A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. – Proverbs 17:22
Have you ever awoken with a merry heart and really had no specific reason why? I mean, I have many great reasons to be merry, but none that stand out out of the ordinary from any other day. I love mornings like that. My Lord is so good, I should feel like this every day!
I received little sleep last night, and I will be “stuck” at work for like 12 hours today. In the past, that would be enough to frustrate or depress me. Today, not so much! I just can’t help it. I woke up thinking about my Lord and feel great! It doesn’t make me special, just truly blessed to be alive!
Sometimes, we just don’t praise the Lord enough. I know I don’t. There’s always the “Lord, I praise you for your goodness. Please help me…. Please guide me… Please protect me….” Hardly ever is it “Good Morning Lord! I am just so happy to be in your presense!”
Last night, my friend Dave preached one of the most powerful messages about sharing our God with others. He taught from Joshua 2 about Rahab. As many times as I have read that, it never occurred to me the true glory of that event. I have learned not to try to give the entire sermon in my own words because I can’t do it justice. However, what the Lord spoke through Dave was that Rahab believed upon what she heard. She did not experience or see any of the miracles that God performed for the Israelites, but she heard through the grapevine. Because of what she heard, she developed a fear and revernce for the LORD.
Dave reflected on the idea of whether we were telling people about our God. Are people hearing about the LORD as Rahab did or are we keeping quiet? I am not talking about religion or even denomination. Have we told our co-workers about how God answered our prayers? Have we told our neighbor how God has truly blessed us? Have we told our friends how God has protected us? It isn’t always about throwing Scriptures at them (not that that’s bad) but it is also about just telling them firsthand what God has done in our lives.
The message last night truly inspired me and encouraged my heart. I will miss Dave and his family as they head off to serve the Lord in Montrose, Colorado. Their family is a great blessing to our church, and moreover, an amazing blessing to me! I praise God that I was honoured and privileged enough to be able to get to know them so well!
I think about the shifts that are happening in our church. Dave’s family is leaving for ministry in Colorado, the pastor’s son and family are on deputation leading to the mission field, I will be heading off to school in January, and who knows what else God has in store. I am so thankful that He is using us to serve Him in that way. He is a glorious God!
I praise the Lord for all that He has done and will do in my life! I could not imagine my life without the Lord . . .well, I could but would never want to!
May you all have a blessed day! 🙂