Focus for Today

October 6th, 2013

This morning I enjoyed paging through my journal. So many encouraging thoughts and reminders there. I am choosing to focus on these truths today (apart from the mini melt down in the shower this morning.) I am begging God daily for faith, hope, and courage.

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“Blessed be God, because He has not rejected my prayer or removed His steadfast love from me.”

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“For I am poor and need, yet the Lord thinketh upon me. Thou art my help, my deliverer, and my God.”

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Life is simple. It appears sometimes to be overly empty and wasted, but I think it is not. This is a season for waiting. It is not that I do nothing while I wait, just different kinds of things. I know I can use more purposefully quiet moments. Doing “nothing” bothers me and I waste still moments with useless activity. I need to learn to wait well.

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I am again so awed by how You work. We asked and asked and waited and waited. At first I was confident in Your will, but the longer it took the more antsy I became. I again asked the questions of how much to pray, and what to ask. Then I was reminded that “Faith in God requires faith in His timing.” So I chose to have faith there as well, confident that I did not need to know a second sooner than You allowed.

I am assured again that as You visibly answer requests like this, You are also answering the unseen ones for hearts, and sight, and life, and knowing.

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I do not want life to stay as it is. I want to do hard things. I don’t want to miss out because of fear. I want more of God, and as I give life I believe I will find it.

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“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.”

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I know that I am exactly where You want me, that You are active in my life, and that my simple life is eternally impacting. I also know I could have more of You, could see You more, and know You better, and it would make my life so much more meaningful.

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I was talking to Chris’ mom about it and she said it is so easy for us to wish God didn’t let these things happen, but that we often get to see Him more when He lets us fall but has us land in pillows.

Oh Jesus, You are so gentle with us.

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There is good in the little things and beauty in brokenness, but not if it is less than Your best. I need to stop evaluating what I can handle and ask what You have planned for me. I never know if you will have something so much bigger up Your sleeve.

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“You aren’t wasting your life – when you aren’t wasting opportunities to love like Christ.”

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My choices do not make me righteous but are a reflection of my personal walk with God practically lived out. This is what You have called me to. I can encourage others but cannot look down on them because their walk with God looks different than mine. I have nothing to prove, but must simply reflect Jesus to the best of my ability.

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