I want you to live this day abundantly, seeing all there is to see, doing all there is to do. Don’t be distracted by future concerns. Leave them to Me! Each day of life is a glorious gift, but so few people know how to live within the confines of today. Much of their energy for abundant living spills over the time line into tomorrow’s worries or past regrets. Their remaining energy is sufficient only for limping through the day, not for living it to the full. I am training you to keep your focus on My Presence in the present. This is how to receive abundant Life, which flows freely from My throne of grace.
Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
Sarah Young is a missionary who wrote a small daily devotional based on her own personal prayer journal. Basically, she spent a lot of time listening in prayer. Then, she wrote her thoughts down as if spoken to by Jesus Himself. The style may not be for everyone, but to me her words have a powerful impact. Thanks to Emily for telling me about her.
Somewhere else today, I read "Today, a thousand times again today, I will: preach the truth to this soul prone to wander. I will seek the affirming smile of Father."
Today, I feel heavy and hopeful with the change of the seasons. My daily in-and-out has been overwhelming. My mind whirls with what-if's. worries. things that drag me down. unproductive pondering.
Also today, God is showing me a glimpse....if only I am listening enough to hear the pieces tacked together. In the snippets of thoughts written by others' hearts.
I haven't been living my days abundantly. Which translates into possibly wasted weeks. Monotonous months. Strung along...August, September... For what?
Lord, help me to see Your Presence in the present. I can only do that with Your help. My meager attempts come up empty.
In this new, fresh season, I ask that you make it a new, fresh start in my everyday.