Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care
Wow, what a quote:
This one speaks hugely of God’s love and of the miracles happening to us every day. How often have I missed them. Yet, I speak the truth. No matter how broke I am, no matter how swollen my foot is, no matter how much it hurts, no matter how unfairly I’m treated . . . God Is. Jesus still died for me. Manifestations of that exist in every homent – the good ones and the “BUT WHY LORD” ones. It can be a great challenge to notice. Make the effort. If I sit and whine over the huge life changing event that I want, I miss the kisses from God which He sends to me all the day long. Those are truly a BIG deal.
As I walk in pain to a long three days in a low paying and physically brutal job, I needed an encouraging word to lift me up. The Lord put this one in front of me. Thank you, Jesus, for you immeasurable love.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for theLord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
One of my favorite people quoted this to me and I’d forgotten who said it. Love it. This is life in Christ!
- William W. Purkey -
Wow, this is so true. We have all read this sort of message in the Bible, sang of it in praise songs, etc., but I wonder as I think of some of the decisions and false judgments I have made whether “hearing it” requires a bit more thought.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery -
I can remember, in another life as they say, working hard and being so hungry for the VP title. Those who had it said “it means nothing.” It wasn’t until I had it that I realized how right they were.
As I write this and contemplate Emerson’s words, I do so having, in the past, had not so much to worry about and having now the constant awareness of my financial concerns. As with the fancy title, money really doesn’t matter all that much. True, knowing I could pay my bills felt good and now the monthly “I wonder how” is showing me a different viewpoint, but honestly? I was more stressed back then even than now.
One way or another, the Lord provides in ways most important and I am a flawed human who needs constant reminder of His love. His mercy is UNCEASING though and while I learn more and more about our relationship, His and mine, and grow deeper and deeper with Him – learning anew what the word trust means, He understands, loves, forgives, and provides.
Emerson’s right. Money truly does cost too much. It’s all about trusting the Lord and reflecting His love. I can’t afford to deal with the rest of it. He’s handling it.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:11-12
Such truth in those words and they speak of our true and created need for one another as the collective body of Christ. We have not seen God but we are created in His image and thus reflect His splendor on one another. If I look in my own mirror, I am far more likely to see what I am not, but when I look at you I see the great I AM.
Ever have a day when you wake up battle weary? I did today but this quote says what my soul knows is true:
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.