I recently celebrated a birthday. I am so thankful for another year. I received lots of birthday wishes on social media , text messages and phone calls. It was a good day but not an over the top kind of day. Not the kind of day where you feel extra special and loved on by everyone. There wasn’t a big party in my honor, no fancy restaurant to have dinner with friends. There were no party favors, but there was favor from God. There was no cake or ice cream but there was a sweet fellowship with God. I had love from God and plenty of reminders of it. I was reminded when I woke up that God loved me enough to let me see another day. I graciously received the gift of new mercy. I was reminded of how much God loved me. I received the gift of life by being in the presence of the Lord. Psalm 36:5-9 got me thinking of how to celebrate without a party. I was reminded of God’s steadfast love, how precious it is along with His faithfulness and His light. I was reminded of how much God delights. For this party of one to an audience of One it felt like a grand celebration. No fancy venue, no special dessert or large group of friends were needed. All I needed to celebrate another year of life was God’s love and His presence. Share with me how you celebrate your special days?
How often do you put things away for safekeeping? I️ have a special place for all my important documents and files. My mail can get out of control and I️ have to find time to sit down, sort through it, shred and put away what’s important. I️ have another place for jewelry and other gadgets I️ like to think of as valuable. They all have their place, just like the cash in my purse or wallet and the keys to my home or car. They all have to be kept in a safe place. If I lost or misplaced any of these items I would feel awful. Have you ever thought you lost your keys or your wallet? Have you ever thought you put something in a safe place, you were certain it was put up out of harm’ s way? The feeling of losing something valuable can drive us crazy. Do you have a safe place to keep all your spiritual valuables? Your heart, mind and soul are valuable. Your life is valuable. The Bible says in Psalm 121 The Lord is our keeper. I love this scripture. I️ can put it away in my memory bank for safekeeping. It is a good reminder that we are protected, safe and secure in God. When we allow God to keep our hearts, keep our lives and our minds we can be certain we’re in a safe place.
All it took was two simple items to jar my memory. I was running late for church service and thought I was going to miss it. I ended up being just in time to be served a thin, wafer- like. piece of bread and a cup to hold in my hands. All I needed was those two items : the cup and the bread. I then took a moment to reflect on the Lord’s table and was reminded of two other items : the nails and the cross. All it took for me to receive the gift of salvation was represented in those two items. Jesus chose nails and a cross just for me. I am again reminded of Jesus’ life, death, burial and resurrection It was such a sweet communion as I remembered God my Savior who died for my sins, was buried, resurrected and is risen. What makes communion sweet for you?
Sometimes my sunshine is gone, my moonlight gets dim and my clouds hang low over my own little world. When everything and everybody seems distant, so far away, out of reach or beyond what I can see, that’s when I must remember how close God is to me. God never drifts away. He never misses a call or an appointment. He is so close that every time we start to feel alone, outcast or far away we must cling to Him like the sun,
moon, clouds and stars cling to the sky.
I encourage you today to hold on.
I want to be the kind of person that seeks first instead of trying to reap first. Seeking God first is a choice. When I’m trying to seek after material things I tend to neglect my responsibility to seek God. I must remind myself daily and say today I will choose God first over everything.
I don’t want to be so “thing centered” that I forget all about being God -centered.
Prayer: Lord help me seek you with all my heart because You have all that I need. Amen
Every time I spend more time with God, He grants me more time in the day, more time to get things done and more time to rest instead of rush. Do you know who watches your clock? It’s God who sets the order of the day. The One who controls the time is the One to spend the most time with. Ask yourself “how much time do I have?” and you will find various answers to that question depending on schedules. Maybe you’re rushing to get a report done, to pick up family members, or get to an appointment on time. Why not slow down and ask God the same question? I’m sure He has all the time in the world.
Sometimes I can accomplish something and think I’m doing something real big. My friends will often affirm it by saying things to me like you really “killed it” or you know you “crushed it.” Even my personal goal setting journal encourages me with a nice font saying “nailed it!” right at the bottom of each page. The idea of getting things done got me to thinking about how God did something real big one day. He sent his only Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. The gift of eternal life and everlasting joy was the only goal. He accomplished it. The work of Jesus was finished on the cross through his death, burial and resurrection. This made me realize no matter what I accomplish, no one can kill it, crush it or nail it like Jesus can. None of my accomplishments can ever compare to Calvary.
Prayer: Thank you Lord for loving us so much that you sent your only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Amen