This morning I thanked God that I got to have another day with him. As my husband and I groggily (at least I’m groggy) roll out of bed each morning we like to tell each other, “I’m thankful to have another day with you.” Since he was out of town, after I awoke I said these words to God. I hoped these words would not only be pleasing to him, but would also help me to live “today”—which is not always an easy thing for me to do. While saying those words, I let out a sigh of contentment…knowing these are words I can say to him every day—eternally.
It’s been a long while since I’ve visited this blog. Meanwhile, a lot of life has been lived and miles have been traveled. I even entered into a new decade since my last visit—I turned sixty. I now consider the mid-nineties officially “old”. Since the last blog post I have a new book hot off the press—Prime Rib…Exploring a Woman’s Value and Purpose and another is due to be released by IP in early June. It’s called Spiritual Leadership for Women. I’ve been so inspired by numerous godly women who I had the privilege to profile amidst the chapters. I also have about a dozen blogs cluttering my files –yet they are incomplete. Thoreau once said, “…my life had been the poem I would have writ, but I could not both live and utter it…” Boy, do I understand that.
I am tempted to go back and complete these blogs before moving on to current happenings (maybe I’ll include them in another book next year,) yet there is so much to be discovered today. I might miss today—if I keep thinking about what I did or didn’t do in the past or am too concerned or worried about the future. Today I want to be present in the present– in God’s presence. (Chew on that a moment.)
Is it easy for you to focus on what is not going well, or what you don’t have, or how different life would be for you if only…? For me, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of the day… or what was left undone yesterday or still needs to be done in the future. So, I need to say these words again. ”Good morning, God… I’m so thankful to have another day with you.” I’m sure I’ll need to say those words again tomorrow.
Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Psalm 84:10
It is enlightening to note the number of times God speaks of “this day,” or Jesus speaks of our need to depend on him each day—even as he teaches us to pray in Matthew 6:11, Give us today our daily bread.
Today’s choices can even make an eternal difference in our lives and the lives of others. As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
If I am not present in the present in his presence I fail to discover lessons God teaches me…whether through circumstances, his word, the urging of his spirit, other people, music, animals, nature, trials…really anything. And I can become worried, self-reliant and ungrateful.
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
Today….seek to be present in the present in his presence.