Monday, June 06, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Proverbs 31:25


Strength and dignity are her clothing.
Proverbs 31:25
 
Most of Proverbs 31 is labeled in my Bible, "An Ode to a Capable Wife."
 
Reflecting on these verse, I remember my young wife getting a little monthly newsletter from a new woman's ministry called "Proverbs 31." That was twenty-one years ago. And that Charlotte-based ministry is still going strong. Indeed, it keeps on growing, blessing the lives of thousands of women daily. (And in case you didn't know, one of our own Spirit of Joy members, LeAnn Rice is the current executive director of this major, national ministry.)
 
My question today is what song do you sing about the key relationships in your life?
  • Is it a love song to your spouse -- my capable wife, my charming husband? Or is your marriage song currently a little off-key?
  • Do you sing a song of delight over your children? Or is your song about your kids an old country twanger, full of heartache and pain?
  • Do you sing joyfully about your friendships? Or are your songs all about betrayal and unforgiveness?
Try this question ... How would songwriters fill in these blanks about you?
  • An Ode to ___________ Wife/Husband
  • An Song about a _____________ Parent
  • A Refrain about a _________ Friend
  • Canticle about a ___________ Employee
  • A Chorus about a __________ Witness to the Gospel
You life is a song. What kind of melody are you producing?
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who always wanted
to know how to play an instrument
without ever really practicing
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How would I fill in the blanks (how would someone fill in the blanks about me)? The first thing that naturally pops into my mind is negative, demeaning to myself.  Coming up with a positive takes much, much more effort.
  • An Ode to an imperfect, incapable / caringWife
  • An Song about a disconnected, uninvolved / loving Parent
  • A Refrain about a unreliable / praying Friend
  • A Canticle about a unmotivated / flexible Employee
  • A Chorus about a lousy / persistent Witness to the Gospel

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