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A Gift

What a wonderful day You gave us yesterday, Father! It was so nice having a day together without a lot “scheduled” on our plate. What a blessing to have time to just enjoy each other’s company. Thank You for the wonderful gift!

Revelation 2:7 (<<click green)

Reading ahead just a bit, Lord, I never realized that each of the seven churches is promised a gift if they are victorious in standing with You. (It is totally awesome how regardless of how many times we read and hear Your Word that there is always something that we can learn! Great is [Your] faithfulness; [Your] mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23)

The gift extended to the Ephesians (and to us!) is “fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.” Of course, the “tree of life” stood in the Garden of Eden at the very beginning but when we chose to disobey – to sin – we forfeited that gift of living forever in Your presence. But when we repent of our sin and accept another marvelous gift from Your hand – salvation and the forgiveness of our sin! – we will once again be able to partake of “fruit from the tree of life”.

Lord, it just baffles me that people avoid a relationship with You. We have in our very small view of things that You are a cosmic killjoy, that all that You want to do is to burden us down with an impossible list of rules and regulations. We just want to have “fun” and You just want to take that away.

But in reality that is a total bald-faced lie! You alone are the source of true joy and fulfillment. Everything we cling to in this world will only let us down – it will leave us, it will fall apart, it the long run it will only bring tears and sorrow. But not You, Lord!

I love the way the Amplified Bible translates James 1:17,

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].”

Lord, may we accept all the wonderful gifts from Your bounteous provision! Amen.

June 30th, Fri, 6:26 am

Are You Listening?

Thank You for a beautiful morning, Father! My quick walk outside was exhilarating! You are ever giving! Praise Your name!

Revelation 2:7 (<<click green)

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying…”

Ask anyone who is around me very long and they will affirm that I have some hearing impairment. What? I said, “Ask anyone…” OK, that’s a running joke in our home. Karen and I both struggle to hear each other sometimes. I can be looking straight at her and still not hear her clearly. I can’t hear high pitched sounds at all anymore. Many times Karen has asked, “Do you hear that?” and my response will be, “Hear what?”

I have ears to hear but am I listening? People speak and I hear the sounds coming out of their mouths but do I listen? It is important to hear what those around me are saying but it is even more important to “listen to the Spirit”.  He may not speak with and audible voice but he speaks nonetheless and if I am listening, I am better able to handle the many aspects of my life.

The Spirit is not just floating out there somewhere. The third Person of the Trinity is always with me. There is nowhere I can go that He is not there. And as with any companion, He enjoys interacting with me. As I travel this journey and interact with Him, His voice becomes all the more familiar. I find comfort and direction as we walk side by side.

Lord, help me to do more than just hear. Enable me to listen so as to understand, as well. Amen.

June 29th, Thurs, 8:10 am