Monday, July 13, 2015

Get Up and Eat

We can never hope to crash the chatterbox until the signal (God's word) becomes louder in our lives than the incessant noise around us that clamors for our attention and depletes our courage.

I fell into bed late one night, after washing the smears of navy paint I found on my elbow, my knuckles, even my big toe, down the drain.  I felt defeated.  I felt drained.  I felt like I might not finish the task I had set out to do.

I was listening to "the chatterbox."  And it was drowning out the confidence I had when I began my project.  Thank goodness I was also reading Crash the Chatterbox, by the pastor of our church, Elevation.  Because that book and another--the Bible--a book that Pastor Furtick points out couldn't be more accessible to our generation--rescued me from my desperation.

I needed to get up and eat.  Eat what had already been prepared for me.  To be nourished by promises made to me a long time ago.

I laughed out loud when I read Pastor Furtick's story of how his wife will prepare delicious meals for him to eat when she is out of town, but he will still opt to eat Ramen noodles.  I laughed because I know that is exactly what my husband will be tempted to do when I am out of town this week at Haven.  Even though it's comic relief to think about how most men will put junk in their bodies instead of feeding themselves healthy and nutritious meals, it's frighteningly true that we often do this in our day to day lives, without even realizing how much we are hurting ourselves.

It makes me think about the way I wake up--staring at a Facebook feed of what everyone else is doing that I could/should be doing.  You'll steer where you stare is what Lysa Terkeurst says.  Isn't that the truth?  If we are looking at what everyone else is doing, we cannot look inward and upward and do what God has called us to be doing.  And that is believing in ourselves.  And believing that we can do whatever we set our minds to do, with the strength and confidence that God has put in us.

So, I am choosing to get up and eat.  To eat the good stuff.  Because good stuff, aka God's word, is more accessible than ever before.  I can download it to my iphone via podcasts, to listen to as I fold laundry.  I can read a verse a day first thing in the morning on my bible app.  I can even watch sermons on my tv in the comfort of my own living room.

I did finish Carson's desk.  And I was able to tell the chatterbox to take a hike. 

Feed the faith you've already been given with the promises I've already provided.  And expect the same kinds of results I've always delivered.
-Crash the Chatterbox, by Stephen Furtick

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