One thing about working for a school district is you occasionally get those rare holidays that not everyone in the corporate world gets. So I am sitting on my porch this morning and drinking in the gift. The gift of a rare Monday morning on my porch, the gift of a beautiful sunrise and a little extended quiet time with my Savior. It’s a beautiful day here at the lake. There is a bright morning sun and there is a gentle breeze blowing the leaves just a bit, not even enough to play music in the chimes, there are all the typical morning sounds, the birds in the trees near and far. It’s still not what I would call cool for this Fall morning but it is a bit of a break in the humidity anyway. Which at least lets us know that Fall air is right around the corner, (hopefully).
As I sit here and drink in these gifts I realize that sometimes it is good to just sit and reflect and pray and Be Still before the Lord. I have talked on here of Lamentations and the new mercies that he brings me in the mornings. I have talked of being still and even named this blog Restore after Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul! I keep looking to Him the one who created me and sustains me and draws me day after day and year after year to Him. And over and over he keeps restoring my soul! You see that is not a one time thing. I have to, I must come to him daily to feel the true restoration every day. It’s a relationship. I truly do not know how I would put one foot in front of the other every day if I did not have this relationship with Him. And just as my relationship with my husband is going to look different than your relationship with yours, my relationship with My Savior will look different than your relationship with Your Savior. Just because it happens to be the same Savior, relationships are different. I can tell you though that the best way to cultivate your relationship is to spend daily time with Him. Whatever time of day works for you and however you and He want to, need to craft that you need to do it. Day in, day out! I was talking with one of my sweet friends this week, she’s really more than a friend, she and her sisters are like my surrogate daughters. She and her sisters are going through a time loving on their precious Mama with an illness that is robbing them of her. It is a time that you can only cling to God in order to make it through and these precious ones are doing such a beautiful job it blows me away. But anyway, I know that through this she has drawn closer and closer to Jesus in order to have the strength and the courage to look this disease in it’s face and to love their Mama well. As we were visiting the other day, she and I started talking about prayer and how when you spend alot of time in prayer and the Word you find yourself talking to God about even the most mundane things. I pray for the Lord to help me find my keys or whatever I am looking for just about every day and I got so tickled at her as she said she had even prayed for the Lord not to let her popcorn burn the other day. I loved it!! And you know what I think it made God smile that day too. I believe in the reverence of God. I know that He is Holy and Almighty and that he created this vast beautiful world and for that I revere Him and I praise Him. But I also believe that He desires a daily every day relationship with us. And today I thank Him for that relationship that will help me find my keys and that will even help me not to burn my popcorn!
Yet they seek me daily and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that did righteousness and did not forsake the judgment of their God; they ask of me righteous judgments; they delight to draw near to God. Isaiah 58:2 (emph mine)
I hope you have a Happy Monday!!