the putting away of the clean items that has me falling low on the "good housekeeper" list. Cleaning the laundry is the easy part, but when it comes to folding the mountain of laundry and putting it in its designated space, I fall extremely short. You know your clean laundry has been sitting too long when it starts to become dirty and you need to wash it again :) Oh and dishes, don't even get me started. It takes effort to maneuver around my two year old to get all the pots and dishes put away when they are clean. Maybe its laziness, but humor me for a minute and just call it a convenience issue :)

And it sounds like this is something I have in common with a lot of women and mothers. Thank heavens I am not the only one.

But isn't it true with our life too? Its much easier to take a step in the right direction and clean up our lives. Accepting Christ was the easy part for me, but what do I do with this life now that its clean? I would much rather let it sit there, but like with the laundry, if it just sits, its susceptible to getting dirty/wrinkled/lost. BUT AT TIMES IT FEELS EASIER TO LET IT SIT....right?

But what about those days when you actually did your wifely duty and put away the laundry, and you didn't have to run down stairs to retrieve a now wrinkled piece of clothing. OR when you went to reach for a clean spoon, and low-and-behold, there was one there! Its kind of a nice feeling, isn't it? It takes all the guessing/frustration/work out of the moment. We can eat our food at that moment without having to clean a dish, or we can get dressed knowing that all our options are folded and right in front of us. SO much easier! 

We need to do something with our freshly-clean selves. We need to put us to good use. What if we sat down and filled our head with Psalms or Proverbs, or the words of a worship song. When it comes time to need it, and its right there, its a nice feeling. You don't have to go digging, you don't have to go without, its right there waiting for you.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:14-17)
I know that as a mother, the line of the verse that says "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" is the encouragement I needed to "put this clean laundry away" today.

Do you have some laundry that needs to be folded? :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

20/20 vision

So I finally went to the eye-doctor, after....ahem....5 years, thinking my vision was going to be horrendous. I apparently have "healthy eyes" with just small needed adjustment when driving. Score! I was excited that I didn't need anything stronger than the occasional need to wear glasses, and I was excited to be able to read street signs without having to pass them first. Getting from location A to B is not going to take as long now!

So I got my glasses and put them on, and WOAH. At first I thought that I had the wrong prescription. It felt so strange. But then, I looked at a billboard sign in the distance, and I could read it! But why did my eyes feel so strange? Shouldn't seeing clearer be an easy adjustment?

I guess not. Its a weird and uncomfortable adjustment.

Apparently seeing God clearer is a weird adjustment too. I have been in a rut this week of wanting to WANT Him. I still don't believe people when they say "I love my quiet times with Jesus. I can hardly wait to sit down in a quiet moment and hear from Him." I don't know what that means. I love my times with Jesus, but I don't love it until I am in it. I often times sit down thinking "Man I really would rather be doing X, Y, Z......but I know I need this." WHY????!!! Its so infuriating to me this week. Why can't I just want to sit down with Him? Why is it that I don't desire that? I love it when I am in it, but its hardly ever something I sit down excitedly wanting to do.

Grrrrr.....I don't know if I am explaining this right. I love my relationship with God, and I love Him, and the way God speaks to me is unfathomable, because I never thought I would be where I am right now with Him. But the whole adjustment phase to see Him clearer, to read His signs, is uncomfortable. I have become so used to just trying to see Him better, that maybe now I am seeing Him better, and it just feels funny and awkward? Huh......maybe that's it. Maybe I am seeing Him better now than I ever have before, but I am just not used to the "prescription." Like with my new glasses. I have been given a solution to see better, but my eyes (or my fleshly nature) doesn't know what to do with it yet.


Excited about the prospect of "seeing" clearer. Lol maybe getting from location A to B won't take as long now.