There were five students in the classroom where I worked today. Each working on different assignments, all with the same goal of being successful. Determination for each was on a different level. Their ages and experiences varied. Again all five were searching for success. Help me with this. When the immature seek success, do they even have the knowledge to describe what success looks like? Do they even know where to begin? Will their desire overtake their lack causing them to stubble upon success and if that is the case, will they recognize that they have obtained success? Or will they be completely oblivious to the fact that they have achieved their goal and let it simply pass them by as life has so many times?
Another of the four was full of anger, masking fear. It's as if his presence was saying, "If I am offensive and boisterous, what are the chances that you'll let me remain in the classroom? My bet is that you won't. Guess what? I win because I didn't have the aptitude for success and you fell for my hype.
Five men in the same classroom all at different places in their lives, all looking for success. Makes me think about Christians. We pray to the same God in Jesus name, all have ideas about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and religion. Some are loud, some quiet, some angry, some lacking certainty and like success, we're all wanting to go to heaven. Yep there's way more than five of us, yet Jesus saved us, the Holy Spirit speaks to us and God well, God created us and the master plan.
Just thinking and you're more than welcome to share your thoughts too.
Today marks the month celebration of my first grand daughter's entry into this world. Looking at her reminds me of the three generations of daughter's who had to learn to make it in households dominated by men. You see, my mother was the only daughter out of five children. I am the only daughter from a family of two boys, my daughter the only girl of four children and now my grand daughter the only girl of three children.
Our struggles and consequent victories validate that somewhere in the bloodline a grand or great grand or great, great grand prayed for us. I like that song, "My Mother Prayed for Me! Got down on her knees and prayed for me." Who are you roughing up your knees for? Although my children are all adults, I'm still praying for them, their children and our family bloodline. Yes, we have to include those distant relatives too. It's mind boggling how God hears each and everyone of us and our prayers for one another. No matter how far back the request, He still honors the prayers. The Bible tells us that the prayers of the righteous avails much. There is no situation too hard for God as He moves through generation, after generation, after generation demonstrating His might and mercy.
Listen, we serve an awesome God. If we were to really think back over our life, I believe we'd come to the conclusion that He's been there all the time because someone prayed for us.
God has a way of showing up without a moments notice. Ever had guest arrive at your home without a phone call, text message, inbox notice? I have. I scrambled around trying to get things in place, hoping that my uninvited guest hadn't noticed the shoe in the middle of the floor, dishes from last evenings meal, my collection of empty water bottles on the counter, the dust on the living room table...See they came by because they believe we're in relationship. They're a relative (no matter how distant), they're a friend (regardless as to the last time we talked), we've waved to one another from across the street (can't tell them that I was shooing away a fly). But the fact of the matter is that I've done something to insinuate to my guest, that we are in relationship and coming by is okay. I did, at the ripe old age of 8 years old, purposely, do something to God signal to God that I wanted a relationship with Him. And today, when I was least expecting it, He came a knocking.
I was cleaning the guest bathroom with my daughter (imagine that, I was in a place where guest are expected to visit once they come through the door), thinking about her as a child and God began to speak. "How often do you clean this room?" He said. Not often enough was my reply. "If you spoke with Me as often as you clean this room, where do you think you'd be?" "Not on the best of terms," I said. It made me think about whether or not I take advantage of opportunities to have conversations with God. Does He have to catch me when He can or do I avail myself to Him? Just a thought. Are there times when God comes a knocking and your not in or hiding, maybe caught in a difficult or embarrassing situation and you act as if He's said nothing. I'm just wondering.
I wan't expecting for Him to show up in the bathroom today, but He did and we talked for awhile. And I have to admit He does bring great conversation, no matter where we may find ourselves chatting.
I have a habit of hearing the voice of the Lord clearly for others and letting them know what I've heard. When it comes to hearing Him for myself, His voice is clear, easily understood. For some strange reason, when he's speaking to me about me, a since of urgency for myself, isn't as strong. As a result I miss the mark. Example, one of my adult children's car was impounded. Days before the incident the Lord spoke to me and told me to tell him to remove the custom items he'd placed on the car. I heard, I acknowledged but I dismissed it and failed to tell him. Because of my lack of obedience, he missed a significant opportunity. A few days later, I was packing for a business trip and the Lord told me to pack an extra hair tie. I heard, I acknowledged but I failed to follow through. When I got to the hotel, I was taking down my hair and the hair tie I had on fell into the toilet. All I could do was look up. Since then, I've been listening. The other night I went outside to move my car. There were some empty cups in the holder and some napkins. I started to pick them up and heard the Lord say, "No. Leave it for in the morning. Go in the house." I didn't question him. I didn't think that it was odd. I simple followed instructions and went into the house.
Getting to the place where you follow the instructions of His voice is of significant importance. We have no idea what our obedience means to the Lord and the impact of our not being obedient.
I'm paying close attention and know that I'll be all the better for it.
I was involved in a conversation today with a believer about another believer. The person I was speaking with kept saying what Christians shouldn't say and what Christians shouldn't do. I listened until what was being said became nasty, attacking and condescending words. And then Matthew 12:34 popped into my head, "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." I know Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees in this verse but I couldn't get the scripture out of my head. I quickly responded that we needed to be in prayer for our sister and not be so quick to speak harshly about her. We must be slow to speak and remember that what comes out of our mouths is a result of what is in our heart.
Proverbs 10:22 reads, "The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." I've read this scripture so many times but today it stands out for me. Because of my many blessings I am rich and there is no sorrow in it, no regrets. I'm not counting my blessings, they are too many to count and greater than I can perceive. Today I am basking in my blessings, enjoying my day and all that God has allowed me to see. With everything the day has brought and continues through my evening, I rejoice in my LORD and Redeemer for all He has done. This truly is a day that the LORD has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.
I was having a conversation with some people the other day and they made mention of me living in the "real" world as if they lived in a world with a different reality. What's interesting about the comment is that I hadn't told them that I am a follower of Christ. With that thought I then realized I do live in a different world. I live in a world where my reality is the saving Grace of Jesus Christ; I live under the Blood Covering. In the KJV I Peter 2:9 says we are a peculiar people, a chosen generation, a people of God. I first thought it was an insult to be pointed out as being from another world and then I realized my error in taking the comment the wrong way. The truth of the matter, unbeknownst to them, is that it was a complement. What a blessing it is to be different to be a Child of the King. I'm glad to not be apart of the world, to have a different reality walking in the Grace and Mercy of the one and true living God. I praise God that I am apart of the "real" world, peculiar.
After being unemployed for nearly 4 years, today I started a new job. I hadn't realized how much I was missing being away from the workplace. Interaction is essential to the life of the believer as it provides another avenue to see the glory of God. Be it a smile, the nodding of the head of a passerby, conversations about the Father or the sound of children in the distance. God is everywhere. Take the opportunity to enjoy the LORD today, it is an experience you won't regret!
Six months ago my daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Today, as she sat putting her bundle of joy to sleep, she looked over at me an said, "Can you believe I have a baby?" Six months after she gave birth, she still finds it hard to believe she's a mother.
Isn't that often how we feel about the blessings God grants us? Minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and even years later we sit in amazement of the blessings God allowed us to have. They are mind blowing and if you're like me, you talk about, think about them often.
I remember, as a young driver, God forewarning me about pulling out into traffic when the light was green for me to go. My yielding to the Holy Spirit saved my life. I remember at the birth of my fourth child, hearing my son speaking with God and the God telling him, "Your first breath is your first act of faith." I can go on and on and on. And with each one I remember I pause and think, "Can you believe God moved for me?"
What a blessing it is to recall how God has moved in your life and what a humbling experience each time you remember. It is like holding your child in your arms and saying, "Can you believe the blessings God has allowed me to have?"
Have you ever attempted to make plans with a Christian and they responded, "If the Lord will..." I thought this was away of being "super spiritual" when in reality the book of James 4:13-15 says this is the correct way followers of Christ should respond when making future plans. Saying "If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that" is correct. I shared this with my husband as we started discussing vacation plans. It really made a difference as we discussed where to go because we are trusting God in our planning. The Father wants us to trust Him in all aspects of our lives it really is a relief to know that God is the final authority in everything.
Writing and observing are two of my favorite things to do. As I go along my day, I hope to share with you what I see or in some cases, what I hear.