Did you ever have a day when you would just like to crawl under the covers and block out the whole hard yucky world and just pray and pray? That's kind of how I feel today. There are some things happening that need to be covered in so much prayer and God's protection - not directly to me or my immediate family but to some people I know and love. Please pray even though you don't know what or who, but God does! Also, my husband just called and said that his brother is in the hospital in Texas with diabetes related problems - not a good thing for sure.
Plus it's pouring outside. I'd rather have snow at this time of year - the rain is just so gloomy!
I can't stop thinking about the message at church on Sunday. It was one of the best I think I've ever heard and just so perfect for right now. It was on the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness from Luke 4. The main point that I took away was that in every temptation Satan wants me to doubt God's goodness and love and to take things into my own hands.
Today when I'm tempted to worry, I am doubting God's goodness and am tempted to take matters into my own hands and try to fix things rather than trusting in Him and His wisdom.
Today when I feel irritated that things aren't going just the way I'd like, I am doubting God's goodness and not waiting on His timing and provision.
Today when I'm tempted to be envious of someone else, I am doubting God's goodness and His plans for me.
Today when I'm tempted to go eat a bunch of unhealthy food - to just stuff my face, I am doubting God's goodness and that HE will meet my needs.
I could go on and on... in the last few days, when I've faced temptation, I've taken a step back and thought, "How am I doubting God's goodness and what does He promise instead of what I might want to do?" I'm a fixer and a problem-solver. (Could that be a manipulator sometimes? Every good quality can be a bad quality when it's used in a negative way.)
The link to the message is here: January 27, 2013 message
I've also been really enjoying Chris Tomlin's new CD, Burning Lights. I was just looking at his tour schedule here. It seems he is going everywhere but here! If you ever get the chance to go to one of his concerts, I highly recommend it.
I hope you're having a good day! I know the sun will come out, that good news will come, that even in the bad news, God's love and goodness never fails.
This picture has nothing to do with this post but I can't have a post without a picture and this one made me smile! :)