Combat Your Lazy

Our focus this week is on continually pursuing Christ.
“Lord, give me more of thy likeness; Enlarge my soul to contain fullness of holiness; Engage me to live more for thee… Blessed Lord, let me climb up near to thee, and love, and long, and plead, and wrestle with thee… Wrap my life in divine love, and keep me ever desiring thee.”
~ The Valley of Vision, “Longings After God” http://ow.ly/ATFOh

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We once knew a pastor we’ll call Jim.  And Jim told us he was struggling with laziness.  But laziness seemed to be the last trait we would have used to describe him.  Always working.  Always busy in ministry.  And when he wasn’t doing at church he was busy with his family and 100 projects.  And yet, Jim assured us, he fought against the tendency to be lazy.  Huh?  That made no sense to us… is he just being falsely modest?  Struggling with false guilt?  But then he explained.

Laziness doesn’t equal not busy or not active.  Lazy means neglecting an area or multiple areas of our life which are most important.  Even the most busy of us fight against laziness.

We all have lazy areas that we must learn to combat.Little Nick - almost 8 weeks 2 (Here is my son showing off a combative move).

One of my seminary professors also talked about this.  He is this amazing man who has written multiple books and has taught for 40 years.  He knows God’s Word so intimately and loves studying it.  Nothing brings him greater delight.  And, although I remember thinking his prayers were amazing, he stated once that the way he prayed was much less mature spiritually than the depth of the Bible and God he knew.  In other words, he felt he had not developed the discipline and love of prayer to the same depth he read and studied the Word.  He explained we will all have certain spiritual disciplines that come more naturally to us and ones we will have to make a firmer point to diligently pursue because they are harder for us.

And I see this in my life.  In my own walk with God there are areas in which I take particularly great joy.  There is nothing I would rather do than read my Bible.  For my birthday an extended family member asked what I wanted for my birthday – I was told it had to be something fun – and then proceeded to buy me just what I wanted… 4 biblical commentaries.  But, I have other areas in which I am lazy.  Prayer is one.  It is easier for me to study than pray.  Perhaps, for you, it is just the opposite.  We all have strengths and we all have lazies in the way we grow in Christ and reflect Him to others.

As school gets back in sawing and schedules become somewhat organized after summer vacations, this is a great time to really combat those lazies.  We each know what our lazy area is.  Perhaps lack of meditating on that which is upright.  Neglect of the Word.  Allowing ourselves the luxury of gossip instead of getting off the phone.  Lack of being there for our husband when he comes home from work tired and needs a listening ear.  Distraction with our phone when our children want to know more about Jesus and His world.  Quickness to worry but slowness to pray.

This week may we commit to actively combating one of our lazys.  Little by little that lazy can become a discipline of great sweetness in our walk with the Lord.

 

 

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Proclaiming to our Princesses

My daughter’s birthday is right around the corner.  How could she be nearing 1?  How could these 11 months have gone by so fast?  I just yesterday told someone she was 9 months old.  Then I realized I’ve been saying 9 months since July.  Definitely shows this isn’t the first child (remember when we always knew exactly how old our 1 child was, he always had super sanitized toys, and we always color coordinated the outfits?  And then along came baby number 2…)

So I’m doing the Pinterest Mom thing that I always said I’d never do.  Scouring the Internet for ideas for her little party.  I’m looking for something pearly, pastel, princess, elegant.  But not for the classic 1 year old party. I have a different idea.

We’ll invite women and girls to attend.  An opportunity for them to dress up like queens and princesses and hear about how they are beautiful and have great worth in Christ.  We’ll talk about their true Cinderella identity, how they are radiant and treasured crowns in the hands of God.

My daughter will just sit and watch.  She will get nothing out of this except hugs and cute pictures for her mommy to put in an album.  But I want this as a heritage for her.  Someday she will know.  She’ll flip through the album.  She’ll hear me tell her about it.  She’ll know her first birthday was surrounded with proclamation of her identity, of all of these women and girls’ identities, that of being a princess of their Heavenly Father.

As Christians we are called to proclaim to the next generation the marvelous works of God.  We are to take this super seriously; every single day reinforcing God’s works in the past, our confidence for the future with Him as our hope, His ways never changing, His Person, and the joy of His sealed covenant with His people.  We can do this in the mundane chores, creatively finding ways to speak of the greatness of our God and His promises.  We do this in times of great sorrow and loss by, as we weep, running to Him as the holder of our tears.  And we do this by being intentional in the times of celebration – whether it is doing the normal 1 year old birthday party or a crazy mom’s idea about a princess party.  Never stop showing and telling your littles of God.

The Beginnings of Our Blog!

As a new company started by two moms, Diadem Planners’ heart is for you to daily walk in the joy and confidence of your identity in Christ (particularly remembering you are a crown of beauty, a royal diadem in God’s hand – Isaiah 62:3) as you take time captive (instead of it owning you), so that you are free to invest your time in what is of most important to YOU.