and the One who walks with me on it.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added to you.
Mt. 6:33

Surely I seek you first Lord, right?

Like when:
I start my morning with coffee, breakfast and the paper before I even say good morning to You.
I down a painkiller before I pray for my healing.
I talk to my co-workers about trends and watch youtube during breaks.
I run to my friend first instead when I'm hurting.
I scramble to figure out financial solutions instead of talking to You.
I check my emails and facebook when I get home from work.
I turn on the tv before I even crack open my Bible.
I go to sleep exhausted but have watched 3 hours of tv, talked to 2 friends on the phone, texted several others, did a little Sudoku, read one chapter of my latest novel, and still have not even spent five minutes before sleep to thank You for life and breathe and Your patience with me...

Well, it still doesn't seem like I seek You first!

Guess I shouldn't expect all those things to be added to me.   :-\

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Question from the LORD this morning...

Where are those who would rise up
 and TRULY put Me first?

Tues. Apr. 19, 2016
8:49 am

Thursday, October 08, 2015

His Great Love

     As I kneeled weeping before the Lord because of messing something up that has caused unnecessary stress to others, I was throwing a grand ‘woe is me’ party for all the many things I’ve messed up over the years that hurt others, thinking, “Why, oh Lord, do you love me?” It was then He helped me understand (with awe) His great love for me by using my own history.

     My husband and I could not biologically have a child unless by miracle or adoption. How adoption works is that once you are approved as acceptable parents to an agency, then you wait for children to come available. Once a specific child is ‘shown’ to you, then all their known history is given to you so that (after studying the potential repercussions of their various issues) you can make an informed decision of whether they will be a good fit to your family. For instance, a child might need a rigid schedule that you cannot provide. (Lk. 14:28- count the cost)

     My husband and I turned down a few prospects because of needs we were unable to accommodate. (Once we were even asked to consider 7 siblings- all special needs kids!) Of course, there will always be unknowns as in childbirth. What happens from that acceptance is a getting to know you phase which length of time probably increases with the child’s age. As an older (mentally capable) child, the judge who approves the adoption will ask the child if he wants to be adopted by these people.

     So now I’ll put this all together. I was that older child the day I repented and stood before the Lord. He, who knows ALL, which means all my life from birth to death including: all the good, all the people I’d hurt, the damage I’d do, my many mistakes and sins, my unfaithfulness, hatred, anger even against Him, (basically all the bad) He knew it all and He still said, “Yes!” to the adoption*. Because of His great love for me, He said, “Yes!”

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God… 1Jh. 3:1

And the Father says, “Yes!” to all who would turn to Him:

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. Jh. 1:12,13 ESV

But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, coming into being out of a woman, having come under Law, that He might redeem those under Law, so that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gl. 4-6
For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father! Rm. 8:15