Thank you so much for gently leading me through the day yesterday, and all these last few weeks that have been so challenging on so many levels. I think if I ever have only ONE major life struggle to endure at once, I may feel like I’m getting spoiled rotten, lol! But in reality, I cannot even picture that happening. Father, please balance me. I have already told you — and I continue to remind myself by re-avowing — that I do not EXPECT to hold on to anything for any length of time, but instead to just accept anything you allow me to have, at that moment. I know that you care for my heart as well as my spirit, and I choose for myself whatever YOU choose for me, my Lord. I trust you completely. At the same time, I know that you have said we can ask for anything, and you will give it. But you know my heart, Lord. If I ask anything for myself, past the necessities of adequate warmth and covering, I really only just desire to be found faithful to you. I would LIKE to also maintain a cozy warmth and the privilege of watching Great Courses, but I do not NEED those things. If I ask for anything else, I only desire things for others — that those I love get to know you on a very intimate, personal level — and that they be FREE. That is what I ask, Oh Lord. Thank you, Shepherd. 🙂
Psalm 27:4 KJV
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
John 8:31-36 ERV
So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you continue to accept and obey my teaching, you are really my followers.
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
They answered, “We are Abraham’s descendants. And we have never been slaves. So why do you say that we will be free?”
Jesus said, “The truth is, everyone who sins is a slave—a slave to sin.
A slave does not stay with a family forever. But a son belongs to the family forever.
So if the Son makes you free, you are really free.
Lord, please reveal yourself to my children and lead them in the path of righteousness through YOU, setting them FREE! Please help my husband and me to let go of everything that holds us back, keeps us from walking FREE in this life, as well. I desire to share nature with my husband, to explore your Creation together. We have not had that chance, and I know that I do not NEED it, to be complete. Still, I lay this desire I have at your feet, leaving it on the altar along with my heart, for you, mighty Shepherd. Thank you for laying your entire self there, on that same altar — the First Fruits — our Trailblazer and our mighty Cornerstone. Amen! 😀