Personal Devotion time for Tue April 20th, 2010

A sweet hour of prayer: that was the title for the last lesson of my Bible study. The book we are studying is called becoming a women of prayer.
The Lesson had a guide to help you use the time most efficiently. There were six steps in all. I still can not wrap my mind around how God knows what we are going to read and what we need to read everyday. Before I began my prayer time a took a minute to reflect on what it is I was hoping to gain from this intimate prayer time with God. I wanted to learn how “to be still and listen”. I never quite understood that term and asked my Mentor Mom to help me out today. She explained it was a time to sit quietly uninterrupted in prayer praising God for his wonderful creations or to repeat a specific scripture repeatedly in my head. Or to even just sit and think of nothing and listen for his voice. I also was going to focus on allowing God to direct my path in all I do. This being bible studies, church commitments, friendships old and new, and my free time. Then it was time to begin.
I started my time by reading my devotion from the Jesus Calling, best devotional book EVER! Here is some of my devotion and how I knew I was heading in the right direction.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Hear Me saying Peace, be still to your restless heart. No matter what happens I will never leave you or forsake you. Let this assurance soak into your mind and heart, until you overflow with joy. Though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, you need not fear!

The media relentlessly proclaism bad news: for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A steady diet of their fare will sicken you. Instead of focusing on fickle, ever changing news broadcasts, tune in to the living Word- the One is always the same. Let scripture saturate your mind and heart, and you will know what will happen tomorrow, you can be absolutely sure of your ultimate destination. I hold you by your right hand, and afterward I will take you into Glory.
So okay God I hear you. Be still and You will hold my hand and lead me where I need to go. Point taken! I always giggle when things like this happen and God is saying HELLO, I am right here listen to ME and you will know what to do! So that was all just in my devotional. Now it was time to start reading the guideline the bible study book laid out for me
Step #1: “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 NIV. Okay, Okay I get it I need to be still! Still smiling and a little emotional at this time I thank God for making it clear to me that I had the right intentions heading into this intimate time with Him this morning.
Step #2: “Open my eyes so that I may see wonderful things in your law, I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me” Psalm 119:18-19 At this point I thought He lost me and my “Ahh Ha” moment was over. I did however understand verse 18 but it was verse 19 that I needed help with. . But then I read the bottom of my Study Bible to get a better understanding of what this may mean.
It states: the writer says “a stranger on earth” and so he needed guidance. (so this is me, right!)…We must recognize ourselves as Pilgrims, travelers here on earth who need to study God’s map (the Bible) to learn the way. If we ignore the map we will wander aimlessly through life and risk missing our real destination.
Okay there it was…another Okay God I hear you, moment. I need to keep in the word if I want You to guide me as I am asking You to do. I know You know my every move before I even do it but it still amazes me when I see it happen. Again, I prayed thanking God for making it clear to me that I need to stay in the Word and He will keep me on track. Then I took a minute to reflect on Step 2 again and prayed about the verse one more time writing my thought in my journal. I was headed to Step #3.
…Free me from selfish ways, take away my conceited Christianity, and allow me to love freely and wholly as in your Word, loving you and following you, leaning on all your promises you have given me in the Bible. Father free my heart from worldly holding, allow me to be full of You and open to express my words when I need to. Help me to follow your promptings and NOT set them aside…
Before I looked at the bible study book again I glanced down at my Bible still open to Psalm 119. I looked at the bottom of the page and began to read.
Psalm 119:33-40 (New International Version)
Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
then I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands,
for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.
Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.
How I long for your precepts!
Preserve my life in your righteousness.
Okay there it was right in front of me. What I needed to hear, what God wanted me to hear. And the best part is I was listening, I was still, I was patient, seeking his guidance. Again I sat awestruck by God’s majesty. I was faithful in Him and he provided what I needed. Now I need to remain in this place and listen to Him. Follow his commands and obey His laws.
After taking a moment and thanking God for his Words time was over. Already?!? Ugh I was just getting there. But I guess that is all I needed for the time. And then here I am today sharing with all of you. Putting myself out there. Like an open book. I thank you for taking time to read what God has done for me and I hope that you have a God moment today. I would love hear yours.
Until the whole world hears,
I love how the message broke down this verse. Take a minute and read it and reflect on it.

Psalm 119:33-40 (The Message)

33-40 God, teach me lessons for living
so I can stay the course.
Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—
my whole life one long, obedient response.
Guide me down the road of your commandments;
I love traveling this freeway!
Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,
and not for piling up loot.
Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,
invigorate me on the pilgrim way.
Affirm your promises to me—
promises made to all who fear you.
Deflect the harsh words of my critics—
but what you say is always so good.
See how hungry I am for your counsel;
preserve my life through your righteous ways!!

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