I am really loving the book, “The Purpose Driven Life”. It’s not a new book but I’ve never read it. I only chose to read it because of Lisa’s text asking me questions about faith. I felt compelled to share this book with her which was odd because I have never read it. I purchased her a copy and a friend gave me one of her extra copies. We’ve been reading it “together” and I am really enjoying it. I will need to text her today because it’s been a week or so since I’ve heard how she is doing with it.
I read chpt. 23 today about growth. It has some great analogies to explain some questions she may or may not have at some point. It blessed me. Thinking about how to change your life means changing the way you think was a great place to mediate on today. “Behind everything you do there is a thought. Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude.” Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart acceptable in thy sight..” I often pray that prayer but I am asking God today to really change my thinking, behaviors, beliefs and actions as He changes me to be more like him. “Christianity is not a religion or a philosophy, but a relationship and a lifestyle.” Lord, let my choices reflect that today.
I also read John 4:1-6 today. I had Lisa on my mind and I think that all those years ago when God had our paths cross in high school it may have been for this reason. She is my “woman at the well” currently. I am stretching Scripture here probably but I can’t help but think that this friendship of 27 years may be leading to something huge for Lisa. We haven’t talked much about faith but she is very open. I’m excited to share with her and praying that she is able to formulate the questions she has and trusting God to give me the answers. But mostly relying on the Holy Spirit to continue calling her and working in her heart.
Lord, I HATE that I’m so rushed today and the above thoughts are rambled. But I am asking You to continue working on Lisa. To cleanse my heart and change my “autopilot” to reflect Christian character and choices that glorify You.
I love you,
John chapter 3 will always have significance for me.
I can remember childhood days of sitting in my top bunk with my Bible, which was like a foreign language to me, trying to read it. None of it made any sense but I had deep desire (which I now recognize as the Holy Spirit’s prompting) to read it and understand it. As time when on, the old Bible became less and less important because it didn’t make sense and life got busy.
Fast forward to young adult years when going through some struggles and being sure I was destined for hell because of some bad choices I began to search again by reading The Word. I distinctly remember reading in John 3:3 and hearing the phrase, “born again” for the first time. My heart stirred within me. “What does that even mean?” became a heart felt cry. I asked people.. I got no answers other than, “You’re a good girl. You’ll be fine!” I was so frustrated because the only thing I knew for sure was that I was NOT a “good girl”. I remember thinking, “I don’t know what born-again means, but if that’s what I need to ‘see the kingdom of God’ I better find out and take care of that. If I don’t know what it even means, it must not be something I am.” It had to be a personal decision that I had not yet made.
Fast forward to a few years later when attending a Baptist church on our street, things began to make sense. I went forward during an invitation and yielded my life to Him that day. There are so many more details about that whole experience but that’s for another time.
Today, I sit in gratitude that John chapter 3 is in the Bible and loved reading it again today. I can’t wait to meet Nicodemus and thank him that even though it was in the dark of night in secret that he asked questions I needed answers to.
I am currently reading “The Purpose Driven Life” and today’s reading was about restoring relationships. I don’t know of any that I need restoration at this point but I’m sure that will come. Thinking of a friend who really needs reconciliation in her family. Praying for her. Since she is the one who gave me this book, I want to talk to her about chapter 20 today. Just to remind her that God has a plan and great way to make sure we have done all we can in the process of restoring relationships.
Thank you, Lord, for today. Thank you, Lord, for Your Word.
Lord, today as I read through my usual routine, I didn’t have anything in particular jump out at me, I know that this is OK and happens. I thought about continuing on but then decided to take the time to pray and ask you for some things for some people I love:
Starr- Lord, she is really struggling with the loss of Paul. Please help her to find Peace in you each day..each moment. Protect her, provide for her in ways that draw her closer to You. Help me to be aware of what I can do for her to encourage her.
Sandy-Struggles so much. Help her Lord with Your Wisdom to know what to do about her job situation. It’s a mess. Give her contentment and joy and peace.
Family members who are not yet saved. Lord, please open their eyes to first see their own need for you. Some don’t even believe you exist or at least act like that. Please do whatever it takes to bring them to the knowledge of your Reality and your Truth. Bud, Joan, Bob, Sheri, Ingrid, Vivien, Bob M. I’m not sure where Nancy and Kevin stand. Make it clear to them what they need to draw close to You.
Encourage and bless my mom and Sharon. Thank you for the moms you have given us.
Lisa- Her search is exciting. Help her to formulate the questions she has and help me to have your answers for her. I pray that she will come to church this Sunday and to lunch after. Work in her health, circumstances, etc to bring her.
Use me today, Lord–to be a blessing and an encouragement.
Show me You today. Help me to seek you and see you.
I love you