The holidays and the sickness that accompanied our’s has taken me away from my usual routine including taking time to write. So here it is January 3rd and I’m sitting down and searching my thoughts for what I want to say most in the few minutes I have before Riley arrives with Erick and Noah for the afternoon. I guess I would have to say that what has most been on my mind in the past two weeks is the scripture that admonishes us to give the Lord the glory due His Name…
I have prayed over that, wanting so to live in such a way that I give Him the glory due His Name. I recognize so much of that has to do with a heart attitude, a prayerful mind, and a walk that is in Him that requires being ever mindful of what He has given to us in His Word.
He tells us to love Him above all else and to love one another. If we do these two things, then we certainly give Him glory. My old fleshly ways are forever erring from the good path if I’m not daily practicing submission, guarding my heart, my eyes, my ears. I have to be so careful what I allow into my mind or surely the wrong thing will take hold there and before long the wrong things will come out of my mouth and I’ll fail to love Him and others as I’m commanded to do.
It so matters how we talk to and consider each other. I was thinking this morning how easily it is to criticize and judge when in truth it takes all we have, along with His help, in order to keep our own selves abiding in The Way. When I read scripture it amazes me how it simultaneously convicts and encourages me! Only God can do that and He does it faithfully, every time I come to His Word with my eyes open to seeing the Truth.
I am encouraged, even in what seems like such a bleak time, because I can see God’s Hand at work all around me. He is faithful to the very end. He will not leave His children without guidance and strength. He will be our shield, our portion, our provider, healer and protector until He calls us to Himself in eternity. For that knowledge this day, I want to give Him the glory due His Name. Those of us who know Him have so much good to share so let’s joyfully do so in this New Year by walking in the light of His love!