Sunday, December 4, 2011

Staying in the Loop

Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Two years ago, I wrote several posts on this blog about things that I felt God had placed in my heart - namely, homeschooling and getting out of debt. I was extremely passionate about these goals and felt sure that God was leading me in that direction.

At the same time, I really wanted to get involved in the decorating blog scene, since I would literally spend hours pouring over blog after blog. This is evident as you scroll through my blog list. With my creative juices flowing and feeling bursts of inspiration, I made lame attempts at posts related to decorating. As much as I enjoy that kind of thing, I just never caught on enough to make it work. Decorating, it seemed, is not what God intended for this particular blog.

When I take a look at how much closer I am, after two years of supposedly working toward the aforementioned goals, I feel disappointed in myself and ashamed, to be perfectly honest. While I believe them to be legitimately things of God, the fact that I didn't dedicate my efforts to seeing them through left a big, huge void in my life. My interest in decorating caused me to spend money that should have been used toward getting out of debt - it was counter-productive to what I was trying to accomplish.

My efforts at getting out of debt have been weak, to say the least. I lack self discipline and I have not been seeking God's guidance the way I should. The willingness to sacrifice in order to see my dreams come true just hasn't been there. Those other interests, even though they aren't inherently bad, have simply taken precedence in my life over the most important thing of all. The presence of God. I've prayed about it, but I'm thinking that until I'm willing to listen and obey, God just isn't going to bless my half-hearted efforts.

We can't serve two masters at the same time. I believe that to be my answer. I just can't serve God and Pottery Barn at the same time. Pottery Barn and blogs I enjoy aren't evil by any means, but they stir a spirit of covetousness in me, and that is where the problem lies. So much to the point that it could very well be called idolatry.

It's taken way too long for this Truth to sink in. I guess it came at the right time, though, when I'm bound and determined to align my priorities with God's will. One step at a time. It's good to have varied interests, and I still enjoy the blogs I follow, but now I know that I need to work them into my priorities where they won't drown out what's most important.

What about you? Do you have a hobby or interest that may unintentionally take precedence over God's presence in your life? It's so easy for that covetousness and idolatry to sneak in without even realizing it. Take my advice, ask God to reveal it to you and nip it in the bud before the years slip by and you miss out on His best for you. You'll be glad you did!

Lord, thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for answering my prayers when I call on you and for showing me great and mighty things. In Jesus' name, Amen.



  1. My pastor's wife once shared how we shouldn't regret the choices and events of our past, for they've all brought us to where we are now. I've tossed this around a lot lately in light of recent happenings in my life. Certainly we've made mistakes, and would do things differently in hindsight, but we are here now, and can only move forward. I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father is patient and kind, and will continue to lead and guide us.

    Thanks so much for sharing your heart. Keep moving forward! :)

  2. First of all thank you for following me and I'm following you too! I don't put many arts, crafts, or decoration on my blog - I just wing it. So I hope you like it.

    What do you mean about the Pottery Barn?

    I'm glad you're back!


  3. Christa~ it has been so nice to see you blogging again. I still have you in my reader and have wondered about you often.
    I don't know how young you are...but your words today are words of wisdom...beyond your years I'm sure. Thanks for sharing it. I enjoyed reading it even though it pierced my heart at the same time.

  4. Hi Christe,
    I have found because of our circumstances that it is best I stay out of stores period unless it is the dollar store or a thrift store:) I love to buy clothing and when I look back,I see where I could have saved money even more to get us through this time period. I am again debt free even after four years of unemployment. God can and will help you get there:)

  5. Hi Christi

    Thanks so much for stopping by The Old Parsonage and leaving such a sweet comment. I really enjoyed reading this post and look forward to visiting again.

    Enjoy the Christmas season!