Thursday, July 25, 2013

Repetition Repetition Repetition

I am keeping up with the seven day blogging challenge, even though I'm no longer linked to it.  Yes, it was the link from there that caused the onscreen woes I had here for two days.  Since no one else seems to have had a problem with that link-up (some of the linked blogs are ones I read regularly, and they're all obviously fine), I assume I just had some kind of glitch in my own linkalong!

At any rate, I find it a good discipline to try blogging daily.  Even if I sometimes feel I'm saying the same thing over and over.  I personally learn a lot through repetition repetition repetition.  And the main thing I want to repeat until I have it woven into me is scripture.  Not surprising, is it?  After all, it is my grillwork.   

One of my favorite parts of the Bible shows Jesus Himself relating to trials and temptations through Scripture.  In Matthew 4:1-11, we find Our Lord in the desert.  He is hungry, isolated from human companionship, and surely tired. As we know, various comforts and possibilities are presented to Him.  As we also know, He cites Scripture in response to every temptation placed before his eyes. 

I consider this today and think:  what scriptures are particularly meaningful to me at this moment in time?  What "bars of the grille" do I need right here, today, right now...?

“Do not lay up for yourselves an earthly treasure.  Moths and rust corrode; thieves break in and steal. Make it your practice instead to store up heavenly treasure, which neither moths nor rust corrode nor thieves break in and steal.  Remember, wherever your treasure is, there your heart is also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

"Out of love, place yourselves at one another's service."  (Galatians 5:13)

"May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord, Jesus Christ!  Through it, the world has been crucified to me and I to the world."  (Galatians 6:14)

Repetition.  Repetition.  Repetition.  I pray for grace to stay, stay, stay at "the grille." 

Painting: Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness by James Tissot