I don’t know about you, but I can’t say that I always follow this exhortation from Paul in my life. I WANT to live a life worthy of the calling I have received. I WANT to be completely humble and gentle. I WANT to be patient toward others…especially toward others who may try my patience. And I WANT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
I would say that most of us desire that kind of life. But, if you are like me, as soon as difficult circumstances arise… I find it difficult to get myself out of the way and live the life I am called to live.
I start to focus on everything I lack. I focus on my weaknesses. I judge my words and my actions and I come up short. Very short. It is during these times that I press into the Lord and open myself to receive what He so lovingly offers to us.
He gives us His strength for our weakness. He takes away our lack and gives us everything we need to go forward into our calling. He lifts us up when we fall and sets our feet on the right path. He walks beside us in our journey and is there with us in everything we face. Thank You, Lord!!
So! With the Lord’s help, I will continue to press into living a life worthy of the calling I have received. Will you join me?
I am sitting here the day after my birthday feeling a renewed sense of purpose. I desire to be all that God wants me to be! I don’t want to hold myself back with my own limited expectations. I want to live out GOD’S expectations of me.
LORD, I place myself in Your hands! Empower and Anoint me for the days ahead to be Your vessel of “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…”.
May You be honored in everything I say and do. Forgive me, Father, where I have fallen short! Manifest Your purposes in and through me, O LORD!!
I’m willing…I’m ready! I stand with an open heart, an open spirit, an open mind, and arms opened wide! Fill all of me with YOU, LORD!
I worship and adore You!!
So…I’m sitting in the airport in Atlanta all alone. Alone except for the droves of people going here and there to eat or catch a flight. But, everyone has their attention on their destination and not really on what is happening around them.
I feel like I’m on an island in the heaving waters of the ocean. So much activity around me…but I am on an island of calm.
I feel the sweet, calm presence of the Lord as my companion. I talk to Him silently as I watch the people pass by; I talk to him as thoughts drift across my consciousness; I share with Him my joys and my concerns.
And best of all – He shares His thoughts with me! He tells me of His joys and His concerns; He shares with me His plans for what is coming in my life and ministry.
I am so thankful and humbled that God actually wants to hang out at the airport with me! WOW!! What an awesome God we serve!
No, I’m not alone…I’m never alone! 💥❤️
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
Sometimes we get so busy doing things for the Lord that we forget to take time and just “sit” in His Presence.
When we still our bodies, our minds, and our spirits and focus only on Him…we begin to feel that sweet Presence that draws around us like a cloak of Love.
In our stillness, we can feel God moving in us and around us. We can tune out all of the “noise” of the world and hear that soft whisper flowing in our minds. Peace that passes all understanding begins to settle upon us. Strength that seemed to be gone begins to rise up in us. The guidance that we have been searching for begins to unfold.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…can you sense His Presence, Beloved of God? He is drawing us closer and closer to His Heart.
He wants to be as close to us as the next breath. He IS our breath! Breathe Him in all who are weary…breathe Him in all who are ill…breathe Him in all who feel lost.
He is so ready and willing to BE all that He has promised us He would be in our lives. He is so ready and willing to DO all that He has said He would do in our lives.
May we BE STILL and draw near to Him. He has promised that He will then draw near to us.
The time is now!! He WILL be exalted among the nations and He WILL be exalted in the earth!
May we choose this day to exalt Him within our “temples”…our body, soul, and spirits.
Be still and KNOW that HE IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV
May those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey not see the devastation with eyes of hopelessness…but may they look with EYES OF FAITH at restoration of what was lost.
May those that are seeing the destructive winds of Hurricane Irma bearing down upon them…look instead with EYES OF FAITH at God’s peace and protection in the midst of the storm.
May those that are battling health issues not look at the disease and infirmity… but look with EYES OF FAITH at God’s healing.
Brothers & Sisters, may we approach everything that comes our way with eyes that don’t look upon the problem…but with eyes that look upon the solution – JESUS!!
May we not let what we SEE affect what we KNOW —the LORD is a God of restoration, peace, protection, and healing!!
Let us declare to the earth and to the heavens:
WE LIVE BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT!!