Friday, October 7, 2016

What is Satisfying You?

“Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.” – Psalm 90:14
Am I truly satisfied in His love? I do my devotions daily, pray continually, and seek the Lords hand in all that I do. That’s the making of a good Christian right? Someone who is totally devoted to Him, I am doing my part, so shouldn’t He be doing His? The thing is God is doing His part, but it’s my own flesh that isn’t satisfied. I read and seek and He speaks, but I miss the word. This isn’t bad it is just that my mind is running to all the other things that consume my day. What am I going to wear today? How should I do my hair? Should I wear a hat or no hat? Maybe I should post a picture of this pretty place I am sitting. Oh I don’t have my phone maybe I should go get it. All the while my bible is sitting in my lap while my mind races and all God is saying is look down. This is your satisfaction, not the world around you. Lets have a couple more minutes my love before this world consumes you again.
            Jesus wants to be our satisfaction so that we can be glad in what we do. So that when life doesn’t go as we planned for that day He is the strength we hold onto. It says that when we are satisfied by Him in the morning, we will rejoice and be glad all our days. This doesn’t mean for the few minutes or hours that follow, it is saying throughout all, meaning continuously. This may be hard for us to see right at this moment, I know it is for me, but when that first wave hits in your day, stop where you are and take a minute to call on your father. I am not only challenging you as a reader, but myself as well. I wanted to be satisfied by Jesus alone throughout my day. I know that it is only in that, that I will find the true steadfast love that I long for.
Lord,
I pray now that you would give me the strength to rejoice in all areas today. I don’t know that troubles that this day brings, but I know that you have it all planned for me. You are waiting for my call in trouble so that you are able to satisfy my soul again. I love you Lord and I praise you.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A Willing Servant

August 30, 2016
Luke 17:7-10
“Will any of you who has a servant plowing or keeping say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table?’ Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink?’ Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty’”

This passage is a clear distinct picture of what a true servant of God is. When we are worked to all ends of ourselves and want to give up, yet He asks us to keep going. What do you do when you have served all day and all you want to do is crawl into your comfy bed and fall asleep? What if that day you are asked to give up your bed? Would you be mad? Upset? Frustrated? Most of the time this would be me. I love sleep. When I can manage my own schedule I am normally curled up reading a book at 9pm to make sure I am falling asleep at 10pm. I don’t stay out late and I really hate when others interrupt my sleep. But that’s what God asks of us. He asks us to be alert. Not grumbling or complaining about the tasks he has set before us.
There was a time in training when we were to go to this place where people lived on a dump. It was hot, humid, and dirty. We were there to serve these people, not just loving on the kids but also hard labor. As I sat and looked around I saw people moving cinder blocks and others shoveling dirty. This went on all day and when we were done we were to do an outreach that evening. Needless to say we were all beyond exhausted, I know each one of us wanted a shower, some AC, and a clean comfy bed. You know where we slept that night? On the concrete floor of a school, and you know what? I did not hear one of my teammates complain about it. I can say today that I would willingly go back to that place serve those people all over again, sweat and all, and sleep on that floor, because I know the presence of God was in that place and within us. He was the one giving us the strength to love on one more child. To spin or rock or hold them for that little bit longer. He was the one guarding and protecting that property while we slept. And in all He was the one that was glorified that day. And that is truly what this verse is asking. At what point is it too much to serve Him? Will you stop when it gets uncomfortable? Or when you know He has said, “Behold my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.” (Matt.12:18)

Lord,
            Help me today to be a servant of you. Help me to see the needs around me and to respond to them the way you would have me. God I want to be poured out, as you would have me to be. Not quitting until I know I have done all that you have asked of me. Thank you Lord for giving me the strength to get through all that I face. You are always faithful when my faith has run out. Thank you for another day to serve you.

-Your daughter