Hello all! (however many you are 😉 )
I’ve been using 2 different tools in the morning for my devotion time. One, which I’ve been using since February, is a daily Scripture writing plan. I love, love, LOVE the ones free from The Holy Mess. Sara has many that focus on a particular topic through the month, be it Strength in the Storms of Life, or her latest, Spiritual Warfare. These have kept me going when I couldn’t really think about anything else the last few months. I knew I would be IN the Word, even of all I did was look up the verse and write it out. Here’s one about calming anxiety.
The other is New Morning Mercies by Dr. Paul David Tripp. I had gotten this a while back at our Community Bible Study leadership conference, and had moved to another. I was reminded of this during one of my Grief Share sessions, as Dr Tripp is in the videos for the session. What a joy to pick this great devotional book back up!
In discussing what great news the crucifixion of Jesus is, we’re directed to Mark 10:35-45. Here, the Sons of Zebedee come to Jesus with a request. I’ve read this portion many times, but today it hit me differently. I saw immediately that James and John come to Jesus with their own agenda and ask for what they desire. Not “thy will be done, Lord.” Oh, no!!! They aren’t referred to as “Sons of Thunder” for nothing! How very impertinent of them!
Oops. That is so totally me. How often do I just blab a whole big, long list of “stuff,” then, as an aside, toss in a few worshipful words and a quick, “in Your name.” *insert blazing, embarrassed face*
Thankfully, God is a God of great mercy and unfathomable patience. When I seek Him with my whole, repentant heart, I find Him, a forgiving and loving Father. I can bow my head, twist my big toe into the ground and mumble, “I’m sorry,” and he gently lifts my head, wipes my tears and says, “Welcome back, Child.”
That, my friends, is wonderful.
Till next time, be blessed!
Barb, a.k.a. VintageChyck
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