5.24.2018

Work and the Word - a wonderful combination!

The Lord has been doing an intense work on my heart these past weeks. It has been wonderful, difficult, beautiful, and a struggle. And I am thankful for all of it!
Half of the battle came through personal reflection and honest conversations with a handful of people who know me best. The other half came through a "challenge" assigned by the lovely woman who disciples me. Admittedly, I did not see the correlation between the two, for they seemed to be traveling on separate tracks. And then CLICK! The tracks merged. And all was made clear.
I LOVE when the Lord works like that!

I have tried to write about it while walking through it, but the Lord has silenced me. He does that sometimes, and while it feels foreign (I process through the spoken and written word) it is always profitable, and it always stretches me beyond my imagined limits. 

What I thought was a simple assignment turned out to be one that searched the depths of my heart, my mind, and my memory. And it all started with a few questions about God's Word. I look forward to the Lord loosening my tongue on the topic because I am confident I am not alone. He used the encouragement, listening ears, and support of Dennis and some sisters in Christ while He had me under construction, so I hope He will be able to use my personal struggle to encourage someone else in their own. 

It is no surprise that this quote touched me in a unique way today, for the light of God's truth has been shining brightly to reveal my blind spots, and I am beyond thankful that because of Him, I am seeing everything more clearly.

Thank You, Lord, for Your patience, long-suffering, and unending mercy. If I was You, I would be tired of Me, yet there You are, faithfully, day by day, waiting to receive me with arms open wide and an unmistakable look of love and delight on Your face. Thank You, Father, for loving me as You do, as often as You do, and as perfectly as You do. I need You. More than anything or anyone ... I need You.

"Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long!" Psalm 119:97
The Bible in the pulpit must never supersede the Bible at home. Let us read our Bibles in private more, and with more pains and diligence.

Read the Bible daily. 
Make it part of your everyday business to read and meditate on some portion of God's Word. 
Gather your manna fresh every morning! 
Choose your own seasons and hours. 
Do not scramble over and hurry your reading. 
Give your Bible the best, and not the worst, part of your time. 
But whatever plan you pursue, let it be a rule of your life to visit the throne of grace and the Bible every day.

Next to praying there is nothing so important in practical religion as Bible reading. 
By reading that Book we may learn . . .
what to believe,
what to be,
what to do,
how to live with comfort,
and how to die in peace.

Happy is that man who possesses a Bible!

Happier still is he who reads it!

Happiest of all is he who not only reads it, but obeys it, and makes it the rule of his faith and practice!

- Charles Spurgeon

With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments! I have stored up Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:10, 11

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