Monday, April 7, 2008

ponderings from today

I still have not been myself these past few days but I know that I have felt the prayers of my precious friends who have been praying for me. I read these verses this morning and they stuck out to me so much:

Proverbs 6:21-23

21 Bind them upon your heart forever;
fasten them around your neck.

22 When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you. (emphasis mine)

23 For these commands are a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and the corrections of discipline
are the way to life,

I have learned the hard way (disobedience), like a stubborn child, how good His commands are and what life they truly bring. To walk in my own way, in my flesh, truly equals destruction and death. I want to choose to obey my loving Father and have the peace that comes from abiding in the shadow of His wings. Go read chapter 6 of Proverbs for yourself but I just hope you will focus on verse 22. I have never spent time with Him in vain and I am so thankful for how He truly restores my soul when I am alone with Him. His word speaks, His commands truly are our lamp and our light, and the wisdom we get from the word will truly watch over us as we apply it and grow in our maturity. Oh that I would believe and trust in Him more. He so longs for us to come to Him. Just like Peter jumping out of the boat in the last chapter of John. He had to bridge the distance that was between him and his Christ. And Christ was there on the shore waiting to meet with His disciples, waiting to meet with Peter. But I just love how Peter so longed for Christ that He was willing to look foolish to get to Him. They were only about 100 yards from the shore after their great, MIRACULOUS, catch of fish and when Peter recognized Christ he swam as hard as he could to get to Him. And then how Christ reinstated Peter after his denial of Christ. The Lord wants us to come to us as we are. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He wants to heal us and bind us from getting off on our own beaten paths or from even the pain that has been caused by another. When you need Him most, He will be on the shore waiting for you to. Don't wait to get cleaned up to come to Him or you will never come. None of us can ever be clean and pure apart from His cleansing.


valerie said...

Hi Jenny,
I was reading about you on Michelle's blog.
You are in my prayers this morning.
As I read some of your past posts it just broke my heart. I've always been a compassionate person...a gift I thank God for & a gift I always tried to instill in my own children. It really breaks my heart when someone else doesn't have what others have, especially children. What a sweet friend you had as a child...the one who shared the honey bun.
As a teacher, I would hope I would have noticed you were sitting there w/out. You're right when you said we never know what's going on behind closed doors in someone else's home. We all need this reminder to pray for discernment and pray for ways we can be available to minister even if it's just a smile or an encouraging word. What a blessing you are now as an adult to feel what others are feeling and to hurt so that you pray such sincere prayers to our Father. (like you felt for Daniel who was suicidal)
Your little daughter is very blessed to have such a precious mommy.
May God continue to heal your body.
Again, your blog has blessed me this morning.

DidiLyn said...

Thank you for this. I am all "inward focused" today, kinda like ingrown eyeballs. Doesn't help any situation.
I need to feel the love.
I want to BE Peter the rest of today(and my life); desparate for Jesus.

Darla said...

Was checking in to see how you are feeling, been thinking alot about you, just way too busy lately.

Love your thoughts on this post..Amen and Amen on the cleansing only Jesus can give us!
Love you Princess!