Wow… has it almost been an entire month since my last post?Where did the time go? Things have been busy, but the Lord has been so good! I have spent the last month traveling, spending time with family and friends, and adjusting to my husband’s last semester of school (… well, Lord willing!).
As is to be expected, with the busyness of life, there have been many distractions this past month. Good distractions, but distractions nonetheless: a new Bible study, another round of Baby Gym classes, an unusually high number of “ministry opportunities,” some large family gatherings, and of course there was the “de-Christmas-ing” of the house (actually, we were so “distracted” that we didn’t get to taking down our Christmas tree until just 2 weeks ago).
All that being said, I just found it necessary to refocus my heart recently on the eternal things. Like the month of January, my life is but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow (Psalm 39.4). But, God and His Word are eternal (Isaiah 40.6b, 8; 1 Peter 1.24-25a). This past month, I found that I needed to constantly reorient my thoughts, affections, energies, and priorities back to the eternal things that center on God and His Word (Colossians 3.1-4). Otherwise, I discovered that would become so easily distracted with the cares and concerns of this world that before long I would find myself tangled in a mess of sin (i.e. anxiety, worry, frustration, anger, selfishness, ingratitude, entitlement, etc.) and not know how I got there. However, I found so much encouragement from God’s Word, which gently yet faithfully kept guiding me back to the narrow, straight path. God is so patient and tender in the way that He has shown me my sin this past month!
With a brand-new month ahead, there is much room for growth! 🙂 So, it is with humility and excitement that I embark on this journey into February, eager to learn and grow from all that the Lord has planned (Ephesians 2.10).