The path of life isn’t such that we can see very far ahead.
Rather, it is only viewable for the now.
We only live in today.
We make plans and schedules.
We write down our “to do” lists, but our knowledge is limited to the present and the past.
Unless, we know Jesus.
And believe in Him.
For He alone is the One who gives us not only knowledge of the path, but also a promise for our future.
With all our busyness of life, let us remain focused upon the One who gave it.
Let us spend time with Christ and His Word, that our knowledge may grow and most importantly, our relationship with Jesus deepen.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6 NKJV
“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:19-21 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truth of eternal life in You, through Your sacrifice. Lord Jesus, please help each one of us to walk with You and not to lean on our own ways, but to trust You in all things. Lord, the older I get the more I realize I know very little, but that You know it all. Lord, please help me to live in humility and honor, bringing glory to Your name. Lord, increase my understanding of You as I continually seek Your face. Lord, please help me to remain steadfast before You and to walk diligently in the tasks at hand, for in today is where I reside and I want to use this wonderful gift for Your glory. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
He’s been using this season, the holidays as well as unpacking, to teach and remind me of truths.
One day, He showed me an error in my perspective.
It was while taking a picture.
I was unhappy with one thing after another.
Nothing was “looking right” and it hit me, I was trying to make our everyday look like a fake magazine photo.
I needed to get my perspective correct: life isn’t a photo op.
Rather than trying to make my own “ideal”, I needed to relinquish every part of myself into His hands and be thankful for what He has given.
Once these things were done, through prayer, I was able to take a photo and move on with joy and gratitude.
Through this season the Lord has reminded me to focus on people, not things.
We had people come by on more than one occasion and due to our “under construction” things weren’t put away or finished.
Each time I opened the door, the Lord reminded me: simply love.
A good hostess is one who loves others.
It’s an outpouring of the love she receives daily from the Lord.
So, I could smile and enjoy my guests, while warning them to not trip on the old flooring we hadn’t gotten to yet.
The Lord has taught me that it’s not about forcing things, but rather doing the task at hand while resting in His love.
It’s a lesson I have learned before and will probably continue to learn for the rest of my life.
Because it doesn’t come naturally for me to wait on the Lord.
My nature says things which are not founded in scripture like: “God helps those who help themselves.”
It’s crazy how God’s truth can be twisted into something which leads to sin.
I can almost picture the hiss from the forked tongue as Eve stood near the tree, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1b
Leaning on my own strength is an old sin of mine, but I praise God for His patience with me and His lessons.
He has helped me walk forward into His truth and to rejoice in what He has for each of my days.
Some days, it’s easier to rejoice than others.
Some days, it’s easier to trust than others.
On Christmas day we were looking forward to having Bell and her husband here, as they only live about 40 minutes away.
Our oldest daughter and family had gotten snow on Christmas Eve, so we didn’t know if they were going to be able to come.
Bell’s husband rang up my husband with news that another storm was predicted and snow was probable for the entire region.
After some discussion, the two men decided it was safest for them to remain home.
I was deeply disappointed.
If they weren’t coming, I felt sure our oldest daughter and family wasn’t coming either.
Through this, the Lord reminded me of something He’d told me days before: let go of tradition.
Because the Jewish people of Jesus’s day clung to tradition they actually missed God in the flesh.
I knew I didn’t want my tradition or my expectations to be more important than my Lord.
After all, we had two of our children with us, and so much to be thankful for.
The Lord then reminded me of several people who find the holidays especially difficult due to the loss of loved ones.
God reminded me to pray for those whose disappointed traditions would never be the same.
My heart was completely overwhelmed when, a few hours later, all of our children arrived.
The storm wasn’t supposed to hit until evening, so both sons-in-laws had individually chosen to come early and leave before the storm hit.
Words can’t express my gratitude to the Lord for giving me back what I had given up.
God is truly amazing.
I am so thankful for each day, each lesson He has taught me through this season.
We don’t have as much finished with either the house or unpacking as I was wanting to get done by now.
However, God has used it and I wouldn’t change a thing.
I look forward to seeing what else God is going to do through this season.
As we look forward to the new year, I’m full of anticipation.
Because each day is an opportunity, each year a gift from God.
Psalm 92:2 KJV — To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for today. Thank You for the lessons of this season we are in. Lord, thank You for Your Word. Please continue to teach my heart and mind, that I might continue to draw closer to You. Lord Jesus, please show me anything which is not lining up with You and Your ways. Please help me to be full of gratitude and praise in every circumstance. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Thank You for today. I love You, Jesus. Amen.
God’s infinite and incredible creation was done one day at a time.
He knew we need to do life one-day-at-a-time.
And it’s a waste to try to get into a different time or season than we are in.
Because living is a daily gift.
While living in today, let us remember Who gave us this gift and honor Him with the way we live it.
Let us never waste the incredible blessing of today.
Psalm 118:24 NKJV — This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 7:17 KJV — I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for today. Thank You for being our Savior. Lord, we look to You and find all that we need. Thank You that we can always find security in You. You are our refuge and strength. Lord, please help us to be wise as we live in today. Please help us to hide Your Word in our hearts. Please bring it to remembrance when we are in need, that we might live unto You each day. Lord, thank You for Your guidance, faithfulness, and love. I praise Your holy name! I love You!! Amen.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:4-5 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for salvation, Your Word, Your Holy Spirit, Your mercy, and grace. Thank You that this is not our home, but we can look forward to eternity with You. Lord, thank You for loving us always in all things. Thank You for guiding us and shining Your truth into our hearts and minds. Please rid us of fear, selfish ambition, and all manner of sin, for we want nothing to come between us and You. Thank You for washing us clean, white as snow and redeeming the time. Please save the lost, return the prodigal, protect the innocent, provide for the needy, heal the sick and hurting. Please be glorified in me today. Thank You. Amen.
Isaiah 42:8 NKJV — I am the LORD, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another, Nor My praise to carved images.
Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your Word. Thank You, for You are the One and only God. Your ways are right. Your judgement true. You stand in for the helpless and the persecuted. You defend the fatherless and the widow. You bring rain and water the ground. You feed the wild animals and the needy. Your hands are full of good and there is no evil around You. Lord, You deserve all praise, all honor, all glory. For You made the Sun and Moon. You placed the stars and set everything in order. You gave breath to all mankind. Let Your glory be known and Your goodness be revealed. Please let the hearts of the people be drawn to You. Thank You, Lord, for salvation. Thank You for life. I praise You this day, Jesus. Amen.
It seems at the back of my thoughts pretty continually.
Our new grandson’s due date, our daughter’s marriage, all the details of homeschooling, all these things have been thought about, prayed for, and discussed multiple times.
As I was putting dishes away this morning I was complaining to God.
I hadn’t realized I was.
But that’s the truth.
I’ve found a thought running through my mind multiple times and it’s connected with a circumstance.
Something I’d wanted to keep had been given away without thought to ask my opinion.
When I discovered the truth, my feelings were hurt.
The choice was logical to the one.
The problem was me.
I had an emotional attachment due to a special memory.
Therefore, when I was putting away the dishes and telling God, “I really wish I had…it would be so useful for…”.
The Lord spoke.
Stop grieving over something I took away.
“Oh Lord! I’m so sorry!”
I took a breath.
“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
“Jesus, thank You for showing me my error. I hadn’t realized I was holding on to that. I trust You, that what I have and where I am is exactly where I’m supposed to be and You will provide anything lacking.”
Now that my heart has been revealed, I can see how I have been clinging to this in such an unhealthy way.
What’s really crazy about it is, it’s something of no importance at all.
Yet, I can look at myself and see how I choose to hold on to the past through this.
Somewhere, I was trying to keep a moment of joy and bring it into today by a thing.
Jesus is the only One who can do that.
He brings joy into each day and no thing nor any other person can ever meet up with His ability.
It’s good to remember those things which were God’s blessing and to praise Him for it.
But it should never take the place of what He is doing today.
Jesus is blessing each of us, today.
Therefore, I will be more guarded about my thoughts and attitudes when it comes to the past.
I don’t want to clutter up today with needless things and miss the joy in Jesus.
For I know what He has for me in today is what is best.
Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV — Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.