Friday, March 9, 2012

Devotions This Week 03/06/2012

Agony of "De-Feet" vs The Thrill of Victory

I noticed the liner of my free-heel ski boot started to wear unevenly. Each gliding step left an uncomfortable impression on the side of my foot. The thick sock provided a barrier of protection for a time. Eventually, the irritation consumed my attention. It was my first outing of the season on this gear. I vaguely recollect dealing with the same discomfort at the end of the prior ski season.

Originally posted by Christian Outdoor Leadership ...


Sweet Nectar

I'm learning the need to bless our children. Curses, even though we think they are a myth, are real. Our words either bless or curse our children. A curse may look like "You will never amount to anything" or "You're a spoiled brat."

A blessing focuses on the good things a child is and will produce because we name it for them. I name each of my girls a sweet flower.

Double Shadows

When I run at night I contend with two sources of light -- the moon and the street lights. One a natural source and the other unnatural. I cast two shadows. The same is true in life.
One shadow of influence comes from all things pure, lovely, noble, and praiseworthy and the other, well, not so much. I don't want to cast two shadows. I fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). You fall short of the glory of God.

The tension occurs in my life and probably yours too when I do what I don't want to do and don't do what I want to do (
Romans 7).


Runt Cabbage

Desert gardening can seem a little confusing for regular seasonal gardeners. I plant cabbage in late September or October for a winter harvest. Each year I pray to still have a large yummy cabbage to cook for St. Patrick's Day in March.


Pressure Treated Wood

Some building projects a peacemaker undertakes will require the use of pressure-treated lumber. If I have given the devil a foothold in my life in an area such as injustice or rejection, I'm apt to react to these situations with sin rather than as a peacemaker. I can treat my soul with a dose of protection prior to encountering harsh environments where the injustice of rejection is likely to occur.