May 22, 2012

Tuesday SHINE...

Today's Reading: Job 24

Happy Tuesday, SHINE girls!

It's crazy-fun around here this week. Lots of activities with this being the last week of school. I LOVE IT. Every single second of it.

So, with that said, I will keep this short and (hopefully) sweet.

Let's talk about Job for a minute. Okay, so his friends are droning on and on about how Job needs to just accept his punishment and quit whining.

Some friends, huh?

I mean, do they think the know the plans of the Lord? Do they think they can possibly understand why this is happening?

Sadly, they think they do.

As we know, because we are privy to the back story, they are wrong. God is not punishing Job at all. God sees the bigger picture, that is why He is allowing Job to go through this.

So, my question to Job's friends is this: Where are your families while you are going on and on about Job's sins and his need to just suck it up and deal with it? Huh? What are you neglecting back at home while you sit and throw stones at poor Job?

My Momma always says, "Jill, just tend to your own little red wagon. There is enough to be done there than trying to tend to everyone else's."

As I get older, this resonates with me even more.

Hear me on this: I am not saying that we should not help others in need or gently show others when they are caught up in sin. That is not at all what I am saying.

I am saying this: We have enough needs to tend to in our very own flock that we certainly don't need to be pointing our pretty little painted (or unpainted) fingernails at someone else's.

(I think I just stepped on my own little un-manicured fingers.)

What was being left undone at Job's friends homes? Were their wives missing them? Were their children needing their Daddy to come home? Surely the grass was in need of mowing?

Girls, when we stick our little noses where they don't belong, you can bet your new shiny pink lip gloss that we are neglecting our own little red wagon in some way or another.

Let's choose to not be like Job's neglectful friends. Let's tend to our own nest and let the example that we set be our testimony to those around us. Our wagons are in full view, girls. Make it count!

If you are like me--a visual of the "right thing" always works best anyway. Words go in one ear and out the other.

Show me the right way. Teach me by your ways. Not by pointing your pretty little finger at me. I will never learn that way. Ever.

I love you, SHINE sisters. I am so grateful for the many examples around me that set the Christ-like example.

Let's agree today to give our little red wagons some TLC, girls.

"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you" 1 Thessalonians 4:11


We ask that you hone our attention in on the needs of our precious flock. Let us not miss a detail that needs to be attended to.

Let us live out our example to others. Father, let our eyes be focused on YOU and YOUR will for our lives.


sprucing up my little wagon,



  1. Anonymous5/22/2012

    So true and so on time! Thanks!

    In our Bible study this morning we discussed gossip---which kinda goes back to the red wagon because when we point our fingers towards others "wagons or door steps" we are pretty much gossiping to someone else about that person we are judging/criticizing....

    a quote that stuck out from this morning....

    "Those of great minds discuss ideas, people of mediocre minds discuss events, and those of small minds discuss other people." Charles Allen

    Let's not be small minded but God minded!!!

    Thank you for always shining Jill!
    Kim J

  2. Shine Jesus Shine!!! Fill our hearts....Woo Hoo!!!! Tending my red-wagon ... love that your mother said it that way...Baba said, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." Resonating from Heaven until yet...Reminded today by Clarence...I think older than me on WWpray fb wall...about that cloud of witnesses cheering us on...encouraging us to leave it all...drop all that besets us from running this race with patience (which James says when it has its perfect work we will be wanting nothing...looking to the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ our LORD! The more Word in us the more we are like Jesus...because He is the Word!!! Woo Hoo!!! I am blessed, Jill, Thanks! <3

  3. Anonymous5/22/2012

    Thank you Jill for reminding us of this simple way of life. This was a saying my grammar school teacher said to us constantly when we would tattle on each other. Mrs. Hutchins was a wonderful teacher and gave me many insights on God's love. Please pray for her and her family as she has just buried her middle son William. These people were put in my path along with many more, God hand picked them and inserted each of them into my little world, which he knew was His perfect plan. Praise Him.

  4. This is good stuff, Jill. Thank you! I keep on feeling so bad for Job and friends as his friends go on and on in the wrong path. It's a very good lesson/reminder for us all...!

  5. But Job wanted God's Word more than food to eat! I like it!! Hang in there Job.....

    1. terri, how awesome is that!! we have so much to learn from JOB!


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