My wife Carol has a web site she named “www.WalkingWiththe Father.com” and I love this entry she made in her blog (click the WWTF Blog button)! I am a lucky man to walk with her as we walk with the Father together! Her heart is to be an encourager and she does that every day, not just to me, but to the store clerk at Belks or the person at the counter at the Patio or one of us lucky enough to be in her family!Ephesians 4:17-24 (ESV)And let us encourage one another…” – Carol Hoffman, 12/2/2008
Here’s her last post:
Walking With the Father and Renewing Your Mind
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!– assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
It is so easy this time of year to take a vacation from our walk with God and get into the world thing and yes I mean decorations, presents, commitments, parties, staying up way too late, eating food we later regret, complaining, arguing, not getting along with others, blaming others for our problems and yes do I need to add more to the list? I write this out of my own convictions for this time of year. I have lived long enough now to know the battle rages around this time to know the importance of renewing the mind daily as there is much competition for doing the best thing and that is my time with God. If there ever is a time you need to do this it is now before the world tells you what you have to do instead of slowing down to hear the voice of God. I am sitting in my favorite leather chair with an undecorated house and much to be done for Christmas and stopping to think the most important thing I can do this morning is meet with the one whose birthday we celebrate. Much is going on in my life to bring before the Father, much prayer needs to be offered for friends who have contacted me with serious family needs but most of all I just need to sit and renew my mind and think upon who came and died for me. Might I encourage you today to start your day with Him and walk with Him throughout the day! Don’t let your heart become hardened to the things of God with trying to finish your to do list. Make Him the first thing on your to do list and watch what happens afterward. Your spirit will be softened, you will be walking in the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. and your goals and direction will be different. Your light will shine as bright as the many trees sparkling around our world. Might these words cause us all to ponder as we back out of the driveway for the miles we have to travel.