Christian Life

Elevate the Monotonous Into the Momentous

Last week I stepped outside my front door on a springlike morning. Ahhhh, so beautiful! Then I looked down at the porch where I was standing and saw a hundred dried up worms that were the residual from the previous day’s rain. I stepped back inside the door and grabbed the broom and began my efforts at ridding the concrete of the crusty creepies.

That was only ONE of the many not so glamorous tasks I did that day. My work also included cleaning out the kitty litter box, doing laundry, cleaning the bathrooms….well, you get the idea. It was a day full of dirty jobs, but it was my day and also my delight to serve the Lord in my home – in this quiet corner of my world.

For the last several months, in between my chores, I’ve been studying in preparation for a Ladies’ Prayer Advance where I was to speak. I always feel the heavy weight of responsibility of giving out God’s Word.
It MUST be accurate.
It must be in context.
It must be applied.

The day after sweeping up the dried worms, I made my way to that conference where for the next several days I had the blessing of speaking, but also gleaning from the other speakers. .

I had the joy of gathering with about 300 women to worship, pray and pour over Scripture. I had the delight of meeting so many ladies, of listening to their hearts as they introduced themselves to me. It was a blessing to stop and pray with each one who shared a burden or need.

It was exhilarating. It was a far cry from sweeping up dead worms!

But as all wonderful weekends do, the conference came to a close and we headed home. Monday morning I stepped out to take my daily walk and I was greeted once again with…dead worms. When I returned home from my exercise, I got the broom and got back to the task of trying to sweep them away.

As I swept I thought about the invigorating days that came between my lowly task of sweeping the porch. I was reminded that THIS is what life is. It’s full of high’s and low’s. It’s not always worship songs and wondrous events – it’s also worms and work.

But every day, every task, every moment belongs to the Lord. He has called us to this moment. We must be faithful whether we’re on a platform or the front porch. How are we to push through on the days that are not so glamorous or fun? The difference is our worship.

Personal worship of God each day can elevate the mundane into the momentous.

Where does today find you? On the day when it’s not your birthday, you’re not on vacation or headed to a Ladies’ conference, but you find yourself doing the monotonous, turn your heart to our great God. Open His Word and find the wonder of Him throughout the pages of Scripture. Bow at His feet and adore Him. That act will turn your heart into a sanctuary of praise.

Some verses that remind us of this truth:
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Co. 3:23

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Ps. 103:1

For from him and through him and for him are all things.To him be the glory forever! Amen. Romans 11:36

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?Put your hope in God,f or I will yet praise him,my Savior and my God. Ps. 42:11

It won’t matter that you’re “just at home” or “on your way to work.” You will be filled with the Spirit of the One that created you as much for this moment as He did for the “more holy” tasks. Worship makes those worms momentous. Sound silly? Try it and see how worshiping God elevates your mundane into the momentous!

Christian Life · Christlikeness

Reckless Christians

Yesterday I went to our local Ingles to do my grocery shopping.  When I had finished and returned to my car, I looked up and saw the car pictured here.  That car is not in motion!  It’s parked like that!  I laughed out loud, then I had to snap a picture.  It was too unbelievable not to share.  

When my husband sees a car parked like that he’ll say, “For heaven’s sake, if they’d just take five seconds…”  It’s true.  How much longer would it have taken for them to actually get their car all the way into their space before they jumped out?  About five seconds.

When I got home and was thinking about the driver, I thought, “If they get the tail of their car hit, they surely asked for it.”  A person who has a license knows the rules of driving.  They know what is expected of them when they call themselves a driver, yet so many drivers don’t take the time to do the right thing.

I call myself a Christian.  Do I take the extra time to:

  • Share the Gospel with a stranger?
  • Stop and pray with a friend who just shared her burden with me?
  • Write a get well card to someone at church and add a favorite Bible verse?
  • Volunteer to serve at my church?
  • Invite an unsaved family to my home for a snack or meal?

None of the things I just mentioned really take that much extra time from our day.  Just like the careless driver, we can tend to recklessly plunder our way through our day without slowing down for “five seconds” to just do the right thing.  

Don’t allow yourself to be the target for someone’s photo of a careless Christian.  Slow down.  Consider where you’re parked, then look around to see if you need to straighten things up a bit.  

Think about what have you done recently that showed that you were taking the time to do the right thing as a child of God. Ask the Lord to reveal any areas that need to be “straightened out” in your life.

Oh, and take those extra five seconds to park your car in the lines. =)

Cooking · Home decor

Favorite Things

Julie Andrew likes raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens – I like home decor and utensils that make life easier! Today I thought I’d share two things that I purchased quite some time ago, that have become some of my favorite things!

The first is my artificial Boxwood Wreath.

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I love it because it can be hung at any season.  After Christmas it seems hard to know what to hang on the front door – it’s too early for Valentine’s decor or spring-y wreaths, so what to do?  The boxwood is perfect.  I embellished mine with a chevron bow and our monogram for my winter door.

I’ve also used this wreath inside and it looks great, adding just a little touch of green and life in the house.

I found this one at Tuesday Mornings a couple years ago and I paid $20 for it, which is a great price.  Even if you have to pay more, it’s really a super investment!

Another favorite item that’s a kitchen tool is the Pampered Chef Micro Cooker.  It is obviously used in the microwave, and it’s great at warming and cooking things!  I melt butter in mine when I’m baking and the lid keeps it from splattering all over the microwave.  It’s also great for heating up soups or leftovers.

But one really great use for this cooker is browning hamburger.

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Put the hamburger in the cooker and break it up with a spoon.  Cook for a minute.  Stir and break up the meat.  Keep doing this at one minute intervals until the meat is cooked.  It only takes about 5 minutes for a pound of hamburger!  Then you simply pour the fat off through the strainer/lid!

I love to use this method to brown meat and have it in the freezer to use for future meals like tacos, pizza toppings or quesadillas.

I hope you’ve been inspired to purchase a boxwood wreath or a Pampered chef cooker!  I don’t think you’ll be sorry!

What item have you purchased that has become a favorite thing?

Stay refreshed,

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Worthless or Worthwhile Things?

What have you been looking at today?  Recently as I meditated on Psalm 119, this verse has come back to my thoughts again and again.  I know it’s the Spirit of God, reminding me of the need to obey this wise example.  It reads:

Worthless things.  What “worthless things” might we be looking at?  I can’t really answer for you, but for me, it’s Instagram or Facebook – time that could be used for more worthwhile things. For others it might include television viewing or the kind of movies they allow, excusing profane language or that which is contrary to the holiness of our God.  It’s not really that we must always be doing something spiritual, but it should be valuable. I been trying to ask myself, “Is this a worthwhile activity?” AND  “Is this the best time to do this?”  I try to reserve idle time for viewing Instagram or Facebook, like while I’m a passenger in the car, or waiting for an appointment.  

It’s so easy to get caught up in looking that we lose track of not just time,

but of worth.

Could I encourage you to pray this verse this week?  Ask the Lord to help you to keep your eyes from looking at vain (worthless) things.  Then ask Him to direct you to worthwhile things.  How could you best use that time?  Could you:

  • Work on a Scripture verse to memorize?
  • Write a note of encouragement?
  • Start early on the supper meal?
  • Do an activity with your child?
  • Pray?
  • Finish folding the laundry?
  • Study your upcoming Bible lesson?

God’s Word isn’t about a guilt trip;  it’s about making our time profitable for eternity. To do that we must Keep our eyes from looking at worthless things.  Guard your eyes today.

With love,