Saturday, September 15, 2007

Fixing our eyes toward the New Jerusalem

We all fell into our beds last night, faces toward the heavens, and prayed for the blessing of sleep. The Lord gave us twelve and a half hours of the best sleep we’ve had in days. I woke up on my back and started to cry! “Look at me Lord, I’m crying for joy over a good night of sleep!” I got up to check on Katy and her first words were, “I slept all night, Mom!” We had a hallelujah moment with our arms and faces raised toward heaven.

There are religions in the world that place prayer mats on the ground facing east or toward a holy shrine. They are very zealous people and stop several times a day to place their faces to the floor in prayer, following very strict rules. Beloved, we who embrace the living God are asked to freely give thanks in all things. We are asked to sing praises to our God and with thanksgiving in our hearts make our requests known. We are asked to fix our eyes on Him. We have the freedom to pray any way we want to and for anything we need without rules or regulations. Tonight, our faces are turned toward heaven, to the New Jerusalem where one day, we will walk the jeweled streets with the One who answered all our prayers. We’ll be reunited with beloved parents or grandparents who first taught us about God and taught us to pray. Imagine how precious those days of eternal rest will be for those who labor day after day with the struggles of this life.

In meeting the needs of our girls, we are trusting in the Lord to answer our request for more strength, and more determination. We get tired. We get cranky. We have to turn our faces to the heavens and ask for help. There is a silver lining to be found in crisis situations, it is that it reminds us how much we need God. It reminds us to pray and cry out for help to the only One who can answer. Crisis turns our eyes heavenward to the One Who promised to be an ever present help in times of trouble. He is sovereign, never sleeps or slumbers, and is always in control. It is now sundown. Sabbath day has begun. Enjoy your Sabbath Day with worship. Now is the time to worship the Holy One of Israel, who accepts our prayers anytime, and anywhere.

Lord God, as we pray for ourselves and those we love, do not let us be anxious about anything, but by prayer and supplication we will make our requests known. And let your peace, which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts in Christ Jesus. Amen -Philippians 4:6-7

Comments:
  1. Jes Says:

    Thank you for the reminder that we can go to our Heavenly Father at ANY time for ANY reason! Sometimes I get to thinking that it’s only the big things and I miss the little oppertunitys to just stop and pray! This evening was really a tough one, with fussy little people doing things that they knew they shouldn’t be doing…and I relied on my own strength and wisdom - making the situation worse as we all butted heads. There was no peace because I was trying to “make” it happen on my own - not going to the true Peace Giver….

    I’m so glad that things have settled down a little and that Katy received good care from the nurses. I love that Paul Burton was able to be with her - what a great big brother!!!! Btw- the other night we were talking about taking Katy and Qavah home…and Noah asked me where Paber was…I was so confused…I had no clue who Paber was…then he said “You know mom, Paber that plays the fiddle at church”…I got a good laugh and a new nickname in my head for Paul Burton! :)

    Love ya’ll!
    Jes

  2. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dear Dawn,
    What a touching and meaningful post. I am truly thankful many times over that when we can no longer rely on our own strength, that God can carry us through if we just let Him. Amen, to such beauriful words of wisdom about our Lord and Savior.
    Praying for you daily
    Karen Tillman

  3. Bob, Amy, Emily, Meredith and Abby Says:

    All I have to say this Sabbath morning is AMEN (because of the AWESOME GOD THAT WE SERVE)!! and PRAISE THE LORD (for your sleep)!!! :0)

    Love you all. We’ll be calling you soon.
    Amy and family

  4. rosanne ayers Says:

    dearest friends….how I rejoice with the way God has yet done another beautiful thing in your midst. what a testimony of His grace. welcome to Qavah. What joy….what a blessing. My eyes are filled to the brim with tears …. rejoicing.
    i continue to love you and pray God’s blessing on Katy and now Qavah.
    thank you for being light and salt to this generation.
    Peace,
    Rosanne

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