Wednesday, February 3, 2010

this time

today i was reading this little devotional that my roommate has in her room. here is what yesterday's devotion was a message from God saying. . .

I am renewing your mind. When your thoughts flow freely, they tend to move toward problems. Your focus gets snagged on a given problem, circling round and round it in attempts to gain mastery. Your energy is drained away from other matters through this negative focus. Worst of all, you lose sight of Me.
A renewed mind is Presence-focused. Train your mind to seek Me in every moment, every situation. Sometimes you can find Me in your surroundings. At other times you must draw inward to find Me. I am always present in your spirit.
Seek My Face. Speak to me. I will light up your mind.

i really needed to hear that yesterday. and then the Lord surprised me with another wonderful insight today. . .

i am with you and for you. you face nothing alone- nothing.
When you feel anxious, know that you are focusing on the visible world and leaving Me out.
The remedy is simple: fix your eyes not on what is seen, but unseen.
Verbalize your trust in Me, the Living One who sees you always.
I will get you safely through this day and all your days. But you can find Me only in the present.
Each day is a precious gift from My Father. How ridiculous to grasp for future gifts when today's is set before you! Receive today's gift gratefully, unwrapping it tenderly and delving into its depths.
As you savor this gift, you find Me.

i am so thankful for his faithfulness to remind me through simple things that he is listening to my prayers and hearing my heart. although we know he does hear us, it is nice to be given a sign. a little squeeze of the hand, reassuring us that we are doing right by Him. that He is holding tight.

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