Been studying kings of Israel and Judah and am now studying the prophets in chronological order in conjunction with the kings and nations to which their message was directed. Doing it this way makes SOOOOO much more sense.
Also going through "Prayers for Prodigals" for the second time and when yesterday's prayer subject was a Proverb, I realized the Proverbs are God's Tweets! LOL
My mother's best friend joined her in heaven last month. She was a prolific supporter of Christian ministries and had a great library. I found one book called "Prayers for Prodigals" by James Banks and have been going through the daily messages during my devotional time. It takes 3 weeks to start a habit so it will be very good for my family.
The book is teaching me how to pray for my son and even more importantly, how to pray for myself! My most often prayer is "LORD, get me out of here!" and ironically, it's always out of the same place. LOL Am I Jonahette? I really hate this place. suburbia.
anyway, get the book. It's the most useful daily devotional I've ever had.
When I was a child I drew horses. When I became older I continued. I got better as I got older.
I still have all my son's schoolwork. He, too, is an artist. Today he makes wonderful rustic furniture for his home (and rebuilds cars and trucks). I've recently moved and a quite a few of the boxes are his kid stuff. Not toys but things he created. I really do have to part with some of it.
Today I was thinking about how proud I was of his work at the age of his creativity and if thinking about how he has grown in his ability, as I did, I may be able to let go of it. I'm out in the country and we have a burn pit for paper.
God looks at us the same way. Our mistakes are lousy pieces of garbage that will end up in the burn pit. He sees us at our greatest point and all those good pieces (there are quite a few) will also be glorifying because we are to have the faith of a child and the pure love of a child (resulting in the joy and peace of a child). The surviving pieces, all the good in us, is all He sees.
I have been studying anxiety and this morning thought about the poem "Footprints In the Sand." I'm reading "You Can Win Over Worry And Depression" by Lehman Strauss. He wrote, "The person who is worrying is not trusting, and the person who is trusting is not worrying." I have a major trust issue. Worrying is actually a sin. It is a lack of faith.
So I asked forgiveness for it because I pray for many people and do not want to grieve the Holy Spirit.
As I was thinking about trusting Jesus I reminded myself of ALL the times I would fearlessly go to different places knowing that He would have it all worked out beforehand. He went before me. I simply had to follow. Which brought me to the footprints.
Jesus didn't ever say walk beside me. He said to FOLLOW Him. I thought of all the times the Israelites went into battle and the LORD God went BEFORE them. I thought of when soldiers and Marines are on patrol walking through a street that may contain an IED. They carefully step into the footprints of the man in front of them.
THAT is following. I want Jesus to be in front of me. I want to follow His ways and do things as He did. I want to step into each of His footprints so that you couldn't tell it was me, but you could only see His way. It is when I disobey that there are two sets of prints, some even heading backward! The way is narrow, so if you don't want to fall off the cliff, better step in the prints of the guide so you don't slip.