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My Husband is Obsessed with Caulk and Tires

My husband is addicted to caulk and tires. And I love it….let me explain.

Anytime a free couple of hours comes around at our house, I hear phrases such as, “The car needs new tires because blablabla.” <–I lack interpretation skills here.

Or, “I need to go to Lowe’s to get caulk for the repair on the trim.”

Umm… what is trim? Why does something that looks exactly as it should need repair? What is this caulk that you speak of!?

When that “caulk” thingie and “trim” thingie involves me planning out something pretty, like built-ins for our living room, I all of a sudden can speak in home repair lingo like the best of them. Pretty + function = happy. Functional gluey paste that costs money and time but doesn’t give me a visual boost = why do we need this?

Am I alone??

My Husband is Obsessed with Caulk

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There are times when I even get extreme in my questioning of my husband’s affinity for caulk. Sometimes, I get angry, thinking he just wants something to do to avoid us.

Then, I was reading in Ecclesiastes…

If a man is lazy, the rafters sag;

if his hands are idle, the house leaks. (Ecc. 10:18, NIV)

My thoughts went straight to my husband’s attention to caulk lines and cracks in our walls. I thought, Well, he sure is not lazy, and our house does not leak, praise God!

if a man is lazy the rafters sag

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But this passage is about so much more than that. Ecclesiastes has many proverbs-like passages, which makes sense considering the writer is one and the same. But in this book, they are mostly in larger contexts communicating broader messages… which means they’re quite confusing to me, and I have to pull out the Walvoord and Zuck commentary (affiliate link)… plus a dictionary to figure out what their big words mean ha.

After all of that, I see that verses 16-19 contrast the difference between a state run by a wise king and a state run by a foolish king, wisdom being a synonym for righteousness and folly being a synonym for unrighteousness in this case.

We see that the wise king is self-controlled (v. 17) and by contrast with the foolish king, the wise king takes care of his kingdom and does not believe bribery or shortcuts will gain anything positive.

Kingdom with a good king

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Considering that the whole book aims to teach that being fully connected to God is the most enjoyable act of life, the righteous king would also “remember his creator in his youth” (12:1).

My husband could be spending his time doing any number of things – he’s still young! We’ve spent half of our life together now, so I won’t say how young, but he’s young enough that he could commit to sports hobbies 10 hours/week or dude nights twice a week or fun weekends away every month. But he doesn’t. He spends his time taking care of the family God has blessed him with, like a wise and righteous king managing his state.

This passage also reminds me of our Great King – King Jesus. We have no fear that he will ever let the rafters sag or the roof leak. He never took a shortcut to His mission on the road to the cross. He bravely and with self-control took on the full burden of our consequence, taking no bribe nor succumbing to temptation. Wielding the supernatural caulk and tires that only the God-man can.

Fight for Time with God

As a mom with 2 young kids (and a third on the way!), it’s been difficult to set a good pattern of having time alone with God.

I personally find it difficult to focus on Bible reading and prayer in the evenings, so I always strive for the mornings. There have been periods where staying connected was doable, and there have been periods where it seemed impossible!

Accountability helps! For a time, a friend and I would text each other early in the morning as a reminder to quit hitting snooze and get up already. That definitely helped me to quit laying in bed as long as I wanted to (which would be forever).

We started with 6:30am, I think. A reasonable time, I thought! Plenty of time to get ready and have time with my Lord before the kids get up. (This was before public school :))

My daughter, who was 2 at the time, would somehow smell in the air that I was up, and there she’d be, climbing into my lap.

Sigh, I’d think. I’ll try again tomorrow.

Well 6:30 was then her new wake up time! I tried to read, but it was distracting.

So my friend and I went for 6am. We’re good rule followers, you see. 6:30 didn’t work? OK, 6 it is!

Ahem. Guess who still somehow figured out I was up and therefore so was she? Yes, indeed.

These days, my pattern of getting up is not an issue – public school calls, and thus, so does 6am.

And since this rule follower cannot fathom being late, I’m up right on time. So, I do usually get to start on some Bible reading/journaling before my kids are up, but day after day, this time is not my own.

But this time is already not mine. It’s His. It’s for me, but it’s devoted to Him. And He’s given me these two, almost three, gifts to join me in the mornings. All I can do is be faithful with what He’s called me to and keep fighting for that time with Him.

But this interruption is not perfect in my mind, so I just want to throw in the towel instead!

Sigh – well I tried God! I tried to listen and hear and read and pray, but these babes interrupted and now I can’t think! Why even try?!

This is what I’m tempted to think.

Then, not too long ago, I was reading in Mark and realized Jesus was constantly interrupted during his time with the Father.

Then Jesus got up early in the morning when it was still very dark, departed, and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer. Simon and his companions searched for him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” (Mark 1:35-37, NET)

That’s what I feel like sometimes – everyone is looking for me so they can be fed or warmed or dressed or cuddled or talked to!

I’m pretty sure Jesus had quite a better devotional life than I do, and I’m quite sure people were looking for him for different reasons than they are looking for me. 😉 But reading that comforted me in this issue like nothing before.

It challenged me to stay connected to the vine. To fight for that time and that relationship! To not give up.

So whether you fight your alarm clock or kids or just your own wants in the morning, join me in fighting for that deserted place with God, would you? Let’s get up when we can, spend time with the Lord until that interruption comes, and accept grace for the gap between what we thought it should be and what it was.

How Do We Experience God’s Promises?

Floored. That’s how I feel.

I shouldn’t, because, you know:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV)

Do you ever feel like you’ve heard all of the Bible quotes? Or you’ve heard every sermon/translation/interpretation? Do you ever feel like your walk with God is stale?

READ THE BIBLE.

I swear I’m no scholar or power reader, but he knocks me on my socks when I open His word!!! (Thank you Lord!)

Yesterday, I read this, and it blew me away:

For the son of God, Jesus Christ, … was not Yes and No, but in him it was always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. (selections from 2 Corinthians 1:19-20, ESV)

I have read through the entire Bible once before, but I don’t remember reading this! I’ve been a Jesus follower for a long time, and I’ve been going to Bible-focused church for over 13 years.

If you don’t know how to daily experience God’s promises, you only need to look to Jesus. He is the fulfillment of them all. Every part of the Bible, even the Old Testament points to Him – they’re not distinct!

I’m sorry for all of the exclamation points, I just feel like yelling! Haha.

What passage has hit you like a ton of bricks lately? Is there a promise from God you don’t feel like you’ve experienced?

This Pastor’s Wife’s Purpose, Question 2

Review in a nutshell: Our purpose is the glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

And we are asking ourselves some questions to determine what that might look like in our lives right now. Join us!

On to Question 2: How are you currently attempting to connect with God on a regular basis?

Before Samuel wakes up in the mornings, I get up, shower, check in with HelloMornings, and then try to read. Right now, I’m reading Beth Moore’s Jesus: 90 Days With the One and Only. This includes a short passage in the gospels, some really good thinking/response questions (which makes a doer like me actually have to think), and Beth’s interpretation of the Word.

  • In my opinion, this is a great study, but I find myself thinking that the Scripture passages are a little short. They are the perfect length for actually digesting the Scripture in a short span of time, and right now, short fits with my life. But this makes me think that I need to consider something more meaty for my study of God’s word.
  • Sometimes, Samuel will wake up before I can really get into the study. Other times, I’ll be so exhausted from the previous day that I won’t get up in time to spare 10 minutes.
  • The gospels are familiar enough to me that when I read them, the narrative plays out in my head like a movie. I love this familiar feeling, like settling into my favorite comfy chair. However, it means that if reading on my own, I will miss some of the good stuffbecause I’m rushing through it and taking the lazy way. Moore’s solid interpretation and response questions really help, but I have plenty of Bible-study method training to be able to do this on my own. I know I need to rise to the challenge of spending that quality time with God.

As much as I have loved this study – and as much as it pains a doer like me to leave something unfinished – I think it would be good for me to lay this study aside for the time being. My time with God is not spent renewing my mind right now.

Instead, I want to sit with God and His word and let Him open my eyes to wonderful things in His law. My church is studying the book of Colossians right now, and for lack of any other direction, I might start inductively studying that book. I’m sure you’ll hear about my progress: if I’m making the time to study, how the study is going, and what I’m learning.

Now it’s your turn! Wherever you are, share what your time with God looks like and if you’re getting anything out of it.

Here’s how:

  1. If you’re a blogger – blog your answer and link us up to it!
  2. If you don’t have a blog, add your answer to the comments.

God, my maker, I am nothing without You. I know that You delight in our time together. Stir up that delight in me – remind me why I run to You. And bless my friends on their Purpose journey.