Monday, July 05, 2010

The Week in Words


 I'm participating in The Week in Words, hosted by Barbara of Stray Thoughts:

Welcome to The Week In Words, where we share quotes from the last week’s reading. If something you read this past week  inspired you, caused you to laugh, cry, think, dream, or just resonated with you in some way, please share it with us, attributing it to its source, which can be a book, newspaper, blog, Facebook — anything that you read.
 I have been reading and reading and reading some more the past two weeks. By far the most helpful book I've been reading, besides my Bible, is A Woman After God's Own Heart®by Elizabeth George. I believe that the Lord is using some of the things I'm learning from this book to change my heart, and by changing my heart, He is changing my actions. If you're a Christian woman and have not read this book, do yourself a favor and read it. At least check it out of the library. You need to read it!

I have a couple of quotes from A Woman After God's Own Heart this week. The first one deals with the second half of Proverbs 14:1 - "Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands."
First, a woman can cause great damage actively -- by working destruction. What, for instance, does anger out of control do? It throws, it slams, it tears, and it rips. It also breaks things as well as rules. As if doing these destructive deeds weren't bad enough, anger out of control also speaks words that break, destroy, ruin, and kill . . . The second way to ruin a home is passive -- by simply failing to work. We can slowly erode the foundation of our home by our laziness, by simply "never getting around to it" (whatever "it" may be), by neglect, by forgetting to pay a bill . . . or two, by successfully putting things off, by not spending enough time at home. Then there's the problem of too much -- too much TV, too much reading, too much shopping, too much time with friends, too much time spent on the phone or internet. ~ Elizabeth George, A Woman After God's Own Heart, pages 160-161
How my heart sank as I read those words! I am guilty of much of that tearing down over the years, especially the "too much" part! But I'm thankful for the Lord's forgiveness and mercy, for His making straight my crooked paths. 

The remedy for tearing down your house? Read on . . .
Begin by making a positive decision (or by recommitting yourself) to do your work in the home "willingly" (Proverbs 31:13) and "heartily (Colossians 3:23). The attitude of your heart is key. And don't forget to make another decision. Decide to immediately stop any destructive habits that are pulling down and destroying the little bit of heaven you are trying to build for others . . . and to the glory of God. ~ Elizabeth George, A Woman After God's Own Heart, p. 163
 I've also been reading a secular book that has been interesting. It's the record of a woman who spent a year following the advice of Oprah Winfrey. It's definitely eye-opening! I don't have my thoughts together on that book yet, so I'll wait on the quotes until another time.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Susan,
    I have guilty of the too much part too. With God guiding me I am working on that too.
    I started reading the other book you are talking about and it got so over whelming I quit.
    Thanks for your words of wisdom.
    Elizabeth

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  2. Do you mean A Woman After God's Own Heart, Elizabeth? It can get overwhelming! I took it a chapter at a time and just absorbed it, rather than using my normal method of reading, which is gulp it all down in a hurry! LOL I hope you can get a few good nuggets from it!

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  3. I think I read A Woman After God's Own Heart years ago, but I think I need to reread it. I had heard about the Oprah book as well but haven't looked at it.

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  4. Thanks for sharing!! I've got to get back to reading. Things will be settling down a little I think....

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  5. Susan, I enjoyed that book very much when I read it but haven't for a year or two. Too much of things is a struggle for most of us...the only thing we cannot have too much of is Jesus - He should be our passion. I do believe we should have a passion for our husband and children and things at home but Jesus should be our biggest. Prioritizing is the key to keeping the important things first. Sometimes life just pushes us forward and we don't get to do the things we intend to or want to. Right now my mom is a big priority because tho I believe God will heal her, I don't know for sure He will so my time with her may be very short. I will be with her as much as possible. So cleaning the church building isn't as important as it was 4 months ago or a bulletin made every single week. I do the things right now that are absolute necessities and if the smaller stuff can be fit in then I do it otherwise I don't sweat it.

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  6. Diana ~ I had gotten away from reading for a long time, but here lately I've tried to fit it in more and it's paying off. Hope life settles down for you soon!

    Tammy ~ Mrs. George talks near the end of the book about how sometimes those top priorities will be dropped or shift positions during specific times like sickness of a family member. Your mom is one of those very top priorities right now! Spend as much time as you can with her!

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  7. I Susan oh no I love Elizabeth's writings. The one about Oprah was over whelming. Too seclure for my taste.The post I wrote today reminds me of that Oprah book.
    Thanks for your words of wisdom.
    Elizabeth

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  8. I'm sorry, Elizabeth - I misunderstood which book you were referring to. Yes, the Oprah book is secular, but I've seen quite a few things in it that are interesting in light of Christianity and American culture. I hope to write a bit about some of them.

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