Peaceful waters from the lily pad!

For this week’s FROG Blog, I share a treasure I have posted in my Martha & Mary Writing Studio. It’s been years since I found this and wish the source had credited its author. His or her literary gift reminds me that words written (or spoken) today impact tomorrow (and the next day and the next day and…)

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Thank you to this unknown-to-me author!

One day a friend of Chuck Swindoll’s stopped by his study to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:25). The man said, “I don’t think you’ll fall morally or ethically. What does worry me is that you could be tempted to let your time with God and your time in study of the Scriptures become less and less important to you. I want to urge you, do not let that happen.

Swindoll took his words to heart and wrote down these five promises to himself.

  1. “I promise to keep doing original and hard work in my study. Those to whom I am called deserve my best efforts.
  2. I promise to maintain a heart for God. That means I will pray frequently and fervently, and stay devoted to Him and to my calling.
  3. I promise to remain accountable. Living the life of a lone ranger is not only unbiblical, it’s dangerous.
  4. I promise to stay faithful to my family. My wife deserves my time, affection and undivided attention. Our now-grown children deserve the same.
  5. I promise to be who I am, just me. To keep laughing and saying things a little ‘off-the-wall.’ To be a friend and make a few mistakes each month.”

Being devoted to Christ doesn’t make you weird, judgmental, antisocial or isolated from the world. No, it makes you the best version of yourself you can be-and the one God wants you to be.”

Readers, thank you for investing time to use these words to develop who you are and who you are becoming.

Anticipating colorful light to surround the lily pad of the FROG blog, Christina

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