Monday, September 1, 2008

Looking into the mirror.........

This was my devotional today from Elisabeth Elliot.
Isn't it amazing how the Spirit knows right where we need to be touched.
Looking in the mirror lately I am finding
that I feel a tad overwhelmed by MYSELF....not a nice picture. :)
Yuck! Yuck!......disgusting!
I don't recognize the image I see.
Nothing like confined spaces to bring to the surface what is un-pure and so unlovely.

Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
Scripture Reference:

Volunteer Slaves

"Slave" is not a word most of us nowadays feel comfortable with. It is significant that most modern Bible translations use "servant" instead. For a slave is not his own, has no rights whatsoever, is not in charge of what happens to him, makes no choices about what he will do or how he is to serve, is not recognized, appreciated, thanked or even (except by his absence) noticed at all.

Once we give up our slavery to the world, which is a cruel master indeed, to become Christ's bondslave, we live out our servitude to Him by glad service to others. This volunteer slavery cannot be taken advantage of--we have chosen to surrender everything for love. It is a wholly different thing from forced labor. It is in fact the purest joy when it is most unobserved, most unself-conscious, most simple, most freely offered.

Lord, break the chains that hold me to myself; free me to be your happy slave--that is, to be the happy foot-washer of anyone today who needs his feet washed, his supper cooked, his faults overlooked, his work commended, his failure forgiven, his griefs consoled, or his button sewed on. Let me not imagine that my love for You is very great if I am unwilling to do for a human being something very small.

Thank you for your prayers for my family and friends. All are doing fine...they have lost electricity but are faring well. My SIL who lives in N.O is out of the city and as long as the levees hold...her house will be fine. She is now safe and sound in Mississippi with her family.

Thank you!

And I just wanted to let you know that I got an email this morning and Pastor Bike, his wife and co-laborer have been released from prison. Over 50,000 people signed the petition!


Sandi said...

Thanks for updating up on Pastor Bike's situation

Denise said...

My prayers continue for your family sweetie, love you.

Alisun said...

I am glad to hear your family is safe!
Yes the mirror perhaps when we get a clear picture we know who we are.
I like the terms slave/servant I have not thought about that before very good teaching today Sharon.

Anonymous said...

Still praying for you and your family, some journey yes?

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thought about you a lot today as I've watched the news. We adopted a Katrina family in our church and they are so thankful to be here today and not there!


Anonymous said...

Good news about Pastor Mike. Interesting picture today and it made me laugh.'s it going in NC for you? Any job prospects yet? There's a beautiful house here on the lake for sale. If we didn't have ours already, I sure wouldn't mind having that one.

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Glad to hear that your family is ok!! I was thinking of them this weekend!!!