I want to love

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#SheReadsTruth #SRTFruit Day 2

It is actually  more that I want to be loving.  Instead, my emotions and attitudes get in the way, and I either snap or am snarky, or as a grandma told me yesterday, am just plain rude. 

Lord, forgive me, and give me a chance to ask this grandma to forgive me also. 

http://bible.com/111/2th.3.5.niv May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

I pray this verse for myself as well as for those that I need to speak with about an action. 

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Judging

In reading the Mended Heart  (Eller, 2014) the first chapter is supposed to give us confidence that God loves us, that we are worth everything to him, that He came to save the lost….  (John 9:25, Luke 19:1-8, John 4:10, Matt 12-14)

But, what He is speaking to me today, is to not judge others.  He came to save everyone, not just those that think like me.  He loves everyone.   In John 9:25 the blind man did not try to figure things out or make judgements either way about Jesus!  Whether He is a sinner or not, I don’t know, but what I do know is I once was blind but now I see. 

I think I know things, and base my assumptions on those ideas, but whether they are true, I do not know. I simply know that Jesus loves me, and died on the cross for everyone.  Even those parents that I think our mean, or annoying or whatever. 

http://bible.com/111/luk.19.1-6.niv Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.   When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”  So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

FINDING FAVOUR – HALLELUJAH WE SHALL RISE LYRICS

http://www.songlyrics.com/finding-favour/hallelujah-we-shall-rise-lyrics/

When God Speaks to me…
It isn’t in an audible voice.  I have never heard Him say anything really, but I have heard him speak so clearly.  It seems to happen more and more as I get older. 

I know that I should be in the word more.  Shouldn’t everyone?  But I find myself distracted, and not doing what I know is best for my soul.

As I walked on the ditch bank last night, in an attempt to hit my 10000 step goal, I was listening to music.  Hallelujah we shall rise came up on my playlist.  My quiet prayer, was, “Father, I want to live with more of a heaven perspective.  The more my focus is on heavenly things, on jesus, the less I will spend looking at what I don’t have.”  God’s still small voice told me, You can, read My Word. 

Thank you Jesus for your word.   Prompt me often to return to it.  

#whengodtalkslisten

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http://bible.com/111/1pe.5.6-7.NIV
Sometimes, God is in the quietness of the wind….other times, He speaks softly, but very loud at the same time.  Today was one of those.

Vs 6 is the verse of the day
God is specifically speaking about a situation in my life right now.  Do I plan for this or that?  My heart and my pride are both smarting at the moment….my pride can say “to heck with you”, and plan my own course.  This is what I want to do, but is it what God would have me do??? 

If I want the peace, I am fairly certain I need to be humble.  

Thank You Lord for speaking to me.
Please fill my heart and home with your love and your peace. Thank you for your spirit.

Time

We had an interesting conversation with a gentleman on the ship.  He spoke about how everything belongs to God, and how God is the author of time.  As we talked, he was quite passionate about how short our time really is on earth, and is really small and insignificant in the scope of eternity with Jesus.  This includes our sorrow, fear, pain, joy…..everthing.  

http://bible.com/111/rom.8.5.niv Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Redeeming time

Great devotional today, one I will want to remember and reread.

Redeeming Your Time

Time is the great leveler. It is the one resource that is allocated in absolute egalitarian terms. Every living person has the same number of hours to use in every day. Busy people are not given a special bonus added on to the hours of the day. The clock plays no favorites.

We all have an equal measure of time in every day. Where we differ from one another is in how we redeem the time allotted. When something is redeemed, it is rescued or purchased from some negative condition. The basic negative condition we are concerned with is the condition of waste. To waste time is to spend it on that which has little or no value.

The late Vince Lombardi introduced the adage, “I never lost a game; I just ran out of time.” This explanation points me to one of the most dramatic elements of sports—the race against the clock. The team that is most productive in the allotted time is the team that wins the game. Of course, in sports, unlike life, there are provisions for calling timeout. The clock in a sports contest can be temporarily halted. But in real life, there are not timeouts.

Coram deo: Living before the face of God

Ask God to reveal ways you can redeem time that is being wasted on things of little or no value.

Copyright © Ligonier Ministries. Get a free book from R.C. Sproul at Ligonier.org/freeresource.

Redeeming your time

http://bible.com/r/Lr I just finished day 2 of the @YouVersion Plan Using Your Time for God. Check it out here:

Redeeming Your Time

Time is the great leveler. It is the one resource that is allocated in absolute egalitarian terms. Every living person has the same number of hours to use in every day. Busy people are not given a special bonus added on to the hours of the day. The clock plays no favorites.

We all have an equal measure of time in every day. Where we differ from one another is in how we redeem the time allotted. When something is redeemed, it is rescued or purchased from some negative condition. The basic negative condition we are concerned with is the condition of waste. To waste time is to spend it on that which has little or no value.

The late Vince Lombardi introduced the adage, “I never lost a game; I just ran out of time.” This explanation points me to one of the most dramatic elements of sports—the race against the clock. The team that is most productive in the allotted time is the team that wins the game. Of course, in sports, unlike life, there are provisions for calling timeout. The clock in a sports contest can be temporarily halted. But in real life, there are not timeouts.

Coram deo: Living before the face of God

Ask God to reveal ways you can redeem time that is being wasted on things of little or no value.

Copyright © Ligonier Ministries. Get a free book from R.C. Sproul at Ligonier.org/freeresource.