Morning Reminders

As I was reading JESUS CALLING this morning, this scripture from Ps 139: 1-4 was attached:

You have searched me, Lord, and know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:1–4

That’s become (1of) my favorites! It dawns on me (again) – The Lord looks at us with eyes of Love, Mercy and Grace. NOT judgement and condemnation.

One phrase I remember hearing countless times growing up (in a Pastor’s home) was: “Be careful, Jimmy, God’s watching you!” Unfortunately I usually thought of it as a warning that if I did something wrong, I’d “get zapped.” I didn’t always recognize it as a promise about His Love for me. I’ve since learned the difference, but I don’t always walk in the difference. I now understand; He keeps His eyes on me, but it’s because He desires to protect, guide and comfort me.

Now that Im old,(er) I remember the difference. He reminds me – it usually happens best in these early moments when it’s just Him and I, when we’re the only ones in the house up and awake.

“LORD, You Know what this day holds (for us)! You Know the temptation to fear as we approach the coming hours. ThkQ for this assurance – You Knew the days assigned to us before we lived our first one. (v.16) ThkQ for your Promise to ‘Never leave us, Never forsake us!’”

Keep us aware of Your Presence as we step into this day. Amen!

Today’s Jesus Calling:

“COME TO ME FOR UNDERSTANDING since I know you far better than you know yourself. I comprehend you in all your complexity; no detail of your life is hidden from Me. I view you through eyes of grace, so don’t be afraid of My intimate awareness. Allow the Light of My healing Presence to shine into the deepest recesses of your being—cleansing, healing, refreshing, and renewing you. Trust Me enough to accept the full forgiveness that I offer you continually. This great gift, which cost Me My Life, is yours for all eternity. Forgiveness is at the very core of My abiding Presence. I will never leave you or forsake you.

When no one else seems to understand you, simply draw closer to Me. Rejoice in the One who understands you completely and loves you perfectly. As I fill you with My Love, you become a reservoir of love, overflowing into the lives of other people.”

O Lord, you have searched me and know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord.
—Psalm 139:1–4

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
—2 Corinthians 1:21–22

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
—Joshua 1:5

SARAH YOUNG ‘n I agree – 10.28

As is my usual daily practice, I opened the JESUS CALLING app on my iPhone this morning and was reminded of my post from last Tuesday.

“LINGER IN MY PRESENCE A WHILE. Rein in your impulses to plunge into the day’s activities. Beginning your day alone with Me is essential preparation… your time of being still in My Presence equips you for the day ahead….”

(That’s all I can legally share, due to copyright laws.)      But – the JESUS CALLING app can be purchased in the App Store for only $10.99. It includes the scriptures for the day as well as the text of the day. A GREAT Way to start your day! I now use the app more than hardback.

The original title for this post was: “JESUS CALLING agrees with me!”     But then that began to sound very arrogant on my part, so I changed it. Upon further consideration, I realize – we both agree with HIM! – the original author! Starting the day in My Quiet Place makes a huge difference! EVERY time!!

T.B.T. # 16

#ThrowBackThursday

I’m a bit dismayed as I look back and remember this post from 4 years ago! 😪  Some of the lessons I was being taught then have yet to be properly applied to my everyday practices.

That’s part of the reason my Favorite Recovery Word is PROCESS.  I’m not what I was, I’m not what I will be, but “For Today, Just For Today, I can BE What HE Desires For Me.”   O’Course, without the work done in that time, our lives would be so different today. That’s a good thing! 😆 A  Very Good Thing! 🥰

Something I HAVE learned better since that point is we have to be (very) careful about comparing TODAY with YESTERDAY or TOMORROW. We run the risk of losing the JOY laid out for us on THIS Day.

https://itreallyisjustthatsimple.com/2015/10/22/stuff-in-the-way-2/

 

LIONs,TIGERs‘n BEARs-“Oh LORD!”

Can SOMEBody Please tell me why CHANGE seems to only happen in BabySteps?

BabyStep! after BabyStep! after BabyStep! From “There” to Here!

Why can’t I wake up one morning and Just Decide to be “HERE”?

AA tells me it’s because I keep looking for the “easier, softer” way.

Most Recovery Programs say: “Take These (12) Steps.” (P.S. – it all helps)

I’m sure it’s because I’d rather “Do it My Way! – by myself!”

JESUS says: “Jim, follow Me, I know the way!” –

Actually….

Something I continue to learn is that HE IS The Way. He takes my hand in His and says: “Jimmy, let’s take a walk through the garden this morning and let me tell you a few things about having me in your life. We can lie down in this green pasture, beside the still water and enjoy some quiet time together. You will find some healing and strength as we do it.”

“Now, listen to me very closely – This is important!”

“This afternoon we have a mountain to climb, but I’ll keep your hand in Mine and we’ll go there together! Trust Me.”

When we leave this quiet place, we’ll see some lions, tigers, and maybe even a bear or two. It may seem dark, you may not see me as clearly as you do now.

   But Fear Not, I Will be with you!

                     I Promise!”

“I have something to teach you that can’t be learned here – in the garden.”

BabyStep after BabyStep – with my hand in His!! …From “HERE” to “THERE!”