Thursday, December 23, 2010

Common Blessings (Part 2)

I wish that life should not be cheap, 
but sacred.  
I wish the days to be as centuries, 
loaded, fragrant.   

Ralph Waldo Emerson

638.  Water is a natural resource that most of the worlds population is not blessed to have access to. This week we were without water for a mere 24 hours. A pipe connection underground had burst close to our water main and we had to shut off the water to our house until John could fix the problem. The water man arrived the following morning, he was such a blessing, turning on the water for us briefly so I could flush some toilets and add some water to our bath tub. He felt very sorry for me and said, " Mam, will your husband be fixing it today, you can't go without water for too long, especially with all your children!" He was deeply concerned and felt terrible leaving me alone without water, he even said he was in the neighborhood today and could run over and turn the water on it I needed it. After he had left I though about what a blessing it  was to even have access to water on a daily, moment by moment basis. Most people in this world do not have running  water, sanitation,  and garbage disposal. The map above shows that North America and Australia are the only continents with 95% of the population accessing water. That 24 hours without water was so hard, baby puke, messy tables, crumb covered floors all were complicated by lack of water. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to live without it on a regular basis. Lord, thank you for the blessing of running water, I am one person, for every me there are 95 who are not privileged to have such access. Help me to find ways this month to assist in bringing Living - Water to someone in need! 

639. Smiles & Faith - My babies have smiles! What a joy to have three little children who are always smiling and singing and talking about Jesus. This afternoon Drew told me a rather long rendition of the woman who touched Jesus' cloak and was healed. He was so descriptive and excited about the story  and he left with "she was healed because of her faith." I love the faith of my children, Lord help me to have faith like little children - unstained by the world's wisdom. 

640. Prayer -  is such an incredible gift! I don't have to go through anyone to talk to my Father, He is there listening and waiting to hear and converse with me.  Over the last few months I've  been looking at how to improve my very lacking prayer life. I have such a powerful means to influence those around me through the medium of prayer and yet it because burdens om to the point of disobedience. Lord, thank you for Romans 8:26 which says that in my weakness, the Spirit himself intercedes for me with groans that words can't express. May 2011 allow me the ability to appreciate the gift of prayer and apply it deeply into my life. I want to make prayer a continuous part of my every-moment life.

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15). 

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). 

 641. Christmas - A gift of grace sent down to Earth from our loving Father. I delight in you Lord this Christmas, I've lived for 31 Christmas' and each one is special, unique, anticipated and delighted in. As I watch the excitement on the faces of my children and Your special day gives forth I am reminded of the excitement I am to have in my own heart for your return to this Earth. You will come again - this time as a King, victorious and unearthly. You will rule over your people and deliver us one last time from the chains of Satan and Sin. I long for the  days  when I don't battle with my flesh on a daily basis for those things that I know are wrong. Lord,  Thank you for the gift of "God With Us" and help me to delve into Your Word with anticipation of Your  return.

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