And The Lord Says…

Childlike Faith

I awaken in the middle of the night, fear-struck and wondering, “How will I finish this task when it’s so much bigger than I am?”

And the Lord says, “Nothing is bigger than I AM.”

Hovering close, His feathery Spirit slips truth into my worry-weighted one.

In healing waves, He pours Himself, freely.  So what can I do but freely receive…

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Lord, it’s a battle, this worry habit.  After so many years of practice, I wonder if I’m too good at it.

“Practice letting ME be good at it for the rest of your years.  Throw Me your weights and nestle under my wings as we fly.”

But…

Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. Luke 12:29-31

Your invitation leaves me breathless…

How did I live out of Your order and expect Your order to chase me through my life?

How did I forget that I need to make You number one over all things?

Enough questions.  I choose to make a shift…

On deadline, I cling to My Lifeline

knowing:

Seeking Your Kingdom precedes Your provision.

Oh Lord, Your Kingdom I seek.

Break me to break for Your people.  I ache to do more than ache.

Whatever I do, I want to do it for you.  Whether I pray, pay, give, live, glow, go, share and care… I “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else.”

Because of this shift you empower me to make, I ask this new question: Partner in Life, “What can I do for you today?”

I don’t ask out of compulsion, duty, formula, or a works-mentality.

I ask out of simple trust, obedience and love for my orderly God and His people.

I ask and I lighten…

knowing:

When I put You first, YOU take care of

the rest.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Romans 12:2

Today’s application: Knowing God’s heart breaks in the midst of the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, I ask: “Lord, how can I seek your Kingdom in this?  What would you have me do?

I sense Him saying, “first love them in prayer.”

Care to join me?

Father of love, thank you that prayer changes things as we tap into Your power.  Help us pray Your heart today and also be Your hands and feet.  Rain deepest comfort on the families and friends of those wounded and killed. Assure them that You are with them and that You understand what it means to be innocent and fall into the hands of senseless hate. Great Physician, breeze deep inner healing, and surround them with tangible love both today and in the days ahead.  Also Sovereign God, please invade the hearts of terrorists and make a change for eternity…

Besides making prayer for the hurting a priority, what does it personally mean to you to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else”?

Linking today’s post with Holley Gerth and some other fabulous God-sized dreamers.  Feel free to visit!

16 Comments

  1. Thank you for the beautiful post, Cheryl! It’s always good to be reminded of God’s grace and to always seek God’s kingdom and turn over our worries. I joined you in your prayer. Amen!

  2. Oh, Cheryl! This is so beautiful! Thank you for your inspired, anointed words and for sharing your heart for God. I am so happy to have “met” you. God is so good! Have a blessed day in Him!
    Love,
    Cheryl

  3. Cheryl, I love the way you have laid this all out. You make it so clear. Ideas I have heard and tried to embrace make so much more sense after reading this! Beautiful. Thank you!

  4. Cheryl, this is so lovely. 🙂 And what a beautiful prayer for Boston. God bless you for your caring heart!
    Blessings Sister,
    Heather

  5. marilyn.kaiserlik@facebook.com |

    Beautiful thoughts. Thank you for posting them. I’m happy to join in your prayer.

  6. “His feathery Spirit slips truth into my worry-weighted one.” I love this line. To picture Him there with me gently exchanging His truth for my worry. Thanks for sharing

  7. Absolutely beautiful prayer! I fail to see how anyone could be offended by a prayer to change the hearts of terrorists. Unfortunately, I think worry is one of those frenemies we like to hold close. We just always need to remember to hold God closer and it’s easier to let go of the worry. Thanks again for stopping by my blog Cheryl 🙂

  8. THANK YOU FOR THE ASSURANCE OF GOD WATCHING, MAY THE
    LORD GIVE YOU CONTINUED INSPIRATION TO SHARE HIS
    WISDOM WITH MANY
    BLESSING TO YOU

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