Tuesday, May 4, 2010

What's Oozing From Your Heart Today?

Last night I picked up Alivia our 8 year old from gymnastics class and when she got in the car I asked her how the class had went.
Putting her head back and having a look of complete exhaustion on her beautiful face she said,
"Oh Mom, they worked us like cows."


"Ummm...Liv, cows?"

Slapping her forehead and giggling she said,
I meant horses!"

Just never a dull moment with Miss Alivia in our lives!

So the oil spill is all over the news. So very sad.
Here is part of a timeline of the spill listed in an Internet article I read this morning:

April 27 -The Coast Guard said the leaking crude may be set ablaze to slow the spread of oil in the Gulf.

April 28 - The Coast Guard says the flow of oil is 5,000 bpd, five times greater than first estimated. Controlled burns begin on giant oil slick, but shifting winds are expected to push crude ashore.

May 1 - The Coast Guard says the leak will affect the Gulf shore.

May 4 - U.S. Coast Guard officials say the magnitude of the oil spill is astronomical; to give you an idea, 210,000 gallons of oil is oozing into the Gulf of Mexico a day, that's 5,000 barrels of oil per day.


If I gave you a timeline of things that have been going on in our lives, one would think I would have some callouses on my knees from continuous prayer over my 2 oldest children. Without trying to sound like I'm trying to invite you to a pity-party, I just have to say this one thing: our enemy is VERY real.

He is not out to just make our sweet little Christian life uncomfortable.

NO! Satan is out to kill, steal and destroy.

He wants to work your faith like a horse, or in Liv's case, a cow.

In talking with my girlfriend Charlene last night we agreed that sin is just like the Gulf Coast oil spill. How the choices we make are like a continuous leak that affect so many people.

See, that oil spill isn't just a little mess in the ocean.

That oil spill is not only affecting the water it took over, but many other things and people too.

From bank accounts to birds to beaches, the aftermath of this oil spill is massive. It not only touches the company responsible, it takes it's toll on many other lives as well. Finances, fishing and fun on the beach have changed because of this spill. Wide spread disaster all coming from one source.

Are the choices you make today godly ones that give honor and glory to Jesus?

Or are the daily choices you make much like the oil spill on the Gulf Coast and covering not only you, but those in your life with your junk?

The cross was covered with our precious Savior's blood, not black slimy oil and the difference is, when covered with the blood of Jesus, our sins become white as snow.

When covered with our junk, we look much like this poor bird. Unfortunately, I think alot of times I look like the bird and the ridiculous part is that it's because of my choices.

Today, let's choose Jesus and see what the effects of having Him at the center of our lives is like; for the Living Water is the kind of continuous leak we want and need oozing from our hearts.

May we allow Jesus Christ to be so astronomical in our lives that people who don't know

Him want Him.

Please take a minute to read my friend Yolanda's blog post called "I will return after getting the manual" and see what God showed her through a broken dishwasher.

I never want to assume that you have Jesus Christ in your life as your Savior.
If you don't, click HERE to learn more about the most Amazing Gift.
He is a choice you won't ever regret.


Yolanda said...

Awesome visual...consequences and sin, and if we don't allow Jesus Christ to come in, oh what an icky mess we have on our hands. Makes me think of my latest posting, once again.


StitchinByTheLake said...

Great post today Lelia! blessings, marlene

Liz said...

Yep. Just yep.

Tammy said...

Lelia, I so understand!

love and hugs~Tammy

Andrea said...

I pray I am not making a mess of things, each day! and I feel a bit like a cow stepped on me, today. I am tell Alivia..your crazy friend gets it!

Edie said...

What a great comparison Lelia. And just like that poor bird will surely die if not washed clean so it is with us.

My heart really goes out to those poor creatures that are victims of the spill.

Alivia's cow comment totally made me LOL!!!

Runner Mom said...

Great post! You have nailed it chickadee!! I loved Yolanda's post too. Mercy, I have some great friends whom God has blessed with the gift of writing.

Donna said...

Thanks Lelia for sharing with us today! May we all ooze the "living water" with each step we take!