Good Morning. Today I am reminded of the need to live in the present. To invest my best energies toward what is happening now. I am thankful for that reminder that came by way of a friend yesterday.
I have also been reminded of the powerful privilege we have to pray for one another, and how God is able to speak to us through the prayers and encouragement of others. I have been blessed as receiver of this gift all week. I honestly felt like I received radical heart surgery earlier this morning...radically changed for the better. And this change is way beyond ANYTHING I am capable of doing for myself. The beauty of it is that the heart transplant came as I was able to pour out my prayers, full of love, redemption, and peace for those on my heart. Amazing how that works. Amazing how He equips us to serve in ways we could never imagine. Amazing how He loves us in our triumphs and our failures. Amazing how He restores and refreshes our tattered and worn-out hearts...breathing His Life into our very beings.
Last night, I was surrounded by sweet children as my kids' oldest friends were at the house (along with their mommas). We gathered in a hand-held circle to pray for a particular family that is dear. The kids voices at the end, blessedly singing the Doxology, were more beautiful than words can express...I am sure if you had been here, your heart would have thought so too. "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below. Praise Him above, ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." Amen.
And the glory of the Lord shone around them...
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2: 9, 13-14
I want more, because He is more than enough. Regardless of circumstances. Regardless of how we "feel." Praying we all hold this truth closely in our hearts.