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Words

The overflow from this mornings journaling:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

How precious is Your word to me oh Lord, how unfathomable Your ways.

By Your word I receive instruction for the ways I should go.

In Your word I find hope and refreshment for my soul.

When trouble gathers near, it is in Your word that I take shelter, on Your word that I firmly stand.

And while the winds roar, my footing is secure.

Through Your word I obtain victory for every trial.

Out of my mouth I shall declare what You have said; my words for Your words, Your words as my words.

And the walls collapse, victims set free, and the glory is Yours alone.

Morning Sips

Vincent D’Onofrio preached a good sermon!

A few weeks ago I had the strangest dream. As best as I can remember it (because it was rather weird … you know, one of those dreams that seems to jump around a lot but “bits and pieces” remain with you upon waking. Yea, one of those.

In my dream, Vincent D’Onofrio was what some might call or think of as a Pentecostal preacher. Like his famous Law and Order character, he was animated in speech and a little on the quirky side.

He swayed while he preached. Or more accurately, he “flowed” around the pulpit, as though moving with the ebb and flow, rise and fall of the Holy Spirit speaking through Him.

Most of what he preached I don’t remember, but I recall the feeling of agreement. He was preaching the Bible.

Then unexpectedly he paused, looked right at me from the pulpit, and said “Don’t smell another man’s offering.”

A few minutes later, he asked me what that (all of what he had just preached) meant to me.

I thought for a moment, took a deep breath to answer, and … woke up.

DON’T SMELL ANOTHER MAN’S OFFERING

I have been thinking about this ever since. What do you think this means? Do any Scriptures come to mind?

Morning Sips

Priorities.

This morning I am reminded of a saying I’ve had posted in my office for the last two years.  The more I meditate on it, the deeper and richer it becomes.

“The WORD produces FAITH – FAITH produces GRACE – GRACE produces POWER.”  ~Creflo Dollar

I’ve got a lot to do today with some pretty high expectations for what will be the outcome of today’s actions.  But is it in my To Do List that I will find success?    Actions are important, of course.  But I am reminded that true success comes from reliance upon the Word of God.

“I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings and will not be put to shame.  For I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.”  (Psalm 119:46-47 Amplified Bible)

“Remember (fervently) the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope.”  (Psalm 119:49 Amplified Bible)

I love that image of God “fervently remembering” His word to me.  For when trouble comes (pressure to perform, too many demands and not enough time, inconvenient disruptions, failures and set backs) I surely do need to be reminded of His word and His plans for me.

When I delight myself in His word and promises (by thinking of them, speaking them over myself and my circumstances, holding tightly onto them), hope for their fulfillment rises up in me and know that regardless of the experience of the moment, He will bring me into the prosperous life promised for His children.

 

Morning Sips

 

Only You!

I can’t stand it – I have to get this out!  Not all of it, because the story isn’t quite yet ready to tell … but I’m about to explode, so I’m going to share the next best thing!

This song came to me (approx. 2003) after a similar OMG experience!  OMG as in “Sweet Lord Jesus, why do you love me so much as to do that for me?” kind of thing!  And from the outpouring of gratitude from that OMG experience, this song came out of my heart and I’ve been singing it since to Him for years.

Only You
Written by Jenny Hopewell

Only You would do something like this Lord
Only You would do something like this Lord
For You are faithful, and you are good
And You look after Your children, like a good Daddy should
Only You, Only You would do something like this Lord
For me