Results of Organizing

I decided to put some papers in a box when I cleaned a room to get them out of sight and out of mind. While watching television tonight with my husband, I asked him if he’d carry the box into the living room so I could sort through the stuff. Turns out it wasn’t that heavy. 🙂

Anyway, I’ve been going over in my mind the times when I worked my last job. My boss and I had similar flash points with anger. If things weren’t going smoothly, I’d pray and hold back and eventually something would come up that demanded a response and then I’d state my position. I’ve been thinking and saying, “I wish I’d kept quiet. I wish I’d been a better witness for Christ.”

As I went through this box tonight, I found a piece of paper where I wrote out a conversation with my boss where she let me know that she expected better of me. I told her my reasoning and the lack of training on one of the machines. She said I should have sought out the training. Good point. The more I read, the more I understood that we communicated better than the memory of the exchange led me to believe. I felt weeks earlier that the Lord released me from the job. Maybe the heat turned up some so I would want to leave.

I remember a pastor telling the congregation that people don’t change until it gets too uncomfortable to stay the same. I knew God wanted me to write, but to head out without the assurance of a steady paycheck stopped me. What if I couldn’t get assignments from magazines or customers looking for a wordsmith?

I thank God for helping me to stick with organizing. Not only does it feel great to get rid of the excess taking up room and lingering in my subconscious, but I find things that help me along life’s pathway. I can let those thoughts about my job go.

Also, somethings I thought I would use one day have lost their appeal and they really are worthless.

May God bless you!

Daily Time

I took some time yesterday to get into the Word of God. I’ve been reading John 14, 15, 16 and maybe 17 the last two days. So much to take in, like the fact that if we love Jesus the Father loves us! How cool is that? Yesterday I felt as though the Lord wanted me to read a bit of a Christian book. So I rummaged through the bookcase and found one entitled, It All Comes Out in the Wash, by Judi Braddy, copyright 2006, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.

I heard her at a pastor’s wives conference a couple of years ago. I bought her book and put it on a shelf. Now that I’ve started it, I’m enjoying her style of writing. She speaks about the tyranny of the urgent getting in the way of our time sitting at Jesus’ feet.

I felt as though the Lord wanted me to sit with Him three days ago, and I put it off just to do a load of laundry and then to answer the phone and then to just grab a quick bite to eat. The timer went off; it was time for me to leave the house.  I wondered later if He might have suggested I stay home had I spent time with Him. I know He would have given me some nuggets of truth to ponder while traveling and mingling with others.

Proverbs 6 reminded me today to get up and around after my devotional time. The chair felt cozy and I was snuggled in a blanket. My paraphrase of verses 9-11, “Too much sleep results in poverty.”  Later in Proverbs 6 it admonished men not to be lured by an adulteress, or an application for women, not to be an adulteress, in verses 24-29 and 32-35. Satan is subtle. I need those reminders to follow Jesus’ commands and not allow our culture to influence my thoughts. All sin starts with our thought life.

In Biblegateway.com, in Second Corinthians 10 it says: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

We can change our thoughts and our actions with Jesus’ help. Hallelujah! Time for God and His Word pays dividends we’re not always aware of. In this life and the next we get to cash them in. Yay!