My house is quiet, except for the hum of the coffee pot and the yips of the dogs as they gobble up their morning meal. It's still dark outside, so I feel as though I've caught the day before it even dawns. What a blessing!
Anyway, I just finished reading my Bible and praying for God to empower me with His spirit today, that I might show Him to everyone I encounter. He brought me to some beautiful words about praising Him. Let me share:
"But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love." (Psalm 59:16-17, NLT)
You know what I realized on this dark, spring morning? I realized that God is the ONLY one who will never fail us. If we can just wrap our minds around that and start each day realizing that He is our constant in a world of uncertainty, then we are bound to be rejoicing all the way through the day at what He has done in our lives.
Sometimes, I get caught up in the details. And, while my God is infinitely concerned with even the tiniest intricacies of my life, really the only thing that matters is Him and my eternal focus on Him. I have found that when I am able to maintain an eternal perspective, my life is much happier.
For years, I would hear people say things like, "Jesus is the only thing that matters. Everything else is fleeting." I thought these little statements were sweet, but I didn't know how to put off all of my worries and concerns.
Finally, God reveal to me that we shut them down as soon as they enter our realm of thought. When I start thinking, "But what about...." or "Oh my word, what am I going to do about...", then my aim is to stop those thoughts in their tracks, realizing that I don't have to figure it out. I don't have to do anything about anything. I just have to rest, knowing that the Lord has it in His complete and total control.
Now, if I can just remember this today :)
I'm looking forward to the day ahead. I don't have much on my agenda, other than a day with 2nd graders, a trip to the cancer pharmacy for my chemo pills, and working out with Brian this evening. We are on a new workout plan. There, I said it. Now, you MUST hold us accountable.
Have a blessed day in the Lord as we try to give God complete and total control.