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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (15) and Angelee (12) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

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22 June 2011

Lessons from a Box of Pop Corn

My house smells like pop corn and it makes me smile. I LOVE pop corn. My mom & dad used to have a pop corn machine which my sister and I used so often in the afternoons after school. I have yet to buy one now that I am a mommy - guess I should put it on my pressie list ;0) I am a bit naughty by cheating and buying microwave pop corn. I just find it SO CONVENIENT to quickly pop up a box as a snack for the girls (ok ... especially for me - hee hee). Funny how smell is so powerful in triggering memories. Sitting in my lounge surrounded by this amazing aroma brings back so many wonderful memories ... sharing my first box of popcorn with my handsomeness on one of our early dates before we married ... sitting in the kitchen with my mom, granny and sister playing scrabble with a  HUGE bowl of salt and vinegar flavoured popcorn ... making lunch boxes for my girls and adding a packet of pop corn in, which reminds me of the many bags of pop corn my mom made for me :0) Such special memories.  
Why am I blogging about pop corn ... I am getting there I promise ;0)
I love that Jesus taught such simple yet life changing truths through parables when He walked the earth with His disciples. He drew on the everyday things around them to explain spiritual and life giving heart lessons. Popping a box of pop corn this afternoon took on a deeper meaning for me. As I heard the popping I started thinking about how I am always so delighted at how a little corn kernel seed can pop into something so remarkable within seconds when it is heated up hot enough! And then I started to remember a verse that my parents taught me growing up ... "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34). It got me thinking about how often we say things or do things that we don't really mean when the pressure builds up. While most of the time we do not mean to intentionally harm, our words and actions come from somewhere. What pops out of us when we feel hurt, or misunderstood, betrayed, pressurized ... basically when the heat or pressure is on us? Whatever we have been mulling over and storing up in our heart has a way of eventually "popping out". It reveals our heart condition. Is this not why God says to us in Proverbs 4:23 "Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life." His words are an encouragement to us to look at the condition of our hearts. If something "pops out" that is not pleasing, life giving or a blessing to those around us, then if we are brave and humble enough to open our heart before Him who sees and cares for our heart, He is able to restore and heal and cause life to stream out of us like a spring of fresh living water. What an encouragement this thought is to me today. God loves and cares and tends to the condition of each of our hearts when we are vulnerable enough to open it up before Him. May we learn a beautiful lesson from King David in the Bible who said "Search me (thoroughly), O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24). David was no perfect man and yet because He made his heart vulnerable to God, God delighted in saying of David many years later in Acts 13:22 that He David as "a man after My own heart". God is no respecter of persons. When we live vulnerably open before God and allow Him to lead and guide us as David did ... He too says of us that we are His daughters or sons after His own heart!
Who knew God had something so precious to show us through a simple box of pop corn ;0)
All my love xxx
Janine 

6 comments:

Niqui said...

Shew!! That's so good!!!

It's so true that all the nonsense that we store up on the inside of us, does eventually 'pop' out!!

You've given me allot to think about!

I also want to be a woman after God's heart!

Thanx my precious sis!

All the world xxx

ChocolateHeather said...

I have just seen your blog for the first time... and what a treat!!! What lovely words Janine - Isnt it amazing how some people can take everyday words and form them into sentences with so much meaning, atmosphere and emotion which together somehow makes the truth so much easier to recognise? I look forward to reading some more kernels (ahem...scuse the pun!!) of truth in the future!! ;-)

mwah, love H xxx

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Janine. Thats a great analogy. Now I'll never be able to watch popcorn pop again without thinking of the condition of my heart. Thats good really. Its like you said, Jesus used everyday things so we could all understand.
God bless
Tracy

Annie said...

Oh Janine, once again your words touch my soul!! I often pray for the Lord to forgive me for my sinful thoughts, whether they stem from anger or envy or whatever. They "pop" into my head sometimes and I am getting much better at immediately asking for forgiveness but sometimes it hits me later that I need to ask the Lord to watch over my thoughts and know my heart to guide me. I find myself asking Him to just search my heart and just lay it all out for me because I know that He knows my heart SO much better than I do! Thanks again sweet Janine!! Now I have a hankerinig for some popcorn!!

Susan S said...

I have always loved popcorn but I admit I never got all that from it! :-)

Reformed rebel said...

Hi Janine...I have just been reading some posts that I missed. Quite a few actually!! They are all so good! This one really makes me think. I'm sure (for myself) that many things have "popped" out that shouldn't have. This is a great reminder to be more careful.

Blessings...Chelle