I have the best hair stylist. She is great. She does exactly what I tell her- the haircut is what I wanted. Then I told her to give me highlights. I gave no instruction about that- so really, she did a good job. It is just that (this is what Dave thinks) any major change throws me for a loop- I did not expect it to look so blond.
In our small group classes at church we are going through a study on Nehemiah by John MacArthur. It has been really good- and so applicable. When I read this quote by MacArthur I was so convicted:
Our society replaces people with things, conversation with entertainment. By so doing, we have lost the simple joys of life, which center on relationships, the essence of Christian fellowship. Material things can pull believers away from those vital relationships with God and others.Then I read Psalm 62...verse 10:
If riches increase, do not set your heart upon them
So I told Dave that I needed to quit the blog- quit painting, quit watching movies, quit decorating our house, etc, etc, etc.
He is my voice of reason and he told me about something he had read that said: each thing in your life is like a bank and you need to make deposits. It has to be a balance- you need to make deposits in your kids' banks everyday- your husband's bank, your house, the church, your friends, the needy, etc, etc. That does not mean you have to quit blogging, or quit painting. But those things should not be top priority. Things need to be in balance. We need to be out in the world forging those friendships- caring about others- thinking about others rather than ourselves constantly! Wow- I am convicted totally.
We have to be soooo careful here in America where we have everything. It is so easy to sit in our comfortable homes and eat and eat some more.....and watch movies and forget about everything else and what really matters; living for God and reaching others for Him and helping others.
one last quote:
We make a living by what we earn--Sorry if I have been preaching- I mean only to preach to myself :)
We make a life by what we give.