Of Frogs and Idols


Today is Read Across America so I shared a story this morning with my daughter Evie’s classmates from Frog & Toad entitled “Cookies”. One of my favorites. It is a amusing look at one’s struggle with will power. Frog and Toad know that if they continue to eat the cookies they will get sick, but at the same time the cookies are so delicious. They struggle to find a way to force themselves to stop eating them. In the end they throw those cookies on the ground for the birds.

“Now we have no more cookies to eat,” said Toad sadly.
“Not even one.”
“Yes,” said Frog, “but we have lots and lots of willpower.”
“You may keep it all, Frog,” said Toad. “I am going home now to bake a cake.”

This story reminds me of the parable on the rich man, when he was told in order to follow Jesus he had to give up the one thing that he loved more than God — money. He went away sad.

I heard a recent sermon on the subject of idols in our lives and the reason it is so hard to give up idols may well be due to the fact that even though we say we want to turn from (give them up) — deep down inside we really do not want to be rid of them.

Now, there is nothing wrong with having money, enjoying food, or enjoying things. It’s when these things are abused or are made the center of your being, take over your life — that is where idolatry comes into play. I think about how I use food and it is clear to me it has, become an idol. It is the thing I run to when I need comfort, when I am happy, it has become the thing that consumes my thoughts.

I do not want to go away sad when I know that I must give up something that takes the place of where my mind and thoughts should really be.

I have kept the commands of your lips. I have treasured the words of your mouth more than my necessary food. — Job 23:12


Memorizing Verses

Fix these words of mine into your mind and being, and tie them as a reminder on your hands and let them be symbols on your forehead. — Deuteronomy 11:18

Push aside all the silly things that crowd my mind Dear Lord. May I make better of my time using it to imprint your Word deep recesses of my subconscience.

Bind them on your forearm; write them on the tablet of your heart. — Proverbs 7:3

Holding Fast

Garden Path and Gate

Job 23:11

My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.

The Great Price

Covered in the Merchants white robes of righteousness
the offending grain becomes

. . . a pearl

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great price, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Matthew 13:45-46
(see also 1 Corinthians 6:20)

Sorry, I have been a way for a little bit.  This month in my personal studies I have been reading the Song of Solomon.  What a love story between the believer and our beautiful Savior!    

My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.

His head is the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.

His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.

His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.

His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.

His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold:  his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. 

His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely.  This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. 

Song 5:10-18

He is wonderful any way you look at Him. — J. Vernon McGee

Unload Your Heart

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Phil 4:6

Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, it’s pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your instability. Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say….talk out of the abundance of your heart..


Christ IN you.

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope and the glory. Col. 1:27

Oh, the riches of the grace of God which it has pleased the Father to impart unto us in Christ Jesus! Christ is the ‘mystery,’ the ‘riches,’ and the ‘glory.’ He is all this . . . He is all this among us poor Gentiles . . . and we are made heirs of God. . . . All things are ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Spurgeon