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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Peace and Rest

As I was getting into bed last night, frustrated, worn-out, depleted, I picked up my devotional - out of a feeling of obligation, not desire. No matter what, God has the right word for me at the right time.

Here's what He provided me, my manna:

"Have you ever noticed that in the quiet darkness of night there seems to be something special about the presence of God? He is always with you, even during the daytime, and you can talk to Him anytime, even when you're busy. But during the day there are many distractions that keep you from focusing on His presence for an extended period of time. And by the end of the day you've often experienced problems and frustration that can cause you to feel lonely and needy. It is then that you can finally give God the time and attention to the one who is the answer to your needs. When you yearn for God in the night, seek Him earnestly, and you'll find He will minister to you in a special way. He will provide answers to any problems you may have, and He will give you peace and rest."
 From the book Ending Your Day Right by Joyce Meyer. Copyright 2004 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

It was a bit like being hit square between the eyes with a 2x4.  Realizing that He did not move.  He was right there, all along.  The entire day was His.  He knew my frustrations and the distractions that arose.  He knew my feelings.  He was waiting for me to seek Him earnestly.  Although peace and rest did not come for many hours, God did and does provide.  He met me where I was and ministered to me as only He can.

Lord, thank You for Your infinite wisdom.  Thank You for continuing to draw me to You.  You know my innermost thoughts and feelings.  You know my needs and supply them at every turn.  You are the all knowing, all present, all powerful Lord and I seek to honor You.

ChristinaLynn }i{

Monday, July 16, 2012

The "Nonvite"

I was recently involved in a conversation with a friend that left me with some mixed emotions to say the least. If you're anything like me, I'm sure the title of this post caught your attention, maybe even reminded you of a once favored sit-com that shall remain nameless. I must admit, I would have pegged that term as something non-existent in the "real" world. Something simply made up for a laugh. How does the saying go, "There's an ounce of truth in every joke"? As the conversation went on, I was told about a party they were having and further informed that she didn't invite me because it isn't "your kind of thing." Maybe you know the type. An "adult" party where products and items are discussed among women. The types of items that are inappropriate for mixed company and small children. Things that might still make some women blush and many men take notice. I'm sure you know the type. Whether I should or shouldn't have been invited, whether I would or wouldn't have attended, whether or not it's "my type of thing" or not. These thoughts ran wild as did the childish emotions associated with them. And yet, the resounding, still Voice echoes through me, "Be ye transformed." "You are not of this world." "By [your] fruits [they] shall know [you]." Something is different & I rejoice in the truth that others can see Christ shine through this cracked vessel. ChristinaLynn }i{