Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Every Morning

Greetings, Dear Ones!
I hope that this post finds you as stilled, quieted, and reflective as it finds me. I've spent the entire day with my thoughts. Do you ever do that? Sometimes, I think it's just incredibly healing and restoring to allow God's voice to permeate our thoughts for an extended period of time.

This morning, I knew that I was staying home all day, so I vowed to leave the television off (which isn't hard for me, at all!). Honestly, I can't stand T.V.. I watch it occasionally, but I think the prevalence of television is the detriment of relationships, both spiritual and earthly. It robs us of so much time that we could be using for more valuable, eternal things. Okay, enough of that. That's not even my point.

Anyway, on many occasions, I'll sit down with a cup of coffee and watch a few segments of the Today show before I get my day going, but not today. Today, I had an agenda. Today, my agenda was God's agenda. I really should do that more often.

I poured myself a cup of coffee, lightened its hue with some organic half-and-half, and settled down by the fire for some time with the Lover of my Soul. I have a practice of making sure the dogs are fed, watered, and relieved before I try to start my quiet time. Well, today I forgot the watering step, so my time with the Lord was quickly interrupted.

Promptly, I got my mind back on track. Ahhhhh.....

Now, where was I with the adventure of Moses and the Israelites? I'm making my way through Exodus now, and each day is a new adventure, a new lesson, a new truth.

Sure enough, those cranky old children of Israel were complaining to Moses once again. "We're tired! We're hungry. We're thirsty!" they moaned and groaned to their leader.

No sooner had he taken his issues to the Lord, than God provided a solution - quail and manna. Each morning, the earth was covered with manna, and the Israelites were to gather only enough for that day, except for on the 6th day, in which they gathered enough for the Sabbath, too. When the sun came up and the earth warmed, the manna melted away, until the next morning. Then, God would provide all over again. But, you'd know that some of the Israelites didn't follow the rules, and they took more than they needed for that day. Sure enough, maggots infested it during the night, and it was spoiled by the time they needed it.

What a lesson of God's continual and renewable provision. I think that we often get the wrong idea about God. We think that we know better than He does. The Israelites thought they knew better than God about gathering their food.

Sometimes, we think that if He doesn't answer our prayers in the way that we ask Him to, then He's got it all wrong. Have you ever been guilty of that? I have.

"God, give me this job."
"God, heal me from this disease."
"God, give me a baby."
"God, give me this guy for a husband."
"God, give us this house."

When I actually type out those things that many of us are guilty of praying in one manner or another, they seem ridiculous. God is not a genie in a lamp, waiting to make our wishes come true.

He has is own agenda, and that is our holiness for His kingdom. Psalm 115:3 says, "Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him."

I was reminded of that today. I'm far too guilty of trying to make God's plan match my own aims. It's hard to admit that.

After I finished reading about God's renewed provision each morning for the children of Israel, I came across this picture on my computer.

I took this picture last year when we lived in our old neighborhood. I couldn't help but think that almost nothing in our life is the same today as it was then. I'm serious about that. Different home. Different job. Different pets. Different car. Different hairdo :)

The sheer amount of change can be overwhelming when we stop and dwell on it. Thankfully, God's grace and mercy is new every morning. He is the constant. He MUST be the stabilizing force in our lives. Now, I always think, "As long as the Lord is present, the day is doable."

My encouragement to you and me is that we wake up each day and immediately ask God to hover over our days. We need to invite Him into everything we do. We can't be our best without His constant guidance. He is the manna. He is the provision for each day.


A few tidbits of information~

1. I'm sorry that I haven't been updating more regularly. I'm going to be teaching a Bible Study at my church, beginning next Tuesday, and I've been spending lots of my normal blogging time in preparation for that. Please pray that the Lord would be in this, that He would make it 100% Him, and 0% Lindsey. Pray that He would handpick the participants. I've never taught a Bible Study before, so please pray that the Lord would just equip me and teach it for me and through me. Please pray for my co-teacher, Kristin, too. I'm praising God for providing her to partner with me.

2. I'm continuing to struggle with my allergic reaction to Dilantin. The rash/hives is moving across my body. Now, it's covering my arms and legs. It's already moved across my head, neck, and torso, so I'm hopeful that it will be over soon!

3. Continue to praise God for His supernatural healing in me. I'm still amazed each day when I think about all that He's brought Brian and me through. Our desire is only to make His name great. Pray that He will give us many opportunities to do that, and pray that we will do it worthily.

I love you guys! Thank you for sticking with me and praying for me. Your partnership is invaluable to me!


Julie-CA said...

i'll pray for these things you mentioned

Erin said...

Thanks for the update and the encouragement to refocus. I appreciate that.

Anonymous said...

How ofte I find I am like the children of Israel in the wilderness. Thank you for the timely reminder of God's faithfulness--always. May the Bible study be as it needs to be, and enjoy the experience. Blessings!

Brie said...

Hey Lindsey - I just saw you are having allergic reactions to Dilantin... Just a tid bit of info incase it may help... My grandfather had the same problem with the generic form but if he took the BRAND Dilantin, he was fine. So not sure which you are on but if your on the generic you may want to try the actual brand name one...

Lisa said...

My continued prayers are with you!

I have been going through somewhat of a rough patch (though after putting my life's concerns in perspective, it is clearly just small trials that will pass in time). Your blog has truly been motivating and inspiring, and has helped me make more of an effort to be Christ-like. Although I have a loooong way to go. You frequently mention "giving each day to God". I find myself saying that some mornings - God, today is for you. It has been amazing to see how those days turn out compared to days where I don't. I am trying to make this habit. Not so that I have "good" days, but so that I have peace with each day that comes, regardless of what happens. My outlook on each day is completely different, for the better, and I just want to thank you for that!! God bless!

Kim Block said...

Hi Lindsey. I met you today in bible study. I know I was meant to be there today and I know I was meant to meet you. Only God knows the why. Thanks for walking so closely with him. I look forward to discovering what God has in store. Your sister in Christ, Kim