and yes, i did have to count those letters. it never ceases to amaze me how easily it is for me to become so focused on myself. prime example, how many times did I just refer to myself in the previous sentence...point made- anyways. all of this to say, my quiet time has not been what it needs to be. i have not had my eyes set on Christ and His will. i have been absorbed in busyness. when did serving for Christ and in Him steer off into serving out of my own strength?
A dear friend was sweet to remind me (or gently rebuke me is more like it) (thanks dear one) that being human means that failure is basically ingrained in me. i am not going to be able to please people all the time (and i should not)
"Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ." Gal. 1:10
handling every situation that comes about in this lifetime with grace does not just happen, it is something that God is going to work out in me.
i love this passage from Romans 5: 1-5
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
i love these promises God has made to me. i love His Sovereignty. i love His glory. i love His faithfulness. i love His mercy. and i pray that He continues to transform this unworthy vessel as He sees fit.
His love overwhelms me, you know what i mean?