Monday, March 26, 2012

Reality Check (My One Word 2012)

Photo Credit:  mistermundo (Creative Commons)

When I wrote about choosing hope for My One Word for this year, the post ended on an optimistic note . . .looking forward to the future with much hope, etc. That's just me. . .I'm a glass half full kind of gal, and I always like to end on a high note, if possible.

However, I'm concerned that the ending to that post may give the wrong impression.  I don't want anyone to think that since I choose My One Word that my life is fixed and that I no longer struggle with doubts and discouragement. 

In fact a few weeks ago my hope was almost non-existent. I didn't want to hang in there anymore. I wanted to run way and escape.

I wondered how did I get in this pit of misery so quickly and would I ever get out of it.

As I ranted, I spilled out my raw emotions to the Lord.  The tears flowed freely that day, and God patiently listened to me.  

Over and over the Holy Spirit whispered encouragement to me. He reminded of God's promises in Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 43:18-19 and Romans 8:28.

Slowly but surely I found myself emerging from my hopeless pit.

That miserable day is proof that I don't have My One Word figured out. I'm still suspectible to losing my hope. However, what I have noticed is that it doesn't take me as long to go from hopeless to hopeful. It's small progress that I find encouraging.

Therefore do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 (ESV)

Linking with On Your Heart Tuesday, Soli de Gloria and Life Unmasked.

1000 Gifts - 656 to 673

A gift bent: Paper clip (#656)
A gift broken: Silence (#657)
A gift beautiful: Blooming azaleas (#658)

3 gifts in the kitchen: Leftovers (#659), Microwave (#660), Stove (#661)

3 gifts loud: Blender at Smoothie King (#662), Photocopier (#663), Thunder (#664)

3 gifts carved: Bedposts (#665), River banks (#666), Steak (#667)

3 gifts in Christ: Salvation (#668), Forgiveness (#669), Acceptance (#670)

3 gifts read:

  • Even now, Jesus invests in people and is eager to interact with us. (Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness by Jan Johnson)(#671)
  • The Lord will work out his plans for my life -- for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. (Psalm 138:8a NLT) (#672)
  • The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV) (#673)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Embracing Loud

Cymbal Line
Photo Credit: Randy Robertson (Creative Commons)

Loud . . .my first reaction is to place my hands over my ears and run for solitude. 

I don't like loud. I have a quiet personality with a quiet voice. 

But if the whole world were quiet, it would be an odd place indeed. 

For with noises we have there is evidence of life's activities. For in the loudness of life we have an endless array of sounds -- music, laughter, birds singing, thunder, rain, a loved one's voice. 

While my inner being craves quiet and serenity, I'm thankful to God for two functioning ears that allows to hear all the wonderful noises on this earth. And I realize I need to embrace the gift of loudness in my life.

Monday, March 19, 2012

1000 Gifts - 641 to 655

3 gifts at 3 p.m.:
  • Opportunity to help others (#641)
  • Telephone (#642)
  • Patience (#643)
3 gifts green:
  • Towels (#644)
  • Concealer to cover up redness (#645)
  • Raw broccoli (#646)
3 gifts wore:
  • Moisturizer with sunscreen (#647)
  • Contacts (#648)
  • Jeans (#649)
3 gifts hard to give thanks for:
  • Broken heart (#650)
  • Unfulfilled dreams (#651)
  • Hard to love people (#652)
3 gifts found:
  • Tax deduction (#653)
  • Error in a document at work (#654)
  • Encouragement from a friend's Facebook post (#655)

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Seeking Jesus

I'll seek You in the Morning
Photo Credit:  Kelsey_lovefusionphoto (Creative Commons)

Matthew 14:34-36 states, "When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed."

I wonder if those who came to Jesus at Gennesaret realized that Jesus could do so much more for them than heal their physical bodies. Did they know that Jesus could heal them spiritually?

Which makes me consider how many times have I gone to Jesus with my pressing physical needs, but missed out on opportunities to be touched spiritually by Him because I fail to linger in His presence. How often do I do come to Jesus and do all the talking and never give Jesus an opportunity to say anything. I'm afraid this happens more often than I would like to admit.

Regardless if the people knew what Jesus could do for them spiritually, Jesus had compassion for all who came to Him for healing because each of them came to Him out of faith. Jesus always responds to the one who comes to him by faith.

Faith brings us to Jesus seeking His help for our problems -- finances, health, career, relationships -- and faith should keep us near to Jesus so we can be transformed spiritually to be more like Him. 

Jesus, forgive me for coming to You with my requests for You to fulfill and failing to fellowship with you as I should. I'm grateful for the abundant gifts You've bestowed upon me, but I want You to know that I love You, the Giver of all good gifts, more that the gifts themselves. I want to grow closer to You and become more like You. Help me to speak less and listen more when we are sharing our quiet time together so we can have a true conversation like friends should. In Your name, I pray. Amen



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