It’s Monday and after a week at VBS and a full weekend, we are back to our regular schedule of homeschooling.
Despite our return to the schedule, it is never mundane.
Because life is a gift from God.
Genesis 2:7 KJV — And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Not only from Adam, but every single person is created by God.
Psalm 139:13 NKJV — For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
God is good and His works are awesome, thus we can rejoice in each and every day, because the very breath in our lungs is a gift.
Let us live today, acknowledging God’s blessings, thankful for life, and living in such a way as to bring glory to His name.
Psalm 100:5 NKJV — For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your gift of life. Thank You for the gift of a new day. Thank You for the schedule which helps guide my focus. Thank You for the way You provide for us each day. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach me through Your Word, that I might understand Your will and walk in Your ways. Lord, open my heart and mind to learning. Please continue to speak through Your Word, encouraging and honing my heart through Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for Your blessings, how You sustain us from day-to-day. What a blessing it is to know You and serve You! I love You, Jesus. Amen.
As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Titus 2:1 NLT
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit which instructs and guides us through Your scriptures. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach us, that we might be made more like You everyday. Lord, please continue to help us know how to pray, that we might not ask a miss, but rather stand in prayer for the circumstances and people You are placing on our hearts. Lord, please help us to be honest and humble with our personal struggles, bringing our needs and concerns to You with trust and surrender. Lord, please keep us from taking up a response to circumstances from our own wisdom, rather let us respond with scripture, humility, and truth. Lord Jesus, please teach us daily, honing our hearts, shaping our lives, walking out each day to bring glory to Your name. Lord, help us to make disciples as You did with the 12, daily pouring into each one, teaching the scriptures, honing their understanding, patient and full of love. Lord, thank You for continuing to teach me, honing my heart, patient and loving me. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
Yet, when she was the most desperate, the most in need of His healing, He was absent, although she and Mary had sent word.
John 11:3 NKJV — Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
Not only did Jesus choose not to go visit Lazarus when he was sick, He didn’t arrive right after his death either.
John 11:17 NKJV — So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
From Martha’s perspective, Jesus’s absence must have been extremely disappointing.
John 11:20 NKJV — Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Martha had heard Jesus was coming and had gone to face Him with her disappointment.
John 11:21-22 NKJV — Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
Jesus gives her the truth, but like most of us, Martha doesn’t understand what God is doing.
John 11:23 NKJV — Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
John 11:24 NKJV — Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
Through this story we get one of the most profound scriptures, spoken by Jesus.
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26 NKJV
In the midst of Martha’s lowest point, when she is deeply hurting, confused, disappointed, and clothed in grief, Jesus speaks to her the truth and the hope every single human needs and can put their trust in.
Her response is beautiful.
John 11:27 NKJV — She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Did she understand that Jesus was going to raise her brother from the dead?
No, or she wouldn’t have said:
John 11:39 NKJV — Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Her response to Jesus’s words about being the Resurrection was trust.
She didn’t understand what God was doing in her life.
She couldn’t see her brother’s death as anything more than a tragedy.
She did choose to trust Jesus, despite the circumstances.
John 11:43-44 NKJV — Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Can you imagine the celebration?!
Although there are tragedies, grief, and extreme disappointment Jesus is
“…the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” John 11:25b-26
It doesn’t guarantee our circumstances will fall into place the way we desire.
Choosing trust is to fall in place with Jesus.
Like Martha, we can choose to trust God.
Not knowing the future, but knowing the One who is the future.
Philippians 1:21 KJV — For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I bet Lazarus understood this truth better than anyone else present.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your truth. Thank You that You are the Resurrection and the life! What can possibly be more profound than God as man dieing for our sins and rising again?! Your sacrifice is beyond my comprehension. Your love, mercy, and grace out strip anything I’ve experienced in this world. Lord Jesus, Your Word is amazing. Please, let those who have hurt, grief, loss, disappointment, and deep pain find healing in You. Please open the eyes to see, the ears to hear, and soften the hearts, that they might turn and be healed. Lord, please continue to hone our hearts and minds that we might trust You no matter the circumstances. For You are worthy of all our trust, love, honor, glory, and praise. Amen.
Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Psalms 86:3-5 KJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for life, love, and truth. Lord Jesus, You know the cries of my heart. You know the joys and sorrows of this life. You understand all the inner workings of all that is happening, far better than I. Lord Jesus, I trust You. I wait upon You with open hands. Take what You will and give what is best. Let my life be a service unto You and please place in me Your Word. Lord, please let our lives bring glory to Your name. Lord, I lift up those in need. That the widow, the fatherless, the weak, the sick, hurting, the lost, and the forgotten will be touched by Your Word, Your love, Your truth. Lord, please break in pieces the lies, deception, and abuse. Let those who fear You, purify their ways and live devotedly to You alone. Please begin with me and my family. Please help us to be Your servants, looking for nothing more than service to You each day. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your truth. In Your precious name I humbly ask these things. Amen.
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for truth. Lord, I never want to be ashamed of You, nor do I want You to be ashamed of me. Lord, I want to live as losing this life and gaining eternal life with You in heaven. Lord Jesus, it is not easy to understand how to handle each circumstance, but I thank You for showing me the way. Thank You for always being faithful and walking with me through it all. Thank You for shining Your light of truth into my life. Lord, not my will be done, but Thine. Teach me what Your plans are for today and help me not grow too eager to look into tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of it’s own. Thank You for always being my safety and refuge in times of trouble. Lord, please help me to trust You with everything today. Thank You for Your unending love. Amen.
Praise and thanksgiving for all God has done which my sleepy mind can grasp.
Then, as I listen to my husband getting ready for work, or on days when he gets to sleep in (rare indeed), my heart begins to lift him up.
Prayer for his heart and mind. Covering his day and his seasons. Lifting up his physical body and asking for strength and ability.
Since we were newly married I’ve prayed for him to be like Joseph.
“And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.” Genesis 39:3 NKJV
Lately, I’ve added to my prayers for him that God would bring about in him the traits of a Patriarch. A man who leads his whole family (wife, children, grandchildren) in the ways of the LORD.
Men like Job and Abraham.
Often my physical needs require attention by this time, but my prayers continue as I take care of my needs.
Each of our children, including our son-in-law are in my prayers.
Daily, I lift each one before the Lord and ask Him to bless them with a relationship with Him which will bud and blossom into traits of the people of God.
Often, the Lord brings specific scripture to mind and I pray that over the individual.
Then the Lord brings dear people to my heart and I begin to pray for them, however I feel God is calling me to.
After all this, I often begin my day.
Depending on what is on my calendar as well as what time it is, I make plans for my next steps.
One of my regular daily living habits is to ask God what I’m wearing.
This might sound strange, but getting dressed used to cost me so much time.
I’d try things on and then change my mind. My emotions getting more and more anxious.
Years ago when I was running very late for getting to the Academy I stood in front of my closest with a feeling of desperation.
Things couldn’t go worse so I figured “why not?”. I took a deep breath and asked. “God, what do You want me to wear today?”
I was stunned at the instant response.
It didn’t take me even five minutes to get dressed and I was ready for my day.
I’ve never gone back to the old way.
Each day I ask the Lord what I’m wearing and every day it’s a joy.
The conversation I begin when first awake goes on throughout the day.
Whether I’m at the doctor’s office or teaching our children or blogging, I am speaking with the Lord or listening for His voice or singing a praise song to Him.
Most of the time my words are internal.
However, my family has gotten used to me and when I forget and actually speak aloud to Jesus they normally just smile.
Daily living with Jesus means I often have to surrender my own ideas about life.
At times it’s my schedule.
Other days it’s my physical abilities.
Many times it’s my concerns over the future.
Yet, it’s a daily life of living for Jesus.
I’m certain the disciples didn’t know the schedule for each week.
They simply lived with Jesus and did the task at hand.
Although our culture is time and schedule oriented, I feel called to surrender those things into the hands of Jesus.
Yes, it’s important I show up for appointments on time, pay bills, and stick to the curriculum so we complete all the requirements.
No, I’m not a machine and I’m not in control. If life brings something unexpected my first duty is to follow Jesus and handle each circumstance as He requests.
Sometimes that means an extra five minutes listening to a stranger.
Other times it means speaking with a family member or dealing with a heart issue.
Sometimes it means asking for help and admitting my limitations.
Daily life has changed for us so many times and in so many ways.
Yet, the one thing which has carried me through each transition is my daily walk with Jesus.
Dear Reader, I’ll be honest. This transparency into my every day is out of obedience. In no way do I feel my walk with Jesus to be the only way to walk nor am I the person who “has it all together”. If anything it’s far from that.
I understand each person’s walk is unique and therefore none look exactly alike. But I am certain we can encourage one another in sharing how Jesus walks with us as individuals.
I pray my transparency will bless and encourage you.
And I’d love to hear from you. What does your day with Jesus look like?