Peace

Isaiah 26:3 NLT
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Rushing waters, rocks

Focused mind, looking to him

Calmness, perfect peace

Wandering, lonely

Separated, no longer

Shepherd’s protecting

To others, with them

Reciprocating blessings

Sensitive Living

Welcome to my mess

When I invite the Lord to come, he always comes and never does less than I ask. What I invite him to is most often a mess. From Adam to me, God has compassionately worked messes into something that glorifies him.

Romans 8:28 NLT And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

What an amazing truth! And, furthermore, I notice the setting of verse 28 starts with the first words of verse 26.

Romans 8:26 NLT And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

The Spirit of God helps me! Praying, working, leading, living…he is there! And, when I can only hold up messy hands, he is there as well to make something beautiful.

This reminds of me of the potter passages from Isaiah and Jeremiah:

Isaiah 29:16 NLT How foolish can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay! Should the created thing say of the one who made it, “He didn’t make me”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

Isaiah 64:8-9 NLT And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Don’t be so angry with us, LORD. Please don’t remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.

Jeremiah 18:1-4 NLT
The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.

The painstaking work of my Lord to keep working with me…it’s hard to understand. Regardless of my comprehension, it is true.

Running free

But let me run loose and free, celebrating God ’s great work, Every bone in my body laughing, singing, “ God, there’s no one like you. Psalm 35:9

The greatest freedom is found within God’s boundaries. Freedom is not license. Though we speak of deserving the freedom to…what is really meant is freedom from restriction. We don’t like restrictions but deep inside we know they provide security. Within God’s fences, we are protected and free.

In Genesis, Adam and Eve were given every tree to enjoy except… They were naturally drawn to crossing God’s line, just as I am. When they did, everything was lost. I don’t want to fight God’s boundaries anymore. I want to run freely within them.

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Lord, help me enjoy and thrive in your enclosures for me. I want to run free within them, your boundaries. Thank you for knowing where and how to set the boundaries for me.

Every chance I get

I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise. Psalm 34:1

Every chance I get I…

This little phrase makes me stop and ask myself questions. What do I enjoy every time I get to do it? What captures my thoughts and attention more quickly than anything else? Am I disciplined enough to bless my God when difficulties come? I bless God every chance I get rests upon decisions and disciplines I enact today. They prepare me for unknowns and properly position the difficult and joyous times.

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So, Lord, I will bless you every chance I get. I will start where I am now and will make every effort to discipline myself so that this response is the first one to all that comes, regardless.