Time for our Yes To God online Bible study with Lelia:
Chapter five of Jennifer Rothschild’s book, Self Talk, Soul Talk
Tune In: Awake, My Soul.
We’re getting in to the nitty gritty, ladies.
This chapter starts Part two of our study—Seven Things To Say To Your Soul.
Jennifer says, on page 65, that “…sometimes we become sleepy and apathetic toward some of our poor choices and negative attitudes.”
Thus, the “Awake my soul.”
In this chapter, Jennifer reminds us of the costs of distraction and the need to be attentive to the things that we treasure.
Jennifer says, “We must tune in to our treasures and take note of what distracts us. The enemy of your soul doesn’t always tempt you with overtly evil things to keep you from peace and spiritual success. No, he uses even good things to distract you form what is best.”
Sound familiar anyone? What’s that old saying about Satan making you busy?
One of the most difficult things for me to do is to tease out the best from the good.
We need some kind of litmus test, it seems.
Sticking with our thought closed analogy, page 71 gives help, “Every time we access something from our thought closets, our treasures (our priorities) should be prominent—front and center.”
How many times do I make decisions without seeking God’s will?
Without considering my husband’s thoughts?
Or how it will affect my children?
These things should be my litmus test.
These are my treasures.
It’s time I started treating them as such.
In the very beginning of this chapter, Jennifer makes this point: “Keeping something clean is easier when you tend to it daily.”
I apply this wisdom to my laundry pile—faithfully sticking to the plan of at least one load a day…Knowing that the chore is more easily managed a little bit at a time.
Do I diligently work on my treasures in this manner?
Do I even have a plan to keep the sacred sacred?
Awake, my soul!
Jennifer’s words challenge me to be deliberate in how I approach life—to be more attentive to the things that I hold dear. My goal is to order my life, and my thoughts, in such a way as to honor the things that I treasure.
This will require…
(Screams of terror echo in background).
Ahem. This will require structure.
And a heckofa lot of creativity.
Because I live in a household that doesn’t respond well to structure.
I’ll keep you all posted on how it goes.
Pray for me!