From Putting Out Fires to Fanning the Flame

Posted by on Sep 8, 2009 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God…”
– 2 Timothy 1:6a (ESV)

Thanks for letting me have a brief vacation from the blog. I truly thought God would give me a clear plan for posts for the next few weeks. He did not. Then again, I have not been deliberate to make time to just sit at His feet. The Mary in me has been hidden by the Martha.

Today’s title describes how I have been living for weeks now! I am going to have to go back to those posts on simplifying and practice my own preaching, beginning with making time to sit at His feet, first thing in the morning.

It seems as though there has been a different yet major something to tend to for the past eight weeks that has kept me focused on the task of the week before moving on to the next one the following week. It is much like stamping out one fire out of control. Just as soon as you see it dying out, another fire picks up in another spot and requires your attention there. As a result, other things have gone untended, like consistent quiet times, consistent exercise, and taking care of tasks around the house.

I am staring at my desk calendar right now and I have gone back to look at these last two months and I cannot begrudge any of the things that had to occur: a son’s birthday, his surgery, parents’ 60th anniversary celebration, moving a child in at college, an unplanned hospital stay for Daddy, starting Bible studies, and going out of town for the long weekend. Add to that the occasional meetings that pop up when school begins along with lunches with friends to catch up over summer happenings and before you know it, even more of the basic yet important things get squeezed out of the day. One day blends into the next and you put your head on the pillow at night and yawn out, “I love You , Lord. I’ll try to come and talk to You tomorrow.”

My times with Him have been sporadic, planned but not carried out to fruition most days. Prayers have been quick 9-1-1 type prayers rather than meditative with some listening sprinkled in rather than all talk from my mouth. This girl is going to have to be purposeful in meeting with her Maker each day or else other things will crowd the calendar and nudge Him off the page.

It’s time to make time for the “one thing” (see Luke 10:38-42) that is necessary in order to live a life that has unplanned occurrences, pressing tasks, and happy moments to share with family and friends.


  1. I’m totally with you on this one. In my attempt to have a restful and relaxing summer, I’ve become just plain lazy. You know it’s bad when your to-do list starts to get dusty. My house needs a prayer and a good blessing. My spiritual and physical exercise has also become far too lackadaisical. It’s time to rekindle that flame/desire for what’s better…time with the Father.

  2. I have found myself wondering something like that over this summer. Am I just just talking the talk and not walking the walk. Am I really sold out for the request I make to God. Just going through the motions and are trying to get by on the smallest amount of time I give to Him.

    I think life makes it soooo easy to get off track, be distracted.

    Your not alone. Hang in there. He is on our side.

    Love ya,

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