Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Necessary Heat

As I pulled the decaying muck from my pitchfork, I could feel the heat through my gloves. I had been working this compost pile all IMG_1053spring…keeping it moist, turning it over and over; and yet I was surprised by the heat.

Did you know that an orange peel left setting alone in the desert heat will crinkle and dry, but take months…if not a year to decompose? Take that same orange peel and add a little moisture, pressure and a little oxygen; and a transformation takes place…the result is soil so rich, it is call black gold.

“The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life.”

Simply hearing His word, or casually reading it keeps His true message dry…inactive in my daily life. But to ponder, and ask for that personal witness, creates a heat that changes the stagnant into eternal value.

“Revelation can come hour by hour and moment by moment as we do the right things. When women nurture as Christ nurtured, a power and peace can descend to guide when help is needed. For instance, mothers can feel help from the Spirit even when tired, noisy children are clamoring for attention, but they can be distanced from the Spirit if they lose their temper with children…. It requires a conscious effort to diminish distractions, but having the Spirit of revelation makes it possible to prevail over opposition and persist in faith through difficult days and essential routine tasks... Because personal revelation is a constantly renewable source of strength, it is possible to feel bathed in help even during turbulent times.”

Quotes taken from an address given by Julie B. Beck; “And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit”

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  1. I loved this talk!

    Thanks for the link to that song. I've never heard it before. I like it - of course, it made me cry though!

    I know my girls are running because they see how much I love it. They are still young enough that they want to be like me - scary but true! :) I hope they will keep it up with me. We'll work towards this 5K for now and see how it goes. I hope your daughter will join you on a run! A young boy was running with his dad in front of me in the race on Sat. and I could not catch up with him. I asked him how old he was after wards and he said nine! I just think it is such a great thing to do together - bonding time.

    Have a great day!

  2. Beautiful words. That sounds like a very interesting book. So glad you found spiritual meaning in composting! God shows up everywhere, huh?


  3. That talk was AWESOME! I think of those exact words when their is a ton of WHINING in our right now & realize that it is me that chooses whether the spirit stays or goes or whether to listen or not...GREAT!

  4. There's a lesson in everything isn't there? I think the key to living in the Spirit is living in the now, because there's always enough grace for now, but grace isn't for our imaginations.

  5. What a beautiful post! I love the comparison between the orange and God's word. I'll have to use that.

    On another note, I've been wanting to compost for sometime. Do you think you can help me and give me some pointers in starting off small?


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