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Sunday Stillness – How Do I Let God Be My Portion?

Sunday Stillness – How Do I Let God Be My Portion?

How do I let God be my portion

I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.” (Lam. 3:24, NIV)

 

As I prepare for my trip to Poland I have been reading some thought provoking articles sent to me by International Messengers.

One dealt with being poor in spirit – a hard lesson for me.

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs in the Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3, NIV).

I saw this little robin in my backyard the other day and it reminded me of the love and caring that God has for everyone – little robins too. The little robin is poor in spirit as it depends on God for its very being.

God looks after the little robin.

I too must learn to depend on God – that is being “poor in spirit”; getting rid of the “me” tendencies – you know the “I must, I need to, I want to”.

How can I let God be my portion?

I need to let go – of everything;

of knowing that things don’t have to be perfect; that I can try to do my best but then leave it at that; to focus more on my communication with the Father and less on what I want. As I lean on Him, He gives me great wisdom and strength than I could not have achieved by myself.

The article reminded me of the story of the prodigal son – if he had been poor in spirit, he would have welcomed his brother back rather than feeling left out. That is the sin of pride.

I have to learn that my way is not necessarily the best. I need to back off and see where God leads instead.

The song that shows that to me is Blessed be the Name of the LORD. The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run into it, and they are saved.

Saved means that God is my portion, my tent and my rock. He is my all in all.

Here is the video:

Prayer:

Oh Lord, I know You are my portion. I will wait on You. I won’t go ahead of you. I will watch and go where You show me. I will lift my prayers to you, not fearing anything because You have it all under control. I am saved and in Your arms. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Tweetables:

God looks after the robin. I need to let go – of everything. (tweet this)

Saved means that God is my portion, my tent and my rock. (tweet this)

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WEDNESDAY’S WORD – Transformed

Wednesday’s Word – Transformed

Empty

As we head toward Easter I think back at the difference that Easter means to me now compared to earlier -before I understood who Jesus is.

I found a poem I had written a few years ago.

I thought I would share it with you today. It is based on Romans 12:1-2.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Inside Out

Dry, brittle
Easily hurt
Lifeless
Angry, unsure
Taking hold of life
By sheer will.

Exert control, demand
Expect everyone
To heed my call.
EMPTY

Jesus entered
Sensed my struggle
Asked me to lay it down.

Pierced my soul
With life-giving blood
And turned me inside out.

Released my fear
Sorrow and pain
Mercy washed over me.

Showed me love,
Patience and passion
And life with an Eternity.
 FULL

@Janis Cox 2008

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GPS

GPS

by Jan Cox

The New Compass

My husband searched for a compass at a marine store the other day. He wanted to have one on his boat – I am not sure why because I like to stay close enough to shore that I can see it. But he purchased one anyway. I hope he hasn’t got some notion of going into larger areas of water where we can’t see land.

I thought of how we sometimes use our GPS to find a place and how we end up on the other side of the street and still have to stop and ask a person where to find the store.

Praise the Lord that He is a true compass – One Who can guide, point and save us. That’s how I see the letters GPS – God Points and Saves – He shows us the way.

On this Good Friday, as we think of how He saved us – remember why He came – why He went to this trouble and pain – for us.

He calls to us from the deep.
He speaks into our hearts and souls.
He wants to touch us and restore us to godly lives.

That’s why He came – to make a “gateway into life for us”. He overthrew Satan, so we could become sons of God.

“He had triumphed to save the human race. Every human being can get through into the presence of God now because of what the Son of Man went through.” (Oswald Chambers, April 5th)

So today I leave you with this song.

The Wonderful Cross by Matt Redman and Chris Tomlin

I am now looking ahead to Easter.

Prayer:

Today’s prayer comes from my study of Revelation in the Amazing Collection.

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of Thee, let my first impulse be to worship Thee, let my first speech be Thy name, let my first action be to kneel before Thee in prayer. O God, who hast been the Refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my Refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my Guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my Guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my Strength in time of testing. Gladden my heart with thy peace; through Jesus Christ my Lord. AMEN. (bolding is mine) (John Baillie, twentieth-century Scottish theologian and ecumenical leader)

My Gratitude List – counting to 2000 – I am at 1200

  • communication with our family
  • blessed by my daughter and son-in-law with a donation to my favourite charity
  • planning a party for 8
  • planning new Bible study for 10 women – using Grace Fox’s book, From Fear to Freedom – A Woman-to-Woman Conversation
  • air-conditioning in Arizona for my allergies
  • our local Financial Peace Group saved and reduced debt to a tune of $300 000 in 13 weeks. Hallelujah.
  • Keeping my allergies under control
  • Leftovers – an easy meal
  • Revelation – study from The Amazing Collection – Jesus Christ revealed
  • Art classes – great teacher who helps me “see”
  • Not letting technology use me
  • “Our faith has to be worked out in actualities” (Oswald Chambers)
  • reading Oswald Chambers each morning on my new IPOD
  • thinking about Easter
  • learning more by studying God’s Word
  • excited about flying home in 2 weeks and getting hugs from kids, grandkids and friends

Contributors

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.