It was so wonderful to be with my “northern sisters” again. We had been separated for several weeks by our respective travels. We came together again this week… desperate (mostly) for You, Lord.
The journeys — and struggles — we shared made me even more thankful You have brought us together… for such a time as this. We talked about the importance of grabbing hold of Your Word every day. How even one of Your precious promises is like a cool drink of water on a hot, humid day.
Like an oasis in the desert.
I’m wondering which of Your promises they have grabbed hold of this week. Which one You are using to encourage their hearts. This is the one You have been using with me:
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
ALWAYS. On the mountaintop and in the mess. I have experienced both this week. ALWAYS is an amazing promise, Lord… Amen?
Maybe that’s why You led me to share that wonderful worship tool: ACTS. A way of coming into Your Presence each day with more than just asking You for what we need. There’s so much more to our relationship with You than what You can do for us… Amen?
A = ADORATION. Expressing our love for You to You, in whatever personal way(s) come from our hearts. Telling You with words or poems. Singing to You. Just hanging out with You and setting our hearts on You. Worshiping You for who You are, not just what You do.
C = CONFESSION. Acknowledging to You where we’ve “blown” it. Asking Your forgiveness. You already know it; we’re just “agreeing” with You — letting You know we know it, too. And when we do… WOW!
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
T = THANKSGIVING. Thanking You for something in the midst of any situation… even the toughest ones. The tough situation may not change, at least for the moment. But when we set our mind on being grateful, it’s amazing what we will see that we really are grateful for.
“And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
S = SUPPLICATION. Yes, we all have needs. You already know what they are, but You love it when we come to You. Acknowledging our needs… especially our need for You. Asking on our own behalf, but also on behalf of others. Our loved ones. And those we struggle with loving… or even liking.
“Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:44)
Tonight, Abba, I just want to crawl into Your lap and Your warm embrace. I’m all out of words. I just want to know. And I do.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)