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My Flesh Ain’t Starvin’.

Not like it really should.  Last night, I thought about the old saying, “Feed your spirit, and your flesh will starve.”  It boils down to issues of self-control and discipline.  I do okay a lot of the time.  But, not all of the time.

No, no.  Not all.  What am I supposed to be, a saint? 

Ahem.

I will admit that one of the reasons I listen to Christian music more than any other type of music is because it sets my mind on good things.  I find myself in an attitude of worship during those times.  It not only brings awareness to who God is, but it inspires me to want to be a better person.  It’s not that I don’t like a little of the other every now and again.  I do.  And, I play it.  Heavens, why else does my daughter ask her Aunt Jenny if she has any “Shot to the Heart” in her car?  Well, actually, that’s because of her Nan.  (Thanks, Mom.)

I just know me.  And, I know that certain types of music feed my spirit.  And, others don’t.  Period.

Then, there is the Word.  In preparation for dad’s upcoming series on the bible and such….I read this scripture:

“….People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”  Matthew 4:4

Every word?  EVERY word?  Mercy, Pete.  I just like readin’ my favorite words.  Lord knows, I skip Leviticus every time I see the phrase “animal’s blood” show up.  That’s just gross.

But, this is not my point.

What is my point?

Oh, yeah.  I can quote scripture.  Impressed?  Sure you are.  The SAME scriptures over and over.  I don’t branch out there much. 

But, I am.  Because, y’all, my flesh wants a lot of things.  Like window treatments, a MacBook, a new pair of jeans….

Of course, those things are from the Lord.  Let’s think of better examples. 

My flesh can be envious.  It can be impatient.  I can be downright ugly.  So, I think David may have been onto something when he said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you,” in Psalm 119. 

I’m gonna feed my spirit more.  Except Leviticus….I stand my ground on Leviticus. 

And, starve that flesh of mine.

Whew.

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Little Splinters Hurt.

Anna loves to climb our wooden fence.  Unfortunately, splinters are likely when she grabs the fence with her small, tender hands.  She knows this.  But sometimes, the reward outweighs the risk, so she climbs away.  When she came inside from our backyard yesterday with tears streaming down her face, I knew.  She climbed the fence.  And, she had the splinters in her hand to prove it.

“Get them out, Mom!” she wailed.  “They hurt so badly!”

Isn’t it funny how something so tiny can cause so much pain and discomfort?  We want it out right then, don’t we?  We are always quick to respond to our physical well-being. 

Yet, when something seemingly small and painful enters our spirit, we don’t always work to get it out right away.  We think we can continue to function and pretend it’s not there.  It might be jealousy.  Discontentment.  Bitterness.  Pride. 

Our Words.

Our Thoughts.

To name a few.

But these seemingly small things can cause great damage to our spirits.  They can even cause damage to those around us.  The Song of Solomon tells us that it’s “the little foxes that spoil the vine.”  So, why do we think we can compartmentalize those little things and shove them in a drawer as though they will not affect us?

We really can’t.  Because, those splinters will show themselves whether we want them to or not. 

Instead, we have to get out the tweezers and prod it, poke it, and pull at it until it’s no longer infecting us.  We have to get it out. 

It might hurt a little when we pull the splinter out.  But, oh the relief once we do. 

I tend to ask God, “What in me is not of You?”  Then?  God and I deal with it.  Together. 

Annnndddd, we do this often.  Just the same, I know I haven’t relieved Anna Takle of her last splinter.  And, when she runs to me crying, “Get it out,” I will.  Then, I will hold her and let her rest in my arms.  Don’t you think our heavenly Father does the same?

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Word up. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)


For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow:  it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart
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Hebrew 4:12

The word of God is living and active –

It’s not dead.  It’s full of life.  It produces results.  God loves His word.  And, He watches over it to perform it. 

Sharper than any double-edged sword….dividing soul and spirit –

Our soul is our flesh.  The word is sharp enough to separate our soul from our spirit, so we can discern if we are functioning in our spirit being or our flesh.  And, as children of God, we are spiritual beings.  Not in a freaky kind of way but in a “we’re created in His image” kind of way.  I tend to function in both.  I’m trying to spend a little more of my time operating in the spirit….no matter what Anna is wearing J

It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart –

Only the word can judge our intentions.   Are our thoughts – our intentions – pure?  The word of God can pierce our spirits and reveal to us our true self.

How are we treating others?  What feelings are we dealing with that are not from Him?  Are we struggling with jealousy?  Are we struggling with judging others?  Are we remaining discontent?  Are we reacting to situations with a negative attitude?

Whatever our inner battle, the word of God is sharp enough to pierce it and reveal the yuck in our life.  Not so we walk away condemned.  But, so we walk away forgiven.  So, we walk away filled with His goodness.  So, we walk away feeling ALIVE. 

Reading His word and letting it saturate our hearts is not just a good thing to do.   It’s a necessary thing if we want to walk in all of the wonderful things He has for us. 

And, I don’t want to miss a thing.  (Thank you, Steven Tyler for that one.)

Set aside a little Jesus time, as I call it.  You will be filled with His life.  And, ya know what else?  You’ll enjoy life a whole lot more. 

Soooo, get yo ‘self in the word.

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