Monday, May 16, 2011

Day 17: Thievery and Soli Deo Gloria Link-Up Party

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Jen Final
As I write this, I'm looking out into my backyard into my garden.  I've got sunflowers blooming, along with some roses, salvia, and autumn sage.  Tomatoes, still green, hang from their vines.  The mint and basil, in all their lushness, threaten to take over the beds.  The garden is full.  The hint of a bountiful harvest is in the air.

Then, I spot them.  Oh, they look innocent now, even beautiful, but those birds perched on the fence are a threat.  Once my tomatoes turn red, they could dive right into my beds and pluck out my fruit.  They have the power to destroy my garden if I let it go unprotected.  

It's much like my heart, yes?  There are some sins that look quite beautiful to behold on the outside -- those sins that give me a rush of pleasure or that seemingly satisfy a deep hunger.  They are so alluring that I willingly take my eyes off my Father and become enamored with something that is really black on the inside.  All these indulged-in temptations have really have done is swoop down and steal the bounty that God has placed in my heart.  

It's hard to fix my eyes on God when I'm fixated on shiny things that are actually quite...worthless.  It's hard to attune  my ears to His words, His still, small voice, when the world is noisily vying for my attention with all its clamor.  Honestly, it's hard to receive His words when my heart has put something else before Him.

"The thief's purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy.  My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."   
John 10:10
Challenge:  Are there things of this world that lure you away from the opportunity of hearing God's voice?  What is the din that keeps you from finding a quiet place in which to hear Him?  What sins threaten your connection with God?

It's time for the Soli Deo Gloria link-up party!!  Go have some fun (because you know you need some fun after this not-so-lighthearted post)!  And, please, invite your friends!

26 comments :

  1. what? where do you live that you already ahve green tomatoes? and yes. the din. i mostly listen to lies about what the world says makes me successful.

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  2. This current season of business is the din I am fighting right now. Love the image of the birds in the garden. The beautiful threat. Thank you for that.

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  3. Great image, Jen. Sins that distract, shiny on the outside and rotten within, yeah, I think I can pinpoint at least one. Working to turn-around and choose a different direction here.

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  4. We do have to stay in a continual state of self-examination, don't we? "The heart is deceitful above all things." But He is so Faithful to gently, lovingly continue molding us into the image of His Son--I am constantly amazed! Thank you for your sweet thoughts.

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  5. Boy, Jen, God's had us in the same place this week. I love it when I stumble right into God's confirmation. And it might be heavy, but it's never a downer.

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  6. Oh Jen, I too am distracted by the shiny things, LOL, a bit ADD I think! Thank you for the reminder that the shiny things are just a distraction for the true beautiful and shiny thing, that shines much brighter than anything else!!!!

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  7. Busyness. Being overscheduled. Trying to please everyone at the expense of self.

    All symptoms of pride, thinking that only I can do these things, when really, there is SOME I can do, yes, but the rest can only be done by Him.

    Love the analogy of the bird and the tomato...

    Beautiful - love this series, too! So perfectly fit to you - I love watching what He's doing with you...:)

    Natalie at Mommy on Fire
    http://www.mommyonfire.com

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  8. It's funny; I seem to allow those sins that I think are ugly, not even shiny or alluring, to creep into my heart. When I am tired, I lose my temper with my kids, control of my thoughts regarding my husband, etc. It's ugly, ugly, ugly, but, boy, am I weak, weak, weak.

    What a great reminder that I need to stand guard and know what's waiting for me on that fence.

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  9. Finally, I'm linking up!

    I allow busyness to keep me from hearing God's voice. I wrote today, in my journal, that I pretend well in my busyness. It's as though I can let myself feel like superwoman when really, I'm too busy to notice the moments I may be missing - or the words He may be speaking.

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  10. Some beautiful links that have touched my heart...thank you again, Jen, for taking the time to post each day and for encouraging us to put ourselves out there, as He intended :)

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  11. It's all about priority, isn't it? Who and what we put first. The shiny things differ for each of us, but they do distract, don't they?

    The title and theme of thievery is particulary convicting, Jen! Thanks.

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  12. So many distractions -- busyness, materialism, coveting, what Kendal said: the world's definition of success. Very good post, Jen -- and excellent metaphor (I love a good metaphor!).

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  13. Everyday things try to steal God's voice from me. I confess daily, I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, I hear my Father's voice and the voice of a stranger I will not follow...How do I recognize the voice of a stranger? When the voice does not line up with God's Word...

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  14. Your question is the same one I read on News Years Day. What sins do I have that are keeping me from God? There was one that screamed out to me and this is the one I have been working on. Thank you for this message today. It's a great reminder that I'm not alone in this battle, even though Satan wants us to believe that.

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  15. Helps when I think about it that way...is it worth it to have that break in relationship?
    Just read Russell Moore's new book "Tempted and Tried"...it is the first time I think I kind of, maybe, have a small, but better, understanding of Christ's temptation--which Moore explains and then offers as an example for us to cling to.

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  16. busyness...even things that are good...church work etc can take my focus off of Him. And your garden? sounds so beautiful ..we haven't even got to plant yet. Green tomatoes already?...ok now my focus is off kilter..thinking of gardens:) love ya!
    xo

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  17. I was just scrolling down to say the same thing Tiffini did. Even the good, shiny gifts that are from God's hands can become distractions, calling me to take my eyes off the Giver himself.

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  18. Yes, my sin looks so alluring, beautiful, tempting, and harmless, right?

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  19. So many things try to lure me away from the Father. That's why I try to protect my quiet times and Tuesdays are my day soley for prayer and fasting.
    Your post is so good and thought provoking. I'm afraid the one I posted is a little silly this time, but you said you like lightheared ones that make you laugh. :)

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  20. Love the metaphor you make here, like a crow after something shiny, but is really worthless... while God has true, lasting beauties for us. Lovely, Jen, and I need this reminder, the lures are everywhere.

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  21. It's so easy to lose my time and then give God only a few minutes for the voice to talk to me. I know what I should do, but doing it is another thing. Thanks for reminding me to continue to work at getting alone with God.

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  22. The noise that keeps me from hearing his voice is my OWN voice telling me to get this done, get that done, now, now, now. Even if it's good things, they can still drown him out. Trying to learning to slooooow downnnnn....

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  23. Girl, this week finds me wanting stuff... worldly stuff, bigger this, more that. What's wrong with me?!??! Great post!

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  24. My internet has been down for.ever.

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  25. Fixated on shiny things- yes, that is all too often where I end up. Focus on HIS light needs to be my day.

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  26. Yes--the sin looks wonderful and perhaps even good for me from a ways off. Like many of the others that have posted, I allow busyness to dominate my heart far too often. I roll out of bed with a to-do list already started in my head, while trying to finish those things that I didn't get to the day before. Thank you for the reminder to make time for Him. The sin (whatever it may be in the moment) doesn't look so appealing when I've spent time with the One who corrects my vision.

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