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On the Lookout


I’ve recently become a runner. (Aka really slow jogger.) I’ve chosen to use this time to pray, to try to draw closer to the Lord. 
The other day he led me to pray along the lines of “show me your presence in my life”. 
This morning in my bible time he gave me this scripture: “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.”

I Chronicles 16:11
Here is what I took from that: the Lord is present throughout all of my life. I just have to put forth effort to look for him. 
Now I’ve known that the Lord is with me. But to be reminded to be on the lookout for the love that he wants to pour out on me daily is a blessing in itself. There is always something to show his presence. 
Today when I went to the mailbox and received a note of encouragement from a friend of mine encouraging me in the ministry I was ecstatic. Within the card was a piece of scripture that the Lord has spoken to me over and over. I just stand in awe of the Lord and his want to walk closely with his children! 
Our days would go so much better if we are in the frame of mind to be looking for the Lord. I challenge you to try it out. You won’t be disappointed. 

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Pout or Praise?

Psalm 118:1

I Chronicles 15:25-29

Michal watched out the window. She could see the instruments being played. She watched as people all around celebrated. And then she spotted her husband, King David in the midst of them, dancing in the streets. He was amongst the crowd, shouting for joy.

They had just brought the ark of the covenant home.

But Michal didn’t join in the praising of God. Instead she pouted, despising David in her heart. She chose to stay in the room, wallowing in her self pity instead of joining the celebration going on around her.

How easy it is for us to hide behind our walls of isolation, anger, guilt or unhappiness. But God has more for us than that. Open your eyes to His glory all around, worship Jesus in the midst of it and you will find yourself basking in His goodness.

When you see an opportunity to praise Him, don’t delay, approach it with fervency.

Found

Luke 19:10

II Samuel 9:1-8

Mephibosheth, crippled from a young age, bowed at the feet of King David. He was grateful to the king for calling him out, bringing him to his house, sitting him at his table and restoring unto him the land of his grandfather, King Saul.

What a beautiful picture this is of our relationship with Jesus.

Previously we had wandered around crippled by sin. Until the Lord, our King, sought us out. He called us to be children of His. To come into His fold, to eat from his table.

As we humbly and gratefully accepted the invitation we became as royalty; joint heirs with Jesus.

King David sought Mephibosheth to give him a new, better way of life.

Jesus did the same for you.

Hide and Seek

Ezekiel 34:16

The sheep were scattered throughout the terrain. Some were hidden behind rocks. Others were stuck in the mud. Some were wandering in the opposite direction of the food source.

The shepherd went after those sheep. He put forth effort in finding them. Once he found them he led them out into a safe path, in green pastures where he could see them and they could see him.

People try to hide themselves from God. They go to places they know are full of sin. They hide behind the worldly success they may have obtained.

But Jesus pursues those people. He doesn’t just offer the obligatory call to Salvation once. Instead He finds them where they are. And He is adamant about them following Him.

That’s love. Jesus humbled himself again to come after you. He pleaded with you to come to Him. He sought you out.

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