Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Here's my response to Psalm 23...
Jesus, You really do supply everything I need. Not just food and clothes and a roof over my head, although I am grateful for how You have supplied that in abundance and I never want to take any of those for granted, but You also give all I need to thrive emotionally and spiritually too.
Your presence with me through thick and thin, through the ups and downs of life, sustains me in unimaginable ways. I love how You invite me to lie down with You in a beautiful green meadow, with beauty and life all around. You know how important resting in You is and aren't calling me to achieve and produce but to rest. I'm able to rest because You tell me "I've got this!" so I don't have to strive or control.
You lead me to life-giving waters, to those things You know will bring me life because You love me. You yourself renew me, make me more like You and that makes me strong and capable, even though I myself without You am weak and inadequate. You complete me!
You show me the right path to follow. All I need to do is be in Your presence to see it and then follow You. I don't even need to see the destination, the outcome. All I need is eyes on You. You will guide me into the way that brings me life and You glory because, " The glory of God is man fully alive." When we are at our best it shows what an amazing Creator and Father You are.
Thank You for always being with me, in me wherever I am. I choose to dwell in Your presence every moment and on into forever.
Monday, August 15, 2016
He said, "Nothing! I AM doing this, I'm doing something new that you don't see. Just gaze at Me, be open to what newness I have for you and you'll be ok. This may seem like a detour to you but on the detour, you see things you've never seen before. It is just a different way to get to the same place. Newness, a new way is always a bit scary because it is unknown. But trust Me and you'll be right where you need to be according to My plans for you."
We are always beginning in the spiritual life. When we think we have it all figured out, we are further away from the spiritual path. Humility demands that we always come to our journey with a spirit of openness, knowing there is always more to learn.
Each morning ask God where you need to begin and start there with humility, compassion and with holy anticipation.
I'm beginning again, laying a new foundation in every moment following Your instructions as best I can. I will return to You over and over and just keep showing up, being still, opening my heart up to You and encountering You and Your Holiness and Love.