Good morning all-
I was working with my boss yesterday when she said something fascinating that went along with my theme yesterday. She talked about how she loves the fall but she finds herself pushing the days until the weekend. I know that feeling. But then she said, "I don't want to rush the days because then I miss the joy in the moment." Those words are so true. We don't know what tomorrow will bring but if we look for the joy in today we will find it.
I think she said that because one of my teammates lost his mother yesterday morning. On Thursday, he was so excited to go watch his daughter in a state championship volleyball match and the next day he was flying to say good-bye. That's life and that's what people face everyday. Things change in a moment and we can't go back and regret but we can learn from it. We need to take each moment as it comes and try to find joy in it.
Yesterday, I found myself telling my friend who is still losing hair that. She has been ridiculed, judged, told she was wrong and that she needed to repent. I didn't know any of us were God, did you? If God wants her to repent, He will reveal it. The point I'm trying to make is that throughout her journey, Christ provided the manna. She has had every tube, every shampoo and every prescription she has needed to kill the fungus. Doctors might have doubted her but somehow she was given what she needed. As she looks at her hair loss, which is daily, she begins to forget that manna and that's not good. God is providing for her and although the hair continues to fall she has to thank Him for each hair that stays, for each prescription and for each time He has been there for her. This is not easy when the battle still isn't won but I believe it's the only way to have victory.
The Israelites started counting days and became weary. They went to idols instead of God, even though they had seen many miracles. Why? Because they forgot that every provision was given unto their people. They forgot that in the desert, water and manna were provided. They grumbled because the journey was long. I used to wonder how they did that but now I know. I've faced a few battles in my time. The lesson learned is that when I'm in battle I have to thank Him even if I don't like my circumstances. Why? Because I can't see the future and if I want to stay with Him being my guide then I need to let Him be that. I love to take control but really, who would you rather have in charge, Jesus or you? I've taken both paths and found that Jesus is the only way.
Don't get me wrong, I have grumbled and felt weary but I always come back to the same conclusion, God is God and this life is not mine but His. Thank You JESUS! The lesson has been taught over the years and now He's teaching me that time doesn't matter. We must look to Him daily and thank Him for the things He provides, like the food on our table, our health, and the people He brings into our lives. That's what's important!
So, if you're struggling with trying to hurry up the week, take some advice from my boss, slow down, look at today and find joy in it. You never know what God will reveal. And for my friend that's struggling, I hope she begins to pray restore, heal and reveal. She started reading this blog a couple of weeks ago, so I pray she sees it today and knows how much she is loved!
Take care my sisters and thank you for reading and spending time with our Father. We are growing nations and we must support them by praying and finding joy in today. Be well.
Matthew 11:28 NKJV:
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Job 24:1 NKJV:
"Since times are not hidden from the Almighty, why do those who know Him see not His days?"
My prayer today:
O, Lord, I pray that we will sit still and thank You for the moment. I pray that we would look at today and not rush tomorrow. I pray that You would provide the insight we need to minister to Your people and I pray that we would be on our knees for You. We come before You and we want to thank You for the deserts and the promise lands. In each, You can teach us how to be better followers of You. You are splendid and mighty and we forget the power You have over our lives. Take the stress of today and show us the rainbow You created for each one of us. Thank You for the food on our tables, for the Bibles in our homes, for the women and men that come to You daily and for providing us with everything we need. Today, we desire to come before You and praise You for Your power and might. We know that You are the creator of the world and all its inhabitants. Come before us Lord and show us our way. Please feed the hungry, save the destitute and help the hurting. I know You know them by name, put them on our hearts so that we can minister to them. Give us the words and the prayers, write them on our heart so that we can be obedient to You. I come before You always seeking, always loving and today, thanking You for Your love and mercy on all of our lives. Continue to grow us as we seek Your face. In Jesus name, AMEN