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The Young & Restless Days of My Life

September 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

When my oldest child was an infant (over 15 years ago), I had a deep, dark secret: I watched a couple of soap operas religiously. Now there’s an oxymoron for ya.

It was strange. All it took was turning on the tube out of curiosity one time, & I was hooked. The “Days of Our Lives” of my childhood hadn’t changed a whole lot, and the “Young & Restless” part of me couldn’t turn it off. Now I’m not here to judge anyone whose closet-watching daytime tv, or to beat you over the head with the hundreds of Bible passages that clearly instruct us as believers to stay away from that junk, but I will tell you that I wish I hadn’t and I sure hope you won’t (and I’ll include just a few of those Truth passages at the end of this post because the Word says it better than I ever could).

I had no idea the attitudes and cynicism that were developing inside of me, not to mention random bouts of anger and depression, because it happened oh, so slowly. I will tell anyone, Christian or not, that most of the shows on television today are garbage and serve little purpose whatsover that is good, noble, true, right or praiseworthy. There are exceptions, but not many. If you’ve noticed yourself being sad or fearful, depressed or angry even…disrespectful to your husband, your employer or coworkers…or cynical toward your friends, kids & church family, you might want to evaluate your habits.

Have you allowed any negative influence to sink its teeth into your heart and mind? Have you asked the Lord to bring to light any hidden or justified sins?

About that last question…upon reflection, I think one of the most tragic facets of what I was doing was the secrecy part. Why was it in secret? Because I was ashamed. Why was I ashamed? Because I knew I was sinning. Why not acknowledge I was sinning? ‘Cuz I didn’t want to stop. Yikes!

Therein lies the crux of any stronghold we face…the need to confess our sin to the Lord and run away from it. Sometimes only to God, and sometimes (almost always) to another strong believer that we trust to pray for us and guide us in Truth. For me, the Lord usually leads me to my husband and often my sister and another close friend after I’ve confessed and received forgiveness from Him. And I am helped and strengthened.

If we really want to grow spiritually, we have to leave the young and restless days of our lives in the dust one by one. And God is faithful to come alongside us as we do, as well as bring others hand-to-hand-to-knee with us as needed. In some ways it’s easier said than done. But when we rest in God’s matchless ability and not our own, it’s well said and done. That’s His way, not mine. Glory!

James 5:16
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 Thessalonians 5:21-24
“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”

Further reading:
Ephesians 4:17-32

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Daughter of the Almighty, wife of 20 years, Mama bear and taxi driver to 3 stinkers, mentor, sister, friend, writer, and speaker. I long to be authentic and share the Word of Truth in person and online.

I’ve been writing, leading worship, performing, directing and acting in front of audiences since childhood. Recently, God has called me to use the gifts He’s given me to speak to Christian women. I like to mix my life experiences–the big, the small, the great and the ugly–along with a bit of dramatic humor, in order to show how the Lord has been up close and personal in my life each step of the way.

Whether it’s diapering babies, taxying teens, being a church volunteer, trying to make sense of the marriage thing, or overcoming strongholds and struggles (past or present), I hope to communicate God’s largeness through it all.

Email lauraleeshaw.com@gmail.com if you’d like more info on speaking for your moms’ or women’s group.

My testimony can be found here:
A Patch From My Past.

Personal Interests: reading and writing; meeting my friends for coffee; doing group aerobic classes; playing board games (especially Scrabble) with my family; listening and singing along to worship music; encouraging people online; solving crossword puzzles.

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