Wednesday, February 27, 2013

O Jesus, I have Promised...

My Bible...it brings a smile to my face. :)  So tattered, torn, falling apart...written/underlined/highlighted ALLLLL over!  Ask me to find a verse in that precious *PINK* Bible of mine...but please don't ask me to find a verse in another Bible. The pages of the pink Bible are all so familiar to me...year after year of reading and re-reading it.  Soaking up the LIFE inside of it's pages...finding HOPE...healing...RESTORATION...strength to forgive...power to accept His grace...wisdom in the midst of uncertainty and most importantly...realizing HIS Overwhelming LOVE for me...ME...a wretched sinner who in no way is deserving of His love. 

Tonight I panicked for a moment because I reached into my basket where I keep my journal, devotional books and Bible...and my Bible wasn't there!!  My heart instantly felt like a hole was missing without that priced possession in a known place and I frantically searched my room for it...of course, it was right there...on my desk...with some recent cards I had written out. Yes...I have other Bibles...several other Bibles I could have read from tonight.  But none are so precious to me as this one.  Something about the familiarity of the pages...the handwritten scribbles and dates next to specific verses which God used in huge ways in my life a certain point in my history...re-reading those are so precious to me!  If I had to choose ONE thing to keep and loose all the rest of my earthly possessions...it would be my Bible.  My Love Letter from my Prince of Peace...My Lord of Lords...my Father God...my Beautiful One...my Bridegroom. <3 Of course it's not the Bible itself in it's physical form that is of utmost importance, it's the WORDS...the LIFE inside of the Bible.  But I am incredibly grateful to the Bible that has served me well since June 30th, 2006. :)  3 years after I was given it by my parents someone asked me if I had had it my whole life...because it was so marked up...they were shocked when I said 3 years.  I just smiled and thought about this quote, "A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who's life isn't."  Without the TRUTH from God's Word in my Bible...my life would be a disaster.  My life would be falling apart.  BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE; PRAISE GOD! <3  Even though sometimes I may FEEL like my life is falling apart...it's not...because I have a Father in Heaven who adores me...who is orchestrating every piece of my life...and the more time I spend in my Bible...the more strength I glean from it's precious pages. <3  I'm ashamed that I don't spend more time soaking up His Word...I so desperately NEED MORE OF HIM. <3  More of Jesus...oh to have more of Him and His presence...that is what my heart longs for.

On one of the first pages of my Bible I have this hymn written out...I feel like it has been my prayer today:

O Jesus, I have Promised....

O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; 
Be thou forever near me, My Master and My Friend:
I shall not fear the battle, If thou art by my side, 
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.

O let me feel The near me!  The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me, Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer, And shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear Thee speaking, In accents clear and still, 
Above the storms of passion, The murmurs of self will!
O speak to reassure me, To hasten or control!  
O speak, and make me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, Thou hast promised, To all who follow Thee, 
That where Thou art in glory, There shalt Thy servant be;
And, Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.


And with those random thoughts from tonight....I must bid Good Night! <3  This girl doesn't run very well on little sleep and if I stay up much longer I'll be trying to function at work with little sleep. Not a good idea. Looking forward to APRIL! <3  We'll be increasing my Lymes Disease treatments by at least double!  Hence, according to my Dr...I'll more than likely be bedridden and I won't be able to work anymore...at least for a time.  Which...no, it doesn't sound fun...but it DOES mean more time in my Bible...and for that I am thankful and excited. :)  With how much I've been working lately I don't feel like I've been spending enough time in it...so here's to April coming quickly and until then, being wise with my time and...as Keith Daniels said, "Never ever miss your quiet time. You are as safe and as real as your quiet time."  I have found this to be true over and over again in my life.  The second I start neglecting time with Jesus....that's the moment my flesh, the devil, wrong influences, and worldy attitudes start sneaking in.  Lord, teach me to be wise with my time...faithful with spending time with you and a love for your Word that will always overtake any other fleeting distractions. Amen.  

I love You, Jesus!  

Good Night World and Sweet dreams. :)

Love Always,
Monica

2 comments:

  1. So encouraging to read this Monica, and I totally understand what you mean about finding verses in your pink Bible but not in others...lol. I have that same problem =) It's a good problem to have, I think! You've blessed me and inspired me to read more again!!! <3 you!

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    1. Haha...I agree! ;) It's a very good problem to have. <3 Our Bibles are so very precious!

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