For months I have been waking up at 4:38 am. Sometimes I fall back asleep and sometimes I get up, but very regularly when I check the clock it says, 4:38. I sit here on this blog talking about listening, looking, watching and waiting for Him, but when it comes down to it, I don’t follow my own advice very well.
It finally occurred to me to look up 4:38 verses in the Bible and I was reminded and humbled again. He gives us what is not ours and what we have not earned and He plucks us from the pit and places us high on the backs and shoulders of mighty giants.
When we realize and remember this, there is nothing to do but live every moment in humble thanksgiving and love.
I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.
…to drive out before you nations greater and stronger than you and to bring you into their land to give it to you for your inheritance, as it is today.
Oh the great weight of joy we feel when we realize that we too have been called to the work of prayer, the work of tending the garden of each soul we encounter.
My Sweet Lord, let our prayers be to Your Glory!
Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
We are all here doing His work, the work of our Father. He has many tasks to be done and has given each of us a unique and individual task for the fulfillment of His Holy and Perfect Plan. It is not our place to question the task of another, but instead to perform and complete our task well everyday with the intention that the work we do is for everyone, because it really is His work.
Let all that we do be done for Him with praise and thanksgiving!
John 5:17 – In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.”
So often we are looking to work, to complete a check-list, to please, to earn acceptance, to earn approval, to earn our way, lost in our actions and He is always there whispering…
“You don’t have to do a thing,
Simply be with me and let those things go
They can wait another minute
Wait this moment is too sweet
Please stay here with Me
And love on me a little longer
‘Cause I’m in love with you”
Thank you Bethel Music! Your song, A Little Longer, pierces my heart with the reminder to just be with Him, lost in His word, lost in His attention, lost in His love, and ironically when I do this… it is the one time in my life that I am NOT LOST for just a moment!
I don’t remember the exact context, but I was praying for my husband last week and part of my prayer was for something to change in him. He didn’t know of my prayer for him, but within hours of this prayer my sweet husband shared a story of when he was young, a sad story that testifies again to his strength, kindness, consideration and the attention he shows others. It is a story that he had never shared with me and a sad memory for him that breaks my heart.
Shame on me, shame on me to ever think that the work in me is done and I am ready to ask others to change.
The work we must do here is on ourselves. We only fully know our own stories. For everyone else we must have compassion, understanding, patience, kindness and love because no matter how close we are to someone, there is always something we do not know.
Jesus thank you for my sweet husband and for bringing us even closer. Thank you for opening my eyes to even more of his love, kindness and strength and for gently reminding me that there is still more work to be done within me!
Since I first thought, prayed and wrote about Our Best Life, I have changed, I am different… I think I am becoming new. I have told friends that I don’t know why this change has come about, but I am starting to realize that I do know why… it is because of Him, and only Him.
When I first starting praying for Our Best Life, someone very close to me was going through two very difficult and life changing events. Her suffering and pain finally opened my eyes to my own selfishness and allowed me to step outside of myself for a moment and begin thinking of and praying for others by praying for Our Best Life.
This changed my direction, but He in His infinite humility still didn’t step in until I invited Him in through a prayer to be the seed that has been sown on good soil.
He heard my prayer and came running to help me. Regardless of how much work there is to do in me, He pushed up His sleeves and began working to make me new! Anything kind, loving, patient, thoughtful, considerate, generous that I do is because of Him… it is NOT me! There is still so much to be done, but He is here and my thoughts run to Him as I talk with my husband and my children, work on homework and play with my children, read, listen to music, wash dishes, fold and iron clothes, clean our home, make our dinner and even while kneeling on the floor a few weeks ago to clean up my daughters vomit.
Thank You My Love for being here with me… I do not just need You, I desire You from the depths of my heart.
There is something in my life that is really bugging me and it is not getting done. I am trying to remain calm about it, but I am thinking about it a lot.
I have become very good at telling my family and friends to give their problems and concerns to God, He will handle them and take care of everything and in the end it will work our for the best. Now is my small test and I can feel myself failing miserably the more I think about it, the more I worry, wonder, ponder about what to do and how to handle it.
I am so sorry for my lack of faith despite the myriad of times in my life when You have clearly taken all of my problems, concerns, issues into Your hands and woven something more beautiful than I could have imagined.
Jesus please help us to remember to let the floor fall right out from under us with full faith and trust that You will catch us!
It is Our Best Life!