Sunday, February 26, 2017

Eat Dessert First

Before my feet hit the floor my mind is ususally racing, thinking of all the things on my “to-do list”.  In silence I cry out, “ Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer”.  I am reminded that this prayer is a gift from Him to me. He knows full well that without Him, my anxious thoughts would overtake me. 

The day ahead will be busy and the thousands of thoughts that pass through my mind will overwhelm me if I do not adjust the course and turn to Him. A thousand times a day I cry out to Him.  The world around me is changing. The hatred, the anger, the negatively all seem to overwhelm me then I sense His presence reminding me that He is near. I hear my voice softly cry out, “ I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord”.

Once again, I adjust my course; I fix my eyes on Him, the author and perfector of my faith. He lifts me above my circumstances. He lifts me up and reminds me that I am His and that I am loved. He draws me in and my heart craves more of Him.

He reminds me of His love. He reminds me to read His Love Letters, The Written Word of God.  I am reminded to “lighten up” and stop letting the winds of change blow me off course. I re-adjust my course and fix my eyes on Him.

“Lighten up”, it is not in my nature. Or is it? I am reminded that He has given me a sensitive spirit for His purpose but not for my purpose.  I was blessed to spend almost five years as confidant and prayer partner with my beloved Jackie.  We shed many tears and lots of laughter.  We trusted the Lord to do what was right in His eyes yet praying His will would be to heal her of ovarian cancer. 

We cried together and our conversations were at times a little twisted. We would abrupt into crazy laughter.  Then one of us would say, “Why are we laughing, that is not funny.” Jackie needed me and counted on me to pray with her. But I needed Jackie too. She taught me that no matter what the circumstances you are experiencing in life, if you have Jesus you have all you need. Jackie also taught me that life is short and time goes quickly so remember to always “eat the dessert first”. On February 26, 2016, Jackie joined the heavenly choir and today she is well, she is enjoying dessert and most likely has made her way around the streets of gold telling everyone how much she loves Jesus.