“1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.” Psalm 19:1-4 NIV
This gave me pause. When I look at the beauty of the sky, it does speak! When I look at stars and pictures of the universe, it overwhelms me. It speaks volumes without a word. God, Creator of all, You are a Mighty God!
Then I paused again. You made me too. Is it enough to be exactly what You made me to be? What stops me? If I can simply be exactly what You made me to be, can I speak volumes without a word? That is a humbling thought.
What influences me otherwise? What do I put ahead of that objective on a daily basis?
Lord help me. Take my heart. Make it new. Make it into that beautiful expression of You all over again. I pray that others can see You in me without speaking a word. I ask these things in Jesus Name.
“28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
I am learning that God does not want us to walk in fear. He wants us to have fun and enjoy life! It was not His intention for us to be hampered or burdened by putting too much stock in the things of this world. He loves to watch us operate in our gifts and talents. That’s how he made us!
I have had concerns about old patterns at times. Sometimes operating in a new way feels unfamiliar and awkward. I can’t build new patterns without practice. So, I look at it as exercise. I am simply practicing my faith in a new environment. I have to trust God. Let go of myself and any self-consciousness. I have to let go of perfection. I know that He would rather I take a step and fall, trusting in Him, than stand in a corner in fear.
Father, give me the boldness, confidence, courage and wisdom to continually take another step closer to You.
“3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” Hebrews 1:3-4 NIV
The word radiance creates such an incredible image in my mind. There is a brilliance and effervescence to it that warms me from the inside out and makes me smile. It also humbles me. Jesus is the brilliance of God’s glory. And to think that we are created in God’s image. Blows my mind. That is a very scary thing for Satan. Any way that he can keep us from walking in the “radiance of God’s glory” he will do it.
Knowing who we are in Christ, knowing the power and authority that we have over Satan keeps him from robbing us of our radiance. God’s radiance loves everyone. It doesn’t need a label. We don’t need schematics to get it right. All we have to do is live like Jesus. He is our example. Don’t get hung up on theory. Just stay in God’s word and look at the example that He gave us. Spend time getting to know the miraculous God that created us in His magnificent image. We are wonderfully and beautifully made! He says so. Then He sent His Son to die for us to ensure that He could always be with us every step of the way…if we let Him.
Father help me to love others with Your heart. Help me hold firmly to my identity in You. Help me be a radiant reflection of You.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
I have read that faith is a fight. I believe that is true. It is a fight to hang on to the promises of God in spite of circumstances and what we see happening around us. This peace supercedes everything. As I learn to release more to God to manage my life, it leaves me with more peace. More joy. It’s settling. There have been days when I had an agenda all lined up with tasks to complete for the day, check list in hand. From my perspective, it would be a good, productive day. Occasionally, I have had the sense that God had other plans.
If I retreat to listen quietly, my plans shift sometimes. Sometimes it results in a luxurious day that I would have missed if I had rushed to my list. One day in particular, I had my list and everything already loaded into my car to run errands. I was actually looking forward to it.
Then I heard a still small voice that was calling me to a much more gentle plan for the day. It included rest, reading, sipping on hot tea and a long luxurious hot bath. It was a warm, snuggly day inside. I had to deal with a few twinges of guilt and wondered if I was being selfish. Then I thought of how excited I get when my daughter decides to spend a day home with me. It doesn’t have to be full of activities. I just enjoy being with her. What I discovered is that God enjoys days like that with us too! We get so caught up in staying busy that we forget about forging a relationship with Him.
I threw the checklist away for the day. I took a nap. I took a long hot bath. I read and sipped hot tea while bundled up in a snuggly blanket. I sat with my Father that day and enjoyed His company. There are many days that I can run around and do errands. Just not today. Today I decided to stay home and spend it with Him.
Lord, I pray I pause to savor and enjoy the moments I can steal away to just be with You.
“3 Wisdom is required to build a house; understanding is necessary to make it secure. 4 Knowledge is needed to furnish all the rooms and fill them with beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24:3-4 The Voice
For me, this house is not a physical structure. This house is symbolic of relationships with people. I have many people in my life. I am to be wise with them. Be careful with people – not in a fearful way. Treat them with care. They are not disposable. I sometimes have discarded people as though they were unimportant. Regardless of what might be happening at any given moment, each person is very important to God. I am never to lose sight of that. Always seek to see them through God’s eyes. All things with all people have a specific purpose. I do not know what that purpose is. So I will continue to seek God in everything I do. Loving God first so that He can show me the way.
Father, continue to teach me your ways. Show me how and when to be Your hands and feet and speak Your word.
“If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:26 AMP
I read this verse and had to ask myself the question “Am I serving Christ?” I have the sense that a big part of serving is letting go. Letting go of everything that I hold dear. So what does that look like? I have to press in and really listen for God. I have to trust steadfastly. I have to be patient. I have to wait and not go charging down a path wasting energy and resources. I take time to delight in God, show my love and get to know Him. I picture God and I being like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, nimble and fluid. Our moves are seamless. We just flow.
Father, help me. Show me what to do. Search my heart. Show me how to dance with You.
“12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:12-13 NIV
As I read these verses, I started to imagine putting each of these characteristics on as if they were articles of clothing. A beautiful gown of compassion with a robe or jacket of kindness over it. Gorgeous custom boots of humility. Dazzling ear rings of gentleness and a necklace of patience. Then my make-up would look flawless with a foundation of forgiveness. I really had to sit with that for a while. It sounded regal and beautiful in such a stately and timeless way. It made me think of all the money I invest in clothes, shoes, the latest face creams and moisturizers. Closets of clothes are all over my house! But God’s garments are timeless, ageless classics. They never go out of style and their beauty never fades.
Lord, help me dress in these beautiful characteristics that reflect You. Help me wear each of them daily and with joy. Thank you for teaching me a new way to dress for success!