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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Things your mirror can't tell you...

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
 You discern my going out and my lying down
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Psalms 139:1-3 (NIV)

There are times in every life when all you can do is what comes naturally, without thinking, without strategizing, just doing. Fortunately, I am multiply blessed...
a) I operate pretty well on autopilot "just keep swimming"
b) I'm pretty good at (in)couraging...it's a superpower, you know 
c) usually God has already given me the rhema word I'll need to get through something, I've written it down, and I just have to go back and find it...
There are days when I am strong, wise, and wonderful, and others where despite faith, I am flawed, frail, and beautifully human. Shadows remind us that despite discouragement, we are not, have never been alone. If we could do it all without God, we would not seek His face. Our power is in our connection to Him; we can do nothing alone. And I know He watches me
I just got through (we're all going through) something we think we won't be able to stand. When I was feeling weary, a very good friend, one who laughs with (and at) me, prays with me, prays for me, and helps me see things, showed me something my mirror couldn't tell me...
despite the many times that your mind tells you different, know that God knows you better than you know yourself and is guiding you in your "blindness". Just follow in your darkness and know that the hand that holds you is trustworthy. "
Of course she was right, and it was just what I needed to hear, not unlike Psalms 139.  Samuel Annesley (1620-1696), writing in "The Morning Exercises" suggests that 
it were well if Christians would do by it as Pythagoras by his Golden Precepts,—every morning and evening repeat it. 
It was my manifesto, my friend's words, along with the biblical reminder that I am known, guided, adored. It was enough to get me through a day, a week I thought might never end.  It will carry you too.  

I am a friend of JC and a child of God. They tell me things my mirror cannot. Among those things are my reminder that, as has always been, God is good.

Today I am praying and playing over at Still Saturday with Sandra Heska King and Bless and Be Blessed Saturdays

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