For all of you who were paying attention at the beginning of the 30 day challenge.... I have baaassiicallyyy completely failed in the whole "don't purchase coffee" area. I probably went out half the days and stayed home half the days. But my excuse when Matt confronted me about it the other day? "Hey. I was doing my bible studies." Fact. I can't concentrate at home. UGH.
Here are some thoughts from today's siftings and musings and reflecting's.... :)
Psalms 135, 134, & 133.
“Praise the Lord…” but why? “for the Lord is good…” - Psalm 135:3
135:15-18 “The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”
I would say that the same is true even today. We, as mankind, produce “things” (gold & silver) and trust in those things – our big homes, our boats, our kids’ awards and honors, anything earthly. We define ourselves categorically by how much money comes into our household per year, the square footage of our homes, and the frequency of our salon trips. My question is this: When blessed with luxuries such as these, how does one fall desperately to their knees before the Lord, in reverence and in fear? Become a SERVANT in God’s name. Serving where it’s uncomfortable, loving when it’s hardest, accepting your own failures and not denying our own weaknesses, dismissing pride and humbling ourselves in the presence of the Lord. If we have been blessed in abundance externally (which, we all have been…) then it is our daily challenge to do “clean-up work” inwardly. “Home improvement” for the soul. Storing up our treasures in heaven. And this doesn’t mean clean up your act, stop having sex, don’t ever do drugs, don’t sneak out of yoru house. On the contrary, it doesn’t mean to do those things either….. but what I mean by “home improvement” is: take a look at your attitude. Take a look at the way you THINK through decisions and situations. Take a look at your own level of selfishness. Start to recognize when you insist it be “all about you”, and let that stubbornness become a part of your past rather than your present.
Psalm 134 (all)
“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion."
When it gets particularly difficult, or particularly good, or particularly average for that matter!! I love to go to a sanctuary, Salem house of Prayer or just a mountain top and PRAISE Him.
Psalm 133 is strange, and I think I need a commentary bible to understand it better. BUT. Vs. 1 says “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!” I pictured a house of young, un-married men living together. Perhaps it would even be a better analogy to picture a house of girls. You can’t get along with everyone all the time, and “how great it is!...” when people do live in peace. But then I got to thinking…. Well, it’s not just some accident when it happens for a 2 week span. People change their attitudes. They give instead of take. They serve instead of expecting service. They relax the issues they have flexed and forced for so long. It is a conscious choice we get to make every day – how we are going to act, and how we want to affect the people around us. That’s a great lesson even for me as a married woman with one roommate. Matt and I get along much better when we decide to serve instead of be served, forgive instantly rather than be stubborn, never raise our voice, have enduring patience with each other. I am so thankful for a husband who takes the time to improve, and who is so good at being a husband.
Blessings to you TODAY! And every day. :)