Taken from my Journal:

Sitting here at retreat, at Calvary Bible College Murietta, sipping coffee and musing. I’ve been feeling a little un-spiritual lately. Found some gems in Jeremiah 31 this morning, as God always knows how to cheer me up. I read about how Israel was sinful, and that God was the one who scattered them. Wondering if God is telling me something? But then knowing how often Israel sinned, and reading in Jeremiah how God has plans to ransom and restore them, blesses me and gives me peace.  

JEREMIAH 31:10-14  “HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD , O NATIONS, AND DECLARE IT IN THE COASTLANDS FAR AWAY; SAY, ‘HE WHO SCATTERED ISRAEL WILL GATHER HIM, AND WILL KEEP HIM AS A SHEPHERD KEEPS HIS FLOCK.’ FOR THE LORD HAS RANSOMED JACOB AND HAS REDEEMED HIM FROM HANDS TOO STRONG FOR HIM. THEY SHALL COME AND SING ALOUD ON THE HEIGHT OF ZION, AND THEY SHALL BE RADIANT OVER THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD , OVER THE GRAIN, THE WINE, AND THE OIL, AND OVER THE YOUNG OF THE FLOCK AND THE HERD; THEIR LIFE SHALL BE LIKE A WATERED GARDEN, AND THEY SHALL LANGUISH NO MORE. THEN SHALL THE YOUNG WOMEN REJOICE IN THE DANCE, AND THE YOUNG MEN AND THE OLD SHALL BE MERRY. I WILL TURN THEIR MOURNING INTO JOY; I WILL COMFORT THEM, AND GIVE THEM GLADNESS FOR SORROW. I WILL FEAST THE SOUL OF THE PRIESTS WITH ABUNDANCE, AND MY PEOPLE SHALL BE SATISFIED WITH MY GOODNESS, DECLARES THE LORD .”

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I cleaned the kitchen yesterday.  I didn’t just clean it… I scrubbed for three hours.  My 5 year old son was in and out helping some, which was more like watching movies, playing & stuff.  He was also on the patio making friends with a bird.  “Peck peck peck!” he would yell.  He thought it was a woodpecker.  I remember seeing that bird perched on a patio chair near the open kitchen door, and thinking to myself I ought to shut the door.  I just had this hunch but I shoved it in the back of my mind.  Next thing I knew, the bird had followed my son into the house and was flying around the kitchen, pooping on the floors and curtains and the family room couch!

I pondered as I scrubbed bird poop, that Mr. Birdie had shown me a great little analogy.  How I scrub and scour to clean myself up but if I leave my heart’s door ajar to temptation, sin can dash in quickly to mess it all up!  Such a great picture.  Just as I’ll definitely remember to close the kitchen door from now on, and keep those feathery critters out… I am reminded to keep my heart’s door sealed up tight against the flapping wings of temptation.   Because every tomorrow is a new day!

Stickers on the furniture, french fries in the car, a cheese stick in my purse.  Spit-up on… everything.  There’s gravel in the dryer, bandaids stuck to the trashcan, matchbox cars under my feet, plastic teapot in my bathroom.  There’s whale soap in my shower (for special occasion big-boy showers), play-dough crumbs in the carpet, bakugan magnets stuck on the lamp.  Glitter on the dashboard…  dinosaurs on the kitchen table…

And a HUGE smile on my face every time I walk through my house :)