Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Do what it says."

Sitting on the porch this morning watching the kids play, I focused on memorizing the first chapter of James. I am very close to this goal and I've noticed that God will stop me on specific verses that he wants me to meditate on. Today, it is James 1: 21, "Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." I must have repeated it 10 times before stopping to think about how it applies to my life right now.
3 years ago, we stopped listening to all secular music and that decision has played a big part in my growing faith. I don't doubt that others can have strong walks with Christ and listen to secular music, but for me, to constantly have songs of praise filling my house and my thoughts, brings me back to Him constantly during the chaos of my days. We also trimmed down the shows/movies we watch to shows that do not include cursing, sex, violence, etc... mainly PG is what we watch over here on date nights. With the new season of shows starting though, I have found myself getting excited for a few of my "guilty pleasures," such as Grey's Anatomy, New Girl, Parenthood... So, while meditating on James 1:21, I hear God say, "Get rid of ALL moral filth." But God, I have to get rid of my shows? "What does ALL mean to you?" So, just to make sure, I looked it up online in my Greek/Hebrew interlinear Bible. All = Pas in Greek, which means, each, every, any, all, everything. Okay God, I realize that You want me to get rid of ALL the moral filth, but I don't really want to. God says to me, "Read the next few verses..." James 1:22-25, " Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word and does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But, whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it- not forgetting what he has heard- but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does."
As I sit here typing this, I'm a little bitter. I know that to strengthen my faith and my walk, I need to give up these silly shows that do not glorify Him in any way. It's hard though, because it seems like something so small and insignificant, but clearly it's too much of an idol if I have to debate this much with God about it. I don't want to be numbed to the "moral filth that is so prevalent." I want to grow more like Him everyday and I don't think He would be amused by some of the things on my favorite shows. I challenge you, friends, to join me and seek Him. What is it that you need to "not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves?" Do what the word says and you will be blessed. What a simple, yet great promise. 

"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." Phil. 4:8-9

6 comments:

Thank Him For The Small Things said...

It's nice to see someone else who has similar thoughts to mine! My husband and I have also cut a lot of things out because we don't feel that they are pleasing to God. (certain shows, secular music, my husband has given some of his fantasy/role playing books away.. all video games with graphic violence, language, or sexuality... basically if we wouldn't want a young child to see/hear it, it's not in our home)

At times, when my facebook feed is loaded with "Grey's Anatomy starts tonight!!" and other similar posts, part of me wants to abandon our changes for God, and go back to watching what we used to.. but then I realize it's really not worth giving up the blessing that the changes have brought to our home.

Aspiring Foster Mama said...

Amen. Thank you for your encouraging comment!!

Jennifer S. said...

Wow, what a great post. Thanks for sharing. I've felt similarly in different areas, and it IS hard sometimes to give things up!

Aspiring Foster Mama said...

Thanks so much Jen - that means a lot!! :)

Andrea said...

Great post! I gave up my beloved Grey's Anatomy last year for the same reasons. On a different note, I was so excited to find your blog. We are a Christian family with three biological teenagers, and we just became certified as foster parents. We just had a two year old boy for four days as a respite care placement and were shocked at how ill equipped we felt to manage his tantrums and issues effectively. So different and heartbreaking to see how abuse and trauma affects their behaviors. Do you have any books you would recommend that might be helpful as we prepare for a full time placement? Thanks! Andrea

Aspiring Foster Mama said...

Hi Andrea!! Bless you for being obedient and becoming foster parents. Books that have helped me -
1. When Love is Not Enough by Nancy Thomas

2. The Connected Child

3. Managing Emotional Mayhem - the pdf is available on their website, http://consciousdiscipline.com/

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Do what it says."

Sitting on the porch this morning watching the kids play, I focused on memorizing the first chapter of James. I am very close to this goal and I've noticed that God will stop me on specific verses that he wants me to meditate on. Today, it is James 1: 21, "Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." I must have repeated it 10 times before stopping to think about how it applies to my life right now.
3 years ago, we stopped listening to all secular music and that decision has played a big part in my growing faith. I don't doubt that others can have strong walks with Christ and listen to secular music, but for me, to constantly have songs of praise filling my house and my thoughts, brings me back to Him constantly during the chaos of my days. We also trimmed down the shows/movies we watch to shows that do not include cursing, sex, violence, etc... mainly PG is what we watch over here on date nights. With the new season of shows starting though, I have found myself getting excited for a few of my "guilty pleasures," such as Grey's Anatomy, New Girl, Parenthood... So, while meditating on James 1:21, I hear God say, "Get rid of ALL moral filth." But God, I have to get rid of my shows? "What does ALL mean to you?" So, just to make sure, I looked it up online in my Greek/Hebrew interlinear Bible. All = Pas in Greek, which means, each, every, any, all, everything. Okay God, I realize that You want me to get rid of ALL the moral filth, but I don't really want to. God says to me, "Read the next few verses..." James 1:22-25, " Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word and does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But, whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it- not forgetting what he has heard- but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does."
As I sit here typing this, I'm a little bitter. I know that to strengthen my faith and my walk, I need to give up these silly shows that do not glorify Him in any way. It's hard though, because it seems like something so small and insignificant, but clearly it's too much of an idol if I have to debate this much with God about it. I don't want to be numbed to the "moral filth that is so prevalent." I want to grow more like Him everyday and I don't think He would be amused by some of the things on my favorite shows. I challenge you, friends, to join me and seek Him. What is it that you need to "not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves?" Do what the word says and you will be blessed. What a simple, yet great promise. 

"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." Phil. 4:8-9

6 comments:

Thank Him For The Small Things said...

It's nice to see someone else who has similar thoughts to mine! My husband and I have also cut a lot of things out because we don't feel that they are pleasing to God. (certain shows, secular music, my husband has given some of his fantasy/role playing books away.. all video games with graphic violence, language, or sexuality... basically if we wouldn't want a young child to see/hear it, it's not in our home)

At times, when my facebook feed is loaded with "Grey's Anatomy starts tonight!!" and other similar posts, part of me wants to abandon our changes for God, and go back to watching what we used to.. but then I realize it's really not worth giving up the blessing that the changes have brought to our home.

Aspiring Foster Mama said...

Amen. Thank you for your encouraging comment!!

Jennifer S. said...

Wow, what a great post. Thanks for sharing. I've felt similarly in different areas, and it IS hard sometimes to give things up!

Aspiring Foster Mama said...

Thanks so much Jen - that means a lot!! :)

Andrea said...

Great post! I gave up my beloved Grey's Anatomy last year for the same reasons. On a different note, I was so excited to find your blog. We are a Christian family with three biological teenagers, and we just became certified as foster parents. We just had a two year old boy for four days as a respite care placement and were shocked at how ill equipped we felt to manage his tantrums and issues effectively. So different and heartbreaking to see how abuse and trauma affects their behaviors. Do you have any books you would recommend that might be helpful as we prepare for a full time placement? Thanks! Andrea

Aspiring Foster Mama said...

Hi Andrea!! Bless you for being obedient and becoming foster parents. Books that have helped me -
1. When Love is Not Enough by Nancy Thomas

2. The Connected Child

3. Managing Emotional Mayhem - the pdf is available on their website, http://consciousdiscipline.com/