I hope everyone has enjoyed our first full week! We are booking "Guest Posts" into November now. I am a bit overwhelmed with the amount of excitement we are having. I have left Saturdays open. I’d like to use Saturday to introduce any new blogs, new ideas, information, and any changes that may need to take place. I have also left Sunday open as a day to rest. I would like to use Sunday for sharing spiritual inspiration. This will be the only place I will share my beliefs. I’m telling you ahead of time, so you will have the choice to listen in or not- Its up to you. I will only post on Sundays, when something stirs me.
Today I am stirred:
Today, I want to use Sunday to tell on myself- a confession of sorts to introduce you to something I’m learning. I think I’m doing this because I feel the Lord has put some things on my heart in a very real way. This is an absolute very first for me. I have a desire and excitement to listen to him, but it feels strange to try and share or teach, when imperfection looms so evidently.
Here it is:
I do wrong things. Lets just get this out of the way from the beginning. Not only do I do wrong things, but I’ve probably done most of the things wrong there are to do. So, if anyone is out there dying to air my dirty laundry, I’d like to beat them to it. It's not that I want to do wrong things, or set out to do them intentionally, and I can go long periods of time successfully without messing up terribly, but in the end, I will do something wrong. As much as I’d like to say, “No more",. I have a feeling I will do wrong again in the very near future. I have news for you…so will you”. Romans 3:23 says, we have all sinned. For those of you who claim to be the sole exception to this eternal truth, verse 10 of this chapter plainly says, “No one is righteous- not even one”.
So the even bigger surprise is, "We all do wrong things”.
The Bible is very clear on this subject:
We were born with a nature to do wrong. King David, an Old Testament Israelite ruler, wrote, “For I was born a sinner- yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.” ( Psalm 51:5) We do wrong things because we were born sinners- it comes naturally. The bible also says, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? “ (Jeremiah 17:9). The sad truth is we are not basically good- we are all basically sinful. That means me, and that includes you.
I have recently learned our average attention span is roughly 10 minutes thanks to technology, so I’m going to make this short and sweet. The point is not to make light of our sin. I think sometimes as women, we let our past or present get in the way of who we can become. Not only do we do it to ourselves, but we're very good at doing it to each other, as well. I think sometimes as women we can be horribly cruel by airing each others dirty laundry - keeping each other in our places, and not allowing each other to grow out of ourselves, and into the beings God designed us to be- and in doing this, we further break ourselves. I know a God who doesn’t want that. I believe he desires a spiritual healing for women.-A collective realization that we are at the root of all our own problems in a very big way. We are destroying each other, our families, and ourselves with these practices. We are isolating one another. I love the quote: “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. Is there a quote that tells what happens to the world if we all get distracted? We need to gain a more sensible interest in ourselves and our children, and start seeing the big picture. We are in this together, we need each other, and we as women hold the fate of the world in our hands. Perhaps, instead of airing dirty laundry, we need to stop and help each other clean, heal, fold, and put away our dirty laundry, so we can be on to the bigger and better things the Lord has in store for us. Just a thought! I'm guilty are you?