August 22, 2008

Random, Sleepless Thoughts

Posted in Random Thoughts tagged , at 3:03 pm by timin525

I couldn’t sleep lasnight. I tossed and turned for a little over an hour before I decided to get up and do something productive with my sleeplessness.

While I was flipping over in bed I started to brainstorm for the next MOPS newsletter.                       

I didn’t get very far, but I will share what I came up with.  

You know you are a frugal mom when you:

1) feel wasteful if you throw the toothpaste out before you have scraped the inside of the tube.

2) make your husband take the kids’ leftovers from dinner to work the next day. 

3) eat the kids’ pb&j scraps before you make yourself a sandwich.

4) save left over drinking water to water the house plants.

And then I got writer’s block. That is when I gave up on sleep and got up to read. Reading always makes me sleepy and I am surprised I lasted as long as I did. I actually finished a book that I have been trying to finish for at least 6 months. It is called Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper.

There are so many quotable lines in this book, but I will only share a few that jumped out at me as I read lastnight. 

“It is true that God can be known and enjoyed in every legitimate vocation; but when he deploys you from one place to the next, he offers fresh and deeper drinking at the fountain of his fellowship. God seldom calls us to an easier life, but always calls us to know more of him and drink more deeply of his sustaining grace.”

Piper quoting J. Campbell White – “Most men are not satisfied with the permanent outcome of their lives. Nothing can wholly satisfy the life of Christ within his followers except the adoption of Christ’s purpose toward the world he came to redeem. Fame, pleasure and riches are but husks and ashes in contrast with the  boundless and abiding joy of working with God for the fulfillment of his eternal plans. The men who are putting everything into Christ’s undertaking are getting out of life its sweetest and most priceless rewards.”

These quotes pretty much speak for themselves. This book has been a challenging read, in that it really puts into perspective the things of this world versus the things that will last. For which do we work so hard day in and day out? Will it all just fade away in the end or does our work have a lasting purpose? An everlasting purpose?

With that, I began to feel sleepy and went to bed.


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