Monday Mish Mash

On my to do list for today:

* Finish cleaning out our closet
* Clean the bathroom
* Laundry (Question: Have I ever compiled a to do list without listing laundry? I’m thinking not.)
* A trip to the store

So far, I have sat in front of the computer catching up on the (literally) hundreds of blog posts backed up in my reader. And drinking coffee. Totally appropriate activities for “no school” days, don’t you think?

To my credit, I did make out chore lists for the boys, lists which they have yet to complete or even begin. I wonder from whence they learned such procrastination?

Don’t answer that.

I’m still reading Les Miserables, but I’m getting a little wearied just by the sheer length of it. My weariness isn’t helped by the books I received lately, some of which I’ve been DYING to read!

This week’s Spectacular Sins chapter? Lisa called it the “No Wimp Zone”, an apt title! Watch for my post later; the main discussion post over at Lisa’s has been delayed…

Hey, here’s a question: We are halfway through Brokenness in our Bible study group, which means it’s time to be thinking about what’s next. Any recommendations? Ideally, our next study needs to be about 6-8 weeks long, we might can do 10–I’ll have to check the calendar to be sure.

Yesterday my pastor preached on Jesus’ miracle in feeding the 5,000. He told the story of the Lord’s provision at a time when he was poor and without the resources to even pay his (cheap, in his words) rent. His passionate plea to trust the Lord as our Provider struck me as I realized that so often we seek the Lord’s provision in regard to the things we want and take it for granted in regard to the things we need. We wonder and worry over whether He will provide a job we love, a calling that brings significance and success, or enough money to pay for the bigger house we want to buy. Food to eat and a roof over our head, we take these provisions for granted because we are so enamored with the stuff of this world.

Just this morning I read the psalmist’s words, “I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” Our God provides! May our trust in His provision set us free from the idols of this world to love and treasure Christ above all things!

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

12 thoughts on “Monday Mish Mash”

  1. You always make me smile! Loved the “don’t answer that.” I’m right there with you. The kids finally turned off Lord of the Rings (watching it for the umpteenth time!) so I guess I can (should!) vacuum now. Thrills.And yeah, my brain hurt after chapter 4. Can’t wait to see what Lisa has us pull out. Definitely a “eat your Wheaties” chapter but so good!!

  2. Love that last paragraph and the wonderful declaration the Psalmist makes. Good reminder. Enjoy your President’s day!We have lots of rain which means flooding and mudslides here in So.Cal. The drainage can never keep up with lots of water here :0)

  3. Well, Jennifer Rothschild book, “self talk, soul talk” has just come out as a study. It’s not called that, but it’s based on that. I’m thinking of doing this one this summer for myself and then maybe bringing it to the ladies this Fall. OK…I googled the title for you. It’s “me, myself, and lies.” There are videos to go with (approx. 30 minutes in length).Just a thought. By all means, get to the books that you want to read. Don’t let some sense of “obligation” get the best of you. The movie version is Les Mis with Liam Neesom is fascinating enough…kind of like the cliff notes version. For what it’s worth…peace~elaine

  4. I'm learning the difference between my wants & needs…and praying that my needs are my only wants.Thanks for sharing your mish-mash (and do you say that word in real life? πŸ˜‰

  5. I nominate Nancy Guthrie’s study on Hebrews (10 wks) called “hoping for something better”. I just recently attended a women’s retreat with her as the main speaker–phenomenal! She is huge on correct Biblical theology and its amazing relevance for daily application. Each study book includes questions for each week. Highly, highly recommend it. She offers some other studies as well. Her website is http://www.nancyguthrie.com.My only reservation in fact is that I can’t attend and would have to sit convicted not to covet your time if you choose to do it. sigh.

  6. Confession: I started reading Les Miserable many years ago and never finished it. Never even came close? What other books do you have waiting for you?I’ve menu planned an grocery shopped today and am now feeling so proud of my productivity, I just might go take a nap. πŸ™‚

  7. I was just wondering how far into Brokenness you were. πŸ™‚ Because I’m hoping to be home Tuesday night. Looking forward to joining in on the next one! Several of the churches around here just started Beth Moore’s Ester study. But the Hebrews suggestion sounds good too. Whatever it is….count me in! (yay)

  8. Sounds like my day too … the girls are just finishing watching Narnia and it’s now 11.30 am – I guess we should all get dressed.Although, it’s raining outside and my husband has been out of town since Thursday and is on his way back from the airport now. I am enjoying a few moments of peace and quiet in an otherwise busy tiring weekend.Oh and if I did my status report it would also start with … drinking: black coffee

  9. Lisa,Your words above,well, God’s words ;O)…”I have never seen the righteous forsaken or begging bread.” Girl, I know exactly where you were in your Bible today. Was it Psalm 37?Is that one of the most amazing psalms ever written? I wish you lived closer. We could sit for hours over a cup of coffee while I shared how much that psalm spoke life into mine during one of the most difficult places in my life.So why don’t you live closer again?!?

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