2017: Page 68

As I wrote yesterday’s page, I wasn’t sure if I would work late or call it a day and go to work early this morning.  Since I was still at work when I wrote the page, I ended up staying to do the cleaning and building prep for today.  So, page 68 began with my being able to sleep in . . . which means I didn’t get up until about 7:30 this morning.  I probably would have gone back to sleep except I looked out the window and saw a beautiful sunrise starting to take place.  It got enough of my attention that I got dressed and went outside to take a few photos.  Today’s photo was shot looking down the road in front of the house as the sun made its way over the horizon, lighting up the eastern sky as it rose.  

As Susan slept the morning away, I caught up on some correspondence and looked at some options for selling some of my unused, or little used, camera equipment.  I found a new wide angle lens I am looking at, so it would be helpful to pay for it with the sale of some equipment I have already upgraded from.  Getting rid of things is difficult for me for a lot of reasons, and for some reasons I’m probably not even aware of.  My mind is a trap that holds onto so many memories and it always feels like getting rid of the things which are associated with those memories somehow diminishes them.  Even if the  item doesn’t have specific memories associated with it, there is always the thought that I might still have a use for it sometime in the future — what if I get rid of something because I haven’t used it for a long time, and end up needing it the week after it is gone?  I know, not likely, but it is possible. 🙂

By late morning Susan was ready to get up.  As she got dressed for the day, I got breakfast around for her and then got some pulled pork out of the freezer to start warming it up for lunch.  Once it was heated, it was just as tasty as when I pulled it off the pellet grill a few weeks ago.  After lunch, I spent some time on the computer and played some games on the Wii system before giving in and taking a nap.  Tomorrow will be another long workday, so even with the nap, I will head to bed early as I continue to battle round two of the cold/sinus crud that seems to drain my energy.  

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • The things we become accustomed to often form the basis for what we believe is “normal”.  
  • To accept the truth of God’s Word as the norm for all aspects of our life, we must spend so much time with it that we are accustomed to its precepts.
  • A variety of things may motivate us to get up and do something.  Is obedience to God’s Word one of those things in your life?
  • Are there things you are holding onto that are a hindrance to your ability to move forward in your relationship with Christ?
  • When I view all of my things as belonging to God, I tend to be less possessive of them while treating them with greater value.
  • Hoarding may be a psychological and/or neurological issue, but it also may be an issue of not trusting God to provide what is needed when it is needed.
  • God’s design of our bodies often gives us warning signs when extra care is needed.  Do we pay attention to those signs?

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