My Spiritual Spanking


It’s New Year’s Eve. I’m at Wal-Mart picking up a prescription to cure up all of the greenish-yellowish-brownish mucus that is lining my sinus cavities as well as making it’s way down the back of my esophagus. (Yes, I just wrote that.) I also had to pick up a few other items that we had just used up. Of course, there are like seven registers open with the lines of people filling up the entire walkway. On New Year’s Eve, people? Will you ever open up all of them? For the love. Grumbling under my breath, I look for a “speedy” checkout. Is there such a thing at Wal-Mart? After fifteen minutes in line, I finally reach the cashier. I smiled and said hello because I’m like that. But, I sure didn’t want to smile or say hello. Walking to my car, the Spirit brought to mind the following verse: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe… Philippians 2:14-15 Right. Note taken, God.

13 thoughts on “My Spiritual Spanking”

  1. The girls and I go over that verse lots and lots in the car, and at home, and when ever I ask them to do something. I forget it applies to all of lifes little details!

    Looking forward to walking!!

  2. here’s what I’ve got. I think it is THEYwho are not hearing the word of God. God has blessed them with multiple lanes… why… why would they just ignore His guidance… His leadership… His direction… they might as well just blastpheme… I’m just sayin.

  3. In the South, I learned about getting a “Whippin’ from th’ Lord”. I learned it in line at Wal-Mart. I guess frazzled mothers aren’t the only ones who spank their kids in Wal-Mart.

  4. In the midst of a struggle…if you can hear the Holy Spirit speaking…you are in close fellowship with the Father! Loved your example…God’s Word is relevant in the day to day path of life…not just the “BIG stuff”! Thanks for the reminder…but I do agree with you…why do they persist on opening only a few lines!! 🙂

  5. Although it is often uncomfortable and sometimes painful when the Lord pops these thoughts into my heart and mind, I am so thankful He does. He’s getting and keeping me on track. Nice to know I’m not the only one getting corrected. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I understand about the “spanking” thing but don’t you just wish one time they would open all those check out lanes?? Why have all the check out lanes if you never use them.

  7. I agree with kme when she wrote:

    In the midst of a struggle…if you can hear the Holy Spirit speaking…you are in close fellowship with the Father!

    I use this verse TONS with my kids…I think I was immune to it until I just read it here in your situation 🙂

  8. EXACTLY! Why oh why did they build 58 check out lanes if they never plan on having more than 9 open?! 🙂 I’m with you on that one.

    Also…did you see Robin Meadow’s blog the other day about the definition of patience? I’ve been thinking about that a lot and wondering if it counts as ‘complaining’ if it stays inside your own head…? Hmm. 🙂

  9. Cindy,
    God is so good! I just wanted to tell you how blessed I have been by your blog and by you and your husband’s shared story. It is so amazing to me how God pays such attention to the little things-my husband and I recently learned that some close friends of ours are separated and in the process of filing for divorce. We were deeply hurt and confused by this. My husband has been talking consistently with our friend and we’ve learned that the straw that seems to have broken the camel’s back was pornography. His wife will not speak with her husband, but seems to be willing to speak with me. I just received an email from her about when we could get together and talk. I was praying about our meeting and asking the Lord to give me wisdom, give me the words to speak. Through a wonderful series of events (I opened an email from a friend that had a link to her blog that had an entry about your blog that had a link to your blog) 🙂 I wound up here. I am so thankful that you shared your story. Bless you. Thank you for being so honest and vulnerable. Your testimony has given me courage and joy.
    ~Rachel Vaught~

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