El Roi– The God Who Sees Me

31 Days Day 27

When I think of God’s name El Roi (meaning the God Who Sees Me), I feel mixed emotions. Some days I feel cleaner at heart than others. When that’s the case, I don’t mind God peeking in on me. Other days I feel like hiding, and so knowing He sees me can be quite unnerving. I can’t hide from God. And then there are the days when I feel invisible or wounded. I find comfort in knowing God sees me. Yes, me, one among billions. Wow! That makes me smile.

God, I so love Your names. I love knowing You are El Roi, the God who sees me. No matter where I am, I am never hidden from You. You see me. Thank You for never leaving or forsaking me. Thank You for embracing me when I try to run and hide. You see more than I can see. And I believe You see actually beauty in me: Your son, Jesus. Amen.

(for reading on El Roi, please read Genesis 16:13-14. Or better yet, read the whole chapter.)

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My Unchanging God

31 Days Day 8

Do you find change hard sometimes? I do. As I age, I know more and more friends and family who are dealing with health issues. I wish I could change this, but I can’t. Actually no one is promised a life without change. Sometimes change can be a good things. Seasons come and go.

Change is inevitable.

But one thing stays the same: our God is Unchanging.

Hebrews 13:8 reads

Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

The Psalmist penned in Psalm 102:27,

But you remain the same, and your years will never end.

Almighty God, thank You that You are Unchanging. One look around at our world and I see change happening every day. Lord, may those going through hard change right now find hope in the One who never changes. Jesus, You remain the same even when everything and everyone else changes. It’s amazing to think Your goodness, grace and love will never end. What a comforting reminder for today. I love You, Lord.  I need You in this ever-changing world. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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I am Yours, Lord

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Father God, it’s time I stop this crazy cycle and come to You
I’m tired of chasing the wind
I’m weary, weak and wounded
So right now I come and lay my head on Your chest
In Your arms I find rest
I am Yours

All the ugly places I hide I lay out before You
All my fears and dreams I surrender at Your feet
Take my life and make it completely Yours
Leave no stone unturned
Search me and know me

Lord God, Thank You for who You are
My redeemer, my healer, my rock, my hiding place, my closest friend
Thank You for being faithful when I am faithless
Thank You for new mercies every morning
You are endless love
Love beyond my wildest imagination

What joy I find when I turn my eyes off of me and onto You
You captivate me
You are beautiful love to me
You sing over me
You wash me clean
You renew my life and make me whole
Praise You, Lord Jesus
I worship You in spirit and in truth

I come into Your presence with thanksgiving and praise
Not because everything is going my way
but because You are God
And You are worthy of my praise

Always

In Your sanctuary I find my reason for living
You, Jesus, You are my everything!
And I am all Yours!
Amen

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Take My Heart, LORD

Take My Heart

I still remember the day I found a foam orange heart in my washer. I knew in that moment God was speaking to me.

My heart needed a good washing. And God was giving me one alright.

Years later I’m remembering this moment all over again. Why? Because it’s been one of those weeks. I’ve had one thing after another come at me.

*A nail in my husband’s tire on a day he had to travel to Denver, leaving me with the job of going to get it repaired.
*A teenage girl rear-end my car on the way to buy my girl shoes. Luckily just a scratch.
*My son forgot his lunch on a day I had a writing deadline. Why today?
*Got a call from a family member informing me of a devastating, frightening experience. The news reopened a deep wound in me. There is such evil in this world.
*Then we discovered a crack in our sprinkler line. Again. After we spent $500 this summer replacing old parts.

You get the picture, right? All the makings for me to develop a dirty heart.

Anger. Irritation. Discouragement. Grief. Tears. Ranting and whining. Feeling helpless for loved ones. Tired and weary. Not in the mood for friends or family. Wanting to be alone and go back to bed. Ignoring my phone ring. Needing a serious break. Calgon, take me away.

The truth is I always need a good heart washing to keep me from growing bitter and cold. So today I pause to pray:

Father God, take my heart and wash it clean.
Remove my sins that keep me from experiencing life to the full.
Cover me with the fragrance of Your goodness and grace.
Rub away any resistant stain that makes me unclean.
Make me like new again.
Thank You, LORD, for always being willing to get Your hands dirty.
Thank You that my heart is safe in Your strong Hand.
Your wash cycle is gentle, never too abrasive.
Even though sometimes I prefer being smelly,
I know the best thing for me is a good heart washing.
Please help me submit to the process without complaint.
When dirt is thrown in my face, help me run to You for a good cheek wiping.
Don’t let my emotions muddy my view of You and Your Word.
Help me see You and others through the lens of love.
Dirty or not, my heart is always safe with You.
You accept and love me as I am.
Thank You, LORD.  Thank You for a good heart washing when I need it most.
Like right now.
I love You, Jesus.
Amen.

Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Psalm 51:7(MSG)

Tiffany, who always is doing some sort of laundry – Tea with Tiffany

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