Friday, April 17, 2015

In Which I Want No Grass Growing Under My Feet



'Don't lose a minute in building on what you've been given, complementing your basic faith with 

good character


spiritual understanding

alert discipline

passionate patience

reverent wonder

warm friendliness

generous love

each dimension fitting into and developing the others.

With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.'
~   2 Peter 1 {The Message}   ~

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And yes, while I can't wait for the earthly soil to burst forth with all things lush and green and new, in my spiritual life I'm embracing Peter's words on the growing grass thing.  For I don't want my faith stagnant.  

Unmoving.  Lazy.  Or half asleep at the wheel.

I want to stay gently cradled in the protective loving arms of the Heavenly Father, listening deep for the sweet Spirit's still, small voice, discerning His will and direction, and answering 'please, yes, please' to whatever He beckons.

I never ever want to live a blah complacently lukewarm faith.  

I want that love for Christ growing.  Vibrant.  Springing wide open, overflowing up and out like a sparkling fountain that cascades life-giving streams.  

He must increase.  I must decrease.

I yearn to venture deeper in adoration of my Savior.  And keep moving forward at His command.

No grass growing.

You, too?

Let's do the iron sharpening iron thing and encourage one another daily, ok?  

Sabbath blessings, friend ...


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29 comments:

  1. Hi Linda! What struck me was the phrase 'passionate patience'. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?
    But I know I need to still rest in that patience mode, and I don't really like it. So I'd better develop a passion for it!
    No grass under my feet...that's a great image. You go, St. Peter! I don't want to be lukewarm either, and be spit out of the mouth of God. I pray that God will fan to flame my faith, and the desire to spread it in my life.
    Have a wonderful weekend my inspirational friend!
    Ceil

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    1. You're so right ... patience is a hard one. Maybe my biggest failing?

      ;-{

      I just read that 'spit out of the mouth of God' passage in Revelation this morning. Now there's a warning ...

      Thanks for starting the conversation here, my wise friend. I hope your sabbath is filled with a restful renewal.

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  2. Great post my friend. I love The Message translation. I'm so happy I'm following your blog. As iron sharpens iron, you are most certainly a blogging friend who is uplifting, inspiring and "sharpening" others. God bless you dear! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Well I sure am happy to do community with you too, Gingi! Your words have been a great encouragement to me today. Thank you, thank you.

      Blessings ...

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  3. Linda, just the fact that you are aware of it makes sure it doesn't happen. The lazy man lays in the grass and let's it grow around him. You are not lazy or unaware. Good job....good reminder. You are a woman of
    good character
    spiritual understanding
    alert discipline
    passionate patience
    reverent wonder
    warm friendliness
    generous love

    Oh yes - here's God's girl.

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    1. Your last line says it all, Chris ... here we are, God's children. He molds and shapes us as we continue to ask for His active presence in our journey.

      So grateful that you've come into this little community, friend. God is good to bring us all together, one post, one comment, one encouraging word at a time!

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  4. Can I just say, Amen! Because I am walking right there next to you with this desire. And I shared that verse from John 3:30 with my pastor this week too. An exciting turn of events . . . I am now the social media guru for my church. I love how God is giving me new opportunities to use my talents. :)

    Much love to you, friend. Many blessings to you as we enter the weekend.
    xoxo

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    1. Oh praise God!! Now you know the whys and the whats of that call God laid on your heart all those months ago, Beth.

      You have absolutely made my day with your good news!! I am REJOICING, friend!

      Grab the confetti ...

      ;-}

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    2. Thank you for rejoicing with me, Linda. I am having so much fun with this new role. :)

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    3. Tailor made for you, friend! I can't wait to hear all about it! A post maybe?

      ;-}

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  5. Me too, my friend. I'm ashamed when I read "Don't lose a minute. . . " and think how often I do just that. Thank God for His mercy and grace - do over's and second chances, Amen ? Thanks for the encouragement to re-focus, Linda!

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    1. Ain't that the truth, June ... how much time have we wasted on stupid, foolish things that in the light of eternity will be worth nothing.

      Thanks for focusing me on words I hadn't really even considered, my observant friend!

      May your Sabbath overflow with all good, meaningful gifts ...

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  6. We should live in fear and trembling of being lukewarm and being spat from His mouth! GREAT post, Friend! I have noticed a change in your blog posts---I might add a change for the good. Thank you for teaching us, Linda!
    Blessings

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    1. I guess it only makes sense that as we grow and change and learn that our writing will reflect that reality.

      Thankfully ...

      ;-}

      Have a good one, my Texas pal!

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  7. Love this, Linda! I am actually leading an online study of I and II Peter right now. We are in Chapter 4 of the 1st epistle, so I am bookmarking this to share with my group once we turn the corner into this passage.

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    1. Cool! I'm grateful whenever something here can be used to bless another!

      I appreciate you letting me know, Lyli. That's such an encouragement this afternoon ...

      Weekend joys to you, to yours!

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  8. Love this. You have encouraged me today, Linda.
    I'm trying to not let the grass grow.

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    1. Me either, Donna!

      I'm glad you've joined us this week ... it's so good to have you here!

      ;-}

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  9. Beautiful reminder! It is hard but with God's help these truths will be reflected in our lives.
    Thank you for sharing. I have been checking your blog for a new article *Funny*
    Well I read today's word of wisdom.
    God Bless

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    1. You've hit the nail on the head, Ifeoma. Without God's help, these truths will refuse to take root in our lives.

      Thanks for your insight, friend.

      Weekend joys to you!

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    2. Oh ... if you're waiting for a new post, be sure to subscribe at the top of the sidebar and it'll come right to you!

      ;-}

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  10. Happy Saturday! What a perfect way to start my weekend-2 Peter 1. The Message version ties it up so neatly and gives me just the right words to understand that faith is not a standing still proposition but the chance to get out there and share with others. I am studying 1 and 2 Peter right now also (I know Lyli mentions that above) and the amount of knowledge and truths that are packed into such a few words has me pausing often to absorb it all.

    Love these words today! I am beginning a day of pure sunshine and plan to spend sometime outside one on one with God. Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Pure sunshine! I absolutely am soaking in this glorious weather ...

      May your spirit be renewed deeply as you spend that 1 - 1 time with our Savior.

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  11. Either you go all the way, or you don't go at all. :)
    Have a full-blast of blessings full weekend!

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    1. It's been a full-blast of blessings weekend, yes, Lux!

      Thanks!

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  12. The Message always says things in such a charming and eye-opening way! I never would have thought about it this way, Linda, but I too, would like to live with "no grass growing under my feet!" I want to always be moving forward with the Lord! After all, "no grass growing" means no "lawn moving," right?!" Well, maybe I'm taking the metaphor thing a bit too far! But I'm certainly with you on letting Christ increase as we decrease. Love you and your cute sandals, sister!

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    1. Thanks for your weekend, visit, friend! I hope you've had space to breathe deep and sense His love for you along the way ...

      And no 'lawn mowing'? I'm with ya' ...

      :-}

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  13. I never ever want to live a blah complacently lukewarm faith. I want that love for Christ growing. Vibrant. Springing wide open, overflowing up and out like a sparkling fountain that cascades life-giving streams.

    BIG SHOUT OUT and loud AMENS to these words of your's, my friend. Shalom and lots of love...

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    1. Shalom. Yes. Peace He has left with us, peace He continues to pour out on us.

      I hope you enjoyed the loveliest Sabbath rest, Sheila ...

      Blessings!

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Linda

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