"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." ~ Jeremiah 33:3So right now, I am calling on God to show me things that I can't even imagine! I am excited to see what He can do that is above all that I can ask or think! I don't know what our future holds, but I know Who holds our future!
"Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us." ~ Ephesions 3:20
I asked for forgiveness, yet again (though once was enough for God), for the time that I wasted in my early twenties. By the world’s standards I was doing okay, but by God’s standards, I was a mess. Even though I was saved, I was not going to church very often, not cracking open my Bible, and not really giving any thought to what God thought about my life.
During all this time though, God was still thinking of me. Waiting for me. Lovingly. Patiently. Longingly. He was whispering to me words that I don’t think I consciously heard at first. I started reading my Bible again. I got back into church again. I quietly began serving Him. I started putting my focus back on things above. Not long after that, I met my husband-to-be. Three years later, we were married. A year after that, our son was born. Not quite two years after that, our daughter was born.
Yes, there have been trials, tribulations and difficulties. But wound through it all…oh, the blessings! During my prayer, I thanked God for all of these blessings. For all of the things that I do not deserve. For Jesus dying on the cross to take the punishment for my sins, so that I could accept Him as my Savior and join Him in Heaven one day. For loving me when I wasn’t even thinking about Him.
After my prayer, I opened my devotional book and then read the verses that went along with today’s devotion. As always, God’s timing is perfect. These are the verses I needed today:
“Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before Thee. Nevertheless I am continually with Thee: Thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in Heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” ~ Psalm 73:21-26
No matter where you are in your life, God is thinking about you. Waiting for you. If you are not saved, He is waiting for you to take that step. If you are saved, He is there, lifting you up. If you are not living for Him, He is waiting for you to seek Him out. No matter how close your relationship is with God, there is always one step closer that you can take. He is there. Loving you.
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
Socks = Prayers that we will not be led astray and that we will stay away from places that are not pleasing to God.I pray for health, wisdom, discretion, and boldness to witness. I also pray for specific needs or struggles that each of us is burdened with. Another idea that I have considered, but haven't applied yet, is praying by color. Each color could represent a specific type of prayer: White for purity prayers, red for prayers regarding salvation/witnessing, etc. I think the opportunities are endless!
Undergarments=Prayers for purity as our children grow and mature, for their future spouses and for purity in our own marriage.
"Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency." ~ 1 Corinthians 7:3-5Well. Yikes. Obviously, we aren't supposed to deny ourselves from our husbands (nor he us). In fact, these verses warn us that you could be creating a situation encouraging temptation if you do! So, what DO you do if you just aren't "in the mood"? After some discussion, the final consensus was that it is all in how you handle it.
"Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." ~ Matthew 4:10I can tell you that I first realized the power of this weapon when my children were about five and three years old. Our family had been attending church regularly, but not Sunday School. My husband and I both felt that we should be going to Sunday School, but we found ourselves in the midst of a huge battle. Every Sunday morning there was wailing and gnashing of teeth. The kids fought us and dawdled every step of the way! Oh we got to Sunday School all right, but I'm not sure how much we got out of it at that point! One morning, and I can remember this as clear as if it was yesterday, I was standing in the hallway, already exhausted from fighting to get the kids ready for Sunday School. I suddenly realized what we were really up against and said (Probably only in my head, but that doesn't matter), "Satan, we ARE going to Sunday School, and you just need to GET AWAY and let us do it!" I know it may sound crazy, but things changed from that point on!
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." ~ II Chronicles 7:14We need to humble ourselves before God, turn away from our sins, pray and seek Him. Our glorious country needs Divine intervention, but we are drawing farther and farther away from God. Each of us needs to take a close look at ourselves and realize that we are all guilty. There are no big sins or little sins, only sin. (James 2:10). We need to dive into God's Word to know Him better, to draw closer to Him, and to know His will for our lives. How can we know God's will for us? It's actually pretty simple when you read the following verse:
"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" ~ Micah 6:8Have you every asked the question, "What does God want me to do?!?!"? I know I have many times! Take another look at Micah 6:8, I don't think it could be more clear! God has showed us what is good and right. He requires us to be fair, to be merciful and to walk humbly with Him. How do we walk with Him? Through Bible study, prayer, and service! That seems like a pretty simple recipe to follow, doesn't it? Yet we still struggle! We need to focus on a closer walk with Him so that we can help to bring God's blessing back to our country.
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." ~ II Timothy 2:1-2We need to start praying now! Will you join me?
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." ~ Proverbs 22:6
"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." ~ Romans 8:28
"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." ~ Psalm 121:1-8
Thanks to my sister for reminding me about this passage today! It was exactly what I needed!