Ephesians 1:15-19 (The Message)
15-19That's why, when I heard of the solid trust you have in the Master Jesus and your outpouring of love to all the followers of Jesus, I couldn't stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I'd think of you and give thanks. But I do more than thank. I ask—ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of glory—to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what it is he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers, oh, the utter extravagance of his work in us who trust him—endless energy, boundless strength!
I wonder if Paul knew when he prayed these things,the great family of God that would follow? Did he know that he was praying for me?
And, how cool is it to know that your brother Paul, prayed for you?
In the last few weeks there has been so much filling my heart that I have really had a hard time putting in down here. There has been an overflowing love for my girls here and the ones who are praying for me and loving me that don't visit here. I have been truly blessed. I have also been amazed at the unveiling of the purpose that God has for us here.... the secret picture that He is showing us is tantalizing. The IMMENSITY of it just fills my heart.
He is creating a life for us here. He has a glorious plan for our time here.I find a love growing in my heart for this place and its people.
I have found such encouragement attending the Sunday School class at our church. The woman who teaches is a lot like me I think. I love her zeal for the Lord and how she does not restrain the passion of her words. I think she is someone that I would love to sit and talk with.
Our music group that gets together on Monday nights has filled a creative hole in my life. I probably enjoy listening to the music more than playing...but I am learning. It gives me time to spend with my brother and I think that time has meant as much to him as it has to me. Most of the individuals who have joined this group are retirees. They have lived a life and their characters have such depth. Even here I see an opportunity to be fed spiritually and to feed. There is a couple in our group who sparks something in me. They are so well put together and talented and yet they are missing the ONE who gave them the abilities they have. I look at them and I pray, Is this part of the plan? I would love to share with them the reason I am the way I am. I pray that God opens a door for relationship. They have already been presented with the truth......I would love to walk with them through the door.
So I sit this morning and I thank God for the plans He has for us. My heart is full. In a little while I will go to the post office and pick up my paper work for my first GAL case. I am a little nervous but so excited for this new opportunity to reach out to someone in need.
Can you even imagine the scope of the lives that can be touched by His love? A love that crushes my heart at times. Isn't it amazing how when our hearts are squeezed it can bring tears to our eyes? It truly touches our whole being.
Allow His love to squeeze your heart today.
I love you guys....but then I think you already know that. ;)
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