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Savor the Blessing

What a blessing, Father, it is to sit with You each day. I cannot recall the exact date of when I first began but it has been about a year now. I know that my walk with You has deepened. I more readily hear when You call. Over time my perspective has matured. Initially I stumbled about; inconsistent would have described our time together. But as the days turned into months it more and more began to fill in the gaps. In a way it was like I was a child learning to walk. I would fall but, Father, You were always there to pick me up. I knew You loved me and that You were proud of me, too.

Over time I learned to run and I can recall the sheer joy I had in our time together. I basked in the light of knowing that this was truly a special time. I, one of billions, was called by the King himself to begin my day with Him. It was exhilarating!

At this point our time together is well established. As I write I look back and I haven’t missed a single day with You in over 3 months. I miss the excitement of those early days but each phase of life has its own things to glory in. What brought me joy at six years of age, I probably wouldn’t even be able to pull off at 53! 😀

In my youth, flitting about from one new experience to the next was wonderful and exhilarating.  But in my adult years I have learned the blessing of savoring. I no longer gulp life down in heaping spoonfuls but take it a bite at a time and relish every one.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8

Apr 21, Thurs, 4:56 am

I Am a Cup

It’s hard to believe that what caused me to wake up several times this morning for fear I would miss is something I wasn’t even thinking of doing a year ago! But Father I do not want to miss our special time together. Granted at this point the compulsive part of my personality may be making a contribution but it’s all good! Father, You made me and whatever it takes to get me up and at it with You is fine by me! Bless our time together; speak to me for I am listening…

I’m not exactly sure what he said, but a radio preacher got my mind going down a certain track. Then end result was – I am a cup. (Profound, huh?) At the beginning of each day I get to fill it with whatever I want. It is a choice but it is also possible to relinquish that choice and to just let the day fill it with whatever it will. A big problem, though with going that route is that all kinds of junk can be dumped in my cup – anger…apathy…bitterness…envy…lust…revenge…need I go on? And more often than not these things will leave a residue in my cup.

In the past when I’ve made chocolate milk, sometimes the chocolate syrup sticks to the side of my cup even with lots of stirring and scraping. Now what was in my cup was very good but if it is not cleaned properly the residue that was left will still be there the next day when I go to use my cup again. So unless I take care to clean my cup, each day’s residue will continue to accumulate and before too long things begin to taste funny. If I’m not careful it can even begin to affect my health.

That’s one way I can go about being a cup but is not the only way. I am a cup who knows its Maker! Those individuals who make things usually know a great deal about their care. God made me and who better to help me care for myself?

Each morning now, I start off clean – no accumulating residue to mess things up. And each day God fills me. He fills me with himself and all the good things that make Him who He is…love….patience…forgiveness…purity…devotion…joy…and boy, could I go on! And He doesn’t just fill me a little, His fill is to overflowing! It is clean and pure and whole and it fills my every need. And my overflow can’t help but splash those around me – some get a little sprinkle but if they get close enough they might just get drenched! What could be better than that!?

There’s a song that comes to mind that communicates these thoughts so clearly – “Fill My Cup, Lord.”

Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”

     Fill my cup, Lord; I lift it up Lord;
     Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
     Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
     Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

So my brother if the things that this world gave you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

Words & Music by Richard Blanchard

Lord, fill me this day. Use me as You will. Help me drench those around me with all that You are! Amen!

Feb 6th, Sat, 5:11 am

It’s Not an Easy Road

Father, it’s a new day and a new year! As many have said, once again we have a clean slate with which to work. Our calendars are one thing but life with You and because of Your “great love we are not consumed” for Your “compassions never fail. They are new every morning…” Lamentations 3:22-23

May I be mindful of Your love – may it be a driving motivator for me every day.

2 Timothy 4:6-8 (<<click here)

On this day it is easy to think of looking back and looking forward. I have made good headway in my relationship with You, though it has not been without its bumps and potholes – many of my own making. I would pray, Lord, that I would be more attentive to Your guidance and more diligent in my following of You.

I am very aware that “It’s not an easy road we are traveling to heaven, for many are the thorns on the way; It’s not an easy road, but the Savior is with us, His presence gives us joy every day.” (It’s Not An Easy Road by J. W. Peterson)

Lord, help me to spread that joy that you so freely give. Help me to live my life to the fullest – in You! So that I, too, might wear the victors crown!

Jan 1st, Fri, 8:32 am

Longing for Good

Oh my, what a week – it seems like forever since I’ve sat down with You, Father! And, boy, do I feel it! The world has been none to kind – crazy work schedule and weariness has made coming together easier to say “no” to and my defenses are not as sharp so things lurking in the shadows have tripped me up. Thank You, Father, for once again helping me to my feet and in your forgiveness, to march steadily onward. (The journey of John Bunyan’s, Christian in The Pilgrim’s Progress, comes to mind)

2 Timothy 3:17  (<<click here)

Lord, I was ready to forge on ahead to chapter 4 but my eyes fell upon the last footnote for chapter 3 in my Study Bible* and I had to pause.

“We should not study God’s Word simply to increase our knowledge… We should study the Bible so that we will know how to do Christ’s work in the world. Our knowledge of God’s Word is not useful unless it strengthens our faith and leads us to do good.”

Lord, help Your Word to not just fill my brain – though that is important – but may it fill my life; may it be fleshed out in daily tasks from beginning to end. The truth of Your Word is not meant to be something that I keep to my self – it is to be shared. Your Word is fully able to “equip” me “to do every good work.”

And isn’t this for what the world is longing? Don’t we all crave and long for “good”? – love, acceptance, security, beauty (real beauty), peace, joy. And aren’t all of these things found in You. The world offers plenty of knock offs but only You offer the genuine article. May I be a purveyor of “good work.”

December 19th, Saturday, 6:19 am

*The New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible

Self-control

Father, I look forward to our time together. Sometimes it is daunting to think about getting up so early but You are always an encouragement. Help me to invest the time in our relationship that I need to draw me even closer to You.

2 Timothy 3:3c (<<click here)

“… no self-control…”

Self-control is something almost all of us struggle with in some area, Lord. Sometimes those areas are not that big of a deal but many times our lack of self-control is downright debilitating.

There are times when our issue is too readily saying, “Yes” to things that are detrimental to us in excessive quantities – food, candy, videogames, entertaining ourselves so as to avoid responsibilities. And other times our lack of self-control is saying ‘No’ to things that would be beneficial to our health and well-being  – a healthy diet, an exercise regimen, daily spending time in reading Your Word and interacting with You.

Self-control has been at the heart of our problems from the very beginning – from when Eve first reached for that forbidden fruit until today.

We’re not good at controlling ourselves on our own and we bristle at the idea of anyone else doing so. But Lord, if I’ve learned anything in our years together is that if I am to be content and full of joy I must hand control of my life over to You. You steer me in the right direction and enable me to say ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to what is most beneficial to me as Your child.

Nov 28th, Sat, 5:00 am