Sunday, May 29, 2011

MORNING LOVE


I was having quiet time and my dog Abigail joined me, laying her head on one of the devotionals. Precious picture!

A scripture in one of my devotions really touched me and I wanted to share it. Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul".

It reminded me of why I get up extra early each morning when my body would like to sleep. It isn't because its a "have to" or because "its what good Christians do"; its because every day in my morning time I receive word of His unfailing love for me. In the midst of all of the chaos that surrounds me lately, I need to hear those words. God loves me and His hand is on the thermostat of my trials. The pressure that seems to be crushing the life out of me is in reality turning a lump of coal into a diamond. His unfailing love continues to apply the pressure and turn up the heat, even when I cry out for relief---because of His unfailing love. He loves me enough to always do what will ultimately be the best for me. I might be able to manipulate people, but I can't manipulate God. Therefore I can put my trust in Him.

Its also during my morning time with the Lord that He shows me the way I should go as I lift up my soul to Him. All day long I find myself saying, "Lord, what should I do" or "what should I say"? But its hard for me to hear Him through the noise of the day. When I meet with Him BEFORE all of that starts, I really do hear Him speak to my heart and I go into me day with a strong sense of focus and purpose.

Last week I had a financial need that was beyond my meeting. I had pulled every string, made every phone call, prayed, pleaded, until finally I just released it. "You know the need Lord, may Your will be done in this situation". Shortly after that, my husband called to tell me a customer he had dropped by to see decided to give him a check while he was there, even though he still had 3 weeks to pay the bill! It was what I needed almost to the penny! Awesome, faithful God!

There was something else I read in my morning devotions that really spoke to my life. It talked about Jacob's blessing not coming when he wrestled with God, it came when he was clinging to God. I think I'm finally beyond wrestling about our financial situation and I'm just hanging on to God for dear life! No matter how scary the ride, as long as I can hide myself in Him I know I'll be just fine. Now I just need to remember that Monday morning!