Last night I was out shopping with my daughter as she was buying a Valentine's gift for her boyfriend. The thought crossed my mind to have a bracelet made for myself that says "Mary." Though I briefly thought about it, and quickly moved on to other things,this morning it has surprised me once again that HIS Daily Teachings would be about "becoming Mary," only this time it was the Mary that the angel Gabriel came to see to tell her that she would be with child, and HE is THE MESSIAH, and she didn't argue or try to talk her way out of it, she simply said, "I am YOURS. May it be to me as YOU have said."
" Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her." Luke 1:38 nlt
Once again HE is telling me that HIS JOY is HIS "Blessed Assurance" that HE is in control of my life. HE is wanting me to remember that HIS timing and provision are always perfect. HE is wanting me to know that it is through my trust and faith in HIM, that I know and choose to BELIEVE that HE has everything worked out for my own good. I must choose to PRAISE HIM in all circumstances in my life, even when I am afraid, or don't "feel" like it.
"We cannot have JOY and worry at the same time" Kay Warren, "Choose JOY"
"When your worrying your NOT trusting" Kay Warrens Dear Friend, "Choose JOY"
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." Philippians 4:6
HE is wanting me to know and understand the way I view my problems. HE has revealed to me this morning that every single time I have a problem, I gaze at the problem, and merely glance at HIM. This is very hard for me to hear, and I would like to "think" that my eyes are set on HIM, and NOT on my problems, but in reality I know that isn't true. No matter how much I want it to be true, I fall into that trap every single time.
HE is wanting me to know that HE is creating in me a heart like Mary's. HE is telling me that in creating a new heart, comes a new mindset, of which HE is asking me to trust HIM with everything and know and BELIEVE that HE has it all worked out for my own good. HE is asking me to say just as Mary did, "I am YOURS, may it be to me as YOU have said."
This very thought leads me right into the song "Oceans" by Hillsong United. This song has become the story of my walk with HIM, and just the first few lines, describe perfectly what my relationship with HIM is like. "You call me out upon the waters. The great unknown where feet may fail. And there I find You in the mystery, In oceans deep. My faith will stand"
In my now 11th year of walking with HIM, I know that HE will continue to call me out upon the waters, HE will ask me to view the "mountains" of problems in my life as merely "grains of sand." HIS loving reminders are everywhere I look, and this morning while journaling HE reminded me of yet another song that describes perfectly, and gives me HIS vision so that I am able to understand how exactly I "try" to live my life without HIM leading me.