Good morning all-
I titled this blog, "Today is the day our Lord made," mostly because that's all I can think about. I woke up this morning with memories of my mom turning forty-nine and in a few short weeks, I will be the very same age. I remember thinking how old she was when in fact, she probably was in her prime. I know I'm more tired. I wear out easily in the evening because I've already put in more work than two teenagers and I know that I can see the signs in my hands and face. Age has come and with it, I'm one more year to paradise.
The headlines are about Ebola, a young man who was killed by a police officer and a teenager in Ohio waving a toy gun that was killed. There is so much stuff going on that someone could get lost. People were out Christmas shopping on Thursday and honestly, I heard more horns honking than on any other day of the year. Families came in for the holiday and children that you once knew are now grown men and women and then there are those that have gone to be with Jesus and you remember them with fondness and a little sadness. All of these things encompass a day and it is our Lord, God and Savior. We are His and He has made this day. It's no coincidence that I woke up thinking about my mom this morning or reading about the policeman that is resigning from his duties to save a city. This is what was given to us today and we must embrace it, pray for it and work toward putting God first in our lives.
Some might say, "How is God in today?" Well that's a great question. He is in the voice of the child at St. Jude fighting for their life. He is with the young mother who is sleep deprived and wondering when she will ever rest again. He is with the mother struggling to get their teenager on the right path and He is with the mom who laid her son to rest. These are the moments we know He is near. Why? Because every one of these people is crying out for Him to be with them, just today. None of these women could look at tomorrow because tomorrow is so uncertain, full of fear and distress. So instead of looking for tomorrow, they spend time alone asking God to help them today.
So as you wake and read this blog, think of how God made today. It is still dark in Kansas but I can hear the wind changing directions and the cold coming back once again. When the sun begins to rise, a new day will dawn and the earth will once again wake. And in the quiet, I pray you are thinking about all that Christ has done for you. You are praying for the sick, the confused, the sinner and the saint. They all need prayer but mostly, I'm praying for you to be in this moment, in today with our Lord and thanking Him for all He has made. I know that this is sometimes very tough. I have challenges just like you but it is our Lord that has made us and this day and He has a purpose greater than our thoughts, feelings or wishes. He has made today to glorify Him!
May your day be filled with memories of how God helped you through a great trial, or how he made you laugh when you wanted to cry. May today bring you happiness even if you feel sorrow and may you grow closer to our Savior as you pray for others that wish today would never be. You can be assured, I am praying for you. I am thinking about every woman, in every country and asking God to show her the way to paradise. We hold the keys to bringing the next generation to Christ. How you might ask? By living each day believing that God put us on this earth and made this day! Be well my sisters and know I'm thanking God every day for this blog and for you.
And she made a vow, saying, “ Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” (1 Samuel 1:11 NIV)
This was Hannah's prayer to the Lord for a son. She lived for that day and prayed. She would do exactly as she vowed. As soon as he was weaned, He was given to be raised for God's purpose and out of this Scripture came Samuel. What would be your vow this day if you had a chance to ask God to deliver you? Would you ask for a son, food, a house or maybe a job? Live in today, be sacrificial and love our Lord with all your heart and soul. It's no coincidence that God answered this prayer and that Samuel was a great prophet in a very tumultuous time in Israel. We are in the end times, no one knows the hour but we are there. Let's remember that one of our vows should be to live in today and worship the only God that lives!
The living, the living—they praise you, as I am doing today; parents tell their children about your faithfulness. (Isaiah 38:19 NIV)
My prayer today:
Hear our cries, O, Mighty, God. We come to You proclaiming that You are the way and the truth. We know that You made today for Your purpose and we are here today to live in it and believe that You are God. The cries of the helpless are being sent to the King of Kings and The Lord of Lords. Our leaders are following their own devices, the world grows more evil and our children are turning on us but in all of it, You are near. The sun always rises to the East and sets in the West. It is our indication that You are mighty and powerful. The light takes us from night to day and within each morning we hear Your call. Make us new today. Give us a spirit that wants to know You more and please make us humble. Often we want fame for our work but the only fame we should desire is to be in Your presence. Nothing else matters. Please forgive us for our sinful nature, help us raise the next generation and mostly, help us to see that You made today and that You are present in it. Thank you for all the things You do. I still believe in miracles. Help us to embrace You like a child, open and loving with no sense of skepticism or doubt. We look on You today for all things. Let us have eyes to see and ears to hear and bring revival all over the world! In Jesus Name I pray.