2018: Page 78

Some thoughts, lessons, and/or reflections from the day:

  • There are many days when I sit down to write and start to think that the day was just like all the other days so there is really nothing new to write about.  Today is one of those days.
  • It is a different story, however, after I actually get started and the writing helps me to see at least a glimpse of some of the lessons God is teaching me.
  • The morning began as usual for a workday and I found myself singing the words, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O, what a foretaste of glory divine!”, as I went about the early cleaning and building prep tasks.
  • I don’t believe there could possibly be a more reassuring way to begin a day than with a reminder of the assurance I have that not only is Jesus mine, but I am His.
  • As I went about my work, I glanced out a window and noticed the eastern sky turning a brilliant red so I paused my work to take a few photos and set up a camera to time-lapse record the sunrise again.
  • After the building was ready for the day I turned my attention to working on the prayer guide for next week.  The first step was to calm my spirit as I’m in a season where a number of my social media “memories” are reminders of rather unpleasant and difficult times.
  • When I can’t change the past and can’t forget the past, it is time to draw deeper into the presence of God and trust Him fully for both the present and the future.
  • As I prayed, I considered a number of different topics for the prayer guide and finally settled on the subject of practice.
  • While the old saying, “Practice makes perfect”, may be a bit of an exaggeration, consistent good practice does have a tendency to bring about consistent improvement.  Unfortunately, a practice of things which are evil will also make us “better” at doing those things.
  • Like it or not, we are going to be “practicing” something at all times so we would do well to make our practices be what God would want them to be.
  • By early afternoon, the prayer guide was written and I headed out to have lunch with a friend to discuss interest in his church hosting an Impact Prayer Ministry seminar or conference.
  • It had been too long since we had spent time together, so the afternoon melted away in the midst of catching up and discussing ministry.
  • Today’s photo is the sight that drew me out of the building this morning to set up a camera to record while I finished working.  This was the first shot I took as I went out to inspect the red glow in the sky. 🙂

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