Meditation

June 30, 2008 at 9:59 am 2 comments

There are goals that are seemingly in conflict, yet make perfect sense to me after years of hashing them out:

  • To be both a worker and a “rest-er” (Hebrews 11).
  • To be focused, and yet playful (balanced).
  • To be purposeful, and yet flexible.
  • To be satisfied, and yet evaluative.
  • To be content, yet passionately pursuant.

Layers of conflicting emotion, maturity, experiences, and expectations are harder to deal with.

I spent hours in restful prayer fighting it out last night while the family when to play and eat–I was too short-tempered to be of any use otherwise.

I felt better when they returned, having prayed/interceeded/napped for a few hours.

I woke this morning, however, with a feeling of agitation again.

Not much conversation goes on between me and the Lord in the morning…I just don’t have a lot of words in the morning.

“Lord, help.  I’m not where I need to be for this day.  Fix it.”

“You are worried and troubled about many things,”

“But…only one thing is needful.

Why does that feel so profound?  I knew that, Lord.  And I needed it, again.

Lead me continually to you —my Chief Cornerstone.

You Alone.

My Joy.

My delight.

My hope.

My anchor.

My Foundation.

My security.

My shepherd.

My song.

Take us all to that place, Lord.  Be everything we need.  Simplify us.


Proverb for the 30th–Proverbs 30

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  • 1. tunz4jesus  |  June 30, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi, haven’t been much of a surfer lately. Praying that new things are being revealed to you continually, much love and peace,
    Tunz

  • 2. Cindy  |  June 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Needed to hear this word this morning—bad day for me!

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