Remembering Him

Here I stand before a new year, oh Lord.  Please let me remember you are close by and I can depend on you for anything that comes up. This morning I’m feeling especially foggy brained because of the anti inflammatory diet I started right after Christmas. When I cut carbs and sugar from my diet I usually have a few tough days. I wish I never forgot that in the heat of these uncomfortable moments I don’t have to endure it all by myself. I wish I could stop leaning on myself and remember to lean on you.  Please work on this in me this year.

God’s words to us:  I have been working on this in you for quite some time. And for you to even recognize you still don’t sometimes is actually progress. Yes let’s work on this some more this year, even every year. And you will remember me more and more in those rough moments. And I will come with a bright light shining on those steps you need to walk.

The Lord is my light and my salvation-so why should I be afraid? Psalms 27:1

My Heart’s Cry for you is that you would remember God when you have rough moments. Thankfully, God is working on your heart to remember He’s with you.

I think it’s interesting that the verse says The Lord is my light and my salvation, not me. I don’t have to rescue. That is His job. Do you feel you sometimes feel that everything depends upon you? Do you feel like you are alone in those moments? We would not need to be afraid if we remembered God and that it is His job to rescue. It may be through us but we will not be alone, ever. What an assurance! Comment on how you too have struggled with this. What you have done to remember Him in those moments?

No Words Required

You know my thoughts and actions. I’m so glad I don’t have to explain them to you. If I were in a talking mood, you would gladly listen. Today, I’m just not. Know my heart loves you. I just want to be close to you. That is my heart.

God’s word to us: Sometimes I listen to your words but I am always listening to your heart. This is what your heart is saying to me this day. “I’m tired and I need rest. But above all that I love you and just want to be alone with you right now.” I accept that beautiful message from your heart. I remember how draining it was working with people. So I too left the people for a while to be with my father. Let’s spend this time just being together. No words required.

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Mark 1:35

My Heart’s Cry for you is to be thankful that God is always listening to our hearts. We don’t always have to speak and have a long prayer. He understands what it is like to need some time alone with Father God because Jesus did just that when he was here walking the earth. I don’t think I’d be far off if I said that some of that praying time was quiet rest.

I would encourage you to spend time being quiet in God’s presence. If your mind wanders to worries, then remind yourself God’s already taking care of it. It is okay to rest in His presence. Remember He leads you by still waters. Drink deep of the rest and care that God longs for you to have in Him. No words required.

Share with us your experience of quiet rest with Him.

Relationships at Home

It saddens me to see my family members picking on each other. The younger antagonizes the other members of the family, and the older says hurtful things. We have a pause button on the remote and use it all the time when someone wants to say something while we’re watching a movie. Last night, one family member told another, “I’m not interested in talking; I want to watch a show.” I just feel we are not valuing the relationships within our home.

God’s word to us:  I see how the arguing and disrespectfulness among your family members saddens you; it grieves me as well. I want to restore healthy relationships back in your home, but it will take some work from you. First, I want you to dedicate every family member living with you to me each morning. Then I want you to sweeten the pot. I want you to say ten sweet things to family members each day. You can help change your living environment by doing these two things. After a week, let’s talk about this again. Praying and living by example works. Try it.

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Eph. 4:29

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Romans 12:10

My Heart’s Cry for you is for you to remember that God wants to restore the relationships in your home. They are important to you, but they are infinitely more important to God. He is sad when loved ones relate to each other without love. You are not alone in this.

What do you think about His advice to me to dedicate each family member to God, then say ten sweet things to my family throughout the day and night? I can do that!!! Take the challenge with me. Then check in with us in a week. I’d love to hear your stories.

Good Friends

Jesus, sometimes I don’t feel like I’m enough. My friend thinks I’m a really good friend. She commented that she likes our friendship because it’s a give and take relationship. I feel like I’m only taking. I know I’m not, but do I give enough?  I don’t know. Is it enough that she feels satisfied?  Oh Lord what do I do? What is your view on our relationship?

God’s words to us: I think you are good friends. You lift each other up and support each other on good and bad days. You have each other’s backs. Yes, you are both busy moms with busy schedules. Someday you’ll have more to pour into this relationship. By then you will have a great foundation already laid. These have been the building blocks of this friendship, the busy years of child raising. It only gets better, richer from here when you both get to enjoy the fruit of each other’s labor.

Thereare ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

My heart’s cry for you today is that you would feel less guilty about the time you can give your friendships, especially when you are in the thick of raising your family. Be there for each other but don’t guilt yourself for not being enough. This isn’t grade school where you had ample time to play together. You have a lot of responsibilities now. I’m sure your friend does too. When you are able, listen and encourage her whether she’s having a good day or bad day. That is what a good friend does.

Comment on how a good friendship of yours has changed through the years.

New Neighbors

Jesus, I have had the same neighbors for the past sixteen years. Even before we bought our house, I prayed for a senior couple to live nearby. This couple has been God’s abundant answer to those prayers. They were available and helpful. When Megan put an ornament in a socket and suffered a burn on her finger, our neighbor put salve on her wound and re-set the breaker that, thankfully, had tripped. When a gopher was digging up our yard, our neighbor was waiting with the shovel to deal with it. They have been reliable and trustworthy. Now they are moving, and I will miss them and the stability they brought to our side of the block. Honestly, I’m afraid of getting new neighbors next door. Next door is real close for a change like that. What if they aren’t trustworthy?  What if they’re not good neighbors? So, Lord, I release this sweet senior couple to you. Bless them in their new place. And help me to receive new neighbors. Please replace my fear with faith.

God’s word to us: You may never know my purpose, but they are there for a reason just as you have been. Do not fear what you do not know. I am always at work around you, even next door. Rest assured, I put your neighbors there for this time and where you are for a reason. You are my beloved. I will take good care of you all the days of your life, wherever you live or whoever lives next door to you. You are my concern and I will love you always. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.  And I have done this.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

My Heart’s Cry for you is that you would know how much Jesus cares for you. He cares about what concerns you. He wants to guard your heart and your mind with peace, but are you praying about what concerns you most? You heard me wrestle with my change with having new neighbors, how I called out to him first by stating what was happening then continued with how I felt. Take time now to pray about this change you fear. Then look at His reassurances. Let me rephrase just two of them for you (Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:38-39).

Precious one, do not fear what you do not know. I am always at work around you. Rest assured, I have made this change for a reason. You may never know the purpose. Remember though that you are my beloved. I will take good care of you all the days of your life. You are my concern and I will love you always.

I’d love to hear your comments.

What do I have to Give?

Jesus, I know you intend to flow through me.  But sometimes I feel I’m not a very good vessel to flow through.  I have so many physical limitations now.  I don’t feel I could give what I could before.  The last ministry was very physically demanding.  But I can’t do that anymore.  What do I have left to give?

God’s word to us: Do you think I would give you that now since you can’t give in that way anymore?  What you have to give is precious. And it will bless many.  I will not forget what you’ve given but I look forward with you to what you will give.  Thank you. You touch my heart.

For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.        II Corinthians 8:12

My Hearts Cry for you is for you to remember today that God can use you and flow through you right now even though you may have limitations.  He wants to touch the world through you in a unique way through your set of circumstances.  God values you and rejoices when you give.

What has God been showing you that He wants to do through you?  Do you ever feel like it’s not good enough because it won’t be like it used to be? How does this scripture encourage you? Please share in the comments below.  I’d love to hear your heart and pray for you.