Archive - 2017

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What Are You Practicing?
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Do Not Awaken Love
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Following Instructions

What Are You Practicing?

Happy Spring! Along with the 80 degree weather (which I love) come the weeds in my yard (which I despise). It’s time for me to be driven completely mad by those little guys. I felt like I left my yard in pretty good shape before winter. I had worked weekly to remove the weeds.

But they’re back.

Isn’t that just like the sin in our lives? We wack at them, pull at them, and scream at them. Yet they keep popping their resilient heads up.

This winter, I’ve been studying the Abide Bible study by Jen Wilkin & Flower Mound Women’s Bible study group. She has walked us through 1, 2, & 3 John with weekly homework and a podcast. One of my biggest takeaways is that we are either practicing righteousness or we are practicing lawlessness/unrighteousness/sin. Each time I speak, dwell on a thought, or make an action, I am either practicing my obedience to God or I’m practicing my disobedience.

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Do Not Awaken Love

Much of my spare time over the past month has been spent reading and studying about relationships in the 21st century and what the Bible says about them. I’ll be honest – it’s been a weird month. For Sunday School material we’ve been teaching the True Love Project which features some very intense stories about sexual intimacy within the confines of marriage. Each week has two videos so I watch at least 30 minutes of someone else teaching the topic.

And then I was tasked with writing a post on Biblical Manhood for a separate writing project. I braved the rickety wooden stairs into the attic to find my high school journal. In it was the list of character traits that I prayed God would be instilling in my future spouse, should He see fit for me to marry one day. That assignment led me down the path of dating a Godly man even further. Then to comply with DCS (Department of Children’s Services) rules, Kevin and I had to take a 3 hour class on fostering children who have been sexually abused. Meanwhile, I read Aziz Ansari’s book Modern Romance (this is NOT a recommendation) about relationships today and why finding the “right” person can be so difficult.

So where have all these thoughts on relationships and physical intimacy led me over the past month? What one verse would I give to sum up my thoughts? It would be this repeating refrain from Song of Solomon:

Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field:
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.
Song of Solomon 2:7 and 3:5 (and 8:4 paraphrased)

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Following Instructions

I never realized how many rules our house has. When it was just my husband and me, the rules were unspoken. We picked up our shoes from the living room and put them in our closet, flushed the toilet after using it, wore jackets when it was cold outside, and so on. But when a child was added to our household, suddenly it seemed our home overflowed with rules. The unspoken rules were spoken, written, and posted on the wall. Even rules I never thought to create were repeatedly enforced.

The rules keep us safe and keep us sane (okay, maybe they just keep me sane – by my sanity is crucial to the continuance of our safe household!) Rules teach us to obey authority figures, make decisions, and experience both the negative and positive results of our choices.

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