Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The One Hundred Passages

In my journal every morning I've been adding my favorite bible passages. My goal is to get up to one hundred passages which I think I will exceed that. It's been a lot of fun to write them in my journal and recite them. They are passages that I have held dear to my heart, yet some of them I have not thought about for awhile, so it's been nice to review them and write them down and be reminded of them again.
This morning, in Psalms 40:11, I read  "Now God, don't hold out on me, don't hold back your passion. Your love and truth are all that keeps me together."
When I think of this and what it is really asking I'm taken aback. God! don't hold back your passion! What does that look like for me? If God were to give me ALL of HIS passion, how would that change my life? How would it impact my family and my friends and my neighborhood? Is He holding back? His love and truth do hold me together, but what about the days that I FEEL like I am falling apart? And, I do have those days. I am frustrated with those days. The days that I am believing something that is not truth and I have to search inside for that false belief. The days that I have to pray for Him to reveal to me where I am misguided and ask Him to give me wisdom and discernment. "His love and truth hold me together"
For me, on days like that I come to this truth "I will never leave you or forsake you" or, in Isaiah, (the name of my grandchild due in May) where I focused a lot this morning, "I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness. I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you." And, again in the Psalms, "O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me."
His passages of truth and love are endless before me, constantly reassuring me of Who He is, calming my soul. I don't always hear Him right away, but that doesn't mean He isn't there! In psalms 37:5 I read this: "Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him."
Yes, Jesus, Say That Again to me as I come before Your throne of grace and mercy. Quiet and prayerful.

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