Okay...last Friday night Alyssa and I were taking Amiyah and Alivia to the circus while Aaron was going to the YMCA to play basketball.
He was happy.
I got excited as I asked him, "Oh, you fixed it?"
I was asking about the DVD player.
See, a few weeks ago the remote for our DVD wasn't working right so of course, I tried fixing it by pushing all the buttons. Eventually the remote broke and I tossed it with the plan of getting a universal remote for it.
Sometime during my button pushing fury, I set the DVD so that it selected Spanish in the language option in the menu; so now it only plays movies in Spanish.
Did you know that interpreters charge by the hour?
Anyway, when I walked in our home Friday night and saw Gene watching a movie, I got excited that I wouldn't have to go downstairs anymore to watch movies.
I questioned my husband about this and Gene said he was too lazy to go to the basement so he watched the movie upstairs. The only Spanish he knows is gracias and I doubt that word is used much when the characters are trying to kill each other! So for almost 2 hours my monolingual husband watched his action packed movie in a language foreign to his ears while eating his fried chicken wings.
Ignoring my verbalized disgust, Aaron expressed that he wanted to watch the movie, so they started it over...upstairs! When I suggested they go to the basement Aaron said, "Mom, I understand 85% of what they are saying". He is in his 2nd semester of high school Spanish or language arts as the educators call it! Even if he did understand 85% of it, what about the 15% he doesn't know?
I just couldn't take it...I had to go to bed! This is much worse than him not stopping and asking for directions when we get lost.
I think I do this exact same thing in my walk with Christ.
I read something in the Bible and act like I know what it means instead of taking the time to research and ask questions. I don't invite God's Interpreter, the Holy Spirit for help. I just sit on my couch and pretend to know what it means. After all, I've been in church my whole life and grew up going to a Christian school, therefore there isn't anything new I need to know.
My friend Kelley is a teaching director for CBS, Community Bible Study and I love when she shares with me what she is learning. She'll tell me something weird about Abraham and I'll be like, "I didn't know that". That is one of the many awesome things about our friendship is that we don't try to pretend to be Bible scholars so by sharing what we are learning about God, we are both growing closer to Him day by day.
So next time you open the Bible...make sure you're understanding what you are reading and if not, ask questions! Switch Bibles if you have to...don't understand the King James Version, then switch to The Message Bible.
Just get up off the couch and move to the DVD player that speaks your language!
Okay...Alyssa has chosen the winner of Lysa TerKeurst's book,
If you have the book already maybe you can do a giveaway on your own blog or pass it forward to someone you think could learn how to walk in faith. E-mail me your home address so that Lysa can send you your book at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much Lysa for writing this book and giving it away!
Now for our last drawing which will be on Tuesday, March 31st. On our last YES to GOD study we did Jennifer Rothschild's book, Self Talk, Soul Talk and it was wonderful! Jennifer, like all of the authors did, donated a copy of her book to give away. So get your name in the drawing by leaving a comment and I'll let you know on Tuesday who won. If you have a copy and you win, bless someone with it and give it away.
Make sure to come by on Tuesday, the last day of March, not only for the drawing, but for chapter 2 of Micca Campell's book,
I'm so excited, we are going to clean our house.
Throw stuff away.
Sell the kids on E-Bay.
Celebrate becoming empty nesters.
It's gonna be good and perhaps I can get Gene to pretend he is a Spanish hero...
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