Monday, August 10, 2009

What's the Most Portant Thing?

"Nonnie, what's the most portant thing to you?" "You're the most important," I replied to my granddaughter. She wasn't convinced. She said, "No, what's the most portant thing?" I repeated my answer. With a perplexed look on her face, she asked, "Is it your clock?" Clock? I thought. More valuable than my darling girl. My life. My heart. No way! Then she said, "The clock that I broke. Is that the most portant?" Oh! That clock. Suddenly, I remembered. Several weeks ago, she took the face off of a small clock that was on the coffee table and proudly showed me what she had done. I scolded her. Harshly. Over a cheap clock. I had forgotten the incident. But she. Had not. Obviously, I had to explain. Apologize. Reassure her. With love. And lots and lots of hugs. That nothing. No one. Would ever or could ever be more portant than she. Well, my darling girl wasn't the only one who questioned me about my priorities last week. God had a little chat with me as well. He talked to me so softly. So sweetly. I'd like to share with you the verse that He used to get my attention. It's from Colossians 3:16. "Let the message about Christ in all its richness, fill your lives." Mmm. I began to think about the things that I've been filling my life with lately. Have I filled my life with Christ's message? And the richness of His message. Or, something else? Oops! The answer is something else. I've been filling my life with blogging. Too much blogging. Too much visiting other blogs. Commenting. Trying to build my blog. And way, way too much preoccupation with my blog during my time with Him. When I should have been focusing on Him. And listening to His voice. Reading His word. Instead, all I could hear was my own voice saying things like: Give me something to write about. I can't concentrate on You right now. I need. Want. To go work on my blog. I don't have time to write in my journal. Not a pretty picture, is it? Are you disappointed in me? It's ok if you are. You know, blogging isn't a bad thing. In fact, it's a good thing when we keep the right perspective about it. I just got mixed up about what's really important. But our loving God. So gently. So tenderly. Spoke to my heart. He showed me that I had put something above Him. And putting something. Anything at all above God is sin. I knew that I had sinned. And because He loves me--and you--with an everlasting love, He led me to repent of my sin. To turn away from this sin. And to turn toward His loving arms. He didn't kick me out of the family because I sinned. He just wants to be where He belongs. In my heart. The most portant in my heart. So that He can fill my heart. My life. With the message about His Son. Jesus Christ. The One and Only. Who died for me. And for you. I'm so glad that He loves us like that. Aren't you? Sweet dreams, Deb


  1. But don't you think you're really servicing God when you blog about something like this? I do. This is a powerful message that touched at least one reader (me!). And when you use your blog like this, it's the same as journaling.

    I came by to welcome you to SITS! We're happy to have you with us!

  2. Amen. The last thing I want is to put something else above God. Especially my blog. He gave me the words to start to write again... to start my blog.

    He also gave me Jonah 2:9 i think is the reference...
    "those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

    That has been coming up as a theme for the last several months at least.

    I may be serving God by being transparent and writing about what He is telling me, but I need to be able to take the time to listen to Him, before I write about it to anyone else!

    thanks for this!
    God bless,

  3. Oh Deb, I have gone through seasons of similar awareness, when blogging (or other things), have become too "portant". I have written posts similar to this in the past, needing to withdraw from blogging to allow God to speak to my heart. Yes, I feel this can be a ministry, but it's so often the good things that take us away from the Best.

    Jesus is the most 'portant' thing in my life too. Bless you my friend,

  4. It is these kind of moments that I look for in blogs that I choose to follow...

    No pressure for the daily, nothing to sell, no other motives than to simply share the moment that means something to you from Him.

    After a post like this, I trust you even more to write as He leads & not because you feel you must perform for me.

    Yippy weapons are formed in the fires!

  5. Bless your granddaughter's heart. Isn't it amazing what they remember...and how our words affect them?

    I TOTALLY understand about the blog thing. In fact, I've been in prayer about it ever since She Speaks. I LOVE meeting women and making friends, but the TIME factor drives me bananas! It's a delicate balance and I have to be led by the Holy Spirit or my day simply vanishes into the vortex that is blogging!

    Praying God shows us both HIS will regarding blogging!

  6. Blogging is definitely a time zapper and can easily get out of balance. I dealt with your feelings alot when I first began. But I really believe sharing your life and your faith brings glory to our God and He has to be proud of that. Just continue to let your light shine for Him and the balance will come.

  7. love this post, I think any blogger will relate. I started my blog as a journal, was startled and taken off guard when I received such a following, started to feel pressure to "be there" for people, and went through a similar process as you are facing now. I want and enjoy the camaraderie offered through blogging, but it needs to have it's place. I do not need to read each "friend's" blog entry on the day they write it, I do not need to respond to each and every comment made to me... I try to visit my friends once a week, and leave them a piece of myself as I also take up pieces of them and am blessed in the journey.

    and now, rather than "worrying" about how many days have passed since I blogged, I only blog when I have free time and something that is screaming to be expressed.

  8. A word fitly spoken, Deb...

    Thank you.

  9. What a lovely and very 'portant' post.

    Welcome to the SITS community!

  10. Deb,
    I truly loved this post. The things our Grandchildren remember. Don't forget they remember the good things too.

    You know God is the one who has blessed you with the wonderful, words you are writing so please don't stop. You are his servant and doing his will. I know it can be overwhelming at timees espically now that you are back at work.

    I know you will always take time for the most portant things.

    I love you,

  11. I too walked this road some time back. God's gentle reminders helped to get things into their proper perspective. Blogging is a great way to minister and be ministered to, but not at the expense of our own personal quiet time.
    Blessings ~ Lisa

  12. Beautiful post. Blogging can be a bit overwhelming, especially in the beginning, but it can be wonderful in the right balance.

    Welcome to SITS (which is a wonderful way to find blog friends).

  13. Wow, I'm dropping by from SITS to welcome you to the family, but I believe God led me here. I've been feeling lost lately.

  14. Good words, Deb, and a good reminder for all of us. Amazing how slippery that slope can be.

  15. Wow, what a powerful, powerful post. I have SO MUCH time on my hands since I am not able to do a lot other than sit/lay here due to my illness. However, I still manage to let the computer take over my life sometimes. Thanks for really putting things into perspective for me.

    Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog and leaving me a sweet message with a piece of scripture. It is always so nice to see you there.

    I hope you are having a great week off from your blogging and hope to see you posting again really soon.


    Teresa <><

  16. I'm glad you stopped by my blog and I came to visit yours. Your words are touching, and so honest. You got me thinking...
    Thanks for sharing.

  17. I really enjoyed this post a lot. Thanks so much for sharing what the Lord is teaching you - and for being honest!

  18. Hi Deb,
    Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I'm with you in this.