November 21st, 2011
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Saturday night, our dog Peppy woke me up about 3 a.m. whimpering and restless.
Peppy has been our dog since the kids were small, and his age is showing in many ways.
His back right leg is limp, his eyes look tired, and he can’t hop up on the couch anymore (we have to lift him).
But he still follows me all through the house.
When I go to bed, he’s right behind me, ready to climb on his pillow on the floor right next to where I sleep.
So when I heard him whining in the night, I stumbled through the darkness to see what he needed.
He didn’t want to go out.
He didn’t want his pillow adjusted.
He wanted water.
I went to the kitchen to get the water dish, and he immediately became excited.
As soon as I sat it on the floor, he was gulping. Snoopy, our other old, faithful dog, joined him and they both began gulping.
I felt horrible, wondering how long they had been thirsty. We must have let the dishes run out of water during the day.
As I heard them both drinking and drinking, I thought about the verse above…..
Do I thirst for righteousness like my dogs thirst for water?
Am I restless until my thirst is quenched??
I love that God promises that when we thirst (and hunger) for righteousness, WE WILL BE FILLED!!
That means that He is waiting to fill our bowl!
That means that He hears our cries and takes care of us.
We don’t even have to wake God up!
Psalm 121:3-4 says this,
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.
I am so thankful this morning that God is my Master and my Guide.
I am reading a book called “The Dream Giver” right now, and I am so thankful that when God places dreams inside of us He leads the way in making those dreams come true when the dreams involve His glory not our own.
If you are thirsty for righteousness today, there is only One who can truly satisfy your need.
Any other thirst may be quenched temporarily, but it will not last for long.
Please do not waste your time thirsting for things of this world.
Friday night at the prison, we sat around a table with a group of women dressed in orange jumpsuits who are ready to change their lives. They each had Bibles and lots and lots of questions. They are thirsting for righteousness, and I know God is with them. As we closed in prayer, arms wrapped around each other, you could feel God’s presence in a mighty way. He is leading these women from darkness to light.
He longs to lead us too.
Today, as you venture into the week of Thanksgiving, I’m praying for you.
Praying that you can feel God’s presence in every step of your day.
It’s time to get ready for school. Today I interview at Mitch Albom at 1:20. Please say a prayer. I’m nervous about speaking to him for some reason. I want to ask the right questions about his book and the upcoming movie, “Have a Little Faith.” I want to interview him during my class time, so that the students can be a part of the experience, so please also pray that the students will be on their best behavior.
I love you all so much.
Remember these promises as you step out into another week of life on this planet.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
Because of Him,
February 14th, 2008
What is it about snow-covered hills dotted with evergreens that are drooping under the weight of heavy white branches? I often look at nature after a snow and am amazed at the pure beauty, the innocence of snow not yet trod by any footprints. I love to see a bird hopping from tree to tree in search of food after a night of snowfall. The simple trust of a bird….she doesn’t seem to be fretting as she hops and looks. She actually seems quite certain that eventually she will find just what she needs! And the roads! I love our road before any tires have reminded me that life must go on as usual…..I love when I know that everyone is tucked away in their homes, safe and snug, warm and toasty!
I’m not sure what my favorite part of a snowy morning is, but I do know that our Creator knew just what He was doing when He created all four seasons! What fun He must have had coming up with such a great plan! I can just hear the angels as He shared with them His idea about snow! White innocence falling from the sky, stopping major cities in their tracks, making the most driven of men somewhat immobilized, causing children to have a chance to sleep in and then spend the afternoon riding on sleds!
I love snow! It reminds me that Perfection did once come to this earth. It also reminds me that sin made perfection impossible for all of us. We dirty up the most beautiful of snows with not only our footprints and tires but also with our actions and tongues. The good news is that new snow falls from the sky every year bringing the promise of Perfection back to earth!
As God’s people, we must do all we can to show people how they can have a relationship with the Creator of this beautiful snow. We must show them how they can be made white and clean again through the blood of Jesus Christ!
The next time you get to experience a beautiful snowfall I hope you will think of God and His love for you! As beautiful as a snow-covered lawn may be, you are much more beautiful in the eyes of your Creator! He knew you before you were born! Psalm 139 Isn’t that great! And I’ll bet the angels loved hearing all about God’s plans for you too! Have a happy Valentine’s Day! You are loved!