Monday, November 23, 2009

Toilet water

My son, do not forget my teaching
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Proverbs 3 1-4

Two glasses;

One full of nice clean fresh spring water.

One full of dirty germy toilet water.

Which one is different?

You can't tell until you bump it

and then you see what spills out.


My heart is deceitful and so it can't be trusted.

Out of the mouth is an overflow of the heart.

Mine is dirty, murky water most of the time.

When I get bumped the overflow of my heart is

not a sweet spirit. It is not always a heart full of love

and concern for others. The overflow, I'm afraid, is selfish

and self protecting.

I have used friends and other families to 'gauge' my heart.

I give, I share, I'm a good wife, a good mother, heck, we've

adopted, we love kids and when I put myself up against others I think "I do ok"..
average

My gauge should be Jesus, to be more like Him.
not more like you sweet friends just as you should not strive to be more like me.
I'm wretched.
I should want to be more like Him everyday.

I should strive that when I get bumped I respond as He would.

Pouring out nice clean fresh spring water that all can drink

and want more of.

When we act selfishly or talk bad about someone or respond to our husbands

as cold prudish women or talk meanly to our kids or anyone we are pouring out

nasty toilet water that they can't drink without getting sick.


I can justify my behavior on just about anything. I responded to you coldly because I'm tired.

Our hearts are deceitful

I'm sarcastic, it's just how I am.

Our Hearts are deceitful

I didn't spend time with you because I had to have alittle time for myself

My heart is deceitful

I'm not kind because I have pms, you'll just have to understand if I'm moody and

mean to you.

My heart is deceitful

My three-year-old cries when she doesn't get her way.

Her heart is crying out....
Selfish, dirty, murky toilet water is inside.

It needs to be dumped and refilled with clean fresh water.

I'm no different

If I don't get treated fairly, someone is short with me, my hubby is late

my kids are noisy

I pitch my own little tantrum and

my heart is brimming with the nasty water.

Undrinkable



We cannot justify our behavior.

We need to ask forgiveness for it and start holding our hearts accountable

by God's heart not others who are just like us.

We are sinners

Our only hope is Him

to be

more

like

Him

8 comments:

The Ferrill's said...

Wow, did I ever need to hear this one today!
Jesus SHOULD be our gauge EVERY moment!
Good stuff...thank you for sharing!
Bless you!

Emma said...

Woot Woot!
I read that chapter everyday out of sure need. Great post. Hope you don't mind if I link ya...
Love you...

Annie H said...

Absolutely awesome and very real post. Thank you for sharing and allowing Jesus to work through you on me!!

Heart4Adoption said...

As usual, a wonderful post that hits home. Blessings! Tanya

Missy said...

hey lady...just wanted to say hey and i love you....don't always have time to comment, but i do pop over on most days, hoping for a word of wisdom or some great pics....you never let me down. love and happy thanksgiving to all you beautiful whites.

RACHEL said...

Awesome post... I needed that!

Beautiful Mess said...

Beautiful! Thank you!

rcsnickers said...

Beautiful illustration and so true!!! Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration you are on your blog!

Letisha

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