Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Dusting off my Life

More in the continuing saga of the cabinet I am refinishing.....

I haven't done anything on my old cabinet since before Christmas. That is, until a couple of days ago. I decided it was time to get back at it. When I got out to the shop, there were the various pieces, laying around the shop just as I'd left them. Well.....almost.

Some of the drawers were on the worktable. I had worked on another project for Christmas on the same table. With the router. Now the drawers were full of wood shavings. *sigh*

The main portion of the top of the cabinet was sitting on another work area. As were several other things--cluttered to the point of having to be cleaned before proceeding with any new work on the cabinet. Another *sigh*

Still other pieces were laying around on the floor--had I put a coat of stain on them yet or not? Still another *sigh*

And DUST! Talk about DUST! DUST on everything!! You know, that fine dust that is the by-product of anything you do in the shop. DUST! DUST! DUST! BIG **SIGH**

So....finally the drawers have been emptied of the router shavings, the work areas have been de-cluttered, the stained pieces have been separated from the unstained pieces, and everything has been DUSTED.

It took quite awhile to accomplish all of that work...so now the work of refinishing can begin again.

And then I started thinking....how much my life in Christ is like that. When I get busy doing other "projects" and I just leave my praying and my Bible reading and my fellowshiping "lay around", it all becomes cluttered and coated with DUST. When I'm not doing those spiritual growth giving things, and when I'm not allowing myself to be used for my intended purpose in Christ, I become covered with DUST. And that means I have to backtrack and clean things up before I'm moving forward again.

Father, help me to keep my life dust-free, that I might be more available for your purposes. I want to be used in your Kingdom, I want to glorify your Holy & Righteous Name, I want to love you more. In Jesus name, Amen

May God grant you His richest blessings,
And may you have all kinds of Peace in believing.

9 comments:

Pia said...

that could very well be my prayer too. for God to use me and that i'll be available for His purpose.

God bless.

Jayleigh said...

Joyce- I know another blogger who SO reminds me of your style of writing! His blog is on my sidebar as "blueberry patch"... Mr. Eddie.

Like you, he will tell an amusing story about ANYTHING and then somehow make it into something dealing with his relationship with the Lord. amazing!

Joyce said...

Pia - We share the same desire!! That's good! God bless you as well.

Jayleigh - Thanks! I'll be checking that out!!!

*hugs* to both of you!

Michelle Lyn said...

Glad to see you are back to blogging again. I've missed reading your life happenings and am glad to frequently see you've updated.

You have a really unique way of taking life events and relating it to God and Christianity. I think that if I could do that with things in my life it could really give me a new perspective and help to grow my faith. Thank you for your thoughts!

Lazy Daisy said...

Hi Joyce, nice post btw....I was wondering if you could help me think of some wild events and padgentry for the closing ceremony on Saturday. My brain has been on overdrive the past few days and needs a jump start. IF YOU COULD EMAIL ME YOUR THOUGHTS I WOULD BE EVER SO GRATEFUL! kbennetch@msn.com

Joyce said...

Miehelle,
Glad to know you still check on me sometimes!! I hear you're campaigning for Jayme and Neal to move your direction...I told Jayme I'd have to start campaigning, too, for my direction. But what I really want is for them to be where GOD wants them to be.
*hugs*

Barbara said...

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jayme said...

testing out my new link.

jayme said...

testing again.