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Tending The Fire // Share The Brew With Katie Reid

ShareTheBrewButtonToday I have the honor of welcoming Katie Reid to my space.  I met Katie via the Five Minute Friday and was instantly pulled in by the depth of her words.  Please make sure you visit Katie at her blog, The Tightly Wound Woman, and read more of her inspiring posts.

A bumpy dirt road leads to our home in the country. Stunning sunrises emerge above acres of farm land beyond our backyard (and sometimes I’m up early enough to see them). But where the lawn meets open fields there sits an eye-sore; the propane tank.

Propane fuel is necessary to heat our home but it is quite expensive. A group of friends surprised us this fall by helping us buy a wood-burning stove to supplement our heat.

My husband has spent many days chopping, splitting and stacking wood. He sweats out in the cold so that we are prepared for the long winters found in the Midwest.

He loads up the wood into the stove before bed and I tend to it in the morning (sometimes early when the peach and violet hues rise over the farm land).

The fire inside of the stove needs to be checked frequently.

I blow on the flame and it swells with heat; white, orange and blue flames leap.
I add another log so the fire does not got out.
I check the condition of the fire continually so that the heat is maintained.

If the fire is ignored there is much work to do to start it back up again.
But if the fire is maintained the warmth remains and the work is minimal.

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Tending the fire can be a tedious duty or it can be viewed as a delightful privilege; to help warm the house and to keep things in check so that we don’t experience the draft and shiver that comes from a fire gone cold.

As I tend the fire in the mornings, it struck me, that this fire-tending process is similar to our relationship with Jesus.

He placed the fire of His Spirit within us but we are to keep watch over it. We are to stay mindful of the condition that’s within by monitoring our connection to the source of power. We are to do out part, taking daily steps to keep the fire burning.

Once Jesus has deposited His Spirit within us, I don’t think the fire will die out but I do think we can quench the Spirit through neglect.

2 Timothy 1:6 says,

“…I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…” (NIV).

Some other versions of the Bible say it this way:

kindle afresh the gift of God (NASB)
stir up the gift of God (KJB)

From what I can tell these verses are talking about fanning, stirring, and kindling a gift that has already been given to us by God. The gift is there but it needs some tending, as does our relationship with Him.

My burning love for Jesus has simmered as I neglect the fire that He has placed within. I want to fan into flame the heat of His Presence and stay connected to the Source of life.

My devotion has grown cold as I seek artificial warmth elsewhere—working hard to shine so others will notice, rubbing sticks together to try and start something big—and all this striving leaves me feeling burned out.

I want to be a glowing ember steadily fueled by the heat of His love.

I want to tend the flame regularly so I don’t have to scramble to start something from scratch.

I want to steadily blaze, reaching up and warming those gathered ‘round. I want to point to the Star-Maker, the Fire-Giver, and the One whose Love never runs cold.

It is our privilege to tend the fire. We carry the heavy wood and then lay it down as an offering so the flames of His love can encompass the pieces we bring. We blow on the kindling with the breath that He has blown into us. We cannot maintain this fire apart from our connection to Jesus. He provides and we join Him in the process.

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Let’s start with today. Let’s blow on the ashes and watch Him set us ablaze with His power, His promises and His Presence.

Has your love grown cold? Talk to Jesus about it and ask Him to show you how much He delights in you and longs to fuel you with His Word.

With love, from one spark to another,
Katie

Katie-Reid.SquareKatie Reid is the Tightly Wound Woman, a recovering perfectionist who fumbles to receive and extend grace in everyday moments. She delights in her hubby and four children and their life in ministry. Studying God’s Word, singing/songwriting, speaking, writing, photography and cut-to-the-chase conversations are some of her favorite things. Katie has recorded an album, Echoes of My Heart. It is available for purchase on her blog, Amazon and iTunes. Katie would love to connect with you via the Tightly Wound Community on her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

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    Jenni DeWitt
    February 25, 2015 at 8:16 am

    What a beautiful post. We live in Nebraska and have a wood burning stove that gives off heat that can warm you all the way through. I absolutely love starting and tending that fire. There’s something very primitive and instinctually satisfying about it. And many times I’ve thought about how it relates to our faith. But I’d never thought about how we carry the wood (the cross) and lay it down in front of the flame of the Holy Spirit — of Jesus. That is a beautiful image. And tending the fire so it burns bright instead of trying to rub two sticks together to make a spark. Beautiful meditation. Thank you for your words today.
    Jenni
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      Katie Reid (@ImprintsKatie)
      February 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you Jenni. I agree with you- a primitive feeling that brings out the pioneer woman in me.:) Headed over to your place now to read about Jonah- we are just starting a Precepts study on Jonah at church.

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    Alecia
    February 25, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Wow, what a beautiful story, Katie. For Lent I’m on a journey to let what’s real sink deep. To stop striving for the fake. I want what’s real and ready to grasp who I am and let go of the masks that I’ve kept on. It’s a strategic move to control what others think of me and God’s saying it’s time. It’s time to put the masks away for good. (Deep breath) I’m ready.
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    Katie
    February 25, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    What a great journey to be on Alecia- to let what’s real sink deep- I love that.

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    Mindy
    February 26, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you for the sweet post and reminding us that it is a privilege to tend the fire rather than a tedious chore and what an important one it is!
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      Katie Reid (@ImprintsKatie)
      February 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Mindy- Unfortunately I often view it as a tedious chore (when I’m neglecting it), but as we dig in we remember all the benefits and joys of staying connected with Christ.:)

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    Denise
    February 27, 2015 at 6:33 am

    What lovely words you shared here—amen Katie! We must be careful not to let our spiritual needs become more concerned with physical and worldly needs, and only rely and follow God half way. With all of our hearts we have to make sure that no relationship, selfish interest, worldly possession, or profession falls from the desire to give God all the glory. ♥

    Thanks for sharing; have a weekend full of joy!! ♥
    Denise
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    Marsha
    February 27, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you for this warm reminder to tend the fire within us. It’s the same with our marriages. Gotta keep tending that fire.

    I remember the years of tending a wood stove. It was our only source of heat. I remember being so hot you couldn’t hardly stay in the room the stove was in when we were getting it stoked for the night.

    Have a blessings weekend.

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