We've all heard that joy is found following this prescription:
HOWEVER, today it became about "me-first."
I had already written another blog for this morning.
But, in the middle of my quiet time, I felt a NEED; no, more like a conviction, to make an explanation.
From even before 2020 ended, I sensed the Lord prompting me to study, research, learn, grow, listen, and seek to understand the problem with sheep-gone-missing.
I'm giving attention to what those voices address, and then to prayerfully, KINDLY, lovingly speak TRUTH where it applies, and to dismiss the rest (not as in cancel-culture-dismissal, but as in not allowing the lies to live, raging, inside of me).
As I've started blogging some of this journey, I re-read a few of my posts.
Adding them all together and sitting on them all at one time, left me wondering if what I wrote could be misconstrued as pride...as if I've got my spiritual-life-all-together, and others not-so-much.
Believe me, this isn't the case.
Each morning, I wake up with a prayer on my lips, that as I dig a little deeper, and learn a little more, the Lord will, first of all, show me where I am WRONG.
I ask Him to guide my learning, because I know my interpretation of Scripture isn't always on target.
I truly want to know where I am missing the boat, so that my insights, and my responses to those insights (through speaking or writing), aren't just my opinion, but God's TRUTH, as closely as He meant it to be understood.
There is a blog I have enjoyed reading, and the author of the site has titled it "SLOW TO WRITE."
I love that title.
It's my heart's desire to not speak, or write, in a reactionary fashion, but thoughtfully, after prayer and study.
This morning, I read a prayer in Valley of Vision (a collection of old Puritan Prayers).
I read a few now and then as I begin my quiet time...
During the middle of this week, this was my prayer...and, I have referred to it daily, sometimes more than a few...