Let All of Life Be Prayer

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”~~Rabindranath Tagore
(BrainyQuote)

Today’s word of the day, from Merriam-Webster, is astrolabe, ” a compact instrument used to observe and calculate the position of celestial bodies before the invention of the sextant.”

Today is Chocolate Mint Day. Ooh, and I still have some Girl Scout Thin Mints left!

We made a decision last night to postpone the Galveston trip we had planned for April. The house we rented is available for a week in October, shortly after our anniversary, so we plan to move our vacation days to that week. The reason for this is that my mother’s radiation treatments will, more than likely, not be completed in time for the April trip, plus, she may be really tired, still from all of the going back and forth to Weatherford for the treatment. Everyone involved has been consulted, and all agree that this is a good plan. Then we will move our yearly anniversary trip to Glen Rose to November, for Christi’s birthday.

It’s Friday!! And I am working next Saturday, so I will be taking this Monday off, so . . . three day weekend! Which doesn’t quite make up for having pretty much no weekend next week. We have a PAT meeting at church next Sunday, so I will be busy both Saturday and Sunday. But then, there are only two more weeks until our March Glen Rose weekend, for my birthday. Good times.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

Psalm 29:1-4

We who believe in Christ are able to hear something “to which others are deaf: the voice of God.” No, we don’t (usually) hear an audible voice. We hear the voice of God in a “wide range of sound: from the ‘still small voice’ that calms the heart, to this thunderous boom that inspires awe and wonder.”

“I don’t hear enough of what you say, Lord. Cure my partial deafness so that I may attend to your deep, authoritative word resounding through the world in stormy majesty. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Today’s reading is “The Initiative against Drudgery.”

Arise, shine . . . Isaiah 60:1

If we sit around waiting for God to help us, it likely won’t happen. “God helps those who help themselves” is not a biblical statement, but is frequently misquoted as one. The truth is that God helps those of us who cannot help ourselves. Nevertheless, we cannot just sit and wait, most of the time. Yes, there are times when we must do nothing but wait. But these times are not the norm.

Whenever God inspires, we must “do the thing and not lie like a log. If we will arise and shine, drudgery becomes divinely transfigured.”

How we perform the tasks of drudgery is a great indication of our character. “Drudgery is work that is far removed from anything to do with the ideal–the utterly mean grubby things.” Consider the act of Jesus in John 13. He bent down and washed the feet of a bunch of fishermen. “It requires the inspiration of god to go through drudgery with the light of god upon it.” Have you ever watched a saint do something in such a way that it almost becomes holy? It might be something totally ordinary, but once we see them do it, it is different forever. “When the Lord does a thing through us, He always transfigures it.”

This all goes hand-in-hand with a quote from today’s Daily Guideposts reading. “All of life can be prayer if you let it.”

Father, teach me to let all of life be prayer. Show me the holiness in the commonplace, the divine in the drudgery. In this way, let me worship you without ceasing, in every moment of my life.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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