(My rockhound kids with his geode finds from Payson last weekend. More on that another post.)
I’m still here. It’s been a full couple of weeks. Mostly full of sickness. UGH!
Tomorrow I get to teach the 3rd and 4th graders at Pathway one of my favorite sections of the Bible. The part where the lady pours expensive perfume over Jesus head, causing quite the stir. What others saw as a waste, Christ saw as an act of adoration.
I get to “waste” my life and all I have on responding to the love of Christ with my poured out life. To some it will be a beautiful perfume. To others it will smell like a waste. Like death.
Monday, it’s back to work. This is the last stretch of time I get to spend with the kids and staff at Wildflower. I want to leave it better than when I came. I have a lot of work to do.
I was thinking the other day about how turned upside down my world has been the last few years. I had a plan. It didn’t go my way. And that’s a good thing. I am no Joseph. But I agree with Joseph, things done were wrong, but God had a plan. And part of that plan was to cause me to be refined. It is good that I’ve been afflicted. It’s caused me to learn God’s word even more. Being a homemaker isn’t about where you make money, or if you make money; it’s about making a home that honors the Creator of marriage and parents and family. Christ-like submission is not weakness or slavery or doormatishness; it’s Christ-like. It’s not submission to wallow in self-pity. That’s just pouting because I want things my way. It’s not submission to gladly do whatever you agree to. That’s agreeing.
Entrusting yourself to Him who judges justly. That’s Christ-like submission. It’s good that I’ve been and continue to be afflicted.
May Christ be magnified in me!
I’ve been off Facebook and Blogger quite a bit. It’s good. I’ve wanted to write many things, yet I’ve had this whispering in my heart:
Learn in quietness.
Some will think that’s a waste. At least One will think is smells beautiful.
“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” -Jim Elliot
She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. – Proverbs 31:26 Amplified Bible
I was reading today’s reading from Streams in the Desert this morning. Every word was the desire of my heart, but this sentence really grabbed me:
In this condition, our entire being lies perfectly still under the hand of God; every power and ability of the mind, will, and heart are at last submissive; a quietness of eternity settles into the entire soul; and finally, the mouth becomes quiet, having only a few words to say, and stops crying out the words Christ quoted on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Ps.22:1)
The mouth becomes quiet, having only a few words to say. Immediately I thought of Proverbs 31:26. This woman, found by God, created in Christ, her mouth has become quiet, having only a few words to say. Most of her life is characterized by what she does, not what she says, so that when she does open her mouth, it’s noted. The Proverb isn’t talking about her words all throughout it’s verses. If it did there’d be no need to say, “She opens her mouth…” But the fact that there is a verse dedicated to preciousness of what she says signifies it’s rareness. Mostly, she’s quiet. Quietly fearing God, not man, and doing what the Lover of her soul compels her to do in watching over her household.
I want to be that woman! I like to talk. I like to write. I like words. Period. Oh that my life would be characterized by a quiet mouth who speaks few words, and that those few words would be precious wisdom and kindness.
Make me that woman Lord! Quietly resting in your soveriegnty over my life, and speaking precious few wordds.
So glad He found me ,