Valuable and Timely Lessons

Jesus Calling

After reading my daily devotional this morning and while searching for the suggested scripture readings, I came across another devotion by Sarah Young in my Bible (Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, Enjoying Peace in His Presence) that spoke directly to my heart. I don’t believe it was mere coincidence that this particular devotion came to my attention or that I stumbled upon it by accident, but rather that I was led to it. Because it was exactly what I needed to hear at the exact time I needed to hear it.

“To live in My presence consistently, you must expose and expel your rebellious tendencies. When something interferes with your plans or desires , you tend to resent the interference.”

That resentment only builds upon itself like building blocks carelessly and unsteadily piled one upon the other. How often I try to hide my misbehavior from the One who sees and knows all, every hair on my head. That I even think I can is delusional in and of itself. The slippery slope of a lie leads to yet another, and another…

I need not hide in shame at my behaviors and less-than-loving attitude, but bask in the glow of His forgiveness, and to seek His intervention in removing the splinter from my heart.

Isaiah

It also reads: “The ultimate solution to rebellious tendencies is submission to My authority over you…the best response to losses or thwarted hopes is praise: The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

I am not entitled to anything I have. All I have are blessings from an amazing God who blesses me beyond my wildest dreams. May I praise Him this day for all He has given me, and all He will give me. I am truly blessed.

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” C.S. Lewis

Wishing you peace today.

Namaste.

TGIF – Gratitude Friday

Top three things I’m especially grateful for this past week:

1.)    God speaking to me through a devotional of the danger of falling into the pit of self-pity at the exact moment I needed to hear those exact words.

2.)    Taking my precious granddaughter, Zoey, to church, and sharing such an amazing time with such an amazing little person.

3.)    Touching base with my husband and each of my children, knowing they are safe, healthy, and happy, letting each know I love them more than anything, after an emotionally difficult day of losing two people in my life – an aunt and a co-worker.

God is so good!

I would love to read what you’re grateful for this week.

Peace.

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