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Saturday, February 27, 2010

In Addition to my Last Post . . .

"But there is no use in trying to engraft an opposite nature on one's own. What I am, that I must be, except as God changes me into His own image."
~ Words from Mrs. E. Prentiss' Stepping Heavenward~

Thursday, February 25, 2010

There is Still Hope!

A few years ago I stumbled across an artical that described four personality types that most people have. Until then I had read nothing about this subject. I was very excited to find out that lots of people have my personality type and that there is actually a reason that I am the way I am! It was like I finally understood that I can't help my quirky little ways I've had for ever and ever.

I'm what they call a Solid, also known as a Phlegmatic. It is not uncommon to find such a person lying under a shade tree on a cool day peacefully reading a book or sipping a glass of limonaid while listening to the birds chirp. We love to relax and we seek peace above all else. One person described us as "laid back, easy going, nonchalant." I personally think that procrastination can be fit into the description too!

So it's no wonder that in days gone by I've chosen to read a book when there were chores to do, play the piano when there were desserts to be baked, or daydreamed on a beautiful day when there were more productive things I could have been doing. That is the way God made me, but all the time I realized that there were some areas I could work on.

Mama has always told me that when she was young she was the same way, but for some reason that didn't give me much hope. I guess I felt like I would always be a procrastinator who always had things to do but never felt like doing them. It seems like a long and hard road to dilligence.
But this past week I have started to see a change! Of course from time to time I have my little dilligent spirts, but this one has lasted a long time . . . and I'm enjoying it! I have been busy cleaning and organizing my room, cooking and baking, dusting, vacuuming, writing, and quilting. What amazes me most is the lists I'm keeping! For a girl who has always despised keeping a "to do list", I'm actually learning to appreciate it's purpose! This makes me think there's still hope for me after all! I now know that I can be as dilligent as mama if I try hard enough! I like to call it "Delightfully Dilligent" because I'm always happier when I keep my hands busy doing productive things.
So to all solid/phlegmatics out there in the world: There is hope! Keep working hard and you can achieve dilligence just as I have!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

But God Entrusted us With the Gospel

Tonight as I watched the world news I was reminded of how quickly this world seems to be coming to an end. The weather changes, the ever present, never ending wickedness, the care free attitude that everyone is adopting, and most of all, the things taking place in the area of politics. I thought about what it would be like if God came back within the next year, two years, or five years. It wouldn't just be the end (earthly speaking) for us Christians. It isn't just the beginning of paradise that we will live in with Christ. It isn't just the fulfilment of scriptures. It is the beginning of torture for those who have not excepted Christ.

Looking around at the people I work with, the people I see on TV, and even the people I go to church with, I see a world of people who think they don't need God. I see very smart people who are self sufficient, people who depend on thereselves to get what they want.

These people are accepted for who they are because "everything goes" these days. No one feels condemmed for their way of living because everyone is doing it. The motto of the day seems to be, "Do what feels right." And if they are confronted about the sin in their life, or where they will spend eternity there is always a joke that will push the question away light heartedly.

These thoughts lead me to wonder what good it does to tell others about Christ. Are they listening? Do they care?

As I was thinking about these things while I read my Bible, God showed me 1 Thessalonians 2:4. "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."

I'm afraid most of the people who are living without Christ don't care. American's are not as tender and open towards the Word of God as they use to be. But, God entrusted us with the Gospel. What good is the Gospel going to do if it is hidden in our own home or church? The Word of God needs to be shared no matter who is or isn't listening. Like Paul said, "even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts."

Our preacher mentioned Sunday that the world doesn't believe God is coming back because Christians don't seem to belive it. The world sees no action on our part that would make them believe His return is soon and those who are left behind will face hell. But then I asked myself, do I have some of those character traits I mentioned just now? Do I act like I don't need God? Do I shrug sinful things off like they don't matter?

Even with all these thoughts going through my head, I'm not going to go into work tomorrow and witness to everyone I meet. But I will try to be cheerful, caring, helpful, and God-minded. I need to try to act like the best Christian I can be and mention God's name when I can. It's amazing how little phrases like, "Praise the Lord!" or "Thank God!" make people notice. But above all, I need to try to remember that even if the whole world seems to be ignoring me, I'll still keep serving God because I am to please Him, not others.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Influence of Others

"You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change."

- Jim Rohn

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Days Like These

It's Saturday agian and very relaxed as usual. Right now I have a few candles burning in my room, Josh Groban's A Pianostrings Tribute playing on my computer, and beans that I cooked baking in the oven. Everyone is home (though Ryan is asleep) and we're all staying busy either cleaning, cooking, or both. But I would hate to make this picture seem perfect, because that isn't the case. I am about to clean my desk which is very cluttered - let me reword that - stays cluttered! Then I have to vacuume my floor that has been needing some attention for several days, and later this afernoon I'l make the hamburgars for lunch.

Days like these make me thankful that . . .

  • We're all still home together
  • The work week is only 5 days
  • Mama taught us to stay busy and use our time wisely, and
  • Our home is a place we can enjoy being in

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father
 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
 ~ Ephesians 5:20~

Friday, February 5, 2010

Great Post

I just finished reading a post called, The Blessings of Single Servents. This was one artical I didn't get board with! It is great for all adults to read, young and old. Mrs. Julie spoke about the blessings of singleness and encouraged those who do not have the responsibility of a spouse or family to spend their time serving God. But this artical has a twist that I thought was very interesting . . . it needs to be talked about more often.  She went on to say that married couples need to include the singles in things that are going on around the church and home. (I wont say too much because you really need to read the whole artical yourself.) When I read this I started thinking about the people who I would like to spend time with, the young married ladies I would be more then willing to help, and the little children I would LOVE to be an "adopted" aunt to. I realize that I don't have a helping spirit like my mom and sister, and sometimes I am selfish and stay to myself, but when asked to do something I never hesitate to help when I can. So I guess I'm preaching to myself as well!

Overall it was a very good artical. Well worth the time!