We went for a hike about a week ago and my sweet 8 year old and I sat down on a rock for a minute. On the rock where we sat, someone had carved the words “Hate satan”. I asked her what she thought about it. She just sat there for a min and then said, “It isn’t right to hate, especially since that is what he wants us to do, he wants us to hate. I think the person who carved this should have written, Don’t follow satan”.
I couldn’t have put it better myself!
Lord please keep us on Your path to follow You and only You!
My friends, I am not sure why but I have been distracted lately. Jesus hasn’t been at the forefront of my thoughts, instead I have been busy, running around, and missing Him. We took a yoga class together last night, and usually when He joins me He is helping me through, but last night in my imagination He was sitting there watching me (smiling, but still just watching). For some reason I have put Him aside instead of welcoming Him in?
As I miss Him, I am thankful for my previous posts that remind me that He is still here watching and waiting for me to call to Him again.
Please pray for me my friends, as you bask in His loving presence, that the veil covering me will be removed yet again, my eyes will be cleansed yet again, and again I will see only Him everywhere and in everyone!
Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done!
I am sure you have heard this prayer, and have maybe said it yourself or with your children at night.
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
Angels watch me through the night
And wake me with the morning light
I grew up saying it with my sisters and started saying it with my children awhile ago, but recently we changed the words and I LOVE IT. Now it more closely embodies my prayer for my girls.
I pray that their way home is straight and always lit with a light from above.
Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
Please cleanse my eyes all through the night
So I may follow Your angel’s light
I have been thinking a lot about John the Baptist. I am inspired by and in awe of him. He rejoiced as his followers/disciples left to follow Jesus.
He was like a lamp post along the path. He clearly understood that he was not the goal, but instead a guide, directing his pupils down the path toward Jesus.
Since I started looking for a teacher I am finding teachers everywhere. Therefore I have now started wondering how to figure out which teachers to listen to and learn from?
I think the answer lies in our first teacher, our first lamp post, John the Baptist.
- We need to look for someone, something to inspire our ongoing search for Jesus.
- We need to look for a teacher who is willing to humbly share the job of teaching us with others.
- We need to look for someone who will understand that one day the relationship might change/grow from student/teacher to friends and then rejoice in this change/growth.
- We need to look for someone who knows and understands that they are lighting our paths… they know they are not the final destination and they don’t want to be the final destination because they understand that this desire would hold them back in their own search for Jesus!
Jesus, thank you for John the Baptist! Please help us to rejoice from the depths of our souls as others find You, just as Your first lamp post, John the Baptist, did!
I saw a documentary today with a man in it who had been searching for a guru or teacher since he was young. He had found one and then the story went on from there, but it made me think. Who is my teacher? I haven’t been searching (at least actively or consciously) since I was young.
When we are not searching then who fills the space of teacher for us?
Obviously the answer is different for everyone, but I think I have always allowed my associations (including my television viewing) to step in and fill the void of teacher in my life.
Only since I have been a stay at home mother (with a little extra time, a lack of colleagues and a recent blessing of a lack of interest in television other than documentaries) have I for the first time in my life been indirectly searching for a teacher because no one/ no thing has been here to fill the void by default.
Jesus, please guide me to people, books, documentaries and any others sources that will teach me what You want me to know. Please help me to prepare to be a sign post, a guide, a light in the night for others or maybe even a teacher if a student ever comes my way.
It’s Our Best Life! The choice is ours, we must choose our teachers wisely and not follow others or ideas blindly or by default.
I think we all want others to see the good in us, or to let Jesus shine through as some of us would say!
How can you help everyone see Jesus within you without ruining the good intentions of an action and even running the risk of taking Jesus out of the action entirely by worrying that others see it, notice it, acknowledge it, pat you on the back for it?
I know I am not the first to say this and I am definitely not very good at doing this, but we will not help Him shine through by focusing on ourselves or our good deeds and actions.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Now imagine that you are a mirror.
- What is your sole purpose in life if you are a mirror? To reflect what you see.
- Can you as a mirror be good or bad? No.
- If you are a mirror and have a soul, does this change whether you can be good or bad? No.
- If you are a mirror and have a soul, would you have a preference regarding whether you reflect good or bad? Yes, I would prefer to reflect good.
Therefore as a mirror with a soul, I am still bound by the sole purpose of a mirror which is to reflect what I see, but if I desire to reflect only good then the only way this is possible is to see the good in everything!
I think the only way to truly help Jesus shine through ourselves is to focus on finding Him in others and then be their mirror! The more light of Jesus you find in others, the more light of Jesus your mirror can then reflect back on everyone!
Can you see it? A world full of mirrors constantly reflecting the light/love of Jesus! It would be blinding, it would be beautiful, there would be rainbows everywhere!
It is Our Best Life… Jesus please help us to find the good in everything so that our mirrors will be full of Your light!