Valerie is a 42-year-old, single, Reformed Christian lady who lives in Baltimore. She doesn't remember a time
before she knew and loved Jesus, but she does remember accepting John Calvin into her heart in March of 2000.
Valerie is a member of Christ Reformed Evangelical Church in Annapolis.
Though her career aspiration is to be a housewife, Valerie has not yet found anyone suitable who wishes to hire
her for employment in that field (or, more properly, anyone suitable has not found her), so in the meantime she
earns her daily bread working in communications -- editing, writing, print design and website management.
A couple Sundays ago, while sloshing out an explication of the qualities in 2 Peter 1:5-7, Pastor Knecht defined self-control as "immediate obedience to the promptings of God's Spirit." It was one of those aha! moments when something that surely ought to have been as plain as the nose on my face (and no small appendage, that) suddenly came into view for the first time. I realized that I need to live my life with the question "What do you want me to be doing right now, Lord?" ever on my lips, and whatever His response, the answer "Yes, Lord" ever in my heart.
I am just beginning to ask that question, and so far my follow-through record is pitiful as pitiful can be. We have met the enemy and boy howdy is he ever us. My flesh, large and in-charge, has no interest whatever in giving up its moment-to-moment rule. I'm too tired! too hungry! too angry! too lonely! too achy! too comfortable! to set aside self right this very second and submit to Christ. I'm too wise and too strong, knowing I can get it done later and get it done just fine when I get around to getting it done on my terms. Yeah...that approach has worked just peachy for me lo these forty trips around the sun.
Immediate obedience is the only path to everything I want: peace, joy, security, sanity, holiness, maturity. God grant me the ferocity of will to say yes to Him 86,400 seconds every day. Amen.
Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 7:10 AM