…I will sing of the Lord and His goodness…
Do you ever wonder how others seem to accomplish so much in a day while you only seem to manage a few items on your heart? Morning slips into late afternoon into turning- down-the-covers time and I keep thinking… tomorrow. That’s when I’ll post a new post…clean my home like a fresh breeze…reach out to my neighbors…send the email letter I’ve been wanting to write to friends for over a month… Oh and write that card I picked up for one who could use an encouraging word.
Yet…only two things have consumed the candlewicks of my days this week:
- Determining to spend time with the Father in His Word, in worship, in intercession for myself and others. I want to sing before the Lord in this snow white beginning of the year… put to rest all the sadness and hard times and fretfulness of the past one…and just… sing.
- Deciphering the technical frazzle that seems to accompany all the do it yourself free website setups – “How, O Lord, ” I beseeched after so many failed tries (with my name and passwords for such now all over the scope of the world), “can I possibly do this? You know my circumstances… the need for some steady income… There has to be a way to open more possibilities!”
In the first of these, I suddenly hear a phrase echoing through every Word I pick up – First, it jumped out at me in a 10-day study I’ve been doing on God’s healing in our lives – in the daily articles and meditating questions there, and in the worship/scripture CDs and teaching DVD accompanying it. Then, again, it leaps off the pages of the prescribed daily readings of the One Year Bible. Later, I hear it on a ministry program.
And though I don’t typically seek the Lord for a “one word for the new year,” as so many others do, He seems to be placing this phrase right into my open hands. Like a beautiful polished stone found on the shore among the wavelets floating circles at my feet…
It is there in 2 Corinthians 9:10… “He who provides seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and increase my store of seed and enlarge my harvest of righteousness...”
And it opens up into my hand yet again as I turn the page in James 3:17 to a lovely promise — “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness…”
I am in the midst of seeking Him about the multi-colors of meaning in this phrase, planning to write more on this here as the days go by. But for now, just as a preview for days ahead:
He brings to mind how it isn’t anything we can do in and of ourselves to become righteous. Jesus Himself – in us – is our harvest of righteousness.
And how He enjoins us in Ephesians 6 to put on the Breastplate of righteousness…
Then I read Isaiah 51 and find, “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and seek the Lord (they are tied together!) – look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham and Sarah…” To Faith!
Quarry, hewn, cut...To mining that faith?
The kind of faith Abraham and Sarah had, to believe the impossible (a baby at 90+) and never let go until they saw it… to do like they saw the Father do, call it so before they saw it come to be! How their words were so entwined with that faith…
After a peaceful time with the Lord on this subject, I turned my hand and mind then to my second all consuming thought — all things website. The annoying thing was that I couldn’t find one to just preview without actually signing in, making a password as though it were a done thing. Suddenly… I was in the midst of anything but righteousness. Muttering at my computer. Moaning exasperations aloud. Closing down my computer after hours and hours of weary fruitlessness.
Peace… brings a harvest of righteousness.
Finally, I just bounced onto my couch (a bit in a fret), and turned on TV to chill with a light-brain cooking show. Just the refreshing I needed. Relaxed, sort of giving it over to Him, a clear idea floated to my mind in pictures and words. I could see a reference place I’ve often wondered about on my blog admin that lists “My Blogs.” Blogs, plural?
You could set up a second blog, make it like a website, you know... came the thought.
I sat up, muted the TV, thinking about that.
Mm… Yes, I could separate the types of drawings and make individual posts to showcase them like a gallery… Instead of a button that would lead them to viewing these, people could just click on a category list of such post links… And at least, I already know this blog host system. It might work.
Enthusiasm geared up for one more try. I followed the steps that had come to mind and voilà! When I originally set up this Apples blog, I recall there were tons of sample themes to choose from. This time I only found a few and I didn’t find them too clear. Just picking one at random, I could immediately see it fit my idea perfectly! I’m excited to get it completed and share it with you here…
Sooo… let us listen for the songs He is singing in and over us and be like that beautiful robin in the snowy English garden…singing them back to the Heavens!
Look for more from me on both these topics as we enter into the new year!
© Pam Depoyan
Pen & Ink English robin drawing shown above: mine (please do not copy without permission. See my copyright info button on the sidebar. )
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