Saturday, September 1, 2012


My UPPER ROOM devotion today pondered this scripture

(actually it was for 4:20-27; however, I want to concentrate on 20-23)
Proverbs 4:20-23  My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them within your heart
For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh
Is there anything more precious than the innocence of little children with wide eyes?Eyes eagerly widened, taking in anything new without judgment, without expectations...yet.
Having a clean slate of life, children are smooth surfaces without scribbles all over...yet. 
embracing the clean slate 
We are 4ever learners :)
I borrowed this pic from THE HOME SCHOOL VILLAGE
God's Word guides us if we READ it...yes, it's intentional so you have to intend to do it.

He'll redirect remember we are His CHILDREN. 

Even if we are grown, He reminds us to approach Him as a little child, His child. 

Once I was listening early in life because I didn't know things yet, gradually understanding how to safely live this life...absorbing lessons, storing glimpses of life in years of layered memories along the way.
Yet, He calls me to daily wipe my slate clean... renewing my mind in His Word.

 He has 'cleaned my soul slate forever'!  Thank you, Jesus.

Why do I like to wallow in my chalk dust?

I'm slapping those erasers together as hard as I can, covering me and anyone around me with that dusty sin.

Continuing to slap my erasers gets dust in my ears...I must make my ears more sensitive to things drawing me away from Him...continue cleaning out garbage that I let settle into my life.
As I'm continually ripping and tearing at my dirty clothes of sin, I'm remembering Jesus asking the cripple, "Do you want to be healed?" 

Was he just wanting to be content with his neediness? Am I wanting to roll around in my chalk, continuing to be dirty?

Walking to the cleansing Water will bring His Glory into focus, even washing out my ears...and take me 'out' of the focus. 

This life isn't about me even though I constantly want it to be about me.
He continually woos me come spend time with Him...for He is about freeing me from unkind moments within myself (when the evil one is trying to convince me to turn away from Jesus Christ).
Come with me, let's go to Christ and get our erasers cleaned so we'll truly have a clean slate.
John 8:31 "If you continue in my word, then you are truly Disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."



Kim said...

I like the analogy of slapping those erasers together. Yep! Guilty as charged. It's far too easy to focus on what we've done wrong, rather than focusing on what HE has done for us. And is continuing to do.

Soooo thankful for the clean slate!

I like this from "My Utmost For His Highest": Our present enjoyment of God’s grace tends to be lessened by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual growth for our future. He will keep watch so that we will not be tripped up again by the same failures, as would undoubtedly happen if He were not our “rear guard.” And God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us. It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Oh, to be able to do that: let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Every day is a slapping eraser kind of day over here. I'm learning so very much; there are times when I think I'm too old for this, but then something will happen that reawakens my spirit and pushes me forward--some days to the chalkboard; some days to slapping erasers.