“And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands" (2 Timothy 1:6; NASB).
I’ve been reading blogs where some have chosen words for the year. Here is mine; KINDLE. To awake, stir up, rouse, ignite, promote, to stimulate what God has given me to do. My fire has been doused and covered with dirt so that no one even knows what once was there. I’ve been “camping” all around this pile of kindling that’s sitting in my back room.
So guess what verses God has been using to turn my head in this direction, give me instructions as to how to light the match and hand me a log. Gulp….I know, I know, but Lord…”kindle the treasure”—(Ha, that is for Johnnie) and start again.
The Greek tense for the word, “kindle” is a constant repeated action. And the word “gift in verse 6 literally means “grace-gift,” something not earned. Ooouch…..
So I’m going to start stacking the wood (notes) and blow the dust off my matches and try again. Will y’all hold my hand to the fire-so to speak-and come and roast marshmallows with me?
Father, grant enough kindling in me to restart my fire. May I strive to retain the “grace-gift” given me. I consider it a privilege to write for You.
Karen Evans is a southern gal who was born in New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana College. She got her Mrs. degree there, too. Then she and her husband moved farther south to Florida with more gators and beautiful beaches. The Lord has blessed the couple with two wonderful children and three grandchildren who are her pride and joy.
Her writing has been published in God Encounters, a compilation book by James Stuart Bell, and in Focus on the Family’s Teen Phases magazine. She also has a story in the book, Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, compiled by Edie Melson.
Karen is a talented photographer who loves that artistic medium. She pairs her photos with Scripture and anecdotes on her website and blog, Seeking God's Extraordinary in the Ordinary.
She writes that her sole purpose is to be an ambassador for the Lord in all she does.
Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle is available at Amazon: Kindle and Paperback.