82- Look Up!
August 18, 1982
Colossians 3:2-3 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ with God.
AND YET, part of me argues:
because all the things on earth that I’m not supposed to be looking at are continually vying for my attention!
*bare cement floors
*only 2 doors (our bedroom and one bathroom)
*no window coverings in living room and guest room
*weedy yard (though not like our neighbors’ yards)
*no snow tires on vehicles, but decent regular tires
*Dan: working only part-time, sick with chest cold
*me: allergies, pooped, hair growing and growing, no money for haircut or blood panel or vitamins
I could go on, but it seems ridiculous to list the things I’m not supposed to be putting my mind on!
These last few days have been difficult. They remind me how much grace comes from reading the Word and humbly asking for it.
Two negative attitudes are having a great effect of me:
1– that God will not supply our needs for window coverings (there are 32 windows in this house), and floor coverings—therefore we will be cold this winter, get sick, maybe even die.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain; for we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. AND HAVING FOOD AND RAIMENT LET US BE THEREWITH CONTENT.
2– being inside day in and day out, at home, is making me nervous. Taking the three boys out to visit and shopping makes me nervous.
Colossians 3:12 Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forebearing, forgiving…
v 14 and above all put on love which is the bond of perfectness
v 15 and let the peace of God rule in your hearts to which also ye are called in one body; and be thankful.
v 16 Let the Word dwell richly in you.
Yesterday morning we prayed about money situation—bills due, vitamins needed, account overdrawn. In the mail came $50. And Dan has a job today that will bring money in.
September 6 Yesterday we received a check from Dan’s dad because he cashed in his life insurance policy –$5,140. PRAISE GOD. More than we expected! Humbled and grateful.