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In Other Words Tuesdays ~ Who Are You In The Dark?

Today is "In Other Words" Tuesdays. Our host for this week is Deborah of Chocolate & Coffee.

Now, how can you resist visiting a blog with a name like Chocolate & Coffee?

The quote Deborah chose for this week is:

I agree with Oswald Chambers' quote. It's easy to appear one way in public but something else when nobody's around.

Now, I'm not pointing fingers but ...I'm just saying.

  • How many times have you argued with your spouse or kids all the way to church? You get out of the car and try to arrange your Sunday smile.
  • Have you ever complimented someone on their home but inside felt jealous and wondered why you couldn't have a home like that?
  • What about the times when you're in the grocery store and the clerk is just so slow? Do you become impatient or do you try to be understanding?
  • Have you ever talked to others about how important praying and reading your Bible is but lately you just haven't had the time to spare?
  • How do you answer your phone? Does your voice change when it's someone you consider "important"? Or do you treat all people with kindness?
  • Do you obey the speed limit when you see no policeman around?
  • Do you claim to forgive but continue to harbor bitterness about a wrong done to you?

These questions cause me to examine myself. Am I the same in public as I am in private when nobody's looking?

The reality is that God sees and knows all, including ...the motives in my heart.

So, who am I kidding?

Debbie Petras
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  1. Preach on sweet sister, well said.

  2. I so agree with you, Debbie. You know, sometimes I have to remind myself that I do everything for the Lord, like ironing, cooking dinner etc...But He does know my heart...I knows how much I don't like doing some things...

    On thing I noticed, and I think we as Christians really need to watch ourselves (you never know who is watching)...how many of us are speeding.

    Great thoughts, Debbie :)

  3. Oh Debbie! This is so beautiful. I thank you for giving me this wonderful thought this fine morning. Do we walk the walk? I sometimes find myself talking to my heavenly father when I am doing things I really hate to do, and he gives me this thought. "Sherry you are able to do these things, some of them are not." I smile, and thank him. Thank you for starting my day of to a good start. Country Hugs, Love, Sherry

  4. The night is almost over, the day is nearly here, so let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light! Lord Jesus, shine your light and dispel any darkness hiding in my life.

    Sarah Dawn

  5. Thanks for posting today. Your questions really made me think! Great post! Blessings!

  6. I don't think I purposely set out to deceive people. I'm just trying to put my best foot forward. Now, why does it seem less important or harder at home?

    Thanks for the soul search, Debbie.

  7. Debbie,

    When I lay my head on my pillow at night...these are the questions, I put before myself and God. Did I do the laundry as if I was doing it for my King? Did I teach my son as if I was doing it for my King? Did I show the Target clerk the love of Jesus? I go over the day and if I feel I have fallen short, I ask the Lord to help me in those areas. I'm always telling Josh that it doesn't matter if I'm in the car or Daddy is in the car with him....Jesus is sitting in the car with him always and knows if he is following our rules of no texting, no speeding...etc. Josh said that always sticks with him!

    Great post today, my sweet friend. God cares about the innermost parts of our heart to be sure!

    Love ya bunches!

  8. Guilty
    Gu ... can I stop?

    Penetrating self-evaluation. Thanks.

  9. Thank you for blessing us with this, for it would be true for all of us I believe.

    As you said.. who do we think we're folling anyway?

  10. Powerfully true!

    Character is truly who we are when no one is looking. In other words how we live behind the scenes.

    Not to be political here but one of the things I've often said to my sisters in Christ who promote a particular politician to me I tell them that great saying: charisma can take you to the top but it takes CHARACTER to keep you there!

    Love you dear friend.

  11. This reminds me of I Samuel 16:7.....for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.


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