The July picture on our calendar. A totally different time.
Very hot and humid yesterday. Storms this morning and still a little threat of more. It's Summer alright! Not so sure I want this to be the last Sunday in June though - with the 4th of July this week it seems like Summer flies by after that. Not much I can do about it though, can I? LOL : )
It has been another fine Sunday. Pastor's sermon at church this morning was particularly good. It's a calm, relaxing day - good meal, summer reading, planning the upcoming week, and now chatting with you. : ) We'll have ice cream sundaes later while watching another episode of "When Calls The Heart" (yes, I'm definitely a Hearties fan!). And then preparing for another week ahead. I know some people would think how totally boring but it perfectly suits us today. : )
My "Homemaker's Thoughts" this week was how much fortitude we need for this life. The changes are so quick that it's hard to catch up and keep up and how much energy it takes to deal with everything. Life is exhausting nowadays. Hearing about what's happening in the news (which I don't even listen to but, unfortunately, my husband likes to tell me) makes me sad and discouraged about the path our society is taking and it feels like I'm on the outside looking in and not liking what I see and there's no where to run! We were talking about this at the table the other day and I know that if there are groups of people who do not believe in God and have no moral compass then why should I expect anything different from them? I know that. But it's almost like grief. We've lost something - we've lost conviction, we've lost right from wrong, we've lost sanity, we've lost decency. And we can't get it back. We can never go back to the picture above.
I thought about how I need to ask God for wisdom, courage, strength, and energy on a daily basis. I see SO many people who are wise in their own eyes and I never want to be like that. People who discuss so many things without making any sense - it's all talk and they don't know it, but they look and sound totally foolish. I'm seeing SO many people just folding instead of speaking up and that's where the courage comes in. Courage to speak up and speak out. We were sitting with a group of people a while back and everyone was complaining how bad it's getting but nobody is willing to do anything - it's so easy to complain, not so easy (or popular) to do something about it. And the strength I've already mentioned (fortitude) is what we need to just get through the days because just going out on errand day (around here anyway) is enough to test your Fruits of the Spirit!!!!!! You know........love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. Some days I do okay, others not so much (especially the patience and self-control). I declare, I think some people want to test you and push you to the point to see how far they can go before you show your not-so-good side. If you pass the test, they're bummed. If you fail the test, they love it.
I know that this world is not our home - I do know that. Really. Being a homemaker (and we all are if you live anywhere) just brings about those feelings of working even harder at making where you live different from the way the world is living. It's a huge responsibility and a hard task but it's something that we're called to do. It's a challenge. isn't it? I know of so many people who were once following the Lord and are now not. Satan is working overtime - he's trying to gather as many people as he can and lead them to destruction and society is falling for it hook, line, and sinker. I think the nice word for it is tolerance. I'm sorry, but it's sin - no getting around it. Sin. And, yes, I'm definitely intolerant of sin.
But then there is Jesus. He defeated sin on the cross and is willing and able to lift the burden of sin from every shoulder of every man, woman, and child if only they would come to Him. I did. Almost 30 years ago. Me. A VERY sinful woman. Now changed. Now saved. And every person can experience that salvation no matter where you are right now, now matter what you are doing now or what you've done in the past. Don't let society tell you what you should do, think, be, or believe. Let Jesus. He can really transform lives but that transformation is for good. There is a line in a Toby Mac song that says "I don't want to gain the whole world and lose my soul" - because that is what this fight against good and evil is all about. If you die today, what is most important - that you got your way and lived the way you wanted to live or that you lived the way God wanted you to live no matter how unpopular it was to the world? Or, if Jesus came back today to take all believers up to Heaven with him while everyone else is left behind, would you be the one to go and live with the Lord or would you be left behind to suffer the consequences? Think very carefully what this all means for your life here on earth but most importantly the life that is to come.
I think it's come to the point where we should be singing "Onward Christian Soldiers" because like it or not we are in a battle for hearts, souls, and minds. Fortunately, we have God on our side and He is The Mighty Warrior standing and fighting with us and for us. Let's take the week ahead and be brave. Let's be who Jesus would want us to be for our homes. Don't give in and don't give up. Dare to be different.