Wednesday, July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012

I opened the door to a nice hot breeze.  It should be 106 today and that's in the shade.   The days have grown hot here in Kansas and it reminds me of how difficult it must have been for the pioneers.  I can't imagine what my life would be like without air conditioning, especially on days like today.

I always try to have a positive outlook during weather like this.  We haven't seen rain in weeks, grass is dying, trees are losing leaves, and people are getting cranky.  If you looked at the circumstances, you might think, bleak, right?  I don't.  God's in control.  If He wants His grass will be watered, His trees will feel the flooding waters and everything will be green again.  It's just not right now.  So, if I were a weather man, I probably would be saying stay inside, conserve water because we just don't know when rain will come.  I'm not though, I'm just a girl praying for Her Father to bring rain to His land.

Amazing when you think about all the things man has no control over.  Every day you can wander into a situation you have no control over.  Yesterday, I found out my sales numbers tanked again.  Normally, I used to fill with fear, beg God to help and feel somewhat helpless.  Today, I looked at them, thought about them and then said, "You're in control today, all I have to do is go to work and You will provide."  His provision is enough for me, whether that's a great rain storm or turning my territory into a productive one.  All I can do is pray and work.  Those two things are always in my control.

It sounds simple but then again, like many things, I may have to give those numbers to God a million times this week.  I may also be praying for rain for a month or more.  But I know in the end, God will have His will on my life and on everything around me.  He is in control, when we aren't.  It's just recognizing that we have no control, that helps the most.

Like the sheep in the valley, we must follow our shepherd.  He will lead and we must follow.  I will trust that someday soon He will bring the rain to Kansas and for you, I trust He takes care of you all of your days.

I don't have all the answers but I know who does.  Go to Jesus today with your requests and wait to see what He does with them.  I challenge all of us to keep a journal of our prayers.  Mine are written for all to see, let's see what God does with them as we become His flock.  I'm praying for you, please keep praying for me.

Hebrews 10:23 NKJV:

     Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, You are my shepherd, I shall not want.  I will trust in You today for the rain we so desperately need and for my full provision.  Help me to look up at all circumstances and trust that You're in control.  Life is too hard and things are never the same, I just want to know that when I put my head on that pillow, I've given You the control.  Help all of us not to wander in the valley but please lead us by still waters, comfort us and make us Yours.  We trust in You to be the great provider.  Take us to task if we should waver and love us through ourselves.  We come before You asking to know You more.  We know that You are our Savior but Father, we want to have a relationship with You of trust, wisdom, discernment and love.  We don't deserve a shepherd like You but we are so glad You are with us.  I come before You today and ask that You would bless the hurting, calm the fearful and love the sinner.  We worship You today.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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