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Shades

Father, it is such a comfort to know You are always with me. My prayer is that I would move beyond just the knowledge into more active engagement with You –that I would hear You more readily and that I would feel more compelled to seek Your direction in all aspects of my life. Amen.

1 John 4:7-8 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read through the notes in my study Bible* it definitely makes me think. It says, “Everyone believes that lover is important, but love is usually thought of as a feeling. In reality, love is a choice and an action, as 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 shows.”

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loss faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”

I have to let that sink in, Lord. It’s like putting on sunglasses on a bright and sunny day. Karen and I have talked about how they cool and relax your eyes. The glare and brilliance of everything seem so sharp and then with our shades on everything is more soft and smooth.

Love does that. Our world just glares with sharpness. It so often brings us pain and discomfort, but Your love changes all that. It’s not just some warm fuzzy feeling. We must choose to love and to act on that love. Leaving my shades in the console of my truck doesn’t help me deal with the glare of the sun – I have to put them on for them to do any good.

Lord, as I read through the 1 Corinthians and the 1 John passages again, I would ask that I would be more compelled throughout the moments of my life to choose love and once I have chosen love to put it into action. Basically, I want to be like You! I can have no better goal. Amen.

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

May 9th, Tue, 6:45 am

How You Are with Me

Father, words are just inadequate to express my thoughts toward You. In my life, which is up and down and here and there, You are constant and consistent. You are solid. You cannot be shaken. You are ever on even keel. These are traits of You overall but, at least for me, this is how You are with me.

Lord, I have done nothing to be treated this way. So often I feel like the “difficult” child in Karen’s first grade class. There’s a way I am supposed to be, a way I’m supposed to act but I am not, I don’t. I run around when I’m to be sitting . I talk when silence is required. I break my crayons. I doodle on my papers. I belch at the most inappropriate times. I run instead of walk. So often I am an absolute mess!

But You? Hebrews 13:8 assures me that You are “the same yesterday today, and forever.” And that is truly how You are overall but, just as truly, that is how You are with me.

You are patient and kind. You are not irritable, and You keep no record of being wronged. You never give up on me, never lose faith in me. You are always hopeful, and You endure through every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) You are love and You love me…

Thank You, Lord, for being who You are. Thank You for loving me where I am. And think You for loving me enough to help me be all I can be in You. This peanut butter and jelly faced, runny nosed kid can and will be so much more. You love me and that makes all the difference.

Jan 17th, Tues, 6:18 am