In the Word Wednesday- Idols

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But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;

Matthew 6:20

I didn’t intend to put my hobbies ahead of God, it just kind of happened. One day I realized that I was spending more time on the things I wanted to do instead of spending time with God.

Have you ever found yourself in this position?

Twice now I’ve read in my Bible or did a devotional and both times they were on the same thing. I think maybe God’s trying to get my attention.

In this world with so many things it has to offer, it’s easy to get swept up into doing this or doing that and forgetting to do the one thing that will start our days off right…spending time with God.

And there are certain seasons of life when it’s easier to get off track than others…and I’m not making excuses or justifying my idolatry or yours. The Bible is clear that whatever we think about the most, talk about the most, do the most…that’s where our treasure is. That’s what our hearts are worshiping.

I think that God gives us wake-up calls from time to time to grab our attention. For some of us that might mean that chaos is ruling in our house or that we continually feel on edge or crabby. When life seems to spin out of control, that’s when we need to take stock of our hearts and determine whether we’re storing up worldly treasures or storing up God Himself.

Life on this broken planet won’t instantly turn to sunshine and roses once you decide to put God first, but it will start to change. You’ll notice that you have more joy. More peace. More laughter. You feel less on edge. You make better decisions. And that’s because we’re coming back to the one thing we really needed all along…Him.

Reflection Questions:

What captures the bulk of my time? TV? My phone? Social Media? A Hobby? My Children?

What do I spend a majority of my money on after the bills and essentials are paid for?

 

Action Steps:

1. Repent of your idolatry. Ask God to show you where hidden areas might be in your life. Journal them and pray over the things God reveals to you.
2. Evaluate your mornings. Are you always rushing out the door with no time to spare? Are you getting up early, but get sucked into checking Facebook or social media? It’s time to revamp your morning routine. Try setting your clock ahead twenty minutes and going to bed twenty minutes earlier so that you have time to read a morning devotional.
3. Make a commitment to spend time in the Word every morning and do it.

 

Friends, I wish I could say that putting God first always comes easily for me, but it doesn’t. That’s why I think it’s so important for us to encourage one another to dig deep into the Word. Coming up I’m going to give you a quick peak inside my Quiet Times and how I go deeper in studying the Bible.

Until then,

Blessings and joy!
Sarah

What have you done to spend more time with God?

 

 

 

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Gardening Chores- January

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January may possibly be the easiest month to do gardening chores. I think I said that last month, but this time I mean it!

This month I’m going to hunker down and bury myself under a mound of catalogues and magazines, read over the Farmer’s Almanac, and start dreaming about my garden in the spring.

I’ve still got some carrots going strong, so in the next couple of weeks we’ll harvest them. They should be nice and sweet since we’ve had a couple of nice freezes.

I’ll also continue to fill the birdfeeders and put out suet.

Other than those few things, that’ll be it for this month.

Happy Gardening!

Blessings and joy!

Sarah

PS- What do you do in your zone for your garden in January?

In the Word Wednesday…Rain

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When those first drops of rain first fell after our drought, my breath caught in my chest. Surely this wasn’t really rain? But it was. We stared in wonder at the wet stuff coming down from the heavens.
For so long we had waited for it to rain. Clouds rolled in but promptly rolled back out. I had good hair days without frizz for three months straight– a lifetime record for my curly locks.

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In the Word Wednesday…Blessings

blessings_blogDeuteronomy 30:9-11

9ย Then the Lord your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The Lord will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your ancestors, 10ย if you obey the Lord your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

11ย Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.

I just want to jump up and down and shout out how great God is!

Isn’t it awesome how He always has a Word at the right time? These verses were in my Bible reading for this morning’s quiet time.

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Broken Pieces

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Shattered.
Empty.
Falling apart.
Used.
Discarded.
Rejected.
The way we see ourselves is often radically different from how God sees us. We look at our past and our mistakes and think we are broken. Beyond repair. We look at the wounds that continue to hurt and fester and think that things will never change.
But we have to remember the beauty of God’s creation. He made the skies, painted the sunsets and sunrises and called them good. He placed each star in the sky and gave them a name, and called them good. He made the animals, and all of creation and called it good.

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