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“Granny when are you going home?”

 

“Granny when are you going home?”

 

Ray and I had just returned from a conference. I was gone longer than usual. My mom was gracious enough to take care of Camden while we were gone. Excursions to Toys R Us and Little Caesars were the order of most of his days. My counters are overflowing with Oreos and candy corn that would delight any child. And while all of those things were great, it was me he wanted.

 

I scolded him for his rudeness; admonishing him that we just don’t say that to people. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized there is a place for getting away from everything and everyone.

 

 

He just wanted my full attention. He wanted me all to himself.

 

This is the way God feels about you.

 

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.

 

In the old language this word “secret” gives us a picture of a big comfy couch on which you can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.

 

My mom knew exactly what Camden was desiring and made a quick exit. Camden beckoned me to cuddle on the couch in our living room. He wanted me to watch a video with him; just the two of us.

 

“Momma watch this with me!”

 

Sheer delight exuding from his voice, “Look at this! Are you watching?”

 

He kept turning to look at me; snuggling closer and closer.

 

God beckons us to come join Him. He doesn’t want anything from us; He just wants us.

 

With so many things competing for our attention it’s often difficult to just sit and enjoy time alone with our God. It’s worth it to set everything aside for Him. You may go into it frazzled, but you’ll come away with an overflowing heart.

 

It’s never wasted time.

 

He just wants to be near.


 

Ray and I had just returned from a conference. I was gone longer than usual. My mom was gracious enough to take care of Camden while we were gone. Excursions to Toys R Us and Little Caesars were the order of most of his days. My counters are overflowing with Oreos and candy corn that would delight any child. And while all of those things were great, it was me he wanted.

 

I scolded him for his rudeness; admonishing him that we just don’t say that to people. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized there is a place for getting away from everything and everyone.

 

 

He just wanted my full attention. He wanted me all to himself.

 

This is the way God feels about you.

 

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant.

 

In the old language this word “secret” gives us a picture of a big comfy couch on which you can relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.

 

My mom knew exactly what Camden was desiring and made a quick exit. Camden beckoned me to cuddle on the couch in our living room. He wanted me to watch a video with him; just the two of us.

 

“Momma watch this with me!”

 

Sheer delight exuding from his voice, “Look at this! Are you watching?”

 

He kept turning to look at me; snuggling closer and closer.

 

God beckons us to come join Him. He doesn’t want anything from us; He just wants us.

 

With so many things competing for our attention it’s often difficult to just sit and enjoy time alone with our God. It’s worth it to set everything aside for Him. You may go into it frazzled, but you’ll come away with an overflowing heart.

 

It’s never wasted time.

 

He just wants to be near.

 


Choosing Joy

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This plant is stunning. The color is so vibrant. It’s really beautiful.

 

How come I can’t see what everyone else sees?

 

My eye is drawn to the one broken limb that’s hanging down.

 

 

I realize I can do this quite often in my life. I can focus on the one thing that isn’t going my way. I’m immediately drawn to the negative. Instead of being thankful for all the good, I focus on the one bad.

Sometimes many good and wonderful things are happening all around me. New things are springing up. Buds are coming to full bloom in this new season.

 

Do you feel this way?

 

Everyone is singing. You don’t feel much like singing though. Celebrations are all around. Somehow you don’t feel much like celebrating. Joy is abounding in everyone else, but you’re just not feeling it.

 

There is only one solution.

 

I have to cut that limb off.

Take every negative thought and remove it immediately.

Be thankful for all of the many blessings.

 

Don’t let that one thing steal your joy.

 

Whether it’s a big thing or small is irrelevant.

 

Joy is a choice, and thankfulness lifts the weight of every heavy heart.

 

God is not finished yet.

 

Psalm 27:14 “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”



Empty Hands

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The people that Moses was called to lead were complaining and questioning. But, he was just doing what God called him to do.

 

He was doing the best he could.

 

Exodus 32:26 Moses stood…and said, “Whoever is on the Lords side-come to me!”

 

 Some came and some didn’t.

 

The ones who didn’t were cut off. This is a great example for us.

 

There are negative, condescending, and critical people surrounding us every day.

 

Let go of the negative influences in your life. Don’t allow them to take one more ounce of your energy. Don’t allow them to steal your joy.

 

Exodus 32:29 Then Moses said, “Consecrate yourselves today to the LORD that He may bestow on you a blessing this day…”

 

God has called each one of us to serve him in a unique way.

 

Consecrate has a surprising meaning here in this verse. In this verse it means to “fill your hands.”

 

It is difficult to “fill your hands” with the things of the Lord if you are still holding on to a bunch bitterness, anger, resentment, complaining, arguing etc.

 

Jesus wants all of you. He wants all of your time. If you’re spending time complaining about the negative people, it’s wasted.

 

He wants all your energy. If you’re allowing these negative thoughts to consume you, YOU are the one being robbed.

 

He wants to fill you completely up with His Holy Spirit. There’s no room for anything else. The heart and soul of Jesus is to bring glory to His Father. And that should be our goal as well.

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

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