over the years, i've heard a lot about how to prepare myself for church on sunday mornings. being physically present is not enough - it's being ready ... prepared and paying attention to what God is doing that is critical.
every sunday, without fail, God shares Himself with all of us corporately and individually. what sinks into my heart, mind, and soul depends on how much i allow myself to be open with Him. when i pay attention and am open, God always shares one thing during the service that speaks to me - an ah-ha moment of sorts. it resounds in my spirit and switches on that light bulb in my brain that says, "whoa! i gotta remember this!"
i believe that if i don't come away from church with that "gem" of truth from God, then i wasn't ready to receive it - and THAT'S a bummer! i hate when i waste an opportunity to receive something from God, and am so thankful that He continues to love me and speak to me anyway ... waiting for me to catch up. :^)
(i'll tell you a secret: God is easy to catch. just tune in. talk to Him and listen ...)
when the house is orderly, the atmosphere is more enjoyable."
that speaks to me because, first of all, i'm not much of a housekeeper. my virtual world is meticulously neat and kept up (like most techies), but my physical world tends to get messy - and i'm not quick to clean any of it up. sadly, i'm okay with that to an embarrassing degree.
but this morning i thought, "no wonder having piles of this and that around the house drives my husband crazy! i see those piles as items in transit that haven't completed their journey. he sees A MESS - and no wonder he's not happy when it seems like the house is shrinking as the piles grow." i really don't think about atmosphere. it never occurred to me to see it that way.
with God's help, i can and i will. i'll check in on wednesday and let you know how i'm doing. i may have to spend less time behind this keyboard ... and more time cleaning the bathroom. (i actually like doing that!)