Friday, January 23, 2009

Bless My Socks Off

Lately, I've been feeling a wee bit down. I think that probably all working wives/moms feel that way, kind of like an episode of The Neglected Housewives. So, this morning, I threw down a dare to God (in a 'nice' way). I get these little devotions emailed each morning from Turning Point Ministries. That is Dr. David Jeremiah's ministry and if you have never heard him speak, you should find a radio station that plays his messages and do so. I have a tremendous amount of admiration and respect for the man because he knows his stuff. Anyway, back to the 'dare'. I told God, "I dare you to bless me this morning." And He did. (Now I don't know if God likes it when we do that, but somehow, I have a feeling that after I read my little devotion and said 'wow, that blessed me' he probably blew the smoke from the barrel of the gun and walked away to the sound of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly playing in the background.) Because I love you all so much, I wanted to share my blessing with you.

Irrevocable Promises

For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you.
Deuteronomy 15:6

Some days are harder than others, and perhaps this is one of them for you. Life is full of frustrations, and we can grow mighty weary with financial pressures, family problems, church misunderstandings, and workplace conflicts. It sometimes seems like we’re losing our minds.

But God is not losing His! Remember that nothing revokes His faithfulness. His promises to us are irreversible, unalterable, firm, and fixed. There are conditions to be met, of course; but outer circumstances must bend, in His time, to the purposes and promises of God for our lives.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises… leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.” The Lord your God will bless you just as He has promised in His Word.

His promises are sure, His blessings are great, His grace is sufficient, His presence is near, His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. Cheer up! It’s not as bad as it seems.

Let God’s promises shine on your problems.
Corrie ten Boom

Oh, and as God was walking into the sunset, I thought I heard him say 'touche'.

Have a blessed Friday!


sherri said...

Love the visuals you created for us Annie!

Great way to start my weekend!

Beth said...

I've been thinking a lot how rejoicing always doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to wake up every day and be a shiny happy person, but choosing to rejoice on the "downer" days and praying that God will adjust my attitude to reflect what He's done for that helps!

We sing a song at church with the line
"All of Your promises won't let go of me."
I love that! And this devotional reminded me of it.

Helen said...

Sometimes I have to remind myself that God knows what He is doing. He is been in charge, like, forever...and He always will be. That's what I call job security.....;-)

Steph at The Red Clay Diaries said...

I bet before he blessed you, he said,

"Go ahead. Make my day."

Either that, or

"Do you feel lucky, Punk?"

Yeah, God as Dirty Harry. Well, it goes with Mulled Vine's recent post on how God's not necessarily nice.

I like the reminder that he might not give me what I want, but he keeps his promises.

Mulled Vine said...

I love the backdrop!

katdish said...

Thanks, Annie. That's pretty ballsy of you to dare God like that, but David was really open with Him -- in anger and in praise-- and he was called "Beloved One".