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Friday, January 29, 2010

Wellll, It's been a week since the trouble with my back started. I almost think I need to do something about it!!! I have been home-bound for most of it. I did make my Wed. Bible Study group. It is thought provoking & life challenging. I feel like I have been wasting too much of my time. It is too easy to do that.
One of the women in our group was speaking about my "down-time" in a different light....that God has allowed me time to set apart with Him. I needed to hear that. Because really, I hadn't been spending time with Him. Our lesson has been about how we live our daily life, how we "walk". "Redeeming the time, for the days are evil',, "see that you walk worthily,not as fools" God puts a very high standard for living in Ephesians 5.
I have had a few other times in my life when I have been bed-ridden for a time & during that time, God really spoke to my heart about some things in my life. My life changed, for the better, because of that time" he maketh me to lie down in green pastures" . This past week though, I spent too much time on the computer, read a book, watched movies-truthfully, none were particularly edifying. Were they "evil"? No, they just weren't helpful to the path I know God wants me to walk.
One of the verses I thought about this week was "He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses & forsakes them will have mercy." The point I thought most of is that God doesn't want us just to admit what is wrong in our lives, He wants us to Stop Doing It!!!! Pretty obvious, huh? But not always easy to see & do when we've strayed. I could admit my time wasn't being spent wisely-but would I change how I was spending my time??
I talked with a girlfriend yesterday about some of these things I'm struggling with.... somehow, through verbalizing how I know God wants me to live, I was able to change the path of my day.What could have been a wasted day, wasn't, because I did what I know He wanted me to do. And there was joy in it!!!
Hoping you'll find His Joy by walking with Him today!!

1 comment:

Cathy said...

Hi Jill,
I truly appreciate what you wrote here! I find it so easy to daily stray from the LORD into my own paths of this life and things that interest me. I know the LORD wants me to do certain things each day to stay close to Him, and to listen to His voice speak within my spirit, yet I also allow the world to pull me away. WHY???...when I know the Day of Judgment is closer than I think. We will all stand before the LORD and give an account for what we did in the body, and how we used our life and time while here on earth. There are no excuses for anyone. Yes, for those that have accepted Jesus as Savior and are covered in His Blood by Faith have Hope but we can still lose reward if we don't watch it. We must follow Jesus daily with our Cross or Jesus says we are not worthy of Him. Let us pray for one another regularly, and pray for divine protection from the ways of the world that lie to us and put us to sleep spiritually~ The Bible tells us that The LORD God is Spirit and must be worshiped in Spirit and in Truth! He is HOLY, and we must be HOLY as He is Holy! These are truths we can't alter~

I love reproduction 30-40's fabric! You did a good job on the square. If you look at the old fan quilt I posted that had be done by my great grandmother, you will see some original fabric patterns. They were so interesting.

I pray your back is HEALED through faith and prayer! Doctors can do so much, but it is the LORD that does the healing! I am sorry you have been going through this suffering, but as you wrote so well..it is a time the LORD can gain our attention, and refocus us on Him alone! Reset our priorities. But you need to be back on your feet for your husband and family also.

I had my 2.5 year old granddaughter Claire for 2 days and nights. She just went home tonight, and I'll rest well tonight. She was very good, but she is a clinger, and worries about everything, so I spent all my time with her. Tomorrow I hope to read and sew some.
Love, your friend, Cathy