Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 21, 2012

Everywhere I look, there is tragedy.  A shooting one day, a 17 year old boy the next.  Death surrounds us, it encompasses our lives.  We live, we die.  Really, that is the truth.  What is it about the timeline that matters so much?  If you live to be old, you probably wish you could have died when your friends and family did.  If you lose someone young, you wish they had more time to live.  The clock is ticking and yet, we look at life as if we have forever.

Forever comes sooner than we think.  It might be as an infant, a toddler, a teenager, or you might just live life into your 90's.  The wheel turns and no one knows when their last hour will be.  We can fear it, we can deny it but someday, we will all perish.

I used to fear death.  I used to fear that I would lose my children.  Even as a Christian I feared death.  Not because I was afraid to be with Jesus but it was more the idea of those that I would leave behind.  As if I had a say in it.  I don't fear death anymore and I don't worry about controlling events.  Because, I have no control over them anyway.  But I do know what it's like to mourn and I do know that the clock is ticking.

Time is only important if we aren't using it wisely.  Live for today, what does that mean exactly?  It means, give yourself to your maker and strive to live in today.  Addicts understand this principle.  If you want to become clean and free from addiction, you can only live for today.  You must participate in that day, make good choices and serve the Lord your God.  In AA, they call it your higher power.  I understand the concept, but it's a Biblical principle to live in today and there is only one God that can heal you from addiction.  Living for today has to become a vital part of who we are.  If you look out too far, you might miss your blessing.  God works on today because He already knows what will happen tomorrow.  It's too hard for us to wait on Him if we are looking at the clock.  First of all, we have no control of the time and second, why do we want to anyway?

I guess that's why I live in the moment.  I don't know how many days I have on this earth with the people I love.  I could remain 50 more years or be gone tomorrow.  So, I must concentrate on what God wants me to do today.  The one thing I can always do is love someone.  I have control of that because I am called to do so.  My heart goes out to all those of you that are dealing with loss.  It could be a relationship, divorce, or death.  God has a heart for you too.  It might not seem like it right now but He sees your tears, feels your hurt, and is reaching out to you.  He loves you and He is calling all of us to love you too.  I can't fix what's happening in this world.  I can only participate in today.  I wish I could wipe the tears, hold the lost, and love everyone, but there's just me, so I will be praying for the faceless.  God knows who they are.  I'm just called to love them today.

If you're there today, feeling lost, hopeless and mourning for an event that has occurred, reach out to me or someone you know.  We are here for you, soldiers, in an army of One.  Jesus came for you.  He's reaching out and asking all of us to unite in prayer.  We may not know you, but your cries are being heard all over the world.  How?  Because, God is calling His women to open their hearts, to pray for those they don't know and to use their time, here on earth, wisely.  We only have today, so let's do something productive.

I hope you are making memories today.  I hope as I write this you are spending time with friends and family.  I hope you are making moments count and tonight, I hope you share your heart to our Lord.  I hope you lay there and ask the Lord of your life to heal the hurting, seek the lost and lift up the discouraged.  Women all over the world need a Savior, call out to Him today. He's waiting to hear from you.  Live today my sisters and find joy in the Lord.  Take time for Him, so that you can make Him known.  And reach out to someone this week, someone you don't know and encourage them in prayer. Thank you for being my sisters.

John 6:37 NKJV:

    All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV:

    To everything there is a season, 
    A time for every purpose under heaven:
    A time to be born, and a time to die;
    A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;
    A time to kill, and a time to heal;
    A time to break down, and a time to build up;
    A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
    A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
    A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;
    A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
    A time to gain and a time to lose;
    A time to keep and a time to throw away;
    A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
    A time to love, and a time to hate;
    A time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 

Psalm 56:3 NKJV:

     Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, only you know the time and hour when life becomes death.  We were born to die and to become one with You again.  Help us to live in today and to have hearts for the hurting.  Lay women and men on our hearts that need to know You.  Or, if they know you but are floundering, give us the courage to be there for them, to stand in the gap and pray.  I love it when you lay someone on my heart that I don't know because it reminds me how much You love all Your children.  In Your kingdom, there are no favorites, You call us by name and know what must be done today.  Help us to be servants to Your flock and give us the wisdom and authority to seek You, while we are praying for Your children.  As always, we are women that want to serve our Savior.  We ask that You would hold us up, that You would keep sin out of our lives and that You would protect us as we spread Your word.  We want to live for today because only You know about tomorrow.  Set us on our path and light our way.  Help those today that are mourning and give them peace that You are near.  We thank You for the love You provide Your chosen.  May we seek You daily and learn to love You more.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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