On the way to church on Sunday, Allen, (my husband) and I were talking about the importance of the past, present and future…And how we need all three to be preparing for God’s work in our lives. So, that when His blessings rain down, we are ready. Though, I think about how quickly I can get stuck in past regret and forget where God has brought me from. Which can hinder me from living fully in the present and moving ahead to the future…Just like the Israelites had to be reminded of what God had done, as they were being prepared to possess the promised land….“For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.” Deut 2:7 NIV
I was telling Allen that I was excited to be pursuing art again, a gift and passion that God has given me. Though I don’t know where it is going to lead…I am being obedient and waiting expectantly to see what God will do. Sometimes I forget…God wants to bless me, He desires to bless me. But, will I be ready?
“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; They will still be praising You.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart I set on pilgrimage.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
Blessed is the man who trusts in You!”
Psalm 84:4,5,10,12 NKJV
“Therefore the Lord will wait, that He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.” Isaiah 30:18 NKJV
Dear Jesus, I want to keep moving ahead in faith, trusting that You are with me…while remembering Your past faithfulness, so I can live more fully in the present, basking in Your presence….looking ahead to what you have for me in the future…ultimately to spend eternity with you. Amen
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen” Jude 1:24&25 NKJV