Monday, July 30, 2007

Growth in Christ

So often in life it's easy to cruise through each day as if we have a million more to live. Even when we see death all around us, it can be tempting to think that we will somehow escape it. With each day comes a new trial and with each trial comes a lesson in steadfastness and growth in the Lord. Today I stopped to evaluate my growth. And this blog is one result.

I often pray for others to grow in their Christian walks, maybe even subconsciously thinking that I'm ahead of them on the path. I was convicted during Sunday School yesterday of my lack of love for the Word of God. I tend to pick up my Bible (almost every day) and read two chapters and then offer up a quick prayer to God. It's no wonder that I'm not growing more. I need to not only read it but listen to it, study it, memorize it and meditate on it knowing that Christ will reveal Himself to me if I do. THAT is what it means to love the Word.

On another note, tonight I told someone that "I had to have the internet at home" because "my world revolved around it." There is something incredibly wrong with that statement. My world should first and foremost revolve around Christ, then my husband, then my child - never the internet. Needless to say, I've resolved to fast from the internet for the next week. It will be incredibly hard for me as I probably check my email 20 times a day (no joke). Please pray that I grow in my nearness to God in the process.

Last night, James read his resignation letter to the church. It was not an easy time and there is much uncertainty about our future in the ministry. However, I wholeheartedly believe God will lead us and grow us during this time.

As you can see, much has been happening to cause me to question my sincerity of love for our God. I pray this week rejuvenates me and draws me nearer to Him. Will you pray with me?

Take care...

P.S. As a side note and a "gift" for those of you that are interested, here are some of the latest pictures of Hannah!

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