Monday, June 27, 2011

The Recipe

We have a nice bread maker from our son and daughter in-law. My husband has used it a couple of times, I have not.  I thought I'd take a look at it today, find a recipe, and make some bread. I'm not totally committed to this plan yet, but I'm leaning towards it.
I have a a lot of recipe's. I enjoy cook books, but have not always enjoyed cooking. It's been something nice to think about.
This morning as I conversed with God I was feeling a little blah about various things.  We went over my week together and I started to think that maybe I would do better by just staying home! I couldn't really explain the blah feeling to Him, but then again, I don't have to.  He knows.
He told me to read Philippians 4. I've read that chapter many times, but every time it is something new that strikes me. This time verse 12 stood out, kinda like a sore thumb!
"I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am."
So, I had to ask myself, is this true for me? We've had much and we've had little, does it significantly impact my joy? Sometimes it does. What does that say about my security IN Jesus, or my faith?  I've been in several different places, and I'm serving now in several different areas, has this impacted my deep joy? Yes, it has. There have been those times that I've gotten wrapped up in what I'm doing and my focus has not been on who He is and who I am IN Him.  My joy has been diminished during those times. Have I always behaved as if I can get through anything because He is the ONE that has made me who I am? No, I haven't.
So, today, my focus is on this verse and the promise it holds. Whether my hands are full or empty, I have much or little. Wherever I am, home, church, playing with my kids, struggling with an issue, I have His promise that because of who He has made me to be, He will get me through it all. On the sunny days, rainy days, happy days, blah days, everyday He is there.
He is lighting the way, He has a plan, and I will follow.  Say that Again, Jesus, You have made me your child, your living testimony, Your light. You will keep me on Your path, and I will focus on You.

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