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God is….Self Existent

Loved this chapter today.  I was greatly distracted while reading it and tempted to skip the meditation/reflection part.  I’m glad I didn’t because each verse had something to help focus my thoughts on Him.  To summarize, I am so awestruck over the fact that He is the Creator of all things and yet He chose to bring me into existence.  He didn’t have to. Yet He did.  Lord, help me fulfill my purpose in being alive and created…and then “created again” once I received Christ.  Thank You that You aren’t finished yet.

Pride is eliminated when we consider that ANYTHING we have or are able to do is ONLY because HE has gifted us and given us opportunities to use those gifts.  It is important to understand that only God is “uncreated” because it reminds us that ONLY God has the power to create.  Anything we do on this earth is just rearranging what He has already created.  This keeps us humble.   Lord, keep this in the forefront of my mind today.

The area I am most prone to take credit for is probably in my ministry with the middle school  girls.  When they show their love or express that they “can’t wait to have me as their leader”, I can be puffed up and think I am really something.  I hate even writing that because it’s not something I would ever say out loud.  But it’s there…always lurking and the pride can well up in an instant.  Lord, any ability I have to connect with these girls is You working in me.  Thank you that serving You in this way brings me joy but I know that my purpose is only to point them to You and encourage them as they grow in their relationship with You.  Help me to ALWAYS point them to YOU and never to me.  I am a mess….But I thank You that You can use this mess for Your Glory.

I am very reminded today that without God, I am nothing.  Thank You that You can bring something out of nothing.  That is the very essence of who You are.  The Great I Am.

I can give thanks to God for what He has allowed me to do.  And when people compliment me, I can turn that right around to thanksgiving to my Creator.

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Blessed …SO I Serve.

TPDL Thoughts

Chapter 34 was a good one.  They all are really.  But I love that God meets me right where I am every day through this book and His Word.

Praying about the anagram for JOY today.  Jesus, Others, You.  So cheesy/corny but so true.  Lord, help me get this right so that I might be closer to you, know Your Joy in new ways and bless others.  Help me be aware of the needs of those around me and stop focusing on my own selfish needs.  You know that pride is an issue for me.  And people pleasing.  My “love language” seems to be words of affection but when they are given, I need to constantly examine if they are filling my pride bucket or my love bucket.  

It makes me very uncomfortable when people compliment me.  I hate it actually. Because I don’t know what to say or where to even look.  But at the same time, I crave it.  I want to please others and have them like me.  Lord, help me to practice true humility as I think of others more and my self less.  Examine my heart and cleanse my motives.  Help me to patiently love others in spite of my own selfish self.  Get me out of Your way and please use me in new ways today.

Shocked to see this sentence, “How you manage your money affects how much God can bless your life.” (Read yesterdays entry as to why this timing is so perfect.) Help me manage money well so you can bless us and we can use that blessing to glorify You and serve others well.  Let my spending not be on selfish wants.  Giving does bring great joy but rarely is there any to give since we are usually struggling to just get through to the next paycheck.

We have family members who have criticized and questioned our service to Jesus.  But this has never bothered me.  It does bother Becky.  Lord, help her to not be so affected by the family members who look at her life of service as failure.  Help her to finish her degree and serve you well… Even if it is at Target.  You love those people.  Help her to bring Light to them.

Jesus as our example was a Servant.  I loved that the author included this verse, “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and that He had come from God…SO (he got up and washed feet of the disciples).  It was because He knew who He was that He served.  If anyone had the “right” to be served it’s Him.  Yet he served others.  What an example!!!!!

Also loved this part “…He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him BY CARING FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS”.  Once again, “My Brother’s Keeper” is affirmed in my life,

I am rushed out the door by a Monday morning.  I want to read more…but the day begins.  Lord, help me live for you today and do Your will.  I love you.  You have blessed me in so many ways but even if I lived in a box on the street, alone, You would still be worthy of my absolute love and service.  You are enough.  I praise You today.  Yes, I am blessed So I serve but I wouldn’t need another blessing on this side of heaven to absolutely OWE YOU my life, love and service.  Thank you…