Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Truthful Ramblings

Some times I just can't seem to write my thoughts out in any creative way.  This is one of those times.  My mother-in-law passed away last week and I am just in a state of pause.  It is such a sad time to lose someone so dear.  I am taking lots of time this week along with my family to remember my mother-in-law throughout each day. I am just keeping to the basic tasks of the day: eating, being a mommy 24/7, visiting with family (since we are currently in Oklahoma), helping my husband as much as I can with whatever needs to be done at his mom's house and keeping the Lord at the forefront of my thoughts (which doesn't always happen, of course, but it is a good goal, right?).

Pursuing this concept I have begun discussing on this blog of being a woman of truth has been so interesting to me and very insightful.  Here's what's buzzing in my head lately.

So many times we are alone with our thoughts....not that those times are quiet or that we are actually alone, but hopefully you get my drift.  Some examples I'm thinking of are: those times we are in the shower, drying our hair, putting on our daily face cleanser and/or makeup, washing dishes, cooking dinner, driving from point A to point B, doing our daily walk around the neighborhood, standing in line at the coffee shop, book store, grocery store and so on.  These times of being "alone" with our thoughts, I can really see how much I desire or don't desire being a woman of truth.

Here are some examples I have of moments I think get in the way or become the twisted version of us being a women of truth:
>Each time, we look in the mirror and "diss" ourselves for not looking as good as So-and-So.
>Each time we compare our gifts and talents to a fellow co-worker, sister, brother, or friend from church and think we're less gifted or equipped to bless others in the world around us.
>Each time we see all that God has blessed us with and still wish for something different, better, bigger than whatever it is He has given us simply because the latest fad on the magazine racks at the grocery store states we are missing out.
In all of those times when we are tempted to see the negative in us or our circumstances, we can trust in our great God to help us see our world and circumstances in the right light.....His light. And His light IS the right light.

So, I am challenged by God's Word to pursue each thought as an act of worship to God. It makes sense to me when I take a moment to acknowledge He is the One giving me the brains to think, the heartbeat to move forward, and the very breathe I need to live each day.  I owe Him my all, thus the idea the Bible gives us about taking captive every thought and presenting it to Christ.  Pursuing truth in our minds, in the daily conversations we have in our heads that no one else knows about is JUST as important as all the truthfulness that should come out of our mouths each day.  Let us work truthfulness into our inner being so that the outer being will be women of truth that change our world as we go through it following our Savior.

Thanks, friends, for reading this blog.  I love all of you and look forward to hearing your thoughts and/or push-backs.  Have a great day knowing Jesus Christ loves you!

 Here are some Bible verses that have inspired my blogging today.

 "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us."  -1 John 1:5-8


"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."  -Romans 12:1-2

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."  -2 Corinthians 10:5