Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hello once again, Ladies. I trust you all had a wonderful holiday season, and are now settled into the new routine of 2010! I want to share something with you that really struck a chord in my heart. If you know me very well, you know how much I admire Oswald Chambers' book My Utmost for His Highest. Today's reading is exceptional! I will not even try to build on it, but I thought it was good food for thought - especially as we look forward to the next highlight on the calendar - Valentine's Day!

"I remember . . . the kindness of thy youth." Jeremiah 2:2
Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me? Am I full of the little things that cheer His heart over me, or am I whimpering because things are going hardly with me? There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes. It is a great thing to think that Jesus Christ has need of me - "Give Me to drink." How much kindness have I shown Him this past week? Have I been kind to His reputation in my life?

God is saying to His people - You are not in love with Me now, but I remember the time when you were - "I remember . . . the love of thine espousals." Am I as full of the extravagance of love to Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He find me recalling the time when I did not care for anything but Himself? Am I there now, or have I become wise over loving Him? Am I so in love with Him that I take no account of where I go? or am I watching for the respect due to me; weighing how much service I ought to give?

If, as I recall what God remembers about me, I find He is not what He used to be to me, let it produce shame and humiliation, because that shame will bring the godly sorrow that works repentance.

This was obtained from the website, where you can go for the daily readings. This may only require 5 minutes to read, but it gives you meat you can chew on all day long! May God help our lives to be saturated with Christ throughout this coming year.