Brrrrrr… it is COLD today! Thank you though, Lord, for the warm bed where I didn’t have to feel the cold until I got up. Thank you for the nice dream I had, such a peaceful, serene place and a gentle spirit! Thank you for healing the hurts of the last couple days, establishing growth where only pain existed. Truly you are amazing, Lord God! I see now how the times when things seem raw and “chewed up” are actually just ground being prepared for new seeds, and even fertilizer being added to places in the heart where you are making all things new. It may hurt, and it may stink a bit, but if we just yield to your touch, we grow. Thank you, loving Shepherd! I actually feel closer to you and to my earthly husband — BOTH! — than I ever thought possible. I feel full and complete and at peace and content. I keep thinking, how can I possibly grow any more? Am I near the end of my life already? Lord, please bring more people into my life, so that I have somewhere to overflow, some purpose for the overabundance of love and joy and peace in my heart. Thank you, Father. Amen! 😀
2 Corinthians 8:11-15 ERV
So now finish the work you started. Then your “doing” will be equal to your “wanting to do.” Give from what you have.
If you want to give, your gift will be accepted. Your gift will be judged by what you have, not by what you don’t have.
We don’t want you to have troubles while others are comforted. We want everything to be equal.
At this time you have plenty and can provide what they need. Then later, when they have plenty, they can provide what you need. Then everyone will have an equal share.
As the Scriptures say, “Those who gathered much did not have too much, and those who gathered little did not have too little.”
Wow, how cool is that?! I have sooooo much been feeling like I have an abundance of “wanting to do” and that my “doing” is finally starting to catch up again — more than it has in almost a decade! And here I am, overflowing. And ya know what, I am also finally starting to pay more attention to what I have, than what I do NOT have. I don’t mean in tangible things like what money can buy, but in so called “talent” or “gifts” — that which comes naturally to me, the “skills” or “interests” that are at my very CORE, making up who I AM, as an individual. Even the dream I had last night was in part about giving freely of what comes naturally to me — from a well that I KNOW can never run dry — and having all my other needs met, abundantly. I didn’t want to leave the dream, it felt so much like HOME, a place where I FIT! My strengths were being used to their potential, and everything else I had need of was supplied in return. Simple. Peaceful. And now I see, biblical! 😀
Lord, I see evidence in my house and in my past of things I have begun in order to try to make a better income, to support my family. And they sit there, unappreciated and some of them even unfinished. I see things I am doing every single day, with my full heart put into it, giving of the abundance of my strengths that you have given me. But they are not making an income, not as yet anyways. I feel so much joy and love and peace, using my strengths and sharing the unique blessings you have given me! Yet we do not have enough money to pay rent, and even our internet connection is threatened, as I am late paying the bill that was due LAST month, and I don’t have enough to pay it. Yet, peace remains steady, unmovable in my heart like at no other time in my life. Father, I lay the verses above at your feet, alongside my needs, and I ask you in faith, to provide. Amen. Thank you, Shepherd. 🙂