Archive for January, 2011

New Year Resolution

Wikipedia defines a New Years Resolution as a commitment that an individual makes to a personal goal, project, or the reforming of a habit.  I personally don’t like NY resolutions, because they are rarely kept.  However there is something to be said for having personal goals, starting good habits at the beginning of the year.

One of my personal goals for 2011 is to spend more time in daily devotion with God.   Why is always such a struggle for me?   When I sit down to have quiet time with God, it’s amazing where my mind wonders.  I suddenly get a new burden for house cleaning – and I don’t even like to clean!!!   Why can’t this just come easy for me?

I don’t have all the answers on how to best accomplish this (if you do, you can share with me), but I do know that God desires to spend time with us – daily.  He wants us to take time to cultivate a relationship with Him.   What a privilege it is to be able to meet with Him!

Yes, this seems to be a recurring battle for me, but it is one that I am willing to fight for!      Lord, give me a desire to seek You!

“O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.”

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Unfulfilled Longings

Last night Byron was showing me a Lego computer game on Ebay – one that he really wanted to buy!!!   Do you remember on Paul Harvey, Paul would have segments called, “The rest of the story”?   Well here’s the rest of the story……

I was aware that Byron really wanted this game, so I had already contacted my sister who owns the game for her boys.   Her boys are older now and don’t play with it as much, so I asked if they would like to sell it to us.  She agreed, and put it in the mail (from AL).   So knowing that the game would show up in our mail box any day now, I tried to stall Byron from purchasing this game with his new C-mas money, by suggesting that he pray about it, and ask God if he should have this game.

Although he was doubting how he would hear God’s answer, Byron said the sweetest little prayer, asking God’s guidance.   Byron waited just a few moments, then announced, “HE said I should have it!!!”.  🙂   We got a chuckle at this, and I winked at Scott knowing that Byron would indeed get the game soon.

Later as I was reflecting on this humorous little story, it dawned on me (no pun intended) that at times, I do the same thing with God!  How many times do I want something really bad, and I orchestrate my way to get it?   It’s not wrong to have longings, what is wrong is when we demand the Lord to fulfill our longings now, and in the way we desire !

I currently have a few situations/longings/desires that I’m praying for.   A few of them seem impossible to resolve.  Sometimes acts of God in our lives don’t seem consistent with the Word of God and the Ways of God.   That’s because we’re looking at it from a limited perspective, we don’t see the whole picture.

We have to recognize that our life, with all its unfulfilled longings, is part of a bigger plan.  It’s my desire to bow the knee, open the heart, and say, “Lord, I embrace Your will.  This is what I long for, but I give my longings up to You.   I trust You, and know that You are fulfilling Your purposes”.

“Got any rivers, you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God specializes in thing thought impossible
He does the things others cannot do.”

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