Friday, June 02, 2006
Proverbs 22-24 ; Romans 14
Met with a young gal this morning seems to be alot like me, albeit younger and much cuter...but the personality struggles are similar. I have the extreme pleasure of meeting with her and another gal all through the summer and I must admit to being really excited. I love talking about journey's, about what God is doing, what we want Him to do, about where we are failing to follow, what we are struggling with and how HE works in spite of all of it. But what joy to just talk about you know?
To be able to listen to them really is cool and I have to THANK GOD that prayerfully I think I may be learning to listen more, to be able to here lay my thoughts out and not have to say them out loud is really showing me how cool it is to bless someone else by listening....how many people I wore out...I mean WORE OUT with my incessant talking and now to learn to listen. It's all true you know, you learn so much more doing that!! I love listening to people, I think as I more and more trust the MYSTERY of IT...... the easier it becomes...as I listen to people knowing there ain't a dang thing I can bring to the table but a heart that is learning LEARNING to listen.......I wonder if I am fooling myself? I don't think so I know with some people I want so much for them to KNOW me that I don't do as well but hopefully ...prayerfully I am changing...WILL CHANGE.....
So much in the Proverbs today.....from foolish to wise.......I so want to be wise and yet in each and every proverb is me being or having been the fool.......
The whole of this listening thing, when and why did it change? I don't know other than it has to be looking at it( the being about me, the lack of ability or desire to listen, the always having my own agenda, the desire to be known...) and being sorry for it, allows Him to change me???
And then in Romans..... 14: 13-14 Forget about deciding what's right for each other. Here's what you need to be concerned about: that you don't get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I'm convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. 17-18 God's kingdom isn't a matter of what you put in your stomach, for goodness' sake. It's what God does with your life as he sets it right, puts it together, and completes it with joy. Your task is to single-mindedly serve Christ. Do that and you'll kill two birds with one stone: pleasing the God above you and proving your worth to the people around you.......22-23 Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don't impose it on others. You're fortunate if your behavior and your belief are coherent. But if you're not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you're out of line. If the way you live isn't consistent with what you believe, then it's wrong.
Amazing, how the word, the bible....amazing how God knows my heart better than I do and speaks to it....I don't mean to take things out of context and KNOW that the whole of the reading today speaks to me and it is not meant to be piecemealed it's just that I love reading it, I love applying it to my life...or more correctly allowing HIM to apply it to my life. I love tears being right here, the knowing that it is in CHAOS that He works....I love being known so well by the God of the universe that perhaps I am learning to listen...I don't know just struck this morning by how much He loves us and desires us to love Him and others all others ......and in the knowing how far short in that I fall...in acknowledging that perhaps there is more changing yet to come....
Don't know where you're at w/PDL stuff but this......really cool...the last sentence..."What I do know is this: God wants everyone to come to the knowledge of him, and he is drawing people to himself from everywhere, and he can use anything to do it....."
Posted by Gigi at 9:34 AM