A church in the country on a Sunday drive. : )
Something I pray for on a regular basis is that the Lord will help me to feel His presence. There are many times when I feel like what I'm doing at home is not enough. Like I should be helping out financially in some way. Or that I'm unusual in staying home now that our son is grown (and don't have the homeschool reason to stay at home anymore) or now that my husband is retired I should be the one to bring in some extra money to help with the ever growing healthcare costs. When I'm in a room full of women (some of whom are much older than I) and knowing that they are still working (some part-time) there is this guilty feeling of not doing my part.
While I was working in the kitchen the other day, I did indeed feel the Lord's presence. These "feelings" are pretty much the same each time I experience Him with me. It's like a soft touch on my shoulder telling me that what I'm doing is okay - it's where I'm supposed to be and it's what I'm supposed to be doing. Even if it was cleaning up after preparing a meal. And that special feeling always brings tears to my eyes because it makes me feel loved and cared for and watched over. And I'm SO grateful for those times of answered prayer.
What this also does is that it reassures me that if God is with me in the so-called mundane things, He will be with me in everything and that I can trust Him to guide me in and through it all. There may very well be a day that I feel Him telling me to do something else, but for right now that touch on my shoulder tells me that I am to be satisfied and contented right now. Whether it's folding laundry, or mopping the bathroom floor, or washing dirty dishes. It all has to be done, and I'm willing to do it, and it's okay. : )
This past week I finished reading the Old Testament of the Bible and now, again, on to the New Testament! There are many things in the Old Testament that are hard to understand (and that's fine) and God knows that. He doesn't expect us to understand it all, but He does want us to read it all. Every single time I read the Bible (for the I don't know how many times now) I find something new and it's very exciting. Little things (well, not little - but I know you know what I mean) that jump from the pages and speak to me. It's so exciting and so amazing to me. And one my prayers and desires for ALL of you, is to get excited and amazed too!!!!! : )
While sitting in church this morning I had the overwhelming sense of our need for Jesus. Every single person born in this world NEEDS Jesus (whether they think so or not). Because when this old world comes to it's final end we will all stand before Christ - the Bible says "EVERY knee will bow and EVERY heart will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (emphasis mine). And for me, being a born again Christian it sounds awesome!!!! But wouldn't it be awesome if the world would begin to feel that way now? I SO want everyone to get up in the morning just being excited about getting on their knees before the Holy God of Heaven. I SO want everyone to feel like they just can't wait to open up their Bibles and hear and learn from God. I SO want everyone to go to a Bible-teaching church every Sunday. I think it's a sense of my feeling impatient with mankind. We've seemed to become so blah when it comes to God and worship. Like He's being put on the back burner and we only come to Him when we think we need Him. Why does it always have to take an emergency situation before we come to Jesus? Do you think maybe He allows emergency situations in our lives to get us to come to Him?
Again, I encourage you to come to Jesus today. If you don't know the Lord, all you need to do is repent of your sins and ask Him to come in to your life and take over. Confess your need for Him and He will come to you. There is nothing you have to do, because Jesus did it all for you at the cross. No works can get you into Heaven, only the blood of Jesus. For God so loved the world, God so loves YOU. No matter where you come from, no matter what you've done, He is waiting. But do it today! None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. This is my prayer for you. : )