So I find myself choosing between blogging and sleep. So sorry for choosing sleep the last couple days! It’s hard to stay on top of such a big commitment with a 5 month old, and the rest of life! Wow! Not to mention, I’m the worlds WORST at time management. Anyone who knows me can agree with that!
I look at this like my job. So when I get backed up, I find myself getting disappointed. So please forgive me while I try to juggle this commitment with all my others.
So Proverbs 10-12 is pretty much saying the same things. Which for someone like me who has a low reading comprehension starts to get confusing. And my journaling bible is a different translation than I’m used to. Which I knew early on would cause certain problems. So I find myself reading my NIV version, and journaling in my ESV version.
– Just so you know, I’m currently typing with one hand because Lucas is clingy today. So excuse any typos I don’t catch. And I’m also getting constantly interrupted. Life as a mother and a wife. –
But basically, what I got out of these three chapters, is to follow in the way of the righteous and to not lie. Don’t be prideful, slanderous or rude. But love instruction, love and discipline. Which is pretty much the last few chapters previously. So when it starts repeating itself, I need to slow down and really listen to what God is telling me. I reflect. And think. Sometimes I just journal after reading. I will right down prayers and thoughts to get it all out. And that’s what I did with these three chapters. I journaled prayers. And instead of journaling these chapters, I prayed to the Lord to speak through His word, and speak to me. And two words came to mind: love and truth. So, I went to my index, closed my eyes, and pointed on the page.
The verse that came for love was Romans 13:10. I read it. Loved it. And then read the whole paragraph. Love is a funny thing. I have love for my son. And I have love for my husband. I have love for those in family and those close to me. But do I have love for the stranger in front of me at walmart? Do I have love for the stranger next to me at the stop light? In today’s world, it’s hard to love strangers. It’s hard to think of others. And it’s even harder to think of others as your brother and sister in Christ. What if as a whole, we started loving everyone. We started loving others as God intended us to love them? What if we found the good and the light in those strangers? I bet love would come next. Because we are all made in His image. So look for Jesus in that stranger behind you. Look for Jesus in everyone and every thing around you. I bet you’ll start looking at them lovingly. And soon, you will start loving your neighbor.
And it’s funny. After writing that, I looked up the verse for truth: 1 Peter 1:22. I promise I didn’t look at it before writing what I wrote above. For a sincere brotherly love. I bet there are people reading this who think I wrote the above paragraph to link these two. And I can promise you, I didn’t. This was eyes closed, pointing to a page, writing the verses down and looking them up separately. God wanted me to tell you this. I don’t know who needs to hear this. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe, just maybe, someone else did too.
God is an all knowing God. He knows what needs to be said. And I’m just lucky enough for him to have convicted me to start this. Although, it’s not going in the direction I thought it would when I started, I know this is where He is leading me. This is what He wants to be said. And my faith is growing stronger by doing this. So even if no one else gets anything else from this, I am. And that’s what I was searching for anyway.
Dear Lord, thank you. Thank you for convicting me to this blog. Thank you for leading me to art worship. Thank you for speaking through me and to me. Thank you for letting me learn something new each time I post. Thank you for giving me the time and energy to continue in your word. Today, I’m not asking for anything. I’m just thanking you. You are holy. And I am thankful. In your son’s name I pray, Amen.