Yesterday was a great day. South Salem Nazarene Church is a wonderful faith community to be with this summer. God is moving and at work, changing it up for all of us. After preaching three Sundays, people are starting to get to know me, taking the time to tell me what God is doing in their life and what it means on a daily basis. I’m blessed.
For me, the definition of blessed is to know the activity of God. I know the word, “blessed,” is rarely viewed as a bold word. It is. Jesus, the image of bold, often used the word, “blessed,” as a point of reference to our relationship with God, revealing the powerful presence and work of God is on earth as it is in heaven.
The thing is, I don’t always feel blessed or even remotely think God’s activity on earth is like heaven. My perspective is not always reliable, especially when my day is centered on tasks, details, schedules, or circumstances. I’m less likely to think, speak, or act blessed unless I slow down and become still to know the presence of God. It’s the point of the First Fifteen challenge.
Before I entered full-time ministry as a pastor, I was a Registered Nurse. During the early years of nursing, I met an elderly woman who taught me the power of living blessed, despite her difficult circumstances. Every morning she spoke the words,
God, Your mercy is new every morning. You are faithful to give Your mercy. You never miss a day. I receive Your new mercy in my life today. Thank You!
I heard her pray that prayer on many occasions. It came from Lamentations 3:19-26.
When I prayed my friend’s prayer this morning, I determined to keep my eyes open, to stay in the flow of God’s mercy, and to be consumed with what God has planned for my day. It’s a prayer that ignites healing, hope, and new beginnings—it’s beyond what can be asked, thought, or imagined–for everyone!
I’m not only excited for every day this week but for next Sunday at South Salem Nazarene! I would love to see you on Sunday, August 3 at 10:45 AM (South Salem Nazarene Church 1661 Boone Rd SE Salem, OR 97306). We will focus on the blessed life, with an emphasis on healing and hope as well as refreshment for our soul. God has something more for each one of us!
View from my JOYs:
Gregg and I had lunch with Tiffany and Ellie after church. We’re trying to find extra time to be with them before they move in a couple of weeks.