Tuesday Lessons

September 19, 2006 at 11:42 am 3 comments


6AM up, check email, preheat oven, shower, cook eggs, get dressed

7AM  wake kids, take out biscuits, cook bacon, fix milk, feed kids (reminding them to eat every two minutes), go over memory verses, review homework, pack lunches, straighten up toys, get hair and makeup done

7:30 leave for school

8-10 teaching, volunteer at school, meeting with Principle

10-11 grocery, see hubby at work, bring groceries home, make “shots” apmt. for son (tomorrow!), dishes, bar, table, kitchen floor, fold load of laundry, start load #2.  Make plans for supper.  Clean rotting garden produce moldy stuff out of frig.  EEeeewwww.

11-11:30 WASH HANDS!  email, ministry, mints, candle, and quiet time. 

That is now. 


Thank you for promising me a sound mind…not a spirit of fear.  You have given us a spirit of self discipline, purpose, and calling.  You have given us every reason to trust in you to meet every need.  We can be free, and release ourselves from any “chains around our necks” as Isaiah says.  My “chains” lately are WORRY.  It’s fun for a while…you know, a bit of concern…a little “drama”, activity, suspense!…and then, ever so silently—>stress—–>ever so subtly—->WORRY—-> ever so craftily, BURDEN (weighted down, worrying, wondering, stressed to the max!)

Lord, You know what?  Stress is a part of life!  Every dayI refuse to let it also be a thief.  It has stolen much joy, productivity, fruitfulness, and vibrancy from my life. Today, I don’t just “choose emotion”…(as if I could being the transparent person that I am!).  No.  What is choose is to REJECT LIES.  

For me?  Hmmm.  Okay….namely, receiving these truths into my heart of hearts today, rejecting anything else that pinches that nerve ball under my right shoulder blade to the point of excruciating pain.  (Yeah, so I’m a bit overdue here on this).  Anyway, it’s helping A LOT!!!  So…Important Points to my self sermonette to make note of: 

  1. I am not God. (I know.  Real revelation there, but I get confused sometimes).
  2. I have no better plan than His. (And His includes chocolate, I have no doubt).
  3. He has no better plan than the best plan for me (Um…He’s NOT “holding out on me”), 
  4. He will tell me when He’s good and ready for me to know and when I can handle that information.
  5. I cannot “fix” most hard things.  What can I do?  I can lead, gently teach, show a good attitude, contribute, and refuse to give up, give in, or give away my joy.  In that, I control my own destiny to large degree. 

Troubles are often “imposed on me” as I allow myself to give in to the worry that surrounds them.  II still wanted to say that, but it’s funny how you WANT to read what is in a strike through more than anything else on the page…what’s with THAT?) 

Often, the trouble is my lack of faith.  Ugggh.  Or…my disobedience is adding to the problem (or creating it). Oh man! You know what…God is not the problem.  Never was, never will be.  He is the solution.  One day, I’ll really internalize these distinctions and really learn to live a full and abundant life promised me.  When somebody says, “How are you?” I will be able to genuinely smile, even under all the stress of life…and I’ll be so full of Him and believe in Him so much that I WILL REALLY MEAN IT.  I AM GREAT!  And you know what?  It’s true.  I’m so taken care of that it’s embarrassing. I am the apple of His eye.  His joy.  His delight.  His girl.  His baby.  His love.  His project.  His occupation.   

So, there.  There’s my little self sermonette.  Just thought I’d write it down so that I don’t forget it. And I will.  Ya’ll remind me.

How are you needing to “preach to yourself” lately?  (Or perhaps someone else is?  Always fun). What is ringing out loud and clear to you?  (Teach me so that I know what to do when I get there!)  Comment or email me…*

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  • 1. Mike Kines  |  September 19, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Mag, this speaks to me today. Being able to see the difference between myself and the problems around me is a big step for me. I tend to get so emotionally involved in things, and you are right, it just drains the life out of me too. I have to see tha the Lord is in control, NOT me. I am not in control of the problems around me. I can only be helpful and have a good attitude. Thank you for sharing this .. mike

  • 2. Kevin Leggett  |  September 19, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Self sermonettes are a good thing. Stress makes life interesting. As far as preaching to myself or someone else, that’s what my blog is for. *grin*

  • 3. spiritualoasis  |  September 19, 2006 at 12:56 pm

    Don’t want to sound like a whiner, but I’m feeling a bit under the weather today (yucky head cold that is threatening to settle in my chest).

    So, this eloquent sermonette is all the preaching I need for today.


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MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)



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