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Kitchen remodel 300x225 Sharp Enough?

A few weeks ago, we realized that mold was growing behind the backsplash of the sink in our kitchen. That realization resulted in an unexpected, major overhaul of our kitchen. We replaced our sink, faucet, disposal, countertop and backsplash, and through the process, discovered that one thing is always connected to another. Because we are on a tight budget, we decided to do most of the work (with the exception of the plumbing) ourselves.

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We replaced our cheap Formica countertops with poured concrete. We ordered the forms, watched the “do it yourself” videos, and got to work.  Before pouring the concrete, we had to tear out the old tops and replace them with Dura-rock.  Dura-rock is like sheet rock made from concrete.  I measured each piece and began making the cuts with a razor knife.  However, I quickly realized my knife was dull.  I replaced the dull razor with a new blade and began to cut again only to realize that my knife quickly became dull again.  After a few cuts of countertops, I realized that it only took about 4-5 feet of cutting this type of rock for my knife to need sharpening!

A few days later, I was sitting in the living room of a friend. During the conversation, some very “tough topic” discussions arose to which my friend was able to quote not one, but many Scriptures for each topic. I was amazed at her depth of knowledge of God’s Word.  I asked how she knew so much.  I have been memorizing Scripture since I was a little girl, but she was able to apply her knowledge in a way that I seldom have. The next day, I received an email from my friend with an attached document of Scriptures that she had been compiling.  Not only was the document full of verses that she had taken the time to commit to memory, but she had also organized the verses into general categories!

Razor Edge 199x300 Sharp Enough?At that moment, I realized that her weapon (God’s Word = the only offensive weapon in the Armor of God. See Ephesians 6: 10-18) was as sharp as the new razors had been when they cut through the sheet rock.  My weapon was dull.  I needed to be sharpened. It had been too long since I had intentionally committed God’s Word to memory.

Even Jesus, when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, used Scripture to fight the temptations. (See Matthew 4:1-11) How about you? Are you actively memorizing God’s Word? Do you know how to use God’s Word when the temptations come or when questions arise? Do you excuse yourself from knowing God’s Word because it is hard to memorize? God’s Word is the best weapon you have. Don’t settle for a dull knife – strive for a sharp sword!

Memorize:

 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

Comments (2)

  1. Mark Clark:
    Dec 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    And as your friend proved the validity and need of this truth: As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)
    The time spent with Godly counsel leaves us stronger, wiser, humbler, and more aware of self and our world.
    Thank you for this timely challenge....just what my new year needed! Thank you for helping to sharpen my blade.

  2. www.dailystrength.org:
    Jan 12, 2015 at 08:12 PM

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