Saturday, August 15

Take your everyday, ordinary life....


Today we took the kids to a swimming hole in Sean's old stomping grounds. The air was thick with heat and haze, the water high and fast and cool.

We floated in the currents and jumped off the giant boulders with friends, water rushing over our heads in bubbles before we rose to the surface. Goosebumps appeared on little arms despite the heat as the kiddos and their friends got braver and braver in the taming of the water with their gear of noodles, life jackets and body boards.

I always feel peace in that place.

Giant trees line the path the creek has made. It hasn't stopped for the boulders some would see as obstacles, carving its way through and around, smoothing the granite like a baby's bum, falling headfirst over the biggest into still, deep pools.

In another world last night, Sean and I sat on the big swing out front in the cool of the day, watching deer running the fields, farmers and machinery meandering up and down the road, enjoying the last lazy moments of the day.

Beside him, sharing my heart on deep things, bouncing ideas and thoughts and scripture, I feel God's peace through him. I am so thankful for Sean.

I am challenged lately to study deeper into the topics closest to my heart, marriage and parenting and education. There are aspects of each topic that are preference and aspects of each that are based on Biblical mandates. Not wanting to blur any lines, or falsely say my preferences are Biblical has motivated this study.

I am really enjoying this study. I'm finding God's Word sweet to me, looking forward to those moments during the day when I can sit and think on things, quickly look up applicable verses and think further as our day goes on.

Study with me, will you? Isn't it so easy for culture to creep into every aspect of our lives, making itself a comfortable, acceptable presence.

Here's what I'm thinking on this weekend:

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2 New American

I also am motivated to daily consider by the Message version:
"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. "

2 comments:

Mindy said...

This is the very verse we closed our Sunday School lesson with today. I've been meditating on it this afternoon, praying that God will truly transform me into the image of His Son. Thank you for your thoughts on the matter.

mandi said...

the message translation is one of my favorite. 'take your everyday life'... it really cuts to the chase.

your day sounds like it was lots of fun. i just love swimming holes!