February 2, 2014
"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: a lilting birdsong, a loved one’s smile, golden sunlight. At other times, you must draw inward to find Me. I am always present in your spirit. Seek My Face, speak to Me, and I will light up your mind." Young, Sarah (2004-10-12). Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (p. 36). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
Today it would be easy to feel sorry for myself. I am so delighted that it is raining, but once again I am isolated. Somehow rain, unbrellas, dizzyness and walkers do not mix.
Shall I feel sad? Shall I be upset? What is the point.. because if I concentrate on what I don’t have, I miss what I do have! I have Your Loving Presence always with me.. I love to be at church, to see my friends, to sing together, to hear Gary preach. But not today.
I will rejoice in the Lord, because He lives.. He lives in me to keep me on the right track. He lives in me to bring honor to His Name every day.. even on rainy days! Even on days where I can’t move my head much. He lives in me and His Word lives in me renewing me daily.
I have no fear in death or in dis-ease because I know I am in His hands, fulfilling His plan as I sit rather than stand. For every day, without exception, I stand for Him. I stand in Him. I am because He is. He helps me stand, and helps me recognize that I am not alone, ever. There is no mistake here.. I was designed and planned, and I am each day learning more of the purpose that the Most High God has for me.
It looks different every day: this plan of His. I don’t fully understand, but the nice part is I don’t have to understand! I can rest in the fact that He is in control. Oh, somedays I want the control to be mine, but I know that He knows better. I rest in my mind, which is being renewed daily by His Word. I rest in my body, knowing that tomorrow is another day. I rest in my emotions, always aware that they want to take over. As I lean on the One Who Made Me Who I Am, I smile, knowing all this has passed through His loving Hands.
Thank You for today, for today is good because You are good. Thank You for struggles, for they help me know You better. Thank You for those You have given to me as support and help. Thank You for Who You are, because Who You are fills me up when I am empty. Who You are brings me joy when I am sad, and purpose when others would wonder about how this could be Your purpose. There is no blame I am not a victim, I am His.