Tag Archives: Walk in the Spirit

But I Don’t Want to LOL!

10 Jun

I had to laugh when I read about a little girl who asked her mom for frozen stuff for Christmas — meaning from the movie Frozen.

She wasn’t too happy when she got a bag of frozen peas.

There are some days I’m not too happy either.

Life gets hard or I’m disappointed. Or I mess up for the umpteenth time.

I just don’t want to LOL.

I know the Bible tells me to give thanks and rejoice (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), but sometimes it’s just hard.

We must choose joy and gratitude as we walk in the spirit, because our fleshly desires sure don’t want to cooperate (Galatians 5:16).

When Pam Farrel and I co-authored the women’s devotional, LOL with God,* Pam included this wise and practical page titled, “10 things to Do When You Don’t Feel Like LOL.”

I want to reprint part of that page here — mostly because I need it today!

#1. Be Proactive. 

Do something you know you’ve enjoyed in the past that is healthy and good for you: a bubble bath, a walk on the beach, checking out a favorite book from the library, watching a favorite movie, reading a joke book or an online joke page (the clean ones only!).

#2. Be Relational.

Call a friend—or your mother! Make a connection with someone you love and who loves you: your husband, son, daughter, mom, dad, sister, brother, in-law, friend or mentor.

#3. Be Productive.

Work! Often, accomplishing something will help you feel better about yourself or life.

#4. Be Organized.

Spring cleaning or revamping a drawer or closet can be cathartic. A fresh start can come with fresh, clean surroundings. We know it’s hard to believe that cleaning house might make you feel better—but it can!

#5. Be Active.

Get off that couch and move! Exercise releases endorphins that will make you feel better after working out.

#6. Be a Model.

Do a personal makeover. Go to the mall and request a free makeover at the cosmetic counter of a department store, or invite a friend over and have her mix and match your wardrobe for some new looks.

#7. Be Relaxed.

Have a spa day (at a spa or at home). Give yourself a facial, a manicure, and/or a pedicure, or sit in a Jacuzzi. If you have funds, splurge for a massage at a spa or health club.

These practical suggestions can do wonders to lift your spirits, but the best suggestion ever for a “struggling to LOL” day is to allow THE Spirit to teach you joy.

Being filled (walking) with the Holy Spirit is the equivalent to allowing the Word of Christ—the Bible—to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16a); and the result will be gratitude, a singing and worshipful heart, and joy (Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:16b) as well as the “fruit” of the Spirit living and working in us (Galatians 5:22-23).

Struggling to LOL today? Which of these seven practical suggestions might help? Does the Spirit of God live in you? Consider how He might give you lasting joy.

– Dawn

* Note: LOL with God: Devotional Messages of Hope & Humor for Women by Pam Farrel and Dawn Wilson is no longer in print, but some are still available here.  The information included above is from p. 113 in that book.

  Graphic adapted, courtesy of Pixabay

Maybe I Need Bible Homework

28 Jan

I read about a school’s homework policy. Sounds funny, but maybe it’s true!

Students should not spend more than 90 minutes per night.

This time should be budgeted in the homeworkpolicy_lolwithgod_patriceaudet_pixabayfollowing manner:

  • 15 minutes looking for assignment.
  • 11 minutes calling a friend for the assignment.
  • 23 minutes explaining why the teacher is mean and just does not like children.
  • 8 minutes in the bathroom.
  • 10 minutes getting a snack.
  • 7 minutes checking the TV Guide.
  • 6 minutes telling parents that the teacher never explained the assignment.
  • 10 minutes sitting at the kitchen table waiting for Mom or Dad to do the assignment. *

Sounds about right.

For some people. Not for me. I remember how much I got done as a student. I actually liked to study in school. I’d shut out distractions and shut myself away with my books until I grasped what was important.

And because I had homework, I learned a lot more than if I had left my education to chance.

At one point, I thought, “Maybe I need Bible homework.”

Paul told Timothy,

“Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth” (1 Timothy 2:15, Amplified).

It’s not that I wasn’t “in my Bible.” I’m in it all the time for my job, for blogs I write, and for general reading (and lately, memorizing).

But studying to learn… studying for God’s approval… studying to be a better teacher?

Not so much.

Because of my job and other responsibilities, I can’t go to the official women’s Bible studies at church. But that’s just a reason for my lack of study, not an excuse.

I can educate myself in biblical truth at home. I’ve got oodles of books and commentaries and several Bible translations on my shelves. And I have the Holy Spirit within me, the best teacher of all (1 John 2:27).

So I’ve started giving myself homework.

  • I assign a passage and answer questions about the text.
  • I write little essays.
  • I apply what I learn – I figure out practical ways to use what I learn.
  • And the Lord sees to it that I am “tested” on the things I say I believe!

Why should I study scripture?

I am accountable to the Lord for what I learn about His Word … or fail to learn.

Learning just takes a plan and the desire to execute that plan.

It takes seeking and responding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and not carrying out the desires of our distracting flesh (Galatians 5:16).

I need to shut off the TV, switch off Facebook, get out of the kitchen, and get busy studying.

I’ve got homework!

Do you need Bible homework too? When are you going to get started?

 ~ Dawn

 * “Homework Policy,” Cybersalt News, January 28, 2015, CybersaltDigest

Graphic adapted, courtesy of Pixabay

Walking the Walk with God

25 Jul

Ashley showed Kim her new Lab puppy.WalkingPuppy

“Aaaw. He’s so cute!” Kim said. “What are you going to name him?”

“Five Miles.”

“What? Why that?”

“So,” Ashley said, “I can tell people I walk Five Miles every day.”

LOL!

I’ve been thinking about walking more lately. No, not walking outside – although, heaven knows, I need that! – but walking more with God.

Years ago, I misunderstood what “walking with God” meant. I thought it meant “asking God into my lifestyle.” I thought, “Lord, would you come along with me today?”

To be honest, I was thinking, “I hope I can get God to do something for me.”

Silly me. Presumptuous me!

No. Walking with God means aligning our lifestyle with His desires and plans. It’s walking in agreement (Amos 3:3) with Him.

It’s a fine line, but walking with God is more about being alert to walk with HIM rather than coaxing Him to walk where we want to go.

I have a choice in how I will walk.

I can either walk in the ways of the world (Ephesians 2:2) and in the “counsel” of wicked people (Psalm 1:1); or walk with the Lord by walking “in the Spirit” (Romans 8:4; Galatians 5:16).  I can walk on the narrow road of godliness, or the wide way of evil (Matthew 7:13-14).

When I walk with God, I desire to please and glorify Him (1 Corinthians 10:31) and allow the Holy Spirit to conform me to Christ. So walking with God means I have to avoid distractions and anything that will pull me away from the path He lays out for me.

Micah encourages us: “walk humbly with your God” (6:8). There’s no room for pride when we walk with Him.

Enoch and Noah (Genesis 5:24; 6:9) were described as walking with God. It’s a walk of submission and obedience. For Christians, it’s following the Shepherd (John 10:27). The Good Shepherd taught us how to walk with God; He walked in submission to His Father in heaven (John 5:19).

Walking with God has some important characteristics:

1. We will walk in Love (Ephesians 5:1-2) – beloved “children of God,” imitating Him … imitating Christ whose sacrificial love bought our salvation.

2. We will walk in the Light (1 John 1:5-7; Ephesians 5:3-14a) to have fellowship with God. The walk in Light is a walk of holiness.

3. We will walk in wisdom, according to the will of the Lord (Ephesians 5:15-17). We’re careful with how we use our time – what we do, where we go, etc. – knowing we live in an evil culture. We don’t want to be foolish “walkers.”

I can’t let pride, selfishness or foolishness control my thinking if I want to walk in submission and obedience. One of the practices of my spiritual walk is to remember that:

“God is God and I am not; so my walk must honor Him.”

A practical way I’ve found to “remember” that is to say those words when I put on my shoes or sandals!

How do YOU remember to “walk” with Him in love, light and wisdom each day?

– Dawn

Humor, adapted.

Graphic at Purina.com.au, “Introducing Puppies to Walking on a Lead.”

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