Unraveled or Un-raveled


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 his past Friday as we drove several hours to the funeral of the grandfather of one of our Renewal Ranch residents and saw all the "just harvested cotton" along the roadways, I couldn't help but be reminded of the slogan and song advertisers use to stress the importance of cotton in our lives--"the touch, the feel of cotton, the fabric of our lives."






 What is the touch, the feel, the fabric of my life? A Merriam Webster search of fabric harvested this definition among others--





Fabric
        1.
a : structure, building 
b : underlying structure : framework




I especially like the "b" definition when comparing it to the "spiritual fabric" of our lives.  What is our underlying structure, our framework?  Or maybe a better question would be:

Who is our underlying structure, our framework?

What components weave together the fabric of our lives?

Belief, faith, prayer, Bible study, worship, praise, adoration, meditation, ministry--these are some of the strands that should make up the fabric of our daily Christian lives.

When Jesus is the seed of our planting and we cultivate His spirit in our daily lives, we will produce a beautiful tapestry of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

And when the moths of destruction come, our lives will remain incorruptible--unable to be unraveled by our enemy.


Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.  ! Peter 1: 22, 23



Comments

Debbie said…
Beautiful! I will be thinking of this post as I pass the newly harvested fields of cotton on my country commute.

BTW, you asked about our Bible study. We had to put our newest one on hold for a variety of reasons. We should be starting soon.
Sandy said…
This is a true and wonderful word. Our lives do surely start to become unraveled when we let the fabric of
prayer, Bible study and meditation, praise and worship,and believing His holy word take second place to anything else. Thanks for this lovely and gentle reminder today.
Love,
Sandy
Maria said…
Hi Dianne!
I think I'm commenting on your last post...but this is also for the one about your granddaughter's college essay! Oh my eyes filled with tears as I scrolled into her photo with the children. I know God will bless her kind heart and her beautiful dream ~
How blessed the world is to have people like Katelyn. She is beautiful on the outside and on the inside ♥
God bless you too, Dianne! She takes after YOU :o)
~wishing you JOY~
Maria
Mary B said…
I love this post! My dad pastored in "cotton country" for several years near Blythville. Your pictures brought back memories of visits there.

Still praying for you and yours!

Hugs,
Mary

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