Saturday, August 27, 2005

Whisperings of the Spirit

Ever since I've been blessed with my precious daughter Hayley I have had some revelations from the Lord regarding the way He must feel about His children. I was thinking about some this morning and thought I should write them down before I forget what I belive the Lord has revealed to me.

First of all, regarding the "once saved, always saved" doctrine that I've had a hard time coming to grips with. Many in my church believe it is possible to fall from grace. My problem with that has been where do you draw the line of being "bad enough"? We would live in a constant state of fear (the bad kind) if we thought we could do something so bad it would make God say, "Never mind--you're out." Although Hayley is only 1 year old (or will be in 3 days---which is another blog entry in itself) as I imagine what she could ever do to sever my love for her I can think of absolutely nothing that she could do to make me stop loving her. Even if she declares one day that she despises me and never wants to speak to me or see me again, I would let her know that our door is always open to her if she ever changes her mind. Even if she chose terrible friends, got mixed up in the wrong crowds, drank herself into oblivion, etc, etc, I would pray every day that the Lord would bring her back to me. And just as the father of the prodigal son ran to his son as he watched him approaching his home, I would do the same for her. So how much MORE does our Father in Heaven love us??? We are mere humans and have such love for our children. Through Hayley, God has shown me that once we belong to His family and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we're there for good. I described it to my Sunday School class of 3rd graders as cookie dough. I held a chunk of cookie dough in my hand and asked if anyone would volunteer to separate the flour from the dough. They were like, "You can't---there's no way you can take the flour out after you've mixed it." Exactly! That's just how our relationship with God is---once we become His child we are like a lump of cookie dough and NOTHING can separate us from His love. Even if we "reject" Him, we may stray but He holds us in the palm of His mighty hand and He is our FATHER who will never let us go. I love Him for that.

Secondly, and lastly for now, regarding the ritual of daily quiet time. I had an example growing up of a mom who it seemed most mornings when I got up and came downstairs she was kneeling at the couch with her Bible open and most of the time was praying (although there were a few times she had fallen back to sleep). : ) I have a mother-in-law who is much the same way. These women begin their days in God's word and in prayer. I have tried for a good 10 years if not more to make that a part of my morning ritual and don't think I've ever even had a solid week where it worked out. I have beat myself up about it for a long time and tried to figure out what it is in me that won't commit to that ritual. Am I less of a Christian? Do I love God less? So lately He has revealed to me that He knows how much I love him and He doesn't tell me anywhere in His word that I have to start my morning with a certain amount of time reading the Bible or praying. Just as I would still adore Hayley if I went a few days without hearing from her, He is the same with His children. And after a few days of not talking, when we did talk I would be so excited to hear from her! My relationship with God is in my view solid and strong. I talk to Him throughout my day as if He were right next to me at all times. So it's not like I go days and days without thinking about Him or speaking to Him. I just don't have set, daily quiet times. My husband and I have talked a lot about his lately. He made the point of saying that we are the ones who miss out on getting to know Him in a deeper, more intimate way when we don't spend time alone with Him---which was a great way to put it. Thinking of it that way makes me want to spend quiet times with Him. I'm a huge fan of intimate relationships and knowing the depths of others' souls. But now I will want to do it because I just want to, not because I feel like I should. I bet that makes a big difference.

I know I have so many more lessons to learn and look forward to my next "whispering."

3 comments:

Angie said...

Shelma, I loved those things you shared. And the cookie dough illustration is so perfect. I was like "why didn't I think of that?" Your view of quiet times really helped me a lot, for I tend to beat myself up over that too. I feel like once you wrote all of that in your blog, TADAH, you had a quiet time yourself! :) Love you Ang

tine said...

what precious truths you have spoken here...isn't it amazing how much these little ones can teach us? i can relate to the beating myself up about not spending enough specifically scheduled quiet time...it's also amazing how much more Satan seems to attack us with guilt when we are mommies...there just doesn't seem enough time in the day to get it all done...but i know somehow, that if i were not drawing close to Him, whether through prayer, or reading His word, or singing praises in my car, or just holding Jack and being amazed all over again at the wonder of God's creation that He is...that I wouldn't make it through one day...so even if i am not always as deliberate as i would like to be...the Lord draws me into His presence...and when i realize that, it only makes me want to be there more...
shelly, you are so wise and have such an amazing heart for the Lord...i have such respect for you and for your faith, and i truly hope that we can continue to grow in our friendship...i am so thankful that God has placed Matt and me in a place where there are so many examples of strong, Christian marriages...and I look forward to many more memories of watching our little sweeties grow up together...
wow...this comment has gotten way too long...i am just SO GLAD that you posted again...i always love reading what you have to share, and i hope you will do it more often!

Shelly said...

Christine,
You can write as long as you want to! I definitely do lots of singing praises and being amazed multiple times a day at the wonder of God's creation in Hayley. Thanks for those thoughts and such sweet words of encouragement. I'm so thankful to have you guys in our life and I do look forward to becoming closer friends. I love reading your blogs too and I've been anxiously awaiting your next entry! :)