Christian Living, Uncategorized

Amused by Trash

Does anyone else have children who are amused with trash? Before having kids I had heard that kids would play with the wrapping paper and box rather than the shiny new toy. I never knew how true that was until our one year old celebrated her birthday and Christmas three days apart from each other. Yeah, and did I mention she is the first grandchild on both sides of the family? It was like Santa’s Workshop threw up in three different living rooms in the course of three separate days! But the best part was she found a little piece of sticky tape on one box and proceeded to play with it for the entire day with Grandma and Grandpa! It would stick to noses and toes and belly buttons and and crinkle a little just for extra fun. So the coolest new toys were packed into our car to take home pretty much untouched while she clutched her little piece of tape.

 “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -C.S. Lewis

Laura’s love of her little piece of tape reminds me so much of this C.S. Lewis quote. I can see when Laura does something silly like highly regarding a piece of tape over amazing well crafted toys. I can see it when others seem to hold certain ambitions or dreams above finding their true fulfillment in Christ. It is so easy to see how everyone else does this and so hard to see myself do this. Surely I don’t fall into this trap of being too easily pleased or amused by worldly trash when God offers far better! Oh wait, I fall into that trap all the time. Others (like my husband) can see when fail to set my eyes on Christ and try to fulfill my desires in earthly fashions. It doesn’t turn out well for anyone!

I think about all the times I happily scroll down my Pinterest page or my Facebook page to wile away a few minutes (*cough* opps, hours!) of time. Then I complain because I have no time to study Scripture or to pray or do anything that would allow me to draw nearer my Lord. I’m not saying Pinterest is evil, I’m saying how I manage my time with the Lord needs redemption. I am pleased with earthly trash and yet fall asleep reading the Bible in less than a minute because I have done nothing to cultivate that vibrant relationship with God.

Think of it this way, it can be fun to read love letters that old couples wrote years ago to each other. The cute ways they express their love will interest us for a bit but soon we will be bored because we don’t understand all the little jokes they reference in the letters nor will we be pleased that it is not us receiving the ardent love declarations. On the other hand, I love re reading the love letters from my husband over and over again. I know what he is referencing outside of the letters and I know that every declaration of love mentioned in there is for me and only me. 🙂 (Can you tell I am a romantic at heart? ❤ )

Now view the Bible as God’s love letter to us. It will only capture our attention fully when we are fully seeking to know and be known by the Author. Then His pleasures and desires will become our own. No more delight over pieces of tape but instead a true understanding of the joy of what God gives us!

How do you seek to guard against loving “trash” in your life over seeking God? Let me know in the comments! Talk to you again soon!

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Current Reads: Boundaries

This will probably be way behind the times but I am just now reading the book Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. Considering the book was originally copyrighted in 1992 and I have heard rave reviews of it pretty much my whole life, it is odd that I am just now getting around to reading it. But I am. Like I said, I’m behind the time! 🙂

Even in the first 100 pages that I have made it through in the past two days, I am amazed at how much I have to learn yet about setting boundaries in my own life. To be honest, I grew up in the pretty ideal situation talked about in this book and I still struggle with my people pleasing tendencies and a reluctance to say a healthy “no” from time to time.

Now that my husband and I are raising a little girl who is showing a very strong independent streak, I think this book is striking close to home in whole new ways for me too. I’m excited to keep reading it and see how to prayerfully apply what I am learning from the pages to my own life as well as how to apply those lessons to my parenting of Laura. Deep breath. Who knew parenting could be so challenging some days? (Oh yeah, every other parent that has ever lived! 😛 )

What about you? Have you read the book Boundaries? What were your thoughts on it? What did you take away from the book that has helped you personally or as a parent? I would love to hear about it!

Also, let me know what you are currently reading so I can add it to my already incredibly long To-Read Lists on Goodreads! 🙂

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Learning Again

Hello,

Well, I am learning about blogging all over again. It is not as easy as I had hoped, maybe because I keep getting caught up by reading Pinterest posts by professional bloggers who make it look easy and have been doing it forever in comparison to me. It’s amazing how horribly simple my blog looks in comparison to theirs!

There is a quote that I have heard (no idea who said it) about not comparing your beginnings to someone else’s middles. I like the thought of that again right now. It’s easy to fall prey to this idea that my life has to look like others who are in totally different areas of life than I am. For instance, my mom’s house is so CLEAN compared to mine. She lives in a big house alone with my dad and it almost always looks company ready. I have an active toddler in mine who can undo hours of cleaning in less than 5 minutes time. Different stages of life dictate that I cannot compare my house to my mom’s right now.

My reading list that I accomplished during the first (childless) years of marriage are impressive (not to brag but I read some good but tough stuff!) Right now, I can’t stay awake through a basic shorter C.S. Lewis book and am happy to make my goal in reading a little easier on myself since I know that this time of life just doesn’t offer the focus necessary for certain types of study and books. That’s okay. Someday I will have that kind of quiet time and focus again and all I will probably want is a little girl who kisses me while she has Cocoa Puffs in her mouth. Okay, I am getting teary eyed…must NOT think of her growing up way too quick!!

Finally, I cannot compare my relationship with Christ to other Christian’s walks. First, I have no idea where God is leading other people in their walks. They could be facing far deeper issues than I will ever guess and God could be working on them in super special ways that are unnoticed by the world. Also, I cannot assume mine is better than another’s just because it looks different from my own. For the longest time, I had this very vain idea that reading the Bible on one’s phone just wasn’t a good way to cultivate time in God’s Word. Now I am the mom who gets daily reminders of Scripture sent to her phone so I at least get some Bible study in every day, even if it is just a two minute text! Now, don’t confuse me, I still LOVE studying my Bible pages that are all marked up and mine and smell great and such but again, different season of life. I just don’t have that opportunity every single day so I grasp the moments with God and His word where ever and whenever I can get them!

So for today, I am learning again and again. Thank God for little lessons in small moments of the day. 🙂

Now excuse me while I go get some more kisses from my adorable and crazy daughter who is currently pushing chairs all over the house and giggling about the crashing noises. 🙂