November 13, 2010

Diligence, Schoolwork, and Unfailing Strength

Posted in Proverbs, School, Spirituality at 11:01 am by Katie

So, I was just convicted about my schoolwork.

My schoolwork.  Who expects to be convicted about that?  If I was to peek into my life right now and start pointing fingers at parts where I should be convicted, the list would include my time with the Lord, my actions toward others, and a whole host of other things.

This morning, I was reading yesterday’s P31 devotion about shortcuts and how they don’t get us anywhere we want to be.  I think shortcuts and most people’s fascination with them are just interesting.  Plus…I love a good shortcut.  Why yes, I did just throw out a computer shortcut to Hannah about 45 minutes ago.  But I digress…

Anyway, so the application portion of this devotion prompted me to name one area of my life that needed work and two steps I could take to see change in that area this week.  Check, done, moving on (PS, it’s my quiet time, so if any one of you wants to hold me accountable to that…please feel free!)

Then, the reflection portion asked about shortcuts I’ve taken in life that have proved to be bad decisions.  As I sat back and tried to think about it, “schoolwork” kept popping into my head.  As I began to write, it became pretty clear.  I have taken the laissez-faire attitude to my schoolwork in the past three weeks.  Anyone who has been around me has heard me say that I am over this semester, over grad school, and over my work for classes.  Cool, so is 95% of my cohort.

But the Lord really showed me this morning that in rushing through readings or procrastinating on papers (ahem, subculture paper…yeahhh), I’m not producing my best work.  Everything I do should be my best because it’s a reflection of God and is work for Him.  So, when I’m being “over” school and just not caring, it’s not exactly glorifying the Lord in the way that it should be.

Whoops.

But isn’t it great that the Lord can convict us about things without us even knowing we needed to be convicted about them?  He knows our hearts better than we ever could, and He can point out those things that need work that wouldn’t even make our lists.

One of the verses at the end of this particular devotion was Proverbs 13:4.

“The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.” (NIV)

“Fully satisfied.”  Those words jumped off the screen at me.  What exactly does it mean to be fully satisfied?

Well, I got a little nerdy, and I looked up the Greek for satisfied.  (Yes, Ellen…I just looked up the Greek for a word.  You have now rubbed off even more!)

The Greek word for satisfied is Areko.  It means:

  • to be possessed of unfailing strength
  • to be strong, to suffice, to be enough
  • to defend, ward off
  • to be contented

To be possessed of unfailing strength.  That one really stood out for me.  By being diligent, all of our desires will be enough.  We will be content, and we will possess unfailing strength.  How cool is that?

So, here’s to me (and maybe the rest of us) being more diligent in the rest of this semester, year, or whatever season you may be in.

November 7, 2010

Blessed.

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:23 pm by Katie

I think sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the negatives, the trials, and the troubles in our lives.  At least, it is for me.  I can devote all my energy and time to trying to make things better instead of being thankful for what I have.  I realized tonight after a couple of sweet messages just how much God has blessed me in my move to South Carolina.  It’s far too easy for me to start spouting off how much I’m not enjoying my grad program or how I’m over all my schoolwork or how I miss my sweet project friends.  But even in this season, the Lord has showered blessings upon me.  I have a fabulous roommate who puts up with me telling Mizzou and South Carolina to get their lives together every Saturday.  I have some sweet, sweet friends in my program and probably the most fun office one could hope to work in.  I’ve found an amazing church, a fun Sunday school class, and a sweet Bible study with an equally sweet leader (who is super crafty…just sayin’).  I have the. best. best. friend. a girl could ask for who gets super excited when we are about to see each other and plans crazy expeditions and lots of shopping and eating (I mean…what else could you want?)  I have 40 beautiful souls who will pray for me at the drop of a hat, make me smile with ridiculous Facebook photos, videos, and wall posts, and remind me of how much God can move in eight short weeks.

So yes, I am extremely blessed.  And I will continue to try and remember that instead of all the junk.