Faith

A Leak in Your Joy

Today, I’m turning the blog over to a dear friend, Tracy Steel. Tracy is a fellow blogger as well as a talented writer and speaker. She is the author of Images of His Beauty, a newly released Bible study for young women who struggle with self-image issues and eating disorders. She is currently chasing around little ones at home which you will see reflected in her writing here as she compares leaky diapers to a leak in your joy… Enjoy!

Have you ever watched the TV show, How It’s Made on the Science channel?

My husband and I are hooked on this show! We love learning how mayonnaise, Twinkies, speed skates, and band saws are made. The machines that factories use to create and/or build these items are truly remarkable.

On my own episode of How It’s Made I have learned that there are an infinite number of “polymer particles” that absorb moisture inside a disposable diaper. I am sure that the diaper company concluded that these “polymer particles” can hold their own against the effects of drinking an entire Sippy cup before nap time.

My two year old daughter can prove otherwise…

On several beautiful occasions, I have gone in to pick up my distraught princess from her nap, only to smell and feelher 10lb diaper. As I start to change her I notice a million tiny “polymer particles” flowing out of her diaper into the inside of her pant legs and onto the sheets around her.

Katie and I are joyless because there’s a leak.

What can I say? This is the season I am in. I am a young mother and a young wife.

“If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.”

~Billy Sunday

When I have a leak in my faith, I am joyless. My attitude and my words become smelly; leaving my children and husband joyless. The atmosphere of my home feels 10 pounds heavier because there’s a leak in my faith.

But (and not butt)…

I have hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. As I continue to trust and follow Him, my “leaks” will happen less often. The more my thirst is satisfied in Jesus Christ alone, the less I will drink from a Sippy cup filled with worldly “things.”

The more I am satisfied in Christ, the more I will experience joy.

In my Heavenly Father’s eyes, I am sweeter than any Twinkie, and intricately designed to do more for His Kingdom than a brand new band saw can.

God knows How Tracy is Made. The condition of my faith matters to Him. He wants me to experience joy in Him. He is urging me to stop filling my heart’s Sippy cup with discontentment, impatience, idols, un-forgiveness, doubt, and worry.

He wants the same for you, too.

Are you joyful or joyless? I encourage you to take a sniff around you…

Smell anything stinky? Are the atmospheres of your home, friendships, or marriage 10 pounds heavier? If so, you may be leaking!

Be encouraged- we can pour our hearts out onto God’s “polymer particles” of prayer and the Truths of His Word. I promise you they will not allow any leaks. They will help us to stay dry and satisfied in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Maturing in my faith and moving towards “spiritual big girl pants” one degree at a time. Care to join me?

 

 

 

 

Tracy is proudly married to Chad, a pilot in the United States Air Force.  Whenever they are not being relocated, she loves to drink green tea and watch re-runs of LOST. She also enjoys chasing their two children, Jackson (4) and Katherine (2), throughout their toy-infested home.  Tracy graduated from Phoenix Seminary in 2005, and served as the Director of Student Women at Scottsdale Bible Church from 2005-2007. She is also the author of Images of His Beauty, a newly released Bible Study, for young women who struggle with self-image issues and eating disorders. You can find out more information about the study and follow her blog at www.onedegreeministries.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OneDegreeMinistries, or chat with her via twitter @tracy_steel.

 

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