Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A New Day

Good Morning, Friends!

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.


podso said...

What beautiful thoughts for this morning. So thankful you are feeling well. Have a blessed Easter.

Cari said...

I've been out of the blogging loop for over a week and i have MISSED it! I just took the time to read through some of your posts I had missed, and Lindsey, you did it again. Or rather, you allowed Him to do it again. You let Him speak through you, in the midst of all you're going through, and minister to and encourage me. I'm thinking about and praying for you daily, Lindsey.

Painting 4 Him said...

Thank you so much for sharing this today. I was needing a reshift in my focus, and welcomed the words God showed to you. It is funny how our Father uses many instances to get to our hearts. On the journey-Vic

Julie-CA said...

Thank you for the encouragement Lindsey! This morning before my baby Noah woke up, I too read in Psalms. I read Psalm 27 and then when my son woke up, I read him Psalm 19 as I fed him his cereal. There's nothing like spending time with the Lord first thing in the morning before the sun is even up. There was a season in my life where almost on a daily basis I drove to a beautiful overlook here in the California mountains, and watched the sunrise as I wrote worship songs to the Lord. I remember lying in bed and not being able to sleep, as I stirred about in anticipation of writting down the words that the Lord was already bringing to my mind. Since having had that time, I will always cherish the intimacy of the early hours with the Lord.
I hope you and Brian do great together with your new workout regimen. Just remember, the first day is the hardest. You will get stronger and it will get better. =)

k_stin said...

I read this verse last night. I loved it and it is similar to yours!

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days." Psalm 90:14