Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A much needed respite...

I'm finally back to my blog! After Charlie's trip to Boston, he was on vacation until this past Sunday. It was wonderful to have him home with us and we were able to be available to our extended family, friends and neighbors--something we all love to do!

While Charlie was home, I felt the Lord quietly drawing me away from the computer and into His Word and fellowship. I needed to drink deeply from the living waters He so willingly provides for my thirsty soul. God is so good! Here are some "new" verses for me that the Lord has brought into my life. I've also listed a few questions to go along. Many thanks to those of you who e-mailed, wondering where I was! I'm back and better for having fellowshipped with our Lord!

"So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth." Hosea 6:3
Are you pressing on to know the Lord or are you just ambling along, hoping you are going in His direction? Do you hunger deeply after the things of God or is your appetite satiated by something ultimately less nourishing and satisfying?

"The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;" Psalm 19:7a
Are you allowing the Word of God to restore your soul, your emotional well-being? When your emotions run wild, do you turn to the Lord or to something else?

"The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." Psalm 19:7b
Are you sure of the testimony of the Lord? Are you certain that Jesus is who He says He is? Are you trusting in the simple wisdom of that knowledge or making things more complicated than He intended them to be?

"The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;" Psalm 19:8a
Is your heart rejoicing? If not, are you out of line with some part of God's code of conduct?

"The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes." Psalm 19:8b
Do you clearly see the way before you? If not, are you ignoring something God has clearly commanded? Are you trusting in the purity of those commandments and their ability to help you discern the path before you?

"The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;" Psalm 19:9a
Are you clean? If you are clean in God's eyes then He sees you covered by the blood of Jesus and you will endure forever. Are you living as if you will endure forever? Are you living as cleaned by His blood?

"The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether." Psalm 19:9b
Do you trust our Judge? Do you believe that He is Truth?

"They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them, Your servant is warned; in keeping them their is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also, keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins; let them not rule over me; them I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression." Psalm 19:10-13
Are you regularly asking God for forgiveness of sins you don't recognize? Are you asking God to keep you from defiant, willful sin? Do you accept His acquittal?

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14
Are you asking God to allow your words and thoughts to be acceptable to Him, understanding His holiness and your own short-comings? Do you rejoice when He does, in fact, accept your words and thoughts?