Monday, January 22, 2007

What if?

So, Bryan may as well been talking only to me Sunday. I knew exactly what he was talking about. I have really struggle with allowing my flesh to rule me. From overeating, to talking too much, to spending to much, to sitting to much. I realized Sunday that I had stopped telling myself no. No you are not going to eat that. No you are not going to buy that. No you are not going to do that. I have pretty much done whatever I have "felt" like doing for years now. I was so convicted on Sunday for allowing those "shadows" to exist in me. So Monday morning I realized I had a lot of house cleaning to do. Spiritually and physically. Felling a little overwhelmed I began to pray and just ask God to help me and guide me. I asked the Holy Spirit to come alongside me and correct me throughout the day. While I was doing this I had a Holy Spirit inspired idea. What if I only did what God asked me to do and when I had the urge to do something else (or nothing at all) I just said no. What if while I was not hungry I and God decided when and what I would eat. And if I wanted to eat at another time or eat something else I just said no. What if I let God decide what chores were to be done today? And when I wanted to sit down and just zone out, I just said no. What If I let God give me my schedule? What if I actually told my flesh no, instead of just giving it everything it asked for? Well, I put this thought to action today. I sat down and made a schedule of things that needed to be done. I wrote down what and when I would eat today. And guess what. I had the most productive day. I got tons of housework done. I ate what I had planned. I never turned the TV on. I said no when my flesh rose up. I didn't die. To the contrary, I lived today. Instead of letting another day pass by with my regrets. And do you know what my sweet Jesus did for me, for my obedience. My sweet friend Brandi is taking me out to see a movie tonight, her treat. My sweet husband said he thought it would be great if I went. That is the kind of God we serve. See I was afraid if I let God dictated my schedule I wouldn't get to do anything I wanted to do. See what obedience does. So what if everyday we let God do the scheduling? What if we just said no when things conflicted with that schedule. I am excited to see!

9 comments:

Ashlee said...

What did you see?

Francesca said...

Going at 9:40 tonight to see Stomp The Yard. I love a good dance flick!

Ashlee said...

We went to the movies last week and saw Night at the Museum which was very clean and funny. Let me know if Stomp the Yard is good. We saw the preview for it and it looked very interesting.

Tangerine Tinselbreeze said...

way to go- i will pray about it too -it sounds rather catchy!
I confess fleshly eating, fleshly cleaning, fleshly talk
I want a holy spirit makeover. For real. I cannot wait to see us in one year. Read our today one year from now. SO grateful for you Fran. I love your blog.
Beautifully Loving Others Godly
Boldly Listening Overcoming Grace
Being Like Oil of Gladness

ericaprosser said...

I need my days to be ordered like this as well. Well done Francesca. And God.

A life I live... said...

Well, you saw my schedule on my fridge and the conviction I had on that! And you know what? When I do it, I feel so satisfied and so content! Oh, we WILL live life fully obidient to the Holy Spirit!

JesusFreak said...

Isn't awesome how Bryan always talks about things that help move forward in our faith? How he just pins down exactly what we're going through and brings it to light since our flesh is trying to hide it as much as possible?? Reading your blog and others' comments has given me even more encouragement to this crazy letting-God-rule-my-every-decision idea! Okay, it's not that crazy. Yesterday, I event went (dramatic pause) EXERCISING! GASP!! Woo hoo for the Holy Spirit kicking the lazy fleshes butt!

JesusFreak said...

Sorry about all the missing words, grammatical errors, and misspelled words. I got a little excited...

High in Demand said...

Movie was fun. I love you.

Also, I'm a fan of the Holy Spirit schedule, eating, cleaning, ______, ______, _______, ________, and lots of other things of the Holy Spirit!