1 John 4:19 "We love because He first loved us!"
So I have really stunk on this the past two months. But I have been incredibly busy lately and just haven't devoted the time and effort to this as i had hope to . I will be back in a couple of weeks.
1 Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my birth he has made mention of my name.
2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.
3 He said to me, "You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will display my splendor."
4 But I said, "I have labored to no purpose;
I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.
Yet what is due me is in the LORD's hand,
and my reward is with my God."
5 And now the LORD says—
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD
and my God has been my strength-
6 he says:
"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth."
7 This is what the LORD says—
the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—
to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
to the servant of rulers:
"Kings will see you and rise up,
princes will see and bow down,
because of the LORD, who is faithful,
the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you."
This really spoke to my heart in these days. I am in the midst of trying to write a poem or song referring to this passage of scripture. Stay tune!
This is a hot topic among Christians.
Couple of questions:
What do you do for devotions?
Is it a planned time?
Do you use organized materials(ie devotion book)?
If married do you do devotions together? Do you pray together?
It is important that we are in the Word of God, that we allow the Word of God to become worked into the very fabric of who we are as individuals living our lives for Jesus Christ. The Bible is not there just to read like an ordinary book, glancing over the words, skipping words, phrases, meanings. But the Word of God is God given, breathed, meant to study over, to infect our minds, apply it to our sinful hearts and minds, lived out in our everyday goings.
I believe that it is equally important that we are in prayer with God. I always struggle over what prayer is to be, to look like. Some often use it as a sounding board to vent frustration, anger, confusion, and still others just use it as a giveme list of things that they must have and need. I must confess that I have used prayer in my own life as all of the above. But over the last few weeks I have mulled over something that my Grandmother used to say, "I don't pray, I just talk to God!" How do you pray? Is it only in the heat of the moment? We should be about talking to God. We should praise God each day that God chooses to breathe life into our dry bones as Ezekiel says. Giving God glory for allowing the pleasure of this Earth that was created by Him, and ultimately we are responsible for.
God is Good and we should be about living out His Word and we should be about talking to Him giving Him glory and honor only due to Him.
I wake to a day of
hopelessness and pain.
I look to the end before the
day even starts.
No matter what this day
holds, I will
I will rise up to the glory,
I will rise up to the honor,
I will rise up to the hope,
I walk through my life
living with shame and guilt.
Each moment held together
by careful thought.
With all of this
I lay my head down hoping
for a better day tomorrow.
Thoughts run through me
in ways no one can explain.
As my eyes drift and droop
The devil can not hold me down
There are better days ahead
Because of you, because of
you, I will rise up
(I have been going through an interesting part of my life right now. But above all things, there is Jesus Christ. My Savior and My Lord. There are better days ahead. Please tell me what you think, any comments are welcome)
Call me weird but this is like one of the coolest things I have ever seen!
Today is the day the Lord has made, rejoice and be glad in it!
I say this as the welcome every week in our church service. I always try and really look at the words and what they are truly trying to say.
This the day, meaning today, right now the next 24 hrs, the next minute, second, hour is made by the Lord. God gives us each an opportunity to praise and lift up his name each day. When we lay our head down to sleep we are trusting the Lord to breathe life back into these dry bones to wake us up. Each day that we wake up is a gift from the Lord in which we should cherish. We should rejoice in it and be glad that we have the opportunity to worship the Lord who gave us this day.
Take today to worship the Lord and be glad in this day!