Jesus spoke these words when he was reminding us what is important.
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” ~Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT)
Treasures go beyond material possessions. What is it that consumes your thoughts? Job? Relationship? Kids? How do we place our treasure in heaven?
Jesus was teaching about prayer, explaining that persistence is sometimes needed. Now, I wouldn’t promote begging, but sometimes I think God wants us to have a singular persistent purpose in the things we are asking Him for, just so long as it is not contrary to His purposes.
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” ~Luke 11:9-10 (NLT)
When I was pregnant with Stella, we decided to turn our playroom into a bedroom for Adelaide and her new baby sister to share. Adelaide and I had fun browsing catalogs and searching the Internet for ideas. In time, the room was pretty much transformed according to her specifications. She got a new bedspread, pink with roses, and a bedside table with matching lamp. A wonderful carpenter built lots of new cabinetry that would become her closet, dresser, and bookshelf. The only problem when he delivered and set it was that the white cabinets looked bare. She needed some knobs and drawer-pulls.
Adelaide found some pink crystal butterflies from Pottery Barn Kids that were adorable, perfect, and “way out of my budget!” I explained we just couldn’t get those right now. We had to save money for the new baby. She was angelically good about this, which made me want to get them for her even more, but I just didn’t feel I could. We both decided to be content without them.
About a week later, I got a writing assignment I was not expecting. Guess what it paid? The exact amount of the butterflies. I told Adelaide we could get them now that I believed God had provided the money. When she opened the box and examined the butterflies, she squealed as though they were pink diamonds. She clutched me around the neck, and I expected her to say, “Thank you, Mommy!” But her thoughts went in a different direction.
“THAT WAS SO SWEET OF GOD, WASN’T IT MOMMY?
TO GET ME THESE BUTTERFLIES?”
Now every time I pass that room, I’m reminded of His sweetness, and how He truly provides for our every need.
“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” ~2Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)
We have been discussing the defense of our Biblical Christian worldview in the face of Postmodernist thinking in our adult class at church. I’ve been thinking about this. It is good to know why you believe and be able to defend it, but unless you pray about the people you are discussing this with, they cannot see (understand) your views. They’ve been blinded.
Bottom line: pray.
‘How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of Heaven’s Armies.
I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the LORD.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
‘A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.’
~Psalms 84:1-2, 10 (NLT)
I love it when the Psalm I read reminds me of a song. Can you guess which one?
‘Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones!
Praise His holy name.
‘For His anger lasts only a moment,
but His favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.’
~Psalms 30:4-5 (NLT)
Have a great morning!
Her hair up in a pony tail
her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy’s Day at school,
and she couldn’t wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
that she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
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I found this verse comforting. These were words by the angel Gabriel to Daniel, but it illustrates just how God hears our prayers, and answers them.
‘Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.”’ ~Daniel 10:12 (NLT)
God hears you. Don’t ever stop praying.