Prickly people. Do you know any? Have you been one?
I have had a time or two in my life (or ten) when I have been pretty painful to touch or have a conversation with. Get too close and I might even shoot out a couple of quills.
The most complicated situation for me is when I am in a room with two people–one I feel immense love for and the other I can barely stomach. I have no idea how to behave. Should I be leading this double life? Is it acceptable or even possible to show one person my loving side at the very moment I am seething with disdain for another in the very same place? Nope–it’s ugly.
“Here, [insert name of favored person here] you can touch my soft side.”
“Sorry, [insert name of irritating person here] you bring out the quills in me…”
Lord, I am blessed and forgiven by You. Help me to share those gifts with others. I can love because You first loved me. Let Your love, grace, and mercy flow through me to all, not just the easy people. Amen.
This PrayerPoint was originally written in March 2010.
Never underestimate God’s ability to deliver straight from His Word.
A song of ascents.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. NIV
This was originally posted March 2010 but I must say it is timeless. It can be read and applied to each and every one of our days!
Sometimes it is harder to keep our word than we can ever imagine. I’m know I have made commitments I have been unable to keep and I hate that. Even the best of intentions can be made without a full understanding of what the future holds. Of course, we can only plan to the best of our ability, but we should take very seriously the thought of a promise or commitment.
I am so thankful for God’s promises. He always follows through. He is always on time and He often delivers in unexpected ways.
Why would a Savior enter the world in such humble circumstances or die such a brutal death?
How could God work in and through a sinner like me to communicate His Gospel message to those in my sphere of influence?
How will He use my past in combination with my present to contribute to my future?
Today I am blessed to celebrate the resurrection of the Savior: The Promise Fulfilled. If God can make good on that level of commitment to me, I need to ask for greater trust that He can work out the other details of my life. He has already made the most important provision for me through Jesus. I think I can trust Him with the rest of my details.
He is Risen!
He is Risen, Indeed!