Just As I Am

“There is only one page left to write on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.” ― Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
(Goodreads)

The word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is paranymph. No, it’s not what you’re thinking. Get your mind out of the gutter! It means, “a groomsman or a bridesmaid,” or, “a. a friend who accompanied the bridegroom when he went to bring home the bride. b. the bridesmaid who escorted the bride to the bridegroom.”

Today is Sewing Machine Day. I wouldn’t have picked that. It’s the only one they gave me. So enjoy your sewing machine today. This day celebrates the invention of the sewing machine. Apparently, the real inventor is disputed. I’m not even going there.

Our worship time went well, yesterday. The music went well, and the message on prayer was good, as our pastor continues his summer series. After church, we stopped by the store to get some steaks and potatoes for lunch, all of which turned out to be quite delicious. There’s more to the story, but I don’t really have time to go into it.

C and I watched some TV while the potatoes baked, and then while we ate. After that, C went to take a nap, and I played on the PS4 the rest of the afternoon. This morning, I decided that I’m taking the Grand Theft Auto game back to it’s owner (a friend a work). I need a break from that game. Perhaps a permanent one. I know it’s just a game, but it is very brutal, and I don’t think I need to be playing it. I’ll go back to something less realistic like Fallout 4 or Tomb Raider.

Tonight, I’ll be going back to band practice for the first time in three weeks. We had a break on Memorial Day, and then C’s mother’s funeral was the next Monday. I hope I remember how to play. 😀

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God and did not keep his testimonies,
but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers; they twisted like a deceitful bow.
For they provoked him to anger with their high places; they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
When God heard, he was full of wrath, and he utterly rejected Israel.
He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
and delivered his power to captivity, his glory to the hand of the foe.
He gave his people over to the sword and vented his wrath on his heritage.
Fire devoured their young men, and their young women had no marriage song.
Their priests fell by the sword, and their widows made no lamentation.
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a strong man shouting because of wine.
And he put his adversaries to rout; he put them to everlasting shame.
He rejected the tent of Joseph; he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loves.
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens, like the earth, which he has founded forever.
He chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds;
from following the nursing ewes he brought him to shepherd Jacob his people, Israel his inheritance.
With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.

Psalm 78:56-72

This Psalm, written by Asaph, highlights the character of David, whom God chose to lead his people. David guided God’s people with an “upright heart” and with “his skillful hand.” The qualities of “strength and gentleness” are exemplified both by David and by our God, who chose him, and then “revealed himself in Jesus Christ.”

“‘Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but Thou art mighty; hold me with Thy powerful hand; Bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more’ (William Williams, ‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,’ translated by Peter Williams). Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

Getting There

“Follow me.”
Mark 1:17

In the last of these readings entitled “Getting There,” Chambers says, “One of the greatest hindrances in coming to Jesus is the excuse of temperament. we make our temperament and our natural affinities barriers to coming to Jesus.” Jesus will not consider our natural affinities when he calls us. We think that we can consecrate our gifts to God. But, in truth, we cannot, because we cannot consecrate what is not ours. When God gives a gift, it is already consecrated, because it was given by a holy God. “There is only one thing you can consecrate to God, and that is your right to yourself.” If we will do that, God will make a “holy experiment” out of us, and “God’s experiments always succeed.”

The true “saint” always realizes that it is God who arranges the circumstances around his life. This results in a life free from whining, and full of “reckless abandon to Jesus.” In additions, we must not make a standard out of our own experience. “Let God be as original with other people as He is with you.”

Come to Jesus; abandon your life to him; see what he will do.

Father, “just as I am, poor, reckless, blind; sight, riches, healing of the mind; Yes, all I need, in Thee to find, just as I am, I come.” As you draw me closer, I willingly “come to Jesus.” Allow me, give me the strength and ability, to recklessly abandon my life to Christ, and see what kind of “holy experiment” you produce in me.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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