Love God – Part 2

On Thursday, I posted about the message I’d received about what I am to DO. And what I got was to “love God”. But I left off with a question that I have been thinking about since then. How?

So far, I have found two things that I can do to show love to God:

1. Do my work lovingly.
I’ve been blessed with several blogs on service lately. Ann V. at the Holy Experience of LISTENING posted Cleaning: My Quotidian Liturgy. Tonia at Intent, wrote The Courage to Serve. What I have been most impacted with is how little “free time” I have to love God with. These ladies shared such a powerful point. I have to love God with my “busy” time. During that time I am caring for my son, caring for my husband and home, and working for my employer. These acts that I perform are all “acts of service” which is truly a love language. So, in these menial tasks I perform on a day to day basis, I can complain, suffer and trudge through them, or I can be acting in love. Even if the particular task isn’t directed at loving my husband or my son, I can simply be loving God by doing my work well and without complaint.

2. Offer my body to Him.
We are literally begged (by Paul) to offer our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. Offering my body to my spouse is an act of trust and love. Similarly, offering my body to God is also an act of trust and love. I’ve been struggling, as ever, with my pride and unwillingness to give up eating something I want, when I want it. I am not talking about going on some crazy diet. My intent is simple, to eat only when I’m hungry. Period. And yet, my struggle continues. If I feel pain, I want to eat to numb it. If I’m bored or am in the mood to procrastinate, I want to eat. But I have come to believe that my continual, prideful, obstinate, deliberate overeating is plainly, and painfully, gluttony.

If I am to give my body as a living sacrifice to God, I don’t think I can continue to also treat it so shamefully. If I’ve given it to God, it would then no longer be mine to abuse.

I’m going to have to chew on this one a while too. I welcome any thoughts…comments…


One Thousand Gifts – Part 2

  • 17. A balanced checkbook
  • 18. A completed checklist (oh my, this will take a while…only 982 to go…)
  • 19. The New Living Translation Bible
  • 20. Internet friends
  • 21. Renewed relationships
  • 22. Flannel sheets
  • 23. Friday nights – in expectation of the weekend
  • 24. Sleeping in
  • 25. Diet Sprite
  • 26. Good relationships with in-laws
  • 27. Freshly brushed teeth
  • 28. The love of a good hard-working man
  • 29. Sipping hot coffee w/plenty of french vanilla cream & Splenda
  • 30. Mom P’s granola on yogurt
  • 31. Blogging
  • 32. Watching my toddler feed himself
  • 33. Learning about being a “really useful engine”
  • 34. Making myself useful

One Thousand Gifts – Part 1

Christian Women Online has prompted me to share my 1000 gifts. I have been SO busy lately. I realized tonight that Jack is almost 15 months old and it’s just been a blur! I so badly want to slow down and enjoy what God has given me.

I’m just going to post my ongoing list as I think of them. Please, share your items with me, or if you blog, send me a link. I’d love to hear your happy things!

So, here goes!

Eat at home

My verse of learning today:

1 Corinthians 11:20-22 – 20 When you meet together, you are not really interested in the Lord’s Supper. 21 For some of you hurry to eat your own meal without sharing with others. As a result, some go hungry while others get drunk. 22 What? Don’t you have your own homes for eating and drinking? Or do you really want to disgrace God’s church and shame the poor? What am I supposed to say? Do you want me to praise you? Well, I certainly will not praise you for this!

My new revelation today was in this verse I studied in my TLT lesson this morning. I have been searching for a church to make my home in, so I’m interested in all verses about meeting together.

The first a-ha moment here was that the Lord’s Supper is Jesus trying to tell us that we have to digest him (the Word) on a regular basis. Because I forget on practically a daily basis the things I have learned before, I need to continue to go to him (daily and more even!) for a refill.

The second wasn’t really an a-ha as much as a “wow.” Since I don’t think this was entirely about bread and meat and cheese, I will venture a guess that Paul was telling people that church is supposed to serve a purpose other than being spiritually fed. We are supposed to be responsible for getting our own spiritual food and drink during the week, and church is where you care for those who do not have food of their own. It’s to be a time to share what food you’ve been given.

I think too much demand is being put on the church (as an organization) today to be the source of spiritual feeding. Yes, the church body will very often (and rightly so) be fed while meeting as a congregation on the Sabbath (or Sunday), but it should never be the sole source of nourishment, and should not be expected to feed you so much that you don’t get hungry again until the following weekend.

It’s time to eat

Just did some blog rearranging today and came across a post I wrote almost 8 months ago on faith. It seems that some things remain constant. Like my periodic understanding that what I lack is sufficient connect time with God.

It’s becoming harder and harder for me to ignore the message I have been receiving lately. Turning to God is the only way to do anything good. It’s imperative to my soul’s survival.

The K-Love’s Encouraging Word Bible verse of the day for today:

2 Peter 1:3 – By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.

Their “deeper look” into the verse comes to the same conclusion that I have lately:

“Sometimes it seems impossible to conquer sin. You try and you fail. How can you become victorious over sin? Get to know Jesus better by praying and reading his Word. He’ll help you grow.”

It isn’t enough to have read the Bible at one time, and sort of remember some verses here and there. It isn’t enough to just hop into a pew on the weekends. It honestly has to be as regular as mealtimes. There are so many analogies in the Bible comparing Christ to food and water. This cannot be a coincidence.

Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the Lord is good. O, the joys of those who trust in him!

Not even one!

I never thought I would find this verse comforting:

Psalm 14:3 – But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!

Our efforts are worthless. Our work is for nothing. Any earning we try to do will gain us nothing. Doing things just to be “moral” won’t get us anywhere.

Why is this good news? Why is this comforting to me? Because it means I can finally relax. God will make the changes in me needed to stop my sin. God will do the work. I just need to hang out with Him. Spend time with Him. Feast on him. Drink of Him.

John 7:37b-38 – Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “If you are thirsty, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.

I connect with Christ, and he flows out. That’s it. No more struggle. No more strain. No more heavy work. Believe, accept, and he does the changing!

John 1:12 – But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

Man, this is amazingly good stuff!