Hebrews 12:1-2
"...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..."

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Naps and Promises

I came home from work this afternoon in the rain and decided that it was a perfect day to take a nap.  I love naps but, unfortunately, one of the negatives that comes with taking a nap is that it is difficult for me to fall asleep at night.  So, as the house is quiet with everyone sleeping, I am wide awake.  Purposely avoiding the television, I began folding laundry, doing dishes, and putting things away when I heard that quiet voice within my soul saying, "Stop.  Be still. You haven't had quality time with me today."  I realized that it was true.  I had filled my day with busyness and rest, yet managed to leave God out of the picture.  So, I settled myself down on the couch, quieted my heart and began to pray.  Prayer is so good.  I feel renewed and encouraged after I have spent time talking with God.  It changes me.  It changes my outlook, my attitude and how I respond to circumstances.  As I finished my prayer time, I grabbed my Bible and said, "God, that was incredible time that I was able to share with you.  What will you share with me now through your Word?"

As I held my Bible, it fell open to two pictures of our little boys.  I have the pictures tucked away in my Bible, often moving them from "here to there" in no particular spot.  I stared at their sweet faces for several moments and thought, "God, would there be any reason why their pictures were in this very spot in the Bible?  If there is, will you please show me."  The pictures were among the pages of Zephaniah 3.  As my eyes fell to the column by the boys' pictures, this is what I read,

"The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."
Zephaniah 3:17

I picked the pictures up and prayed the promises of this verse over our boys.  It was not by chance that this is where their pictures were tucked away.  I am glad that I listened to the quiet voice that said, "Stop.  Be still.  You haven't had quality time with me today."  Thank you, God, for allowing us to find you when we stop to seek your face.

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