Thursday, February 4, 2010

Lessons From My Quiet Time...

I've had so many verses jump out at me this week. When I'm reading, I write down anything that stands out. SO many stood out this week. My struggles currently center around our house. It lacks in decoration and style and that's all my fault because I can't see it and I can't get it right and, let's face it, on one budget now, it's not easy to make what I can see a reality. Pretty petty and selfish of me, huh? I know that it's ridiculous, but it's what I've had on my mind. So...this week a lot of that stood out to me in my reading. In my journal I actually wrote down "Stop being concerned about what others think of your house! Make it a home and invite them in to a warm, comfortable place!" Wow, huh?

Something else that's been weighing heavily on my mind are struggles that some friends are facing. I have three good friends' names written down on my prayer list this week. Just those three names. They've been on my mind constantly. I can certainly only relate to one of them and her struggles as the other two and the problems they're facing are completely foreign to me. I've talked to one of them in-depth about things that she's facing and the fact that I don't understand. I'm not sure we'll ever fully understand why God has allowed her family and another friend to go through what they have. He's certainly not finished with the situations, though. I absolutely believe that in my heart. I don't believe that God presents us with problems and then walks away from us. I think He stays right there until it's through. We're the ones that tend to walk away. If my faith was tested like theirs has been, I'm not sure what I would do.

So, now that you know what I've been thinking, maybe these verses will make sense to you. Those are the eyes that I've been looking through this week! There are several verses, of the ones that I wrote down, that I wanted to share. I hope they speak to you as well!

Matthew 19:21
Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

Psalm 25:1-5
O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat. No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced, but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others. Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.
Matthew 21:21-22
Then Jesus told them, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don't doubt, you can do thinkgs like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, yu will receive it."
Psalm 27:14
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

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