Thursday, December 9, 2010


i just heard this again.
i heard it the first time, i can't remember when...
but when i heard it just now, i knew i needed to hear it again and again and again and again

"as a culture we're addicted to knowledge & information but we really don't allow it to impact our lives... we want to study more & read more & learn something new... but the reality is real spiritual growth is going to come when we apply the knowledge... are we applying what we already know? or just trying to learn more & neglecting the application, not allowing it to change us, to impact us.... to impact others..."

sermon here:


  1. yes, i see the irony.

    i know i posted yesterday about being quiet :}

  2. It's a balance, isn't it? Times of quiet, times of action. Thank God that He is patient with us, more interested in the process, the journey. If we belong to Him, we already know the outcome :)

  3. It's safer to do the learning and studying and reading because we're in control...we're doing it. What happens in the application is much more up for grabs...a much bigger part of it happens *to* us. Which is exactly why it's so transformational. Thanks for sharing this today!

  4. What a great point!

    It's true in so many aspects of life too. I think of it as applying to our homeschooling journey as well. Sometimes it feels like a frantic rush to learn learn learn.... more more more, keep up keep up keep up, and why can't we just slow down and live what we are learning. Practice.
    Maybe we really need more time to practice. When we practice... we are doing something we already know. We have learned it, now we have to perfect it, have practical knowledge instead of just head knowledge.

    It's then that we are really changed by what we know. Whether it's math facts, rolling out pie crusts, reacting calmly to a dog going berserk, stitches and purls, capitalizing proper nouns, loving others when they are unlovely, or not taking ourselves too seriously.... and all that is in between..... the knowledge does us no good, until we make good with it.

    It's a sacred echo for me today dear.

    I love you!

  5. Love this reminder! Thank you! I think about Mary, the mother of Jesus. The one verse about her that sticks out to me in the Christmas story is Luke 2: 19 - But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

    This is a great picture for me that this is what it looks like to take that knowledge (especially of who Christ is!) and take time to ponder how best to apply it. Simple sweet obedience. Love it! Want to choose it more!