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Organizing the Inside – Day 62 Unworthy of Compassion

1But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. 2He prayed to the Lord, “O Lord, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.
~ Jonah 4:1, 2

Have you ever felt resentment when you see people prosper in their ungodliness?
Have you ever felt like God was unfair in blessing them when they won’t even serve Him?  Perhaps you know of someone who continues to deny Jesus, yet has been obviously blessed with material things and what appears to be happiness.  Maybe you are a Christian, who is struggling to make ends meet, and you regularly give; yet you know of some who never gives but has so much.

Jonah felt angry because of God’s grace and mercy on the people of Nineveh, because he felt they didn’t deserve it.  Jonah resisted the plan of God for his life because he didn’t want the people of Nineveh to repent and find forgiveness for their sins.  He knew that God would have mercy if they repented.

Was Jonah concerned about the wrong things?

Jonah being concerned about the unrighteous prospering went out of his way to keep them from hearing the truth that would cause them to repent.  If you’re like Jonah, your focus has become misdirected by your resentment. Did you do anything, anything to earn God’s grace?

Don’t fret because of evil doers.
Instead be focused on what God wants to do in your life and allow Him to change your heart.  Don’t let anger or bitterness take root in you, remember the love and compassion that God had on you when you were on your freight train, doing 500 miles per hour headed straight to hell.  Show compassion to someone today, even if your mind is telling you they are unworthy.  Christ died to take away the sins of the world.
Also read Proverbs 24:19

Day 47- Patience and Passion the “Power Twins”

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  ~James 1:4

Who doesn’t want their dreams to happen right away?  If you are working toward a goal and know that it’s because God has placed a vision in your heart… keep pressing forward.  The enemy is working overtime to distract you and get you off course.  Jesus came to bring life and life more abundantly.  I suspect if more Christian women would trust in the Lord with all our hearts and rely not on what we thought we knew we would get better traction on this journey to find and fulfill our purpose. 

If you know that a life of order, peace and contentment is what God has for you then stay focused.  Set goals that are smart and look to the hills, for in God you’ll find your strength.  Your patience and passion are the power twins that will enable you to accomplish your dreams.  When the work of patience is fulfilled you will be, perfect, complete and wanting nothing. God promised that He would give you the desires of your heart, that’s what passion is! 
Also read Proverbs 13:4

Day 45- His Strength is Perfect

9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  ~2 Corinthians 12:9, 10

Today, Lord let me recognize my weaknesses, so you can prove your power.
I believe God want’s us to rely completely upon Him.  He wants to demonstrate His power through us and wants us to know His faithfulness, as His power and strength are perfected in our weakness.

I am often reminded about how strong my Dad was in his last days on earth.  It left me speechless as I saw just how much his worn body had to endure. Never once did he complain, or cry or even flinch as the nurses tried time and time again to draw blood from his very thin, tiny veins. He patiently waited as the nurses made seemingly futile attempts, one after the other, until finally the needle used for infants went in. Emotionally the nurse would apologize, and he’d just smile back at her and nod his head as to reassure her it was okay, he was okay.

In situation after situation Dad always seemed to have such strength and courage; words seem inadequate to describe.  He’d done it! He’d allowed God to perfect His strength in him. I saw this one with my own eyes.  So today, if I’m feeling just a bit stronger, it’s humbling to know this one thing for sure – it’s not I, but Christ that lives on the inside of me. 
Also read Galatians 2:20

Day 39- Just How Important is Sleep?

It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.  ~Psalm 127:2

Are you ever so busy that somehow sleep becomes overrated?  This has always been a struggle for me.  Especially if you are a busy mom or a solopreneur,  there is always one more email to answer, one more thing to get done before you finally lay your head down for rest. 

More and more I am discovering just how important sleep is to my physical and mental health.  Our bodies need time to rejuvenate and our strength must be replenished.  Let’s not forget it was God, who created us as beings that need to rest.  We’re created in His image and even God had to rest.  Being busy from early morning to late evening is nothing to be proud of.

If you feel you’re even too busy to meet with God for quiet time and prayer; you’ve got it bad and something needs to change.  God wants us to take time from our busy day to embrace what really matters and spend quality time with loved ones, not just serve them.  Listen to the Holy Spirit sometimes He tells us lights out, and we need to simply say, “yes Lord” and get some rest.  Also read Luke 10:39-42

Day 37- Power to Make a Choice

Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” But the people said nothing.  ~1 Kings 18:21

Have you ever been silent when you should have spoken up for what was right?  Have you ever been more fearful of what people would think that you remained silent about sin?  Ahab had over four hundred of Baal’s prophets and Elijah was the only one standing for the Lord, yet He stood boldly knowing that God was with him.  Although it appeared that Elijah was outnumbered by unbelievers he served the only true and living God.

As servants of the Most High God, we are never outnumbered.  God wants you and me to be different and willing to stand up against evil.  It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we can have the courage to stand against evil.  Jesus told the early church to wait until the Comforter came. He said that when He came He would give them power to be a witness.

If you find that you are not standing up for the truth.  If in your heart you really are for God, but sometimes you are afraid to let others know; worried about what they may think of you, it’s very possible that you need to tarry.  Simply seek God and ask Him for the power to choose Him; the power to choose what is right.  He gives good and perfect gifts, and surely He will give you the power of the Holy Spirit.  Also read Acts 2

Day 36- Today I Answered the Call of Wisdom

1Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?  2On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; 3beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: 4“To you, O men, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.
5You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, gain understanding.  6Listen, for I have worthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. 7My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.  8All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. 9To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge. 10Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, 11for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. 12“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.
~Proverbs 8:1-12

I realize something today that I’m not certain I clearly understood before; the value of wisdom.  God wants me to do my very best to gain wisdom and get understanding.  Wisdom is living the Word; it is putting into practice what you are taught; knowledge being lived out in one’s life. I’ve come to understand that God see wisdom as supreme. It ranks higher than many things that I’ve spent my time pursuing.

I want to invest my money, time, and focus in one thing that God has put high value upon; wisdom and understanding.  Proverb 4:7 Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost all you have, get understanding. This, for me adds considerably more value to a coach’s word, or a teacher’s insight, or a mother’s instructions that I did not fully understand before.

As I look for ways to make my life simpler, I know that getting that which is supreme will help me avoid a lot of obstacles that most likely would have obscured my path.

Day 32- In Jesus’ Name?

27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  ~Acts 17:27, 28

God set us up for success. He put everything in order and made sure we were in the right place. He did all this that we would have a chance at finding Him. While many of us have found Him are we living in Him?  Almost every time I pray I end it by saying “in Jesus name Amen”, or “in the name of your Son, Jesus I pray Amen.”  I had to stop and ask myself what does that mean.  Am I really in Him and if so am I living and moving in Him?  God desires to have an intimate relationship with each of us.  That’s why He put us in the place we needed to be, to find Him.

It’s really not enough to sign off at the end of every prayer in ‘Jesus name’ that somehow saying this makes our prayer legit.  What makes our prayers legit is that we are in Him, therefore we have full rights and the authority to use that name, because we are His offspring (our hearts, minds and being belong to Him). I don’t just want to have the privilege of using His name; like a miraculous signature at the end of my prayers. I also want to experience the privilege of living and being and moving in the one who rightfully owns that name,  Jesus.   Are you living in Him? Also read Acts 19:11-16

Day 30- A Reflection , A Change

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Today I looked at my reflection and noticed a few more changes, that weren’t there a year ago. Hum? I began to think about the fact that now I meet more people who are younger than I am, while before most new people I met were usually older than I am. Then my thoughts went to things that I have yet to experience, places I still want to go and so many things that I still need to complete for the kingdom of God.

Tomorrow when I look at my reflection I hope it looks different than it used to.  My prayer is that yours does too. Though, from now on when I see my reflection, it will make me stop and think, but not about a gray hair or the wrinkle that invades my smile because of time gone by.  I will see my reflection different than before because I’m determined to see it through God’s word.  This change is a good one, closer to His image and His likeness.

Day 29- God Listens and Cares

6But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. ~Psalm 18:6

Can’t you tell when someone is really listening to you?  Have you ever found yourself talking to someone and realized that they weren’t listening.  How did it make you feel? Did you feel unimportant or insignificant or maybe you were a little embarrassed because you were sharing something personal and thought that person was listening?  It’s hurtful to others when we divide our attention like watching TV when they are upset or hurting and need someone to talk to.

God always hears His children when we feel like talking.  It pleases God when we reach out to Him for comfort and compassion. He wants to meet us at our point of need and is always right there to let us know He cares.  Not only does God hear us but our cry actually reaches His ears… He listens.  Sometimes you may want to talk to someone who has skin, who you can look to, to show empathy.  You can tell by faith that God not only sees your tears He hears your cry and always has time to listen to what’s on your heart.  No matter how big or small your problem not only is He listening, He sees and cares.