I just Love this time of year with all the colors and the absolute beauty all around us. Also the smell of someone roasting marshmallows over an open fire. Sleeping is wonderful and all the different hot drinks. YUM!!! It amazes me how God has made this all for our enjoyment. He could have made everything black and white or just three different colors or whatever. Yet, He chose out of His love for us, to make millions of colors, birds that sing, flowers that smell wonderful and look beautiful.
This morning in my time with Him I read (NIV)Matthew 26:38-39. Then He said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me." Going a little further, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will."
I read those words and it just pains me to think how we take it all so for granted. In the morning as we rise, do we think as the song says, " Give me Jesus" or is it more like give me a few more minutes. Or maybe even "oh God, I can't do this again today," never really thinking what he did for us. He loves us so much to give us all that we have.
Reading on verses 40-41 (Message)When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Can't you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander in to temptation without even knowing you are in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there's another part that's as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire."
Oh, how those last two sentences are so true. We say ok I'm going to get up earlier and spend sometime with Him and we really want to but our flesh is so weak. Yet the words, "Can't you stick it out with me a single hour?" God forgive us, how can we be so self absorbed. Then he warns us,"Stay Alert; be in prayer so you don't wander in to temptation without even knowing you are in danger." How many times have you asked yourself, how did this happen, how did I get here? Once again He loves us so much He sent His only son to die for us, and then gives us His word with instructions, warnings, etc. to guide us. But if we are not in His word daily, and in prayer, so that we know what those things are, what can we expect?
Several years ago I took on the challenge of Becky Tirabassi to spend an hour with God everyday. It has changed my life. I challenge you to do this as well I promise you won't be sorry. I also recommend journaling as you go along. I basically wrote out my prayers and wow what it has done for me. I will share more about that in later posts. Please when you rise in the morning take notice of all God has given you, and say in your heart if not out loud, "Give me Jesus" for He is all you really need. Then spend that hour with Him, you'll be glad you did.
It's very difficult for me with this blog thing because I LOVE Interior decorating and God has given me a gift people say. So I could so easily fill it with that kind of stuff. Believe me I follow MANY blogs that feed that in me. Yet I also LOVE talking about God and all He is to me and does for me. So I'm going to try and make this a mixture of the two along with many other subjects near and dear to my heart. I thought about going back to school to get a degree, yet I struggle with the whole concept that we as Christians shouldn't worry about such a materialistic way. I believe God gave me the gift and He knows what He is doing. Sure I decorate the church and stuff like that but....I just don't know. I look at the incredible beauty and detail He put into the earth and the seasons and know He gets it. As women He made us to enjoy beautiful things and be creative with our hands and minds. So with those thoughts, I will do my best. Thanks for listening.
I decided to join the blog world. I've been thinking about it for quite sometime now, but just wondered if I really had what it takes. I wondered if I had anything to say that anyone else would want to read. Then the other day I was at my ladies Bible study in which we are doing the Beth Moore series Esther, and she said so many things that just made me decide I wanted to go for it. I will be sharing those things along the way I'm sure. I also looked at several of the blogs that I follow and realized they thought the same thing when they first started. So I'm looking forward to meeting new people and having fun.