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My Freshly Brewed Life: December 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lessons From the Fish's Belly

Today's Bible reading was the story of Jonah. This story teaches us about obedience, willingness of spirit, gratitude, compassion and God’s patience and mercy. Jonah was asked by God to go to Nineveh to announce judgment because of their wickedness. But instead of obeying, he turned and ran the other way "to get away from the Lord." Through a series of events, his disobedience led him to a huge "time out" inside the belly of a large fish. What a place for contemplation and reflection, huh?
How many times have we disobeyed the voice of God, only to find ourselves in a cold, dark, uncomfortable and lonely place? It's one thing to step the wrong direction because we do not hear clearly. But when we willfully disobey, that's when we'll find ourselves smack dab in the middle of the fish's gut.
No matter what, whether by innocent mishap or willful disobedience, God is always there to realign and point us back in the direction of His will. I wonder what it felt like to be Jonah back then, sitting all alone in that cold, dark place, reflecting on what he should have done. I, for one, do not want to find out. I strive every day to hear the voice of the Lord and when I do, to act accordingly. I don't want to give God any reason to thrust me into the sea to be swallowed up by some fish.
How about you? Are you having a hard time being obedient in something God is asking you to do? Pray and ask Him to give you the strength. He will not ask you to do anything that He will not equip you for in every way.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Redeeming My Time

Tonight I made a commitment to God to redeem my time with Him. Life has become so busy and most days I do not sit at the feet of Jesus as I so desire. I have become a 5:16 Gal. I belong to a community of women on the internet that encourage one another daily through their commitment to "redeem their time" with the Lord. I so need that. Although I hate to admit it, my time with the Lord hasn't been near where I would like it to be over the last several months. Am I in the Word? Most days, yes. However, more often than not I am rushing through, putting in my time and not really slowing down long enough to hear what the heart of God is trying to say to me through His Word. I am realizing as life gets no less busy that I am in desperate need of accountability in this area. Becoming a 5:16 Gal is one way to do this. Another tool I found on the internet today is My God Sightings.
Its a free website. Once you register, you get a homepage and receive your daily reading from the One Year Bible each day. You can journal there, make notes, comments, etc. I have read through the Bible before...just last year in our School of Ministry. I didn't do as well as I could have. I am hoping this time around will go better.
I decided not to wait until January 1st and will begin my daily readings tomorrow. I am excited to see what God does as I challenge myself and redeem the time that belongs to Him!
Will you join me?