Like so many of us, I have seen my fill of the inside of my house over the last month. It is wise, however, to take stock of all the unnecessary trips, money spent, shopping days of the past.
Lo and behold, I write to you today with a full tank of gas in my car. The farthest I have gone is Dairy Queen drive thru or the grocery store, both within a couple miles of my home.
After a gray morning, His sun blessed us here in the little middle of PA. I hurried a change of clothes and bundled up. It is Spring, but His wind goes where He wants.
In my soul is the Holy Spirit who teaches and corrects me. Oh how amazing is He! If we could see Him, what would He look like?
Gazing toward heaven, I thank Him again for His use of me this week. Ministry is not always in a public forum. Intercessors are bound to God’s level of confidentiality. There shall be no posting or discussion among anyone when someone reaches out for prayer. Grit in His Spirit helps us stay strong in whatever assignment He gives:
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
As I walked, I opened my eyes, seeking Him.
Lord, where are You? Show me.
His love in color exploded. I suddenly felt not worthy of such beauty.
Flowers appear on earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land (Song of Solomon 2:12).
Spring is here with its wind and its virus, but His fingers have painted all around us. Hope blossoms inside of me when I am near to His creation. Though, and it is good, to be reminded of how small I really am:
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire (Matthew 7:19).
Yes, Lord, this life is a gift. I came from nothing and will leave with nothing. Lord, keep me in the palm of Your right hand. Prune me, for anything of flesh needs to go
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8).
May we all continue to fan the flame into our souls and the souls of our neighbors. Grow hungry for His Word. Feast upon it. Sow His truth into your hearts. This verse from Isaiah is on one of my denim jackets. I know I won’t have the jacket forever, that it won’t come with me to the room He is preparing for me. Yet, His Word will be with me forevermore. Praise God!
As I pray and ponder, I stop and morph into stealth mode. It is not often a bird stays still. Usually, I disturb things with my excitement. Today I got rather close. All praise to God for His creatures. Almighty on His throne AND He made birds and insects and tiny flowers:
I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields, are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine and everything in it (Psalm 50:11-12).
On the last leg of my walk, words almost come out of my mouth to greet her. This sweet-faced angel.
I believe I met an angel of the Lord, not too long ago. Some day I will share that story more fully. Today, just remember angels are all around, His ministers of His will.
Praise the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His bidding, who obey His word (Psalm 103:20).
From a huge tree, right there in its bark, springs this tender shoot.
Oh my Jesus! I cannot go one step in this life without you.
He grew up before him like a tender shoot and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him (Isaiah 53:2).
With Jesus, when He walked among us, it was never about appearances or putting on fronts. Jesus is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.
I grew up not knowing about forgiveness, only wanting everyone who did wrong in my life and in the world held accountable.
Then I met Jesus.
Healer, Redeemer, Forgiver, Living Water, Hope for the Hope-less.
I recognize Him now as the reason I am here, the health in my body, the thoughts in my mind, the Spirit who never leaves.
Thank you for joining me on this walk. I pray you felt His presence as I did.
You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with Your joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand (Psalm 16:11).
Such a long day. My heart is beyond full … of Him, of anticipation for a date at home tonight with my husband, of peace that my children know Him as I did not at their ages.
Feel free to let me know how this virus is affecting you. Jesus didn’t promise easy, but He does promise to be with us.
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En-JOY the rest of this given day.
Love in Christ,