Day 15: Bananas

BANANAS! How could someone flip over something so silly?

We’ve ALL been there! If I’m honest, I was there today. The tiniest things were getting on my last nerves. I’ve had little sleep the past few nights (my own fault), I have an overwhelming to-do list that I’m trying to finish and we are going out of town for a few days. It’s been rush, rush, rush and very little time lingering with my Father.

I have been able to feel the difference – the difference in knowing that the less time I spend with my heavenly Father, the less patience I have for everyone and the situations around me. It’s also a pretty good indicator that I’m running out of my ability to continue like this when Brian says things like, “I believe it might be good for you to go take a really long bath or just do SOMETHING.”

It reminds me of a quote that I love from Lysa TerKeurst:

Remember – we must exchange whispers with God before shouts with the world.

I want to remember this everyday. I know the difference lingering with Him can make in my life. I need that. I crave that. I crave to be the person that it makes me – more understanding, more patient, more loving.

The trouble with humans is that when we are already idling high, it doesn’t take but the slightest provocation for the banana to really hit the fan. When we’re burdened with fatigue or frustration, things often get worse before they get better. Sometimes we don’t gain clarity on our condition until we suffer a personal Armageddon over produce. (Interrupted pg 47)

So, I guess the fact that I’m sitting here at 2am doing laundry and writing this blog puts me in that same category of being burdened with fatigue, huh?

Taking care of your everyday life and absorbing a new perspective on your worldview can be a bit overwhelming.

It can be…well…uncomfortable.

Wait. Uncomfortable.

Did I really pray for this? Hmmmmm

Yep. I sure did.

When things seem out of control, beyond my ability to fix – that’s usually when God has me exactly where He wants me. I can’t rely on my own skills and abilities – I must fully rely and trust on Him for this path on the less traveled road.

I’m so glad you’re here. I pray that today you make time to linger with Him and that it makes all the difference.

~Starr

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6 thoughts on “Day 15: Bananas

  1. Well, I’m going to take advantage of rest on Sunday and take a nap. I hope the planes from the air show don’t keep me awake! Maybe the extra sleep will help me knock out this sinus infection and help keep me from going bananas!

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  2. So today’s reading (well Sunday’s reading – sheesh, this getting behind thing isn’t fun… except I do a lot of typing and thinking at midnight when I should be sleeping – and now it’ll be too late to take the Advil PM)…

    (Side note – bananas are gross)

    Freida, I hope you were able to get that nap in – everyone needs a good afternoon rest sometimes… And I hope you feel better.

    My comment from yesterday would fit here as well – except in this case it was a man that exploded – When we hold things inside or when we just can’t take anymore, it can be the littlest thing that breaks us. It could be that one chore you’ve asked your child to do – or that one stupid comment from a coworker (or client). The good news for me is that i think I will start seeing that last straw as a banana – and those are gross I don’t want to get near that point… πŸ˜‰

    “I once told my husband regarding an impending move, ‘I’m not even going to pray about that.'” – Who hasn’t been there? Seriously! “God, thank You for all that You’ve done – for me and through me – but I am not willing to even consider this one… ” Yep, I’ve thought similar things. Not in my comfort zone, not going to happen.

    But then you feel that still small voice speaking to you – and you follow up with “Ok, God. Not my will but Yours. Show me.”

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    1. Ok – first of all I will forgive you for your hatred of bananas. πŸ™‚ I seem to lose it with my kids a lot. My patience is thin. Then I think about a quote that says: “I want those who know me best to respect me the most.” I don’t want my kids to know a mom that loses it over crazy things like bananas all the time!!! And I totally get the whole thing on things not being in your comfort zone. Leading this study is out of my comfort zone!! But I’m constantly praying that God will lead me and show me where I need to go and what words I need to speak in this place. Thank you for commenting!

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      1. You are doing an excellent job leading this group (in my opinion). πŸ™‚ And I would so think this is exactly in your comfort zone. But I know it’s hard to put yourself out there. Not matter what the “out there” is.

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