Alright…it’s not Monday…I know…but I woke up on Tuesday and I thought it was Saturday. The house was quiet…Carl was not in bed next to me…so I assumed he had already left for his Saturday morning basketball ritual…I wondered why we hadn’t mentioned it the night before like we usually do…but oh well, I thought…as I cleared the sleep out of my eyes…in came Caleb bounding on top of me in bed…this was weird as we have a “rule” that our little ones stay in their rooms until they are told to get up…why did he come down on his own…then came Carlen all dressed in her cute new polo shirt…I asked her what she was doing up so early…she said she had just gotten back from getting gas for her car…why I asked…where are you going? She looked at me with a puzzled expression and said…to school Mom! Then it dawned on me that it definitely was not SATURDAY and beyond that…I had seriously overslept. I was disoriented all day and most of this week…so by my miscalculations…it’s actually is Monday!
I love God’s Word…you know the scripture of how God’s Word does not come back void until it has done what it is intended to do…my wonderful paraphrase…well, I am realizing that however I read His Word…there is greater benefit than I would envision…regardless if I study it, meditate on it, pray it, hear it preached, read it devotionally or memorize it…it never comes back void!
Last week, I had several opportunities to share my verse…it wasn’t forced…it was in the natural flow of conversation…I loved that…
“Surely he will never be shaken,
a righteous man will be remembered forever.
He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast,
trusting in the Lord.
His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.”
Psalm 112: 6-8
These verses gave me strength and a change in my mindset…I had to laugh today as my daughter played a joke on me…telling me that she didn’t make her softball team…I got that momentary feeling of “OH NO…How is that possible?”
“Was the coach not being truthful when he said they had been waiting for 2 years for Carlen to turn out?”
I realize how quickly my mind can devise so many scenarios that rob my joy, peace and lead me down a path of distrust…how desperately I want my heart to be secure and steadfast…I want to fully trust in the Lord…and today I realize that bad news is sure to come…but I don’t have to fear it because I have received the Good News…the best news of all that is for everyday…in the midst of days filled with less than stellar news.
I just finished the Beth Moore study called A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place…it is the study of the Tabernacle…I initially was to do this study with a group of women this summer but because of a number of conflicts, I decided to embark on the study by myself…I had many stops and starts in this study and this was difficult for me because I tend towards perfection and doing things “the right way”…but I believe it was by God’s design for me to take it slow…in so many ways, I didn’t want to see it end…it is an amazing study…I highly recommend it…
Last night as I was finishing the final day of study…I “stumbled” upon my verse for this week…actually I believe it is to be added to my other verse (Job 8:21) and comprise my verses for 2008…Someday soon I will write about the significance of the scripture in Job…it is pictured on my sidebar but for now here is my verse for this week and year:
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”
I Thessalonians 5: 23, 24.
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