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Audience of One

Life can be exciting.

Life can be hectic.

Life can be hard.

Life can be AMAZING.

There are people in our lives that make it beautiful.

There are people in our lives that make it hard.

It’s fun to share our lives.

It can be a relief to vent about our lives.

…and with technology it seems like we are on a stage of our own, sharing to all the audiences around.  When little Billy takes his first step we run to our phones to share with the world.  When we get in a car accident, we vent online: #dumbdriver #notmyfault #crying #justpaiditoff or so on. We live like the world is our audience.

Do we think about just shutting it down, looking up and telling the Lord about Billy’s first step?  Do we live like we have an audience of One?

There is One who watches us.  He really does care that Billy took his first step and that my car is no more.  He really does care how I treat people publicly and privately.  He is the audience I should care about.

I don’t think it’s wrong to share our journeys and cares with our friends but, remember, we should be living for an audience of One.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. – I John 2:15-17

Can you think of any other great verses that speak of living for God and Him alone? Leave them in the comments below.

Rejoicing in the Present,

Joy


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The Parsonage Project

This past New Year’s Eve, our family moved into the recently purchased parsonage of our church, where my husband serves as an assistant pastor. It is an older, custom built, spacious home full of lovely potential!  With age, comes the need for repairs and updates. One project on the update side is the Breakfast Nook. It is a unique area with the most open view to sunshine than any other room in the house. The walls had been professionally wallpapered, perhaps thirty years ago. Evidently, priming the walls before papering was not part of the process back in the day. As we began to remove the paper, parts of the drywall came off with it. It was not a pretty picture, and it was going to get worse before it got better! With a goal before us, we accepted our lot, and proceeded to work in layers. Here are the steps we took.

–Carefully and tediously removed the paper.

–Filled in the damaged areas with joint compound, and let it dry overnight.

–Finely sanded the wall by hand to smooth the surface.

–Cleaned the walls and the entire house of the dust that amazingly covered everything!

–Deliberated over the perfect paint color up until the last of thirty minutes that I hunted down and waited for assistance at the Walmart paint counter. (“one stop shop” for the busy mom)

–Painted the walls “Early Morning Sun” for a cheery, bright, welcoming result!

All of this work for just the walls of one little room? Yes!

Just as this project required working on each layer, so our lives require the same type of tedious efforts if we are to shine. Consider the room of our walk with God. Am I still sporting the same dull patterns in my Bible reading habits or in my prayer life? Is my heart wall indifferently “okay” or is it like a fresh coat of paint? What about other rooms in my life? Do my beliefs line up with God’s Word? Do I just do what I do because I always have? Do I blindly follow traditions?  If I am truly seeking God, I can trust the Holy Spirit to pull the old wallpaper off the wall of my heart, to fill it with Truth, to gently sand it with wisdom, and to paint my spirit bright and refreshing.

I desire to be a Christian, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend… who has a bright and refreshing spirit reflecting the Son of God, Jesus Christ. I have a lot of work to do that involves more than just superficially covering the old wallpaper with a coat of paint.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ~Psalm 139:23-24

“The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” ~Psalm 138:8

Blessings,

Jeri Lynn


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Sermon in the Sink

As I was washing dishes… again… I thought of how often I wash dishes. Not a day goes by that dishes don’t need to be washed. Now, days go by when I don’t wash them, but I could wash at least 1 dish every day! Most days, it’s a couple sink loads!

They are dirty. The forks, the spoons, the plates and bowls. They get used. They serve and hold. If they are not washed, they can’t be used again…ewww…

You know, I got to thinking with my hands in those suds. We are like dishes. We are used daily for different tasks for our Master. We hold and serve. We have many jobs. But if we are not clean, we cannot be used effectively. I mean, you could eat with a dirty fork, but it wouldn’t be sanitary (umm… YUCK!). Can I serve the Lord if I am dirty? Not effectively. I would leave a bad taste in someone’s mouth!

How thankful I am that my Master puts me in that sudsy bath and gets rid of all my impurities. He gets rid of the crusted-on meals, the chocolate milk, and everything that is keeping me from being clean, and being used. It’s usually not comfortable getting in that hot water, but it’s necessary.

Next time God is “washing me,” (without complaining, I might add) may I remember the sermon He taught me at the sink!

❤ Joy (copied from my personal blog)