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Weekly “I Want God” Post: God and Credit Cards

Credit cards“…it [comfort] convinces you to give up the better things for the things of right now.”

Isn’t this the blight of our generation? So much has been invested in creating products and devices that give us what we want…right now. We’ve begun to think that all of life works this way. So, we become powerfully and easily discontented with inconvenience, waiting, investing time, imperfection. It has a disastrous effect upon our spirituality and our view of others.

God has stuck with us for the long haul, patiently wooing us, watching us fail and regain our footing…but we have very little inclination to invest in such a way in others.

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Heb. 10:36

Yes. We have need of patience. On so many levels.

“…it doesn’t plan a future”

This comfort-seeking mindset wants everything right now. It is a credit card mindset. It knows nothing of old fashioned “lay away plans”. My son and I had a discussion about credit and debit cards yesterday, and this idea came up. That having it “right now” has a literal price tag. We talked about interest rates. But it goes much deeper than just having to pay an exorbitant amount of money to borrow money that is not ours. We teach ourselves, with reliance upon credit cards, that we can live in the now, and disregard the future and the responsibility we’ll have to own. Now, I’m not saying credit cards can’t be used responsibly…but I think it’s pretty safe to say that the number of people who pay off their balance every month is pretty scant.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer. 29:11

Let’s check our plans against His. His are built with an eye toward the future.

“I Want God” Weekly Post: My Comfort Zone

I’m combining a couple weeks’ readings to get semi-caught-up since our Spring Break.  So today we’ll look at pages 42-48.

“God deserves nothing less than for us to take it seriously and dive in all the way.”

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all. ~Isaac Watts

“We have enough stirred believers in the church who never take the journey beyond a stirring, and that is a spiritual waste.”

Do we see how the adversary, the Father of Lies, can make this into a tantalizing counterfeit? We may mistake “stirring” for real spiritual work, and settle into this superficial spirituality, never attempting to go any deeper.

“I meet a man at a rehab center who does this for me–helps me remember…In my flesh, I feel jealous of his obvious intimacy with God…and I, the teacher, feel small, entitled, and forgetful. I feel jarred and sparked and raw. I want to sit longer in this place so I can have more of this glossed-down, minimalistic faith.”

I want to be the one who helps others “remember”. And this will move me out of my comfort zone, because there are many who would rather forget…or at least be selective with their memories of the Savior, relegating them to Easter and Christmas. To be a “retrieval cue” (there’s a great word from college Psychology), a catalyst for God means our presence will prick hearts, rub them raw by our presence, jar them by our faith, spark them by our joy. It means we become the pebble in the shoe, that itchy label that can’t be forgotten. We may be considered uncomfortable people to be around by those who would rather remain easy.

And others may dream in their easy-chairs.

And point their white hands to the scars he bears.

But the palm and the laurel are his — not theirs!

You’ll find when you determine to find your comfort on His breast and at His feet, that there will be those who are very ill-at-ease with that degree of closeness…and it will create distance. This life means you may not be widely liked, or considered the life of the party. It may well be a solitary life for seasons at a time. And so was His.

“When comfort is your immediate priority, God cannot move.”

Oh, how we love our comforts!

Oh, how we love our comforts!

Essentially, when we are preoccupied with our own pleasure…physically, spiritually, intellectually, or emotionally…we stifle the heart’s hankerings for eternal things.

“The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal, how can you hope to find inward peace?” ~A.W. Tozer

We satisfy ourselves with “junk food” which temporarily fills our bellies, but does nothing to nourish and can even do harm.

“When it comes to spiritual things it is hard for most of us to be completely honest about what has kept us from God because when we say them out loud they, too, sound silly, like contradictions.”

Next time we feel that contradiction happening inside, whether it is the choice to go to church even though it is blustery outside, or speaking a word for the sake of the gospel to a friend, or giving sacrificially (not comfortably) to help someone in need…maybe we should force ourselves to verbalize the conflicting thoughts. Ouch.

“When I over-insulate it nullifies God’s plan for me to feel the chill of being without and needing Him to be the only one who can take care of that problem.”

We are supposed to feel lost without His presence…because we are. But when we are all cozy in our protective bubble wrap, secure in this world but not in His Word, how will we ever know it?

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I’d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail

Without Him I would be dying
Without Him I’d be enslaved
Without Him life would be worthless
But with Jesus thank God I’m saved

Oh Jesus, oh Jesus
Do you know Him today
Please don’t turn Him away
Oh Jesus, my Jesus
Without Him how lost I would be.

“I have made myself immobile and sabotaged my joy.  This is what comfort does to us: It sabotages the things we really want. Future, dreams, peace, fulfillment, spiritual mobility, joy. We become enslaved by its rules.”

Honestly, this is a primary reason our churches may seem “happy happy happy” but joyless at the same time.

“…there is no end to what this flesh I wear wants in order to feed its ugly monster of comfort.”

The theme of this book is more…more of Him.  And less…less of me. Our wanters are never satisfied with what this life can offer…there is always something newer, shinier, tastier, more gratifying, flashier, cushier…it never ends. But with God, what we may have of Him is endless, and every bit of it supremely satisfying!

“But if God is ever going to invade our insides and do that powerful work we groan for, we are going to have to stop sabotaging by insulating ourselves to the point where neither He nor we can move.”

So, what is sabotaging me today? I spent many years coping with chronic illness, so much so that it became my vocation simply to survive in the least amount of pain from day to day. Believe me when I say, the ideas in this post have required a lot of re-educating. But He is willing to teach.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Mt. 11:29

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Phil. 2:5-8

Handing Over the Sceptre of My Life

sceptre“And all were astonished at the majesty of God.”

When we feel awakened to the majesty of God, it is usually because we’ve viewed the splendor of His creation. A vast canopy of stars, massive mountain ranges, glorious canyons, the miracle of birth, the inexplicable transformation of caterpillar to butterfly.

What had these people seen? A healing event like no other. A hopeless case, turned hopeful.

Has it ever occurred to you that the most magnificent work God does, the best, most glittering example of His majesty, is what happens when He rules in the human heart?

Consider. Which of these things (stars, mountains, canyons, babies, butterflies…) has any other choice but to reflect His glory and power? None. But the willful human heart, desperately wicked above all things…when He takes the throne there…He shines there in a way not possible elsewhere.

You are a reflection of His majesty when others can see the power and might of His reign in your life.

Some may obey God out of fear, or simply because they wish to have His approval. Others may obey out of gratitude, because they have a real sense of owing all to Him. But the crowning glory of obedience is when we yield the throne to Him because at last we see that He alone is worthy.

Help! I’ve Lost Two Turkeys!

turkeysWe had turkey for Easter dinner this past weekend. I buy only the breast portion, since it is healthier and we really prefer the white meat. That turkey breast was nearly 7 lbs.

Well, I had not weighed myself in two weeks, just because it is good not to be ruled by the scale, which can be very fickle at times. I’ve lost a total of FOURTEEN pounds now! :D

To be feeling SO much better, and then have the stubborn pounds begin to disappear…I feel like crying, I’m so blessed!

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The Face of Health

You’ll never see one of those dramatic bikini shots on this blog, which you typically see in weight loss posts. It’s just not who I am. And Plexus is much more than something to get you skinny. It has given me health…and keeps giving me more! That is what I want to show you.

beforeafterfaceThe shot on the left was from a few years ago, when we flew to Ketchikan, Alaska. My body was stressed, sleep deprived, ruddy complexion (I do wonder what my blood pressure was doing during this season of my life) really unhealthy, toxic. I look back now and I hardly recognize that version of me.

The picture on the right was taken a week or so ago on a trip to the park. Here, I see the new me…the me who sleeps all night. The me who doesn’t need pain meds for every little thing…even with fibro! The me who is virtually med free, and unbelievably full of energy! That day at the park, I was swinging with my daughter! Last year, I would have been sitting in the car, watching her. True story.

I love how the good science of Plexus is cleaning my body, freeing it, giving it back to me to use for my family, and for service. God is good. So good to me.

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I’d love to help you have a new “healthy picture” this Spring, too!