Christian growth · Encouragement · Saturation

My View…the Flu

wp-1516908747414190317342.jpgAn absolutely wonderful week  took a turn  yesterday  when I got hit with the stomach flu. Today has me staring from my bed at Ginger Ale and crackers sitting on the bedside table.

While it’s not my preference to be sick, I’m striving to fill my heart with God’s Word via the audio Bible app, as well as podcasts of sermons or biblical teaching while I rest. Not because I’m so saintly, but because of the word I’ve chosen for 2018…

SATURATION

We are bombarded on every side with the world and its views and it can make us cynical or even depressed! I’m choosing to SATURATE my heart and life with God’s Truth so I can think, act and respond in a biblical manner instead.  I obviously can’t do that without His Word. So along with my morning study  in God’s Word, I’m using moments throughout the day to put Truth in my heart. I’m reading, listening, memorizing and reviewing. Its been such a blessing!

I’ve heard some great things during the last two days of sickness! It would be great if I could look back on the stomach flu and think on all I learned, instead of just remembering ginger ale and crackers!😏 I believe SATURATION will help!

How are you saturating your heart with Truth today? It’s the only thing that will refresh your heart forever!

Have a great weekend, and stay well!!❤

Denise

 

Christian growth

Spiritual Leftovers

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I spent a good deal of time early this week cleaning out the fridge – not one of my favorite jobs to do. After the fridge being crammed to its limit with all the Christmas dinner, plus extra cheeses, whipping cream container, refrigerated desserts, etc. there was a lot to contend with. There are crumbs to be wiped out of the drawers, shelves that must be wiped down from dripping this and sticky that, and then the leftovers that have to be dealt with. Why didn’t we just eat the whole ham on Christmas day? Oh, yeah, I bought an extra big one because I wanted leftovers. The blessing is that I can make several good meals with those leftovers I came across. Why one evening we had ham biscuits using the last of the Angel Biscuit Dough and ham pieces. Yum! The ham bone is safely tucked into my freezer ready for soup beans in the future.

My spiritual life is nothing like my refrigerator. “Duh!” you say. You didn’t need to read this blog to figure that out, right? But wait – don’t we often act as though they are similar? Let me explain:

We get filled up with good things on Sunday. We hear a great Sunday school lesson and a sermon that stirs our heart. We may even walk to the altar and make things right with the Lord. We return on Sunday night and are challenged by testimonies and the Word again. Our “shelves” are full.

We get up Monday morning and rejoice in all that we heard on Sunday, and know we need to be in the Word, but we slept in a little longer than we’d anticipated, and now we’re short on time if we’re going to make our morning appointment.

Tuesday finds us on the Internet with our morning coffee, then putting in a load of laundry, and before we know it the morning is gone with us trying to just live off the leftovers from Sunday.

By Wednesday we’re spiritually hungry, and those crumbs on the shelves are getting more and more crusty and dry. When we return to prayer meeting we have no testimony to share because our cup hasn’t been filled all week. We sit and listen to others and wonder what happened and why God doesn’t speak to us like He does to Mrs. So and So.

Living off of the leftovers cannot make one spiritually healthy. We need fresh manna every day, just like the Israelites. They had to gather that heavenly food each morning; so must we.
So, how’s your fridge? Is it full of yummy leftovers? You’ll enjoy some good meals! Just remember you can’t live off of spiritual leftovers – they’ll never satisfy the longing in your heart.
With love,
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Staying Charged

One day I got a message on my phone saying,

“When You Version (my Bible app) is open on your phone it drains the battery.  Dismiss app?”

I use that app every morning for my Bible reading. I realize that it’s true that my battery is really drained at the end of my Quiet Time, but seldom do I think to take my charger with me to the place where I have my devotions.

As I head to the shower and leave my phone on the bathroom vanity, it continues to drain.  Then after I’m dressed and ready to head out the door for an appointment, I see that my phone is at 39%!  I think to myself, “Oh well, I have a charger in my car…I’ll just plug it in as I drive.”  It may go up to 41% by the time I reach my destination, but I find that all day long, because I let that battery drain down, I’m trying to keep it from going dead the rest of the day!

That phone battery is much like my spiritual heart.  If I get up and run on into my busy schedule and fully packed day before I “recharge” in God’s Word, it seems like I’m constantly on empty.  I have little strength to fight off the enemy.  I have nothing to say to someone who needs spiritual encouragement.  My own heart is hungry and seeking for what I should have given it when my feet first hit the floor – the honey of God’s Word.

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Psalm 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

A drained battery is hard to charge, and an empty heart has little to give.  Don’t be in such a hurry to start your day that you miss filling up on what you need the most! Sip from the Honey and be filled! I’ve learned to plug the phone in while it’s helping me do my tasks in the morning, and I’ve learned to charge my spiritual heart before it gets drained, too!

Lovingly,

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