Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bread for the Journey


Proverbs 4:20-27

New International Version (NIV)
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
    for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
    keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
    fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the[a] paths for your feet
    and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
    keep your foot from evil.
This week while listening to a CD by Casting Crowns, the lyrics from one of the songs called,
'It's a Slow Fade' gripped my heart. The scripture verses from Proverbs 4:20-27 came to mind and I began to ask myself some questions.

Am I being careful what I look at, and where I go?
What are the gray areas in my life?
Am I careful what I listen to and what I say?
What about my thought life....my choices?
In what areas of my life am I slowly fading?

God's Word gives us some clear instructions on how to keep from fading and eventually crumbling in our walk with Him.

He instructs us to read His Word.
 To guard our heart and our minds in Christ Jesus.
To be careful with our words, our eyes, and our footsteps.
We are instructed to stay away from evil.
and remain on the pathway that He has set before us.


Below are the words to the song 'It's a Slow Fade'.
Ask yourself the same questions I asked myself.









Be careful little eyes what you see
It's the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it's the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It's a slow fade, it's a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
(lyrics from Casting Crowns 'It's a Slow Fade')

11 comments:

  1. That last verse is one my children sang in Sunday School.
    The rest is all new to me, thanks for sharing, I will definitely ask questions of myself.

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  2. thank you for this thought provoking entry! We so need to be careful in every area of our lives!

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  3. I remember singing this verse in German in Sunday School many years ago! "Pass auf kleiner Fuss wo du gehst"! Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful story; excellent food for thought!

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  4. Yes, good food for thought. Thanks. (And a beautiful photo there.)

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  5. That song grips me everytime I hear it! Most often, I want to think of someone else when I hear those lyrics. But lately God keeps so gently telling me, that maybe its my heart and attitude that need to change first..... completely letting go and allow God to be God. Being the stereotypic mom, I just want to fix everyone's hurts. I don't have to.... and if I did try to.... I would be discounting the price that was already paid for all of our sin. Did that make sense?

    P.S. Is that photo taken in the Coachella Valley?

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    1. Hi Lorrie, I hear what you are saying. It's so easy to look at others....and then God is His love for us taps us on the shoulder and reminds us to look at our own lives.
      That photo was taken in Death Valley Nevada. We enjoy camping and hiking there. Have a good week.

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    2. Hi Lorrie, I hear what you are saying. It's so easy to look at others....and then God is His love for us taps us on the shoulder and reminds us to look at our own lives.
      That photo was taken in Death Valley Nevada. We enjoy camping and hiking there. Have a good week.

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  6. Super great message!! Thank you.

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  7. Thank you for blessing me today. It is so important to grasp the message.
    Have a wonderful week.
    e

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  8. I have that song on my iPod. Love it. Thanks for posting the lyrics.
    Tracy

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  9. Hello to all of "my" MGCC friends!! I have been enjoying your blog and sharing it with others for some time now...And I have a request. Our eldest (of 5)sons will be wed in June and I am trying to think of a gift that would be appropriate for my son and his wife to be . If possible I would like to start some sort of tradition in the giving of this gift that I could do for each son. You girls are in my age range and seem to have done a lot of weddings, showers, etc. So, any ideas?
    (I am just learning to quilt and the idea comes to mind, but could I do it in 4 months???)
    Thanks so much for your inspiration both spiritual and practical.

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