Archive | March 2010

Ignorance is not Always Bliss?

As I am writing tonight, the top of my feet are covered with burns….a not so pretty picture resulting from a not so smart idea.  But because my seemingly ingenious plan to clear up a skin problem went awry, I am now reaping the painful consequences of red, swollen, oozing flesh as I am once again reminded that ignorance is not always bliss.

This latest little lesson is just another chapter in my unwritten book of DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME OR ANYWHERE ELSE EVER AS FAR AS THAT MATTERS!  And it will be forever stored right next to all of the other not so brilliant ideas I have had, such as the time in seventh grade when I tried to learn to knit. I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself as I precariously balanced on a couple of boards I laid across the top of the backyard jungle gym; knitting needles in hand and my pet frog in a tin can …until…Long story short…The board tipped and I crashed face first into the bars on the way down, landing on top of my knitting needles and my frog. However, two back eyes, a sore rear-end and a dead frog latter I was armed with new knowledge and I NEVER DID THAT AGAIN!

One thing is for certain,though, whether a back yard catastrophe or a foot soak gone bad, extreme pain has a way of bringing revelation and imprinting “Thou shalt nots” into our brains. But do we always have to learn everything the hard way?

Let me see…If “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”,  what is it when you just do something really dumb once…Is it ignorance or foolishness, or just stupidity?    I personally prefer to use the word ignorance because it has a much nicer ring to it.  But no matter the label, the results are the same… ugly consequences.

When I was going through my divorce, which was the result of a lot of ugly consequences, I learned the scripture “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6. Not only did that passage give me much needed understanding, it became the key verse of a small single’s ministry I eventully led, for I became passionate about learning the truth about my identity in Christ, marriage, boundaries, abuse and co-dependent behavior for both myself and others. 

Since I am unaware of available resources about forbidden knitting positions or the world’s deadliest foot soaks, I guess it is safe to claim ignorance on both accounts, but how about when it comes to living life?

Fortunately, God has given us a handbook to guide us, for from Genesis to Exodus, not only can we learn about God’s love, His ways and His will, we also have the added benefit of learning from the mistakes and victories of our Biblical forefathers.

Rest assured, You can be certain that from now on I won’t be soaking my feet in anything I haven’t researched first, just as I don’t plan on making any life choices without researching the Word and seeking godly counsel . For I have definitely learned that when it comes to the Lord, love, and relationships, ignorance is not bliss.

May you be blessed today as you seek to know Him and His ways!

Change

Today has been a very trying day.  Not only has there been a major turnover at work; there has also been a major turnover in my heart.  Change, change,  change.  I see it, I feel it, and part of me dreads it.  But what can I do about it?

As far as I am concerned, there are three options in dealing with change.

Option one-run from it. The funny thing about trying to run from change is it always catches up with you. I can remember times when my very flight into denial actually brought about the very change I was fleeing from.

Option two-fight it.  Oh, did this ever used to be the story of my life!  whenever I would see change coming, I would dig in my heels and arm myself with my “I’m not gonna’s!” and “No ways!”  And although my fight stance did nothing to stop the inevitable ,I’m sure I left a trail of drag marks behind in the process.

Option three-embrace it.  This is the option that brings me victory and peace.  The motto of embracing is “It is what it is, so it’s time to grow.”

In order to embrace change we do not have to like it or agree with it, we just have to agree with God and His truth in its midst. Thus, instead of seeing change as oppression, we need to view it as an opportunity to grow as we seek wisdom and trust that God will bring forth something greater than what we have previously known. 

Are you in a season of change?  Will you allow what you can not change to change you? James 1:17  says that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above..”  Do you believe that God will bring something good out of the changes you are going through right now? In the same verse James also acknowledges God as being the “…Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  May you be comforted in knowing that not only does God see all (for nothing is hidden in the light), He loves you and desires what is best for you…and that, my friend, will never change!

Have a blessed Day!

Just a Quick Update

Psalms 81:10-“Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.”

Over last couple of weeks the Lord has been speaking to my heart about walls(man-made and God-ordained), and about pride (generational sources, foundations, and how it operates in my life.) And although, during this time, I have probably set some kind of record in writing rough drafts on this site, when I think about publishing one of them I feel to wait.

I see my place before the Lord right now as a hungry(and sometimes impatient ) baby bird being fed through the love of my Father God.  I just need to trust and allow His truth and life to fill my spiritual stomach so I can continue to grow and eventually take flight into the next season of my life with the freedom He desires for me.

Be blessed and have a wonderful day!