Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Experiment

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:1, 13)

Have you ever looked at someone else with envy and wondered why they should be so blessed when they go about their lives with not even so much as a thought about God? Everything they do is met with favor. They have money, not debt. They succeed at everything with relative ease when those of us who follow Christ sometimes struggle to get even the tiniest thing right. With hardly a care in the world, they go about their lives seemingly happy and at ease. But are they really joyful and fulfilled?

Lately I have thought about conducting an experiment to prove to a prodigal believer just how pointless life without God really is. I have considered (not seriously, mind you) what would happen if for just one week I took God out of the equation and lived my life on my terms instead of His. How differently would I approach the use of money and conduct my affairs if I excluded God from my decisions? Certainly I would be free to do things my own way without concern about the consequences of my choices. I could willfully sin and enjoy it. There would be no need to consider the needs of others above myself because taking care of number one would be my only priority. Without God to help, happiness and success would be completely up to me.

Sadly, there are many Christians living the very existence I have just described. Their salvation is no more than fire insurance to keep them out of hell after they die. Although by the world’s standards they have everything one could possibly need or desire, they lack the freedom and fulfillment of a life lived wholly for God. Their hope is built on external things that will eventually perish, not on the everlasting faithfulness of a sovereign God who will be there long after everything has turned to dust.

As a young adult fresh out of college, I lived as a prodigal believer. My goals were to have money, be successful in my career, be well-liked by those who knew me, and to find a partner who could fulfill every emotional need I had. Seven years of living outside the will and influence of the God who had saved me as a teenager, taught me that a life without God is no life at all. Success, prosperity, and love were empty because I was missing the single most important ingredient – the fulfillment of living for and being used by God to make a real difference in the lives of others.

Perhaps if we experimented a little less with living without God and really poured our hearts and souls into living for Him, the prodigal Christians around us would repent and become true worshippers living “God-saturated” lives.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

And the Winner Is....

Thanks to those of you who weighed in with your votes and opinions on the title of my second book! After much prayerful deliberation and discussion with my editor and considering the readers' choices submitted, I have chosen A Pleasing Aroma: Inspiring Devotions for Joyful Living as the title for book two. Please continue praying for God's anointing and provision for this project and my ministry!

Blessings galore!

Dee Dee

http://www.deedeewike.com/

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What’s In a Name?

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Morning Prayer

Quiet house, quiet heart.
This is where the blessings start.
Noise of day not yet begun,
Sitting in the presence of the Son,
Ears to hear what He would say.
"Lord, to You, I give my day.
Guide me, lead me gently on
In Your will, til day is done."

Copyright © 2011 by Dee Dee Wike.  All rights reserved.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lazy, Hazy Summer? You've Got to be Kidding Me!

Whatever happened to the "lazy, hazy" part of summer?  Hazy we certainly have in these parts, but there is no part of my summer that has been lazy!  On the contrary, I am busier than ever and I'm not particularly crazy about it.  Between yard work, supervising busy (and accident-prone) kids, writing when I can find the time, and getting ready for the release of my second book, I've given up on getting it all done.  But if there is one thing I am determined to accomplish, it is weeding and mulch all of my azalea beds.  The way I figure it, I probably won't finish before the end of July but I WILL finish!

If you come to my house, you are sure to find dust bunnies and clutter inside.  But bit by bit, I plan to turn the yard and garden into a thing of beauty.  Already I have invested about 30 hours just in weeding, mulching, and planting.  I figure I have at least 70 hours more to go.   I have posted a few before and after photos below and will share more as the summer progresses.

If you run into the Mulch Fairy, please let him know that I could use a truckload of brown mulch.  If you drive by my house and see me hard at work in the azalea beds, be sure to toot your horn.  Better yet, run to Sonic and bring me a large sweet tea with lemon!








Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Jeepers! It's June!


Where on earth did last month go,
The stormy month of May?
I hardly blinked an eye before
It somehow slipped away!

The end of school arrived so fast
I hardly saw it coming.
Jeepers!  It's June, the spring has passed
And summer's already humming!




With blushing brides and fireflies
Barbecue, fish frys, and S'mores
The lazy, hazy days are here
The season we adore!

Fireworks and sunsets warm
Sipping lemonade
Cooling off in the swimming pool
At the end of a long, hot day.

These are the blessings that bring us joy
From June to summer's end
Time spent with our families
And with our closest friends.

Fully live each day that comes
And thank the Lord above
For every blessing He has giv'n
To you, the child He loves! 


Copyright © 2011 by Dee Dee Wike. All rights reserved.   www.deedeewike.com