Today's Friendly Friday guest post is from another Twitter friend of mine, Patti Hazlett.
Eh. She's OK.
I'm kidding! I just always say such glowing things about my pals, I thought I'd switch it up a little bit. They're all just so great, aren't they?
Patti is no exception. She's sweet and funny on Twitter, and her blog, For Such a Time as This, is really insightful. She even uses scripture! All the time!
Things I aspire to.
The blog post she wrote for me today hit me like a ton of bricks—a real "gut check," as she calls it. And if I know my readers, it'll hit all of you pretty hard, too.
That's OK. We Lazy Christians need that, right? Right.
So read Patti here, then go check her out at For Such a Time as This and follow her on Twitter. And thanks for the post, Patti!
|I totally stole this pic of Patti.|
Sometimes I wake up with the words of Psalm 139:23-24 in my head. “Search me, O God, and know my heart, test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Recently, a toilet in our house overflowed, causing a flood of about 600 gallons of water. You can imagine the damage. In the repair process, doors have been removed. Doors to spaces and closets that I would prefer to keep hidden. Now, the clutter and mess is exposed for all to see. There is no way to cover it up.
It’s kind of like my heart. Most of the time, I can keep a tight lid on some of those anxious thoughts and offensive ways that I struggle with. Impatience. Anger. Worry. Harsh words. Judgment. The list goes on. But, when the doors come off and my struggles are exposed, through my own failure to give them over to the One who can change me, my clutter and mess come spilling out for all to see.
When that happens, it hurts. It hurts others and it hurts me. But mostly, I think it pains my Savior because He knows how He can help me if I just lean in to Him and let Him.
Its times like these when Psalm 139:23-24 settles in like a gut check. He tenderly points out where I am struggling and assures me that He is working in me. Realizing the issue and confronting it are big deals for me. I spent way too many years living in denial and never thinking I had issues to contend with. I was so wrong.
Today, I failed. My daughter was tired and a tad grouchy and instead of nurturing her in a loving manner, I got annoyed and frustrated with her. This Psalm’s words came to mind after I dropped her off for school.
As I read Scripture and prayed, I found comfort in two passages:
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11
I cannot change on my own. My surrender will be the catalyst. When I embrace that and pray these Scriptures, things do begin to happen. Rest assured, no matter how far we may have to go, it is not as far as from where we came. I take comfort in that and I keep pressing into Him.
© Patti Hazlett, 2011