Be encouraged to set aside time for worship.
In the busyness of work, family, and even church obligations, worship, expressing adoration and love for the Master, gets pushed in the background.
Lately, the Holy Spirit is provoking me to consistently practice nurturing the inner man just as we feed our bodies food.
One way to keep the inner man well, is to worship the Father. Praise God for His omnipotence, His omniscience, and His love for you. Praise Him for all that He has given you and even the punishment that He held back from you.
I worship Him for being the Protector of my soul, for being a God of a second chance and for loving me above all.
What makes you worship God?
I just read snippets of an article http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2010/05/17/the-digital-universe-information-shadows-and-paying-for-privacy/where Alix has posted on the dilemma of having your private information harvested by social media mega-businesses like Facebook and Twitter.
I am not surprised by any information that businesses harvest to help create more business. I would expect that anyone’s privacy could easily be breached, if one wanted to, as there are not stringent rules regarding etiquette on and ownership of the World Wide Web.
Aren’t you at least glad that you can tell Father anything you want? He at least will still keep your information private.
Well, as long as at some point you do repent so that your sins won’t find you out! 🙂
A conversation came up today about Women’s rights. There was a discussion about how one should be a feminist because men have too many implied rights that women still have to fight for.
I am not big on feminist thinking, except maybe for equal job opportunities and equal pay for equal work. I commented that a woman did not need to expend her energies on Women’s rights. God will take care of her rights. God opens up every door that one is to walk through.
Do you see feminism integrating with biblical principles?
I am continuing my reflections of Mother’s Day.
I am thinking of the times as children and teenagers when we wish our mothers would “go away” for a little while and let us do it (whatever the “it” might have been).
* Remember resenting her input: spoken or unspoken?
* Remember saying, “I can’t wait to move out of here and get my own place.”
* Remember, “She makes me sick.”
How foolish we have sometimes been!
Suddenly, maturity or a revelation, or maybe a smidgen of both, kicks in. Some experience teaches you how wise, smart, intelligent, humble, and sacrificing she has been.
Gone are the immature days of wanting to push her away.
Today, I am so grateful when I can call my mother and say I am sorry for past wrongs. I am so grateful for her snippets of advice.
Life’s experiences of harshness, loneliness, and/or conditional love has left me now wanting want to yell, “Please mother me !
“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” *
— Dorothy Canfield Fisher
As today is Mother’s Day, I was reflecting on the sacrifices that mothers make to promote the health, safety, and happiness of their children.
To all the mothers who: wiped running noses, washed dirty faces, made your children do homework and chores, stayed up nursing fevers, worked two jobs outside the home, gave up college educations or careers, walked the streets looking for that wayward child, soaked a pillow with tears of concern, and/or prayed long hours into the night, kudos to you all.
Remember while parenting you may feel alone, but you are not alone. The bible includes lists of women and their family endeavors. There is obviously Eve, the first mother. But think also of Rachel, Hannah, Rebekah, Bathsheba, The Proverbs 31 Woman, Ruth, Mary the Mother of Jesus, Eunice, and Lois.
Thank God for mothers!
* Quote retrieved from http://womenshistory.about.com/od/motherhood/a/mother_quotes_2.htm
The story below came to my email recently:
The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, ‘God! How could you do this to me?’ Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! ‘How did you know I was here?’ asked the weary man of his rescuers. ‘We saw your smoke signal,’ they replied.
The Moral of This Story:
It’s easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.
Remember that the next time your little hut has burnt to the ground, It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.
This story is great reminder to us all that God is working
on the saints behalf even when it feels like He is silent. 🙂