Friday, August 6, 2010

Thinking . . . .

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Things have quieted down a bit. As many of you know, I’ve been keeping my grandkids since last Saturday. The two oldest went home with their mom yesterday, but I still have the baby, Trace. He’s taking a nap and so is my husband. I don’t know how long the quiet will last and I don’t do well if anyone tries to hurry me. People who know me know I am slow. I walk slowly, I talk slowly and I think slowly. I’m not good at repartee. Well, I might be good if I could repartee in slow motion. But then, it wouldn’t be repartee, would it?
I think my thought processes are especially slow today because I haven’t been oiling my brain. Mother Teresa said: To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it. I haven’t been studying God’s word—I haven’t been putting the oil in. It’s true that I’ve been reading snippets here and there, but I haven’t studied God’s word in a deep, meaningful way. Carl and I had gotten into a routine of reading a chapter of the Bible for a week from at least two different translations. Usually I would read something that ignited a spark leading to my post for the day. Carl’s headaches and dealing with the grandkids got us out of our habit. Hopefully next week will be less stressful and we can reestablish our routine.
On my other blog, Sheraly Farm, I have a post for the August blog chain for ChristianWriters.com. The topic we chose was: “Where do we get our writing ideas from?” I said that ultimately our ideas come from God. Sometimes, though, I’m afraid some writers, even Christian ones, could be getting their ideas from Satan. To keep out thoughts and writings godly we must dwell on God’s word. Paul said:
 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
Put into practice—and that includes writing. If we as Christians are trying to write without studying God’s word and learning of him, we could very well be writing words inspired by Satan. A sobering thought. We (Christian writers) must take the time to dig deeply into God’s word. Only then will we be able to think as we should and have the God of peace with us.

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