Sunday, March 13, 2011

Suspended by Grace

We Worked on two main things in our home over the coarse of last week. #1 put off grumbling = put on thankfulness/rejoicing in accordance with Philippians 2:14,15. and #2 put off selfishness = put on serving one another in accordance with Philippians 2:3,4.

There are many life cycles. Our family cycles through high and low times. Times when the pendulum is bouncing a steady rhythme. Drew and I setting everything in motion for better or worse by our action or reactions to LIFE.

The family hums along harmoniously ~ Drew leading ~ Me respecting him ~ US working together, clicking together, the tribe in between us being bounced along, trained ~ memorizing scripture together ~ hum, hum, melodious, harmonious, steady swinging. We rise to the peak of the cycle AND THEN. . .

I'm not sure where the discord begins. We slip, slightly at first, an unkind word unchecked. I'm just too tired or too distracted to deal with it.



Worse still, I am the one speaking the unkind word, thinking a wrong thought, assuming ill motives of another.





The pendulum


lowers slows almost to standing

How did it get to that slowest of all slows, our melody engulfed in discontentment, selfishness and complaints ~ unrecognizable discord?

I call out to God the Father in the name of His Son "I need you! Help me obey Your Word, I want to 'rejoice always', I want to be 'quick to listen and slow to speak', I want to be a servant leader."

I read that portion of scripture to the children and ask, "How can we 'rejoice in the Lord always" and why would we want to?" No one is quite sure how to rejoice but they ALL want peace. We ALL need His peace, HIS PEACE - "guarding our hearts and our minds."

I read on ~ everyone eager to discover how we can have this peace. We discover, as if for the first time the thing I have long known and am ashamed I have not been doing. WE MUST "dwell on these things". . . HIM. Our minds MUST be filled Up to Brimming . . . Abiding in . . . Meditating on . . . Be completely saturated With "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8. I pose the question, "Where is the single place we can find things that are true, honorable . . .?"

"The Bible"

"God's Word"


three answers cascade on top of each other!

YES and then we look up John 1 "In the beginning was the WORD and the word became flesh"

It's ALL HIM ~ we recommit to memorize, meditate on the Word, on Him and the pendulum steadies as we come full circle.

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