Psalm 139:13-18 (AMP)
For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
when I was being formed in secret,
and intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colors] in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were appointed for me, when as yet there was not one of them [even taking shape]. 17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.
Life is sometimes not what we had expected or planned it to be. So what do we do? WE LIVE. We pay attention to the good things. We pray for a better day or hour or minute than what we have already had. We give thanks for our lives, people who have blessed our lives and to God for His life giving love, grace and mercy.
Blessings & Peace for 2018,
Barbara J Couch, MDiv.
2 Kings 2:9-14 (AMP)
And when they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let a double [a]portion of your spirit be upon me.” 10 He said, “You have asked for a difficult thing. However, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11 As they continued along and talked, behold, a chariot of fire with horses of fire [appeared suddenly and] separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” And he no longer saw Elijah. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces [in grief]. 13 He picked up the mantle of Elijah that fell off him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan. 14 He took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him and struck the waters and said, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” And when he too had struck the waters, they divided this way and that, and Elisha crossed over.
Over the years I have gotten better at being good to myself. This involves giving myself more of what I need (God, more prayer time, getting the rest I need, more fellowship, etc.) and letting go of the people, places or things that hinder my spiritual growth.
Giving to oneself is the first step of giving to others. How can I pour into someone else’s cup if my cup is empty.
Today I invite you (and if you need it, I give you permission) to fill your cup with what you need. By doing this, you will be able to share what’s in your cup with others.
Blessing & Peace, Barbara J Couch, MDiv.