November 16, 2018
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.Psalm 119:18 ESV
As a child, I often thought “Why is the teacher always picking on me?” At the time it seemed not only was I picked on, but a very high percentage of the time! As an adult, I saw things differently. Rules and laws save and protect us and for certain keep us on the right path so that we will learn and accomplish what we very much need to. As we mature in life and in relationship with our Heavenly Father, Teacher . . . it is espectially important! We are created out of His amazing love for a blessed purpose which could result in our hurting ourselves and others if we do not obey!
Our Father God is waiting for us to seek forgiveness when we disobey and His sadness while waiting for us is due to His immeasurable love! How incredible is it that once we repent, He eagerly holds us and leads us to the right path!!
February 1, 2013
The quote below started me because the first time I read it I thought, “no way!” Then, upon a second read through, I thought “Wow, that’s good.”
First, tell me . . . have you ever been lost on the road, failed to stop for directions when you should have, then finally pulled over to look at a map (paper or digital) only to discover that the answer was RIGHT WHERE YOU WERE literally? Did you look up, with new vision, to see the clearly posted sign? Okay, maybe you haven’t but I admit I have done this. Probably more than once. Like me, you may have scratched you head wondering, where was my mind? What was I thinking? How could I have missed this?
The quote which struck me today:
Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within. – Franz Kafka
So, read this one a couple of times. Do you know what this is SCREAMING to me? It is telling me that since I am a beloved child of God, am of such value that Jesus took human form and died for me, and lives within my very heart and soul . . . all the stress, the challenges, the sleepless nights, the angry and sad tears, and lost and confused “mess” I’ve “had” to live with and likely will continue to live with in varying degrees, was UNNECESSARY. The answer, the gift, the eternal life and love of Jesus, has always been mine. The gift has never been withheld from me. I simply haven’t torn all of the wrappings off and grabbed hold of it as I should. Wow!