Holding every thought captive.

I am by my very nature a foolish creature. I sometimes believe that I exist as a beacon to others to show them how wise they are in comparison to me.

I have in the past catalogued my many foolish deeds and thoughts. But I far exceeded my own borders on Monday.

Monday was a rather dull and un exciting day. I had woken to the knowledge that it was mid term break at school and the day stretched ahead ofme. I made my plans, and set forth to execute the said plans.

I lit the living room fire and proceeded to clear out my shoe drawer. Finding a pair of shoes I set them aside for the bin. We have already coverd the ground as to the extent of my foolishness so it will come as no surprise to you when I tell you that I had a bright idea and threw them on the fire instead. Within seconds they had come to life in glorious technicolour flames, which would have been fine had the chimney not followed suit and lit itself as well.

I had flames coming out the top and the bottom of the chimney. I had smoke throughout my home. The roof of my car resembled an extra from a modern day pompeii movie.

I threw two buckets of water on the fire to douse the flames, and I stuffed the chimney breast with old curtains to kill the oxygen supply to the fire inside the chimney. It worked!! with the curtains in place the fire died. It had nothing to feed it.

What have I learned from this experience..

  1. NEVER throw shoes on the fire
  2. NEVER EVER tell husband you have thrown shoes on the fire
    But I have had one other thought...
  3. If starving a flame of oxygen will kill it how much more effective will starving a sin be in our lives.

If we refuse to feed a particulr sin we struggle with, it will eventually lose all power over us. It will weaken and flitter out if we cut off its oxygen supply.

I have sin in my life. Today I choose to cut off its oxygen supply.
And you?


Praise God that the fire was snuffed! I also choose to cut off sin's oxygen supply! Great lesson on destroying sin, Bethy! Thanks for sharing and the Good Lord keep you! Dave

William Stephens @eschator83 ·

Thank God you reacted so well. I suspect many of us would not have been so effective; nor would have imagined what the shoes could do. Does this suggest it takes a near catastrophe to get you to think seriously about us at CB? Could you try to find some other type of catalyst that's a little safer. Best regards, glad you are back.


Bethy me too honey. I fix my eyes on the Lord and I starve myself from all sin, as much as I can. I aim to study hard, lose weight, help lots and pray and read my Bible even more. You are a bright spark.

Billy Beard @billyb ·

Bethy, about them shoes... ... ... .nothing. I do like your example though! Amen, me too. God Bless You, thanks. Shoes in a fireplace...... ..

Tan Yeowhwa @silverpen ·

Sister Bethy, wise blog and wise insight! Yes, the oxygen that feeds our sins are plenty and everywhere , but if we choose to stop taking in the oxygen daily, bit by bit, it will die . Let us die to self daily and take up our Cross day by day, to rise up bit by bit, step by step to upright position and to carry on the task the Lord has for us to do individually. :teach::heart::teach::heart:

Thanks for sharing

Blessings always

From Hwa Silverpen

Shani Matthews @shanijane ·

I tend to be a visual person, so for a few moments there i could imagine you running around trying to calm the fire. lol. too funny. what possesed you to put shoes in the fire though? lol. burning rubber stinks!
but, put that aside, good blog uve got here ma! :)
thanks! x

Joyce Bethy Ferguson @bethy ·

What possessed me to put shoes in the fire? Darling, that is a silly question to ask. So on the grounds of looking like a bigger fool if I answer.. I refuse to answer .

Raynard Shellow @iraqivetsgtret ·

why couldnt you just rub 2 stick together or watch a rerun of"mcguiver'?. lol thanks bethy for the wonderful toy i mean insightful blg( man i had a bethyannajones senior moment .. be blessed


Scripturally I couldn't find a right or a wrong way to the disposal of shoes. So thanks for giving an insight to walking in the light from your flaming adventures. Tim

Stephanie Johnschafer @sjschafer ·

I really enjoyed reading about your adventures with the shoes. It is a good analogy about how we need to choke out sin at the first spark that starts with a thought. Good illustration.

Kimberly Warren @kclc7 ·

I love this!!! You are so gifted. Keep up the good work!! And you are so right... God bless my friend!!!

Grey Warner @day2day ·

Oh bethy, I can't imagine. My mental picture of that scenario is going wild... :eek: so glad you were able to keep it under control.

I have to say I juggle multiple mental merry go rounds one is worry about the future (i have a terrible time with phobias and ocd), one is replaying regrets and poor choices of the past, and one is reliving hurts. They are quite a hand full (or mind full)...and a constant struggle. Since I am unable to "snuff the sparks" of these raging fires it almost seems impossible to even try to get off these mental trips at this point.
But I like your reminder to "hold every thought captive"...if I can start to unplug these rides I'm on...hopefully eventually they will start to slow down and one day stop? Killing the source that feeds the bad behavior, sin, etc. as you mentioned. One thought at a time, one day at a time.

Thanks for sharing--

Have a wonderful fire free day!

Grey Warner @day2day ·

Is that good? haha "dead chuffed sounds serious" wink..

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