Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Is this a good or bad pest?

Subtle hints from others are not always enough....have you ever walked away from someone just to have them follow you?  Have you changed the subject just to have someone change it right back?  Have you shifted your focus to something else just to have a person force you to focus back on them?

We have all had these friends, moments, episodes...some of us have been these pests! Sometimes I can be like a gnat in someone's ear when I am on a mission. I admit, when I need to help a family or child, I can be relentless if I think I am on to something!

Hmmm...tonight I thought about how I had annoyed someone today. I will admit ultimately the outcome was helpful to someone else, so I would say it worked out okay  In the end, the person I annoyed was thanking me for what I did (ironic in some ways). The lesson in this is sometimes pest grow on maybe I have grown on this person.

This is a pest that has lived outside of my office for a long time....he or one of his relatives was even there last year.  He sits in this same spot and stares at me. Sometimes he nestles under the seal and I only see his tail.  I use to knock on the window to scare him away.  Now, I expect him to be there.  When he isn't, I look closer for his tail.  He has grown on much, I went outside and took a picture this week (I humor myself in so many ways....).

I stop and ponder wondering how would God describe me?  Am I a pest to Him?  I want to be!

Think back...if a pest is someone who constantly nags at you, desires to be with you all the time, desires your guidance, wants your attention, desires to mirror you then that is what we should desire spiritually.  I want God to want me notice when I stray away....

As pest, may we desire to:

Nag God... Praying without ceasing.  1 Thessalonians 5:17

Be with God...But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be 
added to you. Matthew 6:33

Have God's direction...Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

Mirror Him....And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  
2 Corinthians 3:18

Know more about Him....I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:111

Monday, September 8, 2014

Are you a talker or listener? Blahblahblah

Too many words....blahblahblah....

I have always been a children are talkers....I am sorry to all of their teachers; they got it honestly!

I am trying to minimize my words. I have a lot to say and I am usually in a hurry. I rush through because my to do list is mammoth.  Not to complain, I do like it that way. God created me as an Energizer Bunny.  I have long lasting batteries, but they still need recharging at times.  In an effort to save some of my juice, I have been trying to minimize my words.

Sometimes I say so much, I know I lost people at hey and they tune back in at bye!  I know the extraneous details are not always necessary.

Why am I telling you this?  To say, we have so much to say that we often forget to listen!  God wants us to be still and listen.  So I am tuning in and trying to listen more...shhhhhh....enjoy the quiet, for in it, God has a still small voice...wait on it 'cause it is bound to be good!

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him."  Psalm 37:7