It's funny how the Lord chooses to speak only at certain times. He didn't answer these questions but I feel pretty confident I know why. It's because if He answered my questions as soon as I asked them I wouldn't learn anything. I wouldn't have to exercise patience as I waited. I wouldn't have to dig deeper into His Word seeking His answers. I wouldn't have to be on my knees longer as I listened. No, He knows exactly what I need and when I need it. That to me gives such peace.
As I think on these next forty days I don't want to make a "Sheila plan" on how things will turn out. Instead I want to be open to what the Holy Spirit has in store for me. If I plan things, then I will get in the way. I don't want to go back to having a "to do" list with my time with the Lord listed. I want to continue to be open to whatever He has for me, whenever He wants to bless me with it.
I look forward to the next step in my relationship with the Lord. I will pray Proverbs 16:3 throughout the next forty days in a whole new light. I am excited to see where He takes me. I feel like a kid that has just been given some money and told to "go spend it on whatever you want." Woo hoo!
Thank You for this challenge. I praise Your Holy Name for the insight You have in store for me to take our relationship deeper. I praise You, Father, for loving me...blessing me…for showing me favor. You are so awesome. Father, I've been dealing with some tough days physically that are affecting me emotionally and mentally. I pray for either a healing in my back or for Your guidance in handling this pain in a better way than I am doing. I thank You for reminding me that You are with me each and every day…the good ones and the tough ones. I praise You for Sharon and Joan who prayed with and for me yesterday. That encouraged my heart so much. I am awe at how You spoke to me through the many distractions of the service yesterday. You can do the impossible and for that I'm grateful. I was also encouraged at staff meeting when we were talking about being more prepared as a teacher. Thank You for those words to encourage me to give more of myself as I prepare my lessons. Thank You Jesus for being My Excitement! Amen.