Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Today I have a devotion running at P31. If you've stopped by after reading, welcome! I am glad to have you here and hope you will return. Usually on Tuesdays I post a top ten Tuesday list, but I am preparing for a book launch (tomorrow!) and recovering from a busy weekend filled with birthday fun and holiday relaxation.

Soooo, I decided today instead of posting a top ten list, I would share this quote with you that went so nicely with the theme of my devotion for today: Purse, Bag or Sandals. Haven't read the devotion today? Check out the "P31 Blogs" list in the sidebar and you will see the Encouragment For Today blog, where you can find it.

I've been reading Oswald Chambers' My Utmost For His Highest for my morning quiet time, and I read this over the weekend. It gave me a lot to think about--

"Lord, I will follow thee; but..." Luke 9:61

"If a man is going to do anything worthwhile, there are times when he has to risk everything on his leap, and in the spiritual domain Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold by common sense and leap into what He says, and immediately you do, you find that what He says fits on as solidly as common sense."

Jesus told the disciples to leave without purses, bags or sandals. And they did just what He said-- even though it didn't make sense. What is He telling you that doesn't make sense in the here and now? Will you take the leap, trusting that it will fit on as solidly as common sense?

PS. Would love to see you back here tomorrow, where we will be talking about the launch of my second novel She Makes It Look Easy.
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Anonymous said...

Wow, what a devotion today! I was taking a break from sorting & packing up my house to "get" a word from God. Knowing we are moving, but not having a clue where we will end up has been unsettling to say the least. I've already downsized about 1/2 of my "stuff". Looks like God's asking me to trust Him a little more. Thank you for your devotion & your blogs. They are very encouraging.

Drea said...

I just wanted to thank you for your post today Marybeth... what an encouragement... My husband and I are in the midst of some hard decisions.... and praying for the Lords direction... Ministry is hard some times and there are many periods in it that we are so unsure of things... and where we should be.

Loved this post! and the one on Proverbs 31 Blog.



Anonymous said...

Great devotion today! I too am reading from My Utmost for His Highest....God has really used it to speak to me.

Anonymous said...

I would say that if God told you to just leave without packing anything, that all of your needs or anybody else's would be met in things that you might need by possibly stranger's.. There are some good people out in society, yet!!

Jana said...

I am looking forward to your new book! My husband is preordering it on his Nook for me, and that makes for a happy wife! Thank you for your devotional this morning. I shared it with my children (an abbreviated version) during our family worship time. Our word this week is "Orderly", and we have been talking about how God wants all things to be done in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:40), and your devotion helped me to remind them that although having a routine is great, we should not let it get in the way of listening and obeying Him. Thank you for your words. May you be blessed today.