This was on one of my journal pages today. How fitting for my Monday Madness.
Every day we get a new wave of God’s mercy, grace, and love, and boy have I needed it today! It’s Monday. The kind of Monday to complain about, when nothing seems to go right, and emotions are not being kept in check. Yet it is all my fault that it was that kind of morning; a Monday morning full of sinful, stubborn selfishness! Ugh!!
Have you ever had a day like that?
I knew I could not and did not want to carry on this way for the whole day. I had to stop, and change my attitude. The sooner the better! I took myself to time-out; calmed down; assessed the situation, made a to-do list, and got started.
“Forgive me, God, and help my focus and obedience be only unto you.”
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:7, 10 NLT
Was yours a Monday of madness? It’s not too late to start over. You can even borrow my to-do list. Take credit for your contribution to the madness, and make a change now. You’ll be glad you did.
So many beauties blooming across the prairie, are they weed or flower?
I have loved Kansas Wildflowers since at least fourth grade. Mrs. Swisher led the class through picking, identifying and drying wildflowers of Kansas. By the conclusion of the unit study, each student had a book of dried wildflowers to take home. Many, many years later, I can still identify some of those flowers.
My favorite bouquet is one that is handpicked either from my garden, the pasture or road ditch. Although Mrs. Swisher never referred to them as weeds, my farmer hubby would have a conniption if I were to purposely plant them in my flower beds. Though adding beautiful color to the landscape many are obnoxious and even noxious. They can crowd out the grass or growing crop, make animals sick and are difficult to control.
These weeds have a similar effect as temptation and sin. When we are tempted, the temptation is often pleasing to the eye. However, once we give into the temptation, sin begins to reveal its ugliness. If we let that sin take root it will spread into other areas of our life, crowding out our desire to follow the example Jesus set for us.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8, 9a NLT
Don’t be deceived; keep the weeds out of the flowers.