Friday, June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012

Every day before I sit down to write this blog, I ask the Lord to speak to me.  And every day, I have something to write.  Yesterday, while waiting for some of my customers to show up, I took a few minutes to look at my Bible application on my iPhone.  I love it.  Anyway, I was praying for the meeting to be successful and that I would be contented in the moment.

As with all my entries, they seem to have a pattern.  Recently, it's contentment and happiness in the moment.   Not because I'm just floundering in the wind.  Actually, I think it's because I haven't taken any time off in the last 6 months and everything in my life has changed so dramatically.  In the last six months, I have buried my dad, sold the house he and my mom lived in, got rid of all their possessions, and began to teach my youngest son how to drive.  On top of all of that, I have dealt with attorneys, learned that the system isn't fair and survived a layoff.  I now travel half of Kansas.  Unbelievable and I did all this without even breathing.  Can you imagine?

That's the way I do things.  I think sometimes I just barrel through until something stops me and I say, "breathe."  In that moment, Christ ministers to me most.  Why?  Because I'm still and He waits patiently until I stop and see Him.  He's always right and mostly I'm wrong but then I take comfort that He's that way for everyone.

So when is enough, enough?  Can we do all things apart from Christ?  Can we run, like sheep in the field, out of breathe forever?  Or must we sit still and realize, He is enough?  I believe that I must sit still.  So, instead of driving 6 hours today, I'm staying home and enjoying a day off.  I'm planning on going to breakfast with my husband, getting my son out the door for driving lessons, cleaning my house and praying for all of you.  It was time to be still, not in the sense of doing nothing, but in the sense that I need to concentrate on Christ and breathe.

Maybe you are experiencing the same kind of change today.  Is Christ enough?  Can you praise Him, love Him and stay still for Him?  I hope you can.  It's not easy running around not being able to breathe.  However, I think most of us run our lives like that.  We keep going until something happens that makes us stop and say, "You are sufficient for me today."

I'm glad I took today off and that I will have time to enjoy my family and my maker.  At the end of the day, God and my family have to come first.  But if I don't breathe, sit still and let Christ be my portion, I won't be good to anyone.  I pray today that you take a few moments to breathe and to see God in a mighty way today.  Change will always happen, we just need to sit still and let Him minister to our souls, so that we have the energy to move forward.

Psalm 61 NKJV:

Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust,
O my soul, you have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from You."
As for the saints who are on the earth,"They are the excellent ones, in whom is my delight."
Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take up their names on my lips.
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance.
I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.  
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

My prayer today:

Lord, I pray this psalm to You.  I thank You for David's beautiful words.  I can picture You at my right hand and I trust that as we all take a breath today, You are here.  You are the king of my heart.  Every portion of You is gladness in my soul.  My flesh does rest in hope and I offer my life into Your hands.  You are everything that is good and pleasing.  You minister to us, You guide us and You show us our path.  May we come before You today, thanking You for the beauty You give us and the joy that resides in our hearts.  Let us not question if this person or that person finds us worthy.  We must rest in the fact that although we are not worthy; You love us anyway.  Be our portion today and bless us as we follow You all of our days.  Unite us as one and let the women of the world know, I am praying for them.  For all those I don't know, may God come before You, may You see Him today as being enough and may You praise Him with everything You have.  He's worthy!  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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