Monthly Archives: September 2009

Out with the Old

I’ve been focusing a lot lately on getting ready for our upcoming move in April.  It’s the perfect time to clean out all the clutter that we’ve been hanging on to over the last 11 years.  I’m not a pack-rat, so this process is relatively easy for me.  I’m just surprised at the amount of things that we’ve held onto.  It feels very freeing letting go of old junk that contained just a hint of sentimental value but had no real purpose or beauty .  Or the old pot that I’ve been swearing I was going to need someday but never have.  It’s amazing what you don’t realize you have been keeping in boxes that never get opened.  It’s funny to think that I’ve been moving trash from house to house for years and years when I could have just lightened the load a long time ago.  All this was a very visual reminder of the secret rooms we hide in our souls that God must go through looking for the trash we don’t want to part with in our minds, and how the word of God carefully sorts through each and every dusty “box” slowly over time as we take in the mind of Christ day by day.  It’s nice to know the Holy Spirit is doing all the heavy lifting of renewing our minds!  This also makes me think of “Buy truth and sell it not” How much of my time and money was spent on things that were ultimately useless and needed to be thrown out?  In the same way, we do that with our thinking as we go through the day.  We pick up mental trash with our time in the cosmic system and each day in Bible class the word of God pinpoints it and throws it back out.

Another aspect I see is how we get rid of the stuff that weighs us down so that we can make room for valuable useful items that will be needed in the future.  That makes a great analogy too.  We need spiritual capacity for spiritual treasure.

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Time of the Cross

We had a lesson this week that helped open my eyes more clearly to the purpose of this life or more exactly what isn’t the purpose of this life.

I am admittedly a romantic.  I’ve always held onto this desire for a certain kind of lifestyle.  For some it might be living in an urban setting or fulfilling a certain dream of their own but for me, it’s always been the tranquil country life with rolling green hills, farm animals and the old country house with the fireplace and the warm quilts, cozy kitchen and the soft loving cat.  Well, while there is nothing wrong with my desires they have nothing to do with God’s plan for my life.  As a military wife it’s my job to be ready to move when-ever or where-ever the Air Force sends us.  This means not getting settled in one place, this means, that particular dream is not a part of God’s plan for my life at this time.

In class, when Pastor was teaching about our lives being patterned after The Lord Jesus Christ’s on earth, and the fact that He always knew and welcomed that the Father’s plan was the Cross and never tried to live in any other plan during his life on earth, something clicked!  The Lord knew that a crown was His destiny but in order to receive the crown, He had to fulfill the Cross(The Father’s particular plan for His humanity).  I have also been promised a crown and a destiny that is wrapped up in His and I have also been given now and in the future, my own set of circumstances which constitute the fulfilling of a “cross” in my lifetime.   How can death bring life?  How does disaster bring prosperity?  In God’s plan everything is opposite.  It really truly is.  Suffering and happiness  are inseparable on earth.  Without the Cross Jesus Christ’s crown would have ended when He died and all that we could hope for would be bottled up in life on this planet.  Because He endured the Cross and did it the Father’s way, He gets a crown that lasts forever and we get eternity.

The world tells us to hold onto our dreams and reach for them relentlessly  The Lord was also offered the world and all it’s kingdoms by Satan as a temptation to abandon the plan of the Cross.  The insidious thing about the world is that the system knows what it offers has no  lasting value, it’s empty and will leave you wanting more.  God offers you His plan which guarantees contentment and satisfaction but it also includes a measure of the “cross” individually tailored with suffering that brings blessing and it doesn’t make sense if you don’t understand what it’s all about.  The perfect loving God with a plan to give you all that He is.

What I’m getting at is, that I don’t want to miss out on fulfilling the purpose of my life in exchange for green pastures and chickens.  I can now see why those things, pleasant as they are in my mind, don’t compare to my life as it is now(I already have an amazing and challenging life) and what I have the opportunity to live in.  It would be wise to put those fantasies in God’s hands and let them go.  He loves me and always gives me His highest and best in all circumstances.

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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Moving Part 2

I mentioned a while back that we would be moving sometime in the future.  Well, my husband was accepted for his new Air Force job and we will be moving in April next year to go to Texas for his training.  We will be there 6 months and then on to where-ever they send us. 

It’s nice to know I have a while to enjoy being here some more and to go through the school year before moving. 

I’m looking forward to it.

Keep Sailing!

Mary

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Bound

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This picture is so powerful to me.  Meant to soar but instead bound.

How much of our lives is taken up in applying the standards of other people to our lives?  How much of our lives do we base on the “should” and not on who we were made to be?  I’ve been wondering how much of my life is dictated to me by society or convention.  The more I learn the word of God the more I’m set free from what the world says is necessary.  I learn one by one the things that God says are necessary.  I’m not talking about the typical rebellion you see in life where someone has to distort their appearance and behave strangely just to throw off conventions.  I’m talking about a real change of thinking that comes from God and releases the believer to be authentically just who they are.  They eat, dress and do the things they love but they aren’t enslaved by their passions either.  They don’t take the same paths as everyone else and they succeed where everyone says they shouldn’t.   Part of that can be human maturity but I think it can be much much more, it can be the by-product of spiritual maturity.

The Kingdom of Darkness would love to convince us that we need to stay shackled to “the should, the must, this is the way it’s done” since we are so much easier to control that way.  We are available to God’s plans when we do only what He requires and we don’t care what everyone else does.  He sets us free.  He made us to soar and we have the power if we will use it.  It is inevitable that God’s path for success must veer away from the human track to success.  Human success is the best that man can do; a big house, a family, a “good” job, travel, toys.  The best that God can do goes WAY beyond those things and gives you a purpose that goes beyond inescapable decline at age 70 something.  When all the humans are grinding to a halt, you can still have a fantastic life that counted not only for time but for eternity.  You can be dying and still living in your personal sense of destiny.  Don’t get bound to this life and it’s “requirements” you were meant to fly

Keep Sailing,

Mary

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