Tuesday, October 26, 2010

When All of Your Fires Become ONE

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Stirring swiftly to the left and right I shuffle through the kitchen of my life.   Smells intermingle in a glorious explosion.  Mind racing for spices, oils, anything to put the “perfect touch” on each concoction.  Dancing about all seems well. 
I shift my focus to the rice that needs a little more time to absorb.  Open the stove door and peek in on the roasting chicken and sweet potatoes.  Vegetables are steaming.  Pre-dinner commotion increases as little ones crawl too close to hot stove.  Bathroom runs to aid ‘big boy’ learners send my feet scurrying away from readying food.
The dance stops and the clamor begins. 
The rice has begun to burn and there is no more water to steam the vegetables. The chicken and sweet potatoes are too hot for little hungry ones to eat. 
Frustration wells up and peace evades. 
As pots of food remain suitable for consumption, even cooked well, the fires of competing allegiances battle within.  I slam the pot of perfection closed and burn my finger on its edge in my rash move.  The soup of balance boils over scalding my other hand as I race to clean its mess. The vegetables of a sound mind are jerked off the heat to avoid a burn (out).  The meat of love pierces my already hurting hands as I rush to unpack it’s aluminum shell.  The side of grace waits patiently as I remove it to cool.
Weary soul a hurting mess crumples to the ground. 
Where did I go wrong? 
“Too many pans in the fire AND too many fires in you dear one…this ONE THING IS NEEDFUL…”
I hear as my spirit opens to waiting arms of Grace. 
“Oh Lord Jesus, teach me anew how to sit at Your feet.  That in the tended pots and pans, the cooking fires of Your Grace.  Your Mercy.  Your Everlasting Love would become the ONE needful for all of my life.”
(AWA 10/26/10)
I will connect this to focus on “Scripture Memorization” at A Holy Experience (my favorite blog and blogger) and write out from memory some of my favorite passages that speak to the above.
“Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and lowly of heart and you WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30
“Trust in the Lord and do good.  Dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to Him.  Trust in Him and He will do it.” Psalms 37:3-5 (hoping to memorize this entire Psalm soon!)
“But whatever gain I had I count it as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed I count everything as loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish—that I may gain Christ and be found in Him not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes from faith—the righteousness from God that comes through faith.  That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering, becoming like him in his death so that by any means possible I may somehow attain the resurrection of the dead.”  Philippians 3:7-11
“Cast all of your cares upon him, because He cares for you.”  I Peter 5:7
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“I have loved you with an Everlasting Love, I have drawn you with loving kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions they never fail—his mercies are new every morning. Great is Your Faithfulness.”  Lamentations 3:22-23
“Perfect love casts out all fear.” I John 4:?
Tips for Scripture Memorization:
-I was blessed to learn many of these as a child which, if you’re older, isn’t as helpful now—but TEACH THEM TO YOUR CHILDREN! and learn them with them!!!
-I have spoken the Scripture to myself at many points over the years and learned that ‘pure Scripture’ is what I need when the flaming arrows of the Enemy of my Soul are coming hard against me.
-The longer passage in Philippians, my husband and I learned together.  It was his idea to regularly pick passages to memorize together…Romans 8 we did in the summer of 2009—he got the first chunk memorized and I was able to memorize the whole thing (will write this out in a future post).  We say it back and forth to each other as we are memorizing it—and we need to begin PSALMS 37…our next passage!
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8 comments:

  1. "...the fires of competing allegiances battle within. ...This one thing is needful."
    Excellent words and thoughts.

    I attempted to memorize Psalm 37 a year or so ago. It was well worth my time, even though I can’t recite it very well. I pray you will be blessed in the memorizing.

    “Pure scripture” – yes, that’s what we need. Thanks for this post.

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  2. Carrie @ comfortedbyGod.blogspot.com

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  3. Beautiful writing ... helping us to focus on the "one thing" of most importance. I love how you used the imagery of the kitchen of life.

    And, thanks for the reminder of Scripture memorization ... I started out this calendar year memorizing a passage each month, and have slipped away from it in the past few months. Need to get back ...

    I also love to follow A Holy Experience ... and am appreciating her reminders recently for Scripture memory, as well ...

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  4. Simply beautiful. Thanks so much for linking it to the Mustard Seed Planting post for the day! I hope you will come back again...your writing is absolutely breath taking!

    Blessings!

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  5. I love that! I often go back to Luke 10 to remember that "one thing" that is needed. I'm having to discipline myself to sit at His feet and rest in His love and teaching.

    ~Jennifer

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  6. Hi Abby,

    Thanks for looking around on my blog! At the bottom of the blog right above "followers" there is a link that says, "My Old Blog"... It's here you will find some of my poems. Some titles: A Dripping Day, I share A Wall, A Mother's Love, Covenant... There may be more I just can't remember.I would love critical or positive feedback if you feel comfortable! Thanks :)

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  7. love your thoughts,

    stunning imagery.

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  8. How are you, friend?

    Glad to land on your exciting poetry land here.

    Welcome linking in 1-3 poems to our potluck today, Thanks in advance!

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