Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
Night before last I had the strangest dream…I was in a house, and though I had never seen it before, I knew that it was mine. It was structurally sound, and the exterior looked fine. But the inside was a chaotic mess, full of clutter, dust, grime, old shabby furniture and fixtures.
I started cleaning…really cleaning. Knees sore, hands raw, back aching kind of cleaning–throwing away garbage, wiping down surfaces, restoring the floors, and giving the walls a coat of fresh paint. And despite feeling tired from all that work, it felt really good to see the difference between the cleaned up parts and those that were still a wreck.
No matter how many times I woke up in the night, as soon as I went back to sleep the same dream came back, and I found myself picking up just where I’d left off. Since I never have dreams like this, I wondered if it was really a message that that I’d better pay attention to. After some careful thought and prayer, I realized that I was the house.
It has been a long time since I cleared through all the internal clutter that only serves to hinder my walk with God, who after all, is supposed to be my first love. The mess is pretty extensive: the burden of responsibilities, stress, anxiety, pain, loss, regret, frustration, resentment, guilt, bad habits, even an idol or two that I have to learn to let go of again and again.
I know I’m in good company on this, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is time for some good old fashioned spiritual spring cleaning. How can I be a light in the world if my lamp is buried under all that mess?
I need to stay in the Word every day to keep myself grounded, and to replace all that clutter with clean, receptive surfaces, and fresh new paint that comes from the Spirit rather than this broken world. It won’t happen overnight, and I know I’ll never be perfect, but trying is all part of the journey.
That’s where this blog comes in. I’ve been wanting to write one for a long time, but always came up with the usual excuses…no time, can’t think of what to write, who would want to read it anyway, etc. Well, I guess at this point, none of that matters. I need to do it for myself, even if no one ever reads it. It will be my online prayer/study/thought journal, that if nothing else, will keep me accountable to doing it every day…just in case someone really is reading it out there. I’ll start at the beginning of the New Testament and see how it goes.
In my book series, my characters are making a spiritual journey of their own, a journey to seek God’s face, not just his hand. To know what his will is for themselves and the world at large. To understand what love really is, and what life is all about. I guess it is easy to write from their perspective, because in reality I’m on the same journey…we all are whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we believe it or not. So I’m inviting you to join me, as I continue on my journey to weave the Word of God into the fabric of my daily life. If the Spirit is leading, we are sure to end up someplace pretty amazing.
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