Monday, March 18, 2013

BBQ, Bristol conversations, and my sinful heart

Spring is here

Our weekend was so relaxing.  It was wonderful.   We had a BBQ for Jeremy's birthday on Saturday and for once I feel like I was totally prepared.  I made up all the food that I was in charge of Friday, that way all I had to do was bake a few dishes Saturday and then take the rest of the stuff out of the fridge.  I made it a point to keep my house clean all week so all I had to do that morning was vacuum and wipe down the kids toilet (because it gets rather stinky).  Saturday I basically got to relax and enjoy the party.  I wasn't stressed out about food prep or making my house perfect.   It is definitely a recipe for success that I will be repeating again.

After Bristol informed us yesterday that "I just stay with my kids all day" she went onto the play the role of me.   Later she came out caring her over sized bear and Jeremy asked her what was going on, she replied "my Bristol is always crying."   Apparently the bear was playing her for the day.   3 is a really fun age.   Even if the tantrums are even more epic than 2 but they are happening far less and it so much fun to see her little mind working.

This morning during my quiet time (although how quiet is is when I sit at the kitchen table while the kids eat) something really stood out to me.   I was  reading from Luke 5-

25-And immediately, as everyone watched, the man Jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God.  

The whole section reads like this:
17- One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus.
18- Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, 19-but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.20-Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”
21-But the Pharisees and teachers of religious law said to themselves, “Who does he think he is? That’s blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”
22-Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he asked them, “Why do you question this in your hearts?23-Is it easier to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Stand up and walk’? 24-So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!”
25-And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. 26-Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”

But the part that really stuck out to me was that the man went home praising God.   I wrote this in my journal this morning--God's work in my life may not be as apparent as healing a paralyzed man but that doesn't mean I shouldn't praise God all the time.  Plus if I stop looking at the world long enough I will see his hand in everything in my life.   Honestly this is something I have been struggling with these last couple weeks.  My heart has become so sinful and covetous that I have forgotten all that God has already done for me.  And when I let those feeling creep into my hear its hard to remember his promises.  

25-“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26- Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27-Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28-“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29- yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.30- And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31-“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32-These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33-Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34-“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6:25-34

So for today, well really all time, but especially today my goal is to just praise God.  Remember all that he has done for me and my family.  To get rid of my covetous heart and focus on God's truth, His promises.  Because honestly that is all that matters.  

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