Oh friends, I am really tired tonight. A weeknight baseball game followed by blogging and then a baby who had a restless night are working their sleepy-time magic on me at the moment. So I will be brief, but hopefully coherent. :)
This morning as I was praying, confessing my sins and also sharing with God my heart's concerns of late, which have mostly revolved around wondering what I "should" be doing for school, with our family, etc., He graciously brought this verse to mind:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33
Okay, I'm hearing you, Lord. I get all tied up in knots about things and, while I may say I trust you, I'm setting You aside in exchange for worry.
I thought for a little while about how this verse might influence how I think about current concerns. Then some other verses popped into my head as I thought about resting in God:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, inviting the weary and burdened to come to Him and find rest. Boy I needed that this morning! And to return to the thought several times throughout the day. It particularly influenced how we started our day. The kids were sluggish, having gone to bed late and being awakened early by the garbage truck - a Thursday morning tradition! My natural inclination would have been to stick to the schedule and "get things done." But reading of this tenderness of Jesus influenced me to move in that direction in relating to the kids. We took our time, put a little "home" back into our homeschool, and still got our work done. Hallelujah!
Today I'm thankful that God was so gracious to interrupt my "usually scheduled program" of prayer and Bible reading with some additional words that were just right. God is so kind to us, is He not, when He gives us the "just right" right when we need it?
With that, I say to you, g'night!