Thursday, May 28, 2009

I've Been Thinking...Psalm 90:17

Creative Thinkers think a lot, about a great deal of things...all of the time. Lately I have been thinking about my job path, what I want to do with the rest of my life, how I want to do it. This morning during prayer time so much was running through my head. The more those ideas run, the less I move. The circle goes round and round and nothing ever gets completed or finished. It becomes overwhelming. And that is not God at work. God is not about confusion, frustration, guilt, doubt. So I prayed. I have said in earlier posts that since my reduction in hours, I have really had a sense of peace about it. That God knew this was going to happen and wants me to use this time to find my resting place. My passion, my strength, my own success. But at the same time, this mind keeps going jumping from one idea to the other and God works at slowing me down giving me time to think, process.

So in my prayer time I decided I knew what I wanted. I want to have God as my boss all the time. I want to run his company with the highest level of honor and respect for the people it employs whether it be one person or 500. I want the company to be God honoring in all it does. Recession Proof. I don't want to be rich by monetary standards. I am rich already. I want to be healthy. I want to treat people in an honoring way. It then occurred to me that all these "things" that have been happening, have been used to teach me to care for others beyond the normal way of caring. It doesn't matter how others act, it matters how I act, how I respond, how I treat people.

I was in tears by the time I ended that prayer. And I randomly opened the book to this verse:

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
Establish the work of our hands for us;
yes, establish the work of our hands"

Isn't that beautiful? To know that we can seek God for Everything. He can be Owner and President of our lives and guide us even to the point of determining the work that we do, and how we do it. Its amazing to me as I move through my business plan, life plan, choices I make, that I keep meeting others in the same place. Reaching out to God. Today a woman I met on the crafting site ETSY was emailing me about some work she is doing for me. I had asked her how she got started and she said, "I prayed about it". All around me the Lord is speaking. To me, through the words of others, and to you through the people you meet. Today I choose to start listening more. What verse has moved you lately? What verse was a clear answer to your questions?


Dani said...

I love experiences like this when I can feel God's presence strongly through prayer and scripture study. It's a lovely experience to have and to share with others! Thanks so much for sharing. As for me, I love a portion of the scriptures that I have an experience like this attached to. I was reading along and it was a part where a prophet of God was telling his righteous people "I trust that I shall have joy over you..." "I trust that ye are not in a state of unbelief..." "I trust that ye have not set your hearts upon riches and vain things of the world..." and I was thinking to myself... yes, He trusts me to do what is right and seek the kingdom of heaven. But at the time I was looking for more guidance than reassurance. I wanted Him to tell me through His word what I should do...what I should look to. I was reading along and feeling all these statements of trust touch me to my heart and I knew His spirit was speaking to me.

Then I got to verse 7. "For behold, I say unto you there are many things to come; ..."

I stopped there, excited, hoping he would tell me what was to come. It got my attention completely!

"...and behold there is one thing which is of more importance than they all---"

I was bursting with excitement and hope here because I felt like I was getting an answer to my prayer.

"...for behold, the time is not far distant that the Redeemer liveth and cometh among his people."

Then it came to me.

I was worried about all these trivial things in my life. I was trying to find answers to very miniscule things- trifles. What I needed to do was focus on what was REALLY important, and that was God. That was Christ -and (although at this point in the scriptures, it was talking about when Christ would be born) that I should focus on becoming clean and worthy for Christ coming to the earth a second time.

I felt I needed to share this experience with you. Not sure why. But I know how it feels to find comfort and peace through prayer and scriptures. I have a testimony of that - in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Just Me said...

It is obvious in your writings and thoughts how connected you are to God. Its such a connection that I look forward to reading what you have to say. This post like all the others you have made touched me deeply, but this one also reached inside. When God is speaking to me, and I feel his prescence I get a slight shiver through my body and he is saying to me to pay attention. That is how I felt as I read this post. And then I came to your thought: when you said you didn't know what you were sending this to me. Well, I have to tell you that is was the right story at the right time for me. I have never read the scripture you forwarded. And I never have felt or thought about God trusting me to make the right decisions and choices. That he could trust me to make the right decisions.

WOW. Thank you for being so obedient to God. This is a new concept for me and one that needs quite a bit of processing! More on this as I read and learn. Thank you so much.