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I Am Your Child

I enter this time of reflection and quietness this morning, Father, eagerly anticipating what You will share with me. I am humbled by the fact that You desire to be with me. So many times I feel unworthy, on occasion I feel like a child who has had way too much fun in the mud puddles only to realize its time to go home and, boy, am I going to be in trouble… No real harm done, nothing really hurt or damaged but what a mess! But Father, I am Your child – You love me more than my little brain could ever begin to comprehend. You get me out of my dirty things and get me into a nice hot bath and when all is said and done, You lift me up into Your lap, hold me close, cover me with kisses for I am truly loved… Thank You, Father; I love You, too…

Lord, this is more than enough for today! You love me, I am loved by my Creator and Savior. Nothing else is needed! And because I am loved so unconditionally may I love others in the same way – a tall order, for sure, but I can do no less. Help me Lord to love as only You possibly can! So be it – Amen!

September 3rd, 2015, Thurs, 6:38 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

Morning Fog

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Father, I am so grateful that You understand me. That even when I can’t seem to settle down to write that you are patient with me. Quite often, it crosses my mind, that it is a wonder that you put up with my shenanigans…but You love me…and I do love You, too. Thank You for being with me. Thank You for holding me tight and never giving up on me.

James 4:13-16 (<<click here)

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times… “Lord willing.” My grandmother repeated it often and in recent years I’ve taken up saying it, too. When leaving church after service or Bible study, I will say, “See you next time, Lord willing.” For none of us knows what next second holds, much less 7 days from now. Only God knows. So as James says, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

From another angle, I cling to this truth. Our world is a mess and it seems that at any moment we will slip over into the abyss. But no matter what we think the inevitable is, Lord, You are still on the throne. What happens only happens, if You allow it. No matter who the power players are, a massive heart attack could bring things to an abrupt halt. My faith is in You, not the plans of man.

None of us has any guarantees. Our lives are “like the morning fog” we’re here for a time, and then we’re gone. May we use our time wisely, living life to its fullest as you would will it. Amen.

Sept 28th, Wed, 7:08 am

Paradox of Life

Help me get my mind in gear, Father. It’s been running in “low” since getting out of bed. Help me to shift into thoughts of You and what You have for me this day.

James 1:1-4 (<<click here)

My lesson today, Lord, I believe is the upside-down mentality of walking with You. The book of Puritan prayers a dear friend loaned me and this passage has communicated that. A portion of the prayer reads:

Let me find thy light in my darkness,
                        thy life in my death,
                        thy joy in my sorrow,
                        thy grace in my sin,
                        thy riches in my poverty
                        thy glory in my valley.

And then my passage for today reads,

“…when troubles…come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For…when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.”

The paradox of life with You, Lord, makes no sense to the world. But why follow what the world says makes sense? The world is a mess! I live in it out of necessity but I don’t have to believe how it does. It only yields grief, sorrow, discontent, hatred, strife, and death. All of it is hidden under the glitz and glamor of stuff and shallowness – no thanks!

Following You, though the world deems it odd, yields joy, deep contentment, love, fellowship, and life. Lord, help me to see as You see, to respond as You would respond. May I see life through the filters of Your love.

July 26th, Tue, 6:31 am

I Am Your Child

I enter this time of reflection and quietness this morning, Father, eagerly anticipating what You will share with me. I am humbled by the fact that You desire to be with me. So many times I feel unworthy, on occasion I feel like a child who has had way too much fun in the mud puddles only to realize its time to go home and, boy, am I going to be in trouble… No real harm done, nothing really hurt or damaged but what a mess! But Father, I am Your child – You love me more than my little brain could ever begin to comprehend. You get me out of my dirty things, and get me into a nice hot bath and when all is said and done, You lift me up into Your lap, hold me close, cover me with kisses for I am truly loved… Thank You, Father; I love You, too…

Lord, this is more than enough for today! You love me, I am loved by my Creator and Savior. Nothing else is needed! And because I am loved so unconditionally may I love others in the same way – tall order, for sure, but I can do no less. Help me Lord to love as only You possibly can! So be it – Amen!

September 3rd, Thurs, 6:38 am