Monday, August 6, 2007

Straight to the Heart

I talked TJ into going through the kids' toys and selling some of them. We just have way too much stuff, and in the past I've donated the toys to the Crisis Pregnancy Center. I am going to try sell them at a consignment sale and use the money to buy the kids some clothes. Whatever doesn't sell, I'll then donate. I am looking forward to going through the toys; I just need to find time to do so.

School begins again in 2 weeks. I am excited, but also stressed at the same time. My time is limited as it is, and school only adds to it. In addition to taking classes, I am leading a Bible study for some friends of mine. This will be my second time leading a Bible study, and I love to do it. I love sharing with others the many ways the Lord has blessed me, convicted me, and taught me. We are doing a study on stress, so it will be beneficial to me, as well. We begin next week, and meet 10 times over the next couple of months.

God has been dealing with me the past couple of days. I know there are areas in my life that I need to improve, mothering being the top priority. Well, that isn't exactly truthful. The top priority is my time spent each day with the Lord, or lack of it. I guess I have gotten out of doing daily devotions; instead, I've only been doing them every 2 or 3 days. The key to overcoming sin in certain areas is by hiding Scripture in one's heart and recalling them when needed. I can't hide Scripture in my heart if I'm not reading God's Word daily. I know what I need to do, I'm just not doing it. I also know I am reaping the consequences of disobeying the Lord: when I am tempted to sin by yelling or punishing angrily, I can't readily recall the Scripture I need to overcome my temptation. God dealt with me severely yesterday. Sunday School's lesson was on controlling the tongue. The message at church was seeing my inadequacies and calling on God to step in.

Nothing like a sharp arrow to the heart or a blow to the gut to put me in my place.