Obedience is a trip

The Holy Ghost has been on my case for weeks about printing out my best blogs and putting them in some kind of binder or something. He has told me to “be ready.”

Be ready for what, I’m not sure. Maybe to put together a book of my blogs, maybe to write something different. I was just told to be ready. I have been saying I’m going to do it for weeks and I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not there yet.

You see, I had complications. I didn’t have any paper. The printer was on my kitchen floor and I wanted a home office. I needed a binder. I needed a three-hole punch. I needed an uninterrupted afternoon. I needed to not be sick. I needed the house to be quiet. Do you see what I mean?

I got caught by all those sneaky little things that trip us up and make us not do what God has told us to do. Second thoughts, hangups, excuses, each one by itself innocuous, but compiled together, they kept me from obedience. My mind gave me plenty of room to procrastinate, but I know I have no excuse. I just messed up.

So, I repented, I got my tail in gear, had some friends help me get a little home office set up in my never-used dining room and I put my self and my pink laptop to work. I had a box of tissues and a bag of cough drops next to me, a brand new binder and hole-puncher, plenty of paper, and plenty of time. I got about 10 or 15 blogs printed out and guess what happened.

The printer ran out of ink.

This is getting comical. I just braved Wal-Mart on the Friday before Easter, fought traffic to get home, hustling to beat a thunderstorm. And here I am; twiddling my thumbs.

Obeying God isn’t always easy. But it’s always the right thing to do.

I am going to find ink and I am going to finish this project. I am going to take my little binder with me to Dallas next week, and I am going to obey God. I’m going to “be ready!”

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9 thoughts on “Obedience is a trip

  1. Christi says:

    Don’t forget the part where you cried once you were in Walmart.. 🙂 I cannot wait to see what God has in store for you sister!! Remember, I get the first copy…autographed!! 🙂 LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!

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  2. friend says:

    Even as no doubt many oft’ enjoy your gems here, just how does one know that God is speaking to one’s self to do something that would so validate that which one has expended much energy already….? My apologies, but this seems bit too convenient. What happens if it turns out that publishers aren’t interested? Does one then concede the possibility that God might have mispoken, or that one misheard? Or maybe God didn’t speak. And you “named and claimed”…. something that one’s active, lively mind created — even as the same one was disposed to interpret such as insight as “heard from God.” Pardon my wondering. Instead of being so sure this is God’s voice, how ’bout testing it…. among honest friends…. Never mind me; Maybe this is just a Tulsa-WOF language thing that I long ago lost the key to cognate, especially after I became such a “rebel” against anyone or any authority telling me to “obey.” Maybe you pull a “Shack,” hear God’s voice, and go forth on faith that you’re doing your best, and then do what the Russians used to call, “Samizdat.” (as in self-publish) In any case, best wishes…. for your best-seller.

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  3. cindy smith says:

    Ok Juli, how funny….I have had some interruptions when trying to obey God before too. You go girl … I can only imagine something good will come of this…with all those hindrances. …
    Enjoy your trip and family time. Blessings, Cindy

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    • Deborah Mclemore says:

      Juli, you are so refreshing in your honesty! Thank you for encouraging tenacity and self motivating! This is a Dailey need in all our lives! May your life live out loud for our good continually!

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  4. Cindy smith says:

    Hi Juli…Thank you for your repost! It just
    Reminded me to keep focused and follow
    Through with the task God has ask me to do.
    And No matter what reason God has behind
    His plan for us
    To do or accomplish a certain task. Who knows it may be
    only to see if we are obedient.
    Your Blogs are just as good the 2nd time around! May we all Stay faithful
    And obedient until He comes…
    Love and Blessings… My dear friend in The Lord
    Cindy…

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