Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What Am I Supposed to Do?

Proverbs 16:1-3 (Amplified) The plans of the mind and orderly thinking belong to man, but from the Lord comes the [wise] answer of the tongue. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits (the thoughts and intents of the heart). Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

I really want to do what God wants me to do, but I just have so many things going through my mind. What is the right way? How do I know if I’m chasing rabbit trails or going after something God really wants for me?

I believe laying my desires at the feet of Jesus is a start. I have asked him to never give me anything that would move me away from his ideal for me.

Then I move forward with what I have in my heart to do. I believe if I’m going the wrong direction, He will nudge me or in some cases let a boulder fall in front of me so I will know not to proceed.

This very thing happened to David. He had it in his heart to build a temple for the presence of God. Nathan the prophet told him, “Whatever you have in mind, do it, for God is with you.” (1 Chronicles 17:2) However, that very night the Lord revealed to Nathan that David was not the one to build the temple but Solomon, David's son, was.

God’s wants to give us revelation so He can accomplish His purposes through us. If we seek Him with all our hearts, He will reveal to us all the information we need.

In our world today there are many distractions. Sometimes it’s the voice of friends or family or our own voice telling us the tasks before us are impossible. The television and computer are time-suckers that often keep us from hearing the voice of God as well.

Today, I’m committing to communing with the Lord so He can clarify His plan for me. I hope you will join me as well.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day Surprise

Isaiah 49:18
Lift up your eyes and look around all your sons gather and come to you.
As surely as I live,” declares the LORD,“you will wear them all as ornaments;
you will put them on, like a bride.

Allow me to brag a little. I have three sons. They are the best ever. There were days when they were growing up that I secretly wondered how they would turn out. You know, those days when you get tired of having to discipline them AGAIN. However, they are now all grown and have far surpassed my expectations with the character they display in their lives.

For Mother’s Day what I really wanted was to be with all my kids. Two of them live in California. On Thursday evening they surprised me with a weekend visit. It had been quite some time since our family has all been together, and I was grateful for the time.

We celebrated at my son and daughter-in-law’s house on Saturday. What a blessing it was to all be together and be honored for the evening. They each went around and told what they appreciated about me. What more could a mother want? (The gifts were nice too, I will admit. Thanks, guys.)

Proverbs 31:28 (Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her) came alive for me that night. It was the best Mother’s Day ever.