Good morning everyone. I was reading my devotion and felt lead to take a few minutes and share with you in my blog (after I finished my devotion). Every morning I try to sit down and spend time with God. I usually start with the devotion I follow and have been since Christmas 2006. It's Faith to Faith, A Daily Guide to Victory by Kenneth and Gloria Copeland. And then I pull out whatever Bible Study I'm doing at the time, and of course, I read my Bible during both, to whatever Scriptures either send me to. And the last week of December 2012, I started Joel Olsteen's 31 Days of Declarations. By the time I finished it, reading it one day at a time and adding a new declaration to speak boldly out loud over myself, my morning time has grown from an hour or so to more. I love it. Praise God for allowing me to be retired (and writing full time). I remember the last couple of years before retirement my time with God before going to work went from 15 minutes to 30 or 45, but I had to have it before I went to work. On the days I slept late and didn't spend my time with God, boy I knew it. Nothing went right on those days...or maybe some things went right but so much went wrong it messed up my whole day.
Well anyway, today a had a revelation. And I have to say, as long as I've been reading this devotion daily, you'd think I'd have every page memorized...but it's like God speaks to me differently at different times. And today it was -OH WOW!!
Today the title was HIT HIM WITH A ROCK. Of course, that's taken from David and Goliath. And the Scripture for us to meditate on after was Psalms 23. Anyone who's been a Believer or a listener at church or funerals should be familiar with that passage. In fact, at my grandson, Koby's, basketball game a couple of weeks ago, the man who spoke before the games started used this passage. Now me, when I hear Psalms 23 I think death. I think (or thought) The Lord is trying to give peace to someone who is suffering in their life of a slow death, letting them know I (He) will get them through. And then the preacher at the funeral uses that passage to ease the mind of the loved ones left behind, letting them know God stilled the troubled waters around their beloved and helped them face death peacefully.
Well let me tell you, it's not just for the dying. That passage is for the living. Most of us have heard of David, the one who slew the giant. He is cometimes referred to or called "the man after God's own heart." I don't know about you, but when I hear that, I want God to think of me that way. In fact over six years ago we did a Bible Study by Beth Moore called Believing God, and I cried out to God asking him to "help me to love You like she loves you."She is a woman on fire for God. And if you've ever done any of her Bible Studies you know this. Well, we are redoing it now. We're on the 8th week. It overwhelms me how much God has grown me in the last six years. I have friends whom I love a lot, that tell me they wish they had faith like mine. Sounds kind of familiar. I tell them, I was where you are six years ago. If you want it, it's yours for the taking. Praise God!
I'm going to tell you how we get strong like David and become a man after His heart and become a woman of faith like Beth Moore. We except God for who He is!! He is "our shepherd." Like David watched out for his lambs being their shepherd...like how he stood in the face of death for his sheep... like how he found cool still waters for his herd...like how when one was lost, he'd venture out to find it and bring it back to the herd...like how David sang and talked to the sheep--David realized God is his shepherd. And guess what believers, He is ours too. And non believers, He wants to be yours too. He's patiently waiting. Anyway, back to the revelation.
God watches out for us. He has big plans for us and if we stay in His will we get to live out those big plans. God sent His Son...Jesus. And Jesus died for us so that we might live eternally in Heaven. I wouldn't die for anyone but my kids and grand kids and now my kids-in-law...maybe for a friend or two...but for a stranger?? I don't think so. Soldiers do. I was never a soldier, never even thought about becoming one. Don't get me wrong. I'd do almost anything for anyone, but I don't think I would die for just anyone. But the old saying, never say never, comes to mind as I type this. So....God leads us into peaceful times if we'd only listen, obey, and do as He tells us. When I was lost, He found me at the age of 10 and has been working on me--showing me the right paths to take (and sometimes I followed). When I did, talk about wonderfully blessed days--but when I didn't, the seas were rocking my boat big time. And know, God is right there with you, where you are in your life (the boat rocking times and the peaceful waters times), and He wants to lift your heart in song, hold you in His arms, help you feel better and stronger and bring you through what ever is causing turmoil in your life.
Give it to God. Rest in His arms. You don't have to die to find peace. He wants us to have it here on this earth. God bless you all. I hope you find these words a blessing. God just filled my heart with the revelation that He is with me always, everywhere, wanting to fill me with peace, joy, goodness, and so much love. He is my Shepherd--AND He wants to be and do the same for you. I felt Him wanting me to share this with you all. I hope you take it in love. Now I need to get back to my devotion time with God. I started to say get back with God, but guess what? He's been here the whole time with us.
Have a blessed and wonderful day. I love you all (even if I don't think I'll die for you...but who knows?) I would have posted a smiley face there if I had that option on my blog, but I don't see it. Of course tears are sliding down my cheeks as I type, so I really can't see much of anything.
Bye now. I will do a regular blog in a couple of weeks...and I'll let you know how Scott does Tuesday with his surgery. I know it will go well and all cancer will be gone!!! God is my Shepherd and He is Scott's too.
God bless you!