It's been a long day...a hard day. You?
By lunch time, I wished I'd donned work-out attire and tennis shoes rather than cute-work attire.
I like to be busy, and I was today. However, there's productive-busy and then there's hectic-busy. Today, at work, was hectic busy.
I like my job. I feel like I make a difference - light in a spiritually dim environment.
And tonight, it was my delight to do ministry with beautiful daughters of the Most High God and King. We filled 100 gift bags with chocolates and nail polish, tied them up with colorful ribbon; we asked the Holy Spirit to pour a blessing over each gift bag and make them useful in a supernatural way to reveal the love of Christ to women trapped on the streets of our city.
If I'm whining...I'm sorry! I'm just really tired and my head hurts behind my right eye. Again, I've not protected my sleep.
My day began so sweetly with a cup of coffee on my quiet couch visiting with Jesus. His Word in Psalm 40 warmed my heart and soul. I said to Him, "Good Shepherd, these words sound like me!" I believe He smiled a yes.
If only I could have stayed there all day...visiting with Him, hearing and taking in. But, He is not just for me to receive and hold for myself. Father says I must go out and share Him with everyone He give opportunity.
So, on this 23rd day of the 31 day writing challenge...I'm sharing with you the blessing of Psalm 40
I waited patiently for the Lord,
and He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
He brought me up from a desolate pit,
out of the muddy clay,
and set my feet on a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.
How happy is the man
who has put his trust in the Lord
and has not turned to the proud
or to those who run after lies!
Lord my God, You have done many things—
Your wonderful works and Your plans for us;
none can compare with You.
If I were to report and speak of them,
they are more than can be told.
You do not delight in sacrifice and offering;
You open my ears to listen,
You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering.
Then I said, “See, I have come;
it is written about me in the volume of the scroll.
I delight to do Your will, my God;
Your instruction lives within me.”
I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
see, I do not keep my mouth closed —
as You know, Lord.
I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart;
I spoke about Your faithfulness and salvation;
I did not conceal Your constant love and truth
from the great assembly.
Lord, do not withhold Your compassion from me;
Your constant love and truth will always guard me.
For troubles without number have surrounded me;
my sins have overtaken me; I am unable to see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my courage leaves me.
Lord, be pleased to deliver me;
hurry to help me, Lord.
Let those who seek to take my life
be disgraced and confounded.
Let those who wish me harm
be driven back and humiliated.
Let those who say to me, “Aha, aha!”
be horrified because of their shame.
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You;
let those who love Your salvation continually say,
“The Lord is great!”
I am afflicted and needy;
the Lord thinks of me.
You are my helper and my deliverer;
my God, do not delay.
Amen and Good Night!