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Freedom to Praise means that I also have freedom to not praise.  Such has been the last couple of days.  I have missed by usual Bible study and prayer time.  Well, or have I skipped my usual Bible Study and prayer time. 

 

I have been busy – but more like I have been busy at the usual time that I like to spend in study and prayer.  I had to make a couple of trips to town and they were for important stuff and it takes several hours to accomplish such.  So these trips were interrupting the time I like to take for study and prayer. 

 

However, I could have done prayer and study at a later time, at a different time.  Isn’t that one of the things about “freedom” – not being locked in to a time and place. 

 

I didn’t though.  Since I missed it on my schedule, well, I just “didn’t feel like it”, “it didn’t feel right” at another time.  Now, here it is with a few days missed and I feel lost.  I told my husband earlier that I feel like I am in a “dark” place.  Well, I am in a dark place . . . I have moved away from my Lord. 

 

I read this morning about considering that Jesus is waiting on us . . . waiting for His time with us.  Well, I let Him down this week.  I didn’t show up, not only at the “usual” time but at a later time either. 

 

I have “freedom to praise”.  I also have “freedom to not praise”.  I want to praise.  Right now, sit down, thank Him for showing up even when I don’t.   Thanking Him for taking care of my family even when I don’t.  Thanking Him for loving me even when I don’t.  Yes, I am going to exercise my “freedom to praise” right now.

 

 

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Just finished reading From Worthless to Worthy by Julie Morris. 

 

I am learning to accept Jesus’ living water, His giver of life.   Mrs. Morris said that someone told her “don’t push the river.”  I can see how I push the river – try to decide where Jesus’ living water is going to take me.  If it isn’t taking me where I want to go then I try to realign it. 

 

In the “old days”, ranchers would build dams, dynamiting or cutting trees, to realign the streams and small creeks to make the water go where they wanted it to.  I can see how I do the same, putting up road blocks where Christ is sending me when I don’t want to go where He sends me.  He wants me to go speak in “wherever”.  I say I can’t – no money for gas, can’t trust the truck to get me to there.   He wants me to teach Sunday School .  I am not learned enough.  I don’t have time enough. 

 

Comes to my mind that I am also afraid to get “on the river”, get in the boat and see where it takes me. 

 

Can I just trust that Jesus’ living water is the water that will give me life – drink, drink freely, go, go freely, He is enough and His plan is for my best. 

 

Don’t just sit by the river – get in, let it take me where He would have me go. 

Freedom to Praise 

God says to "be still and know that I am GOD" -

He also says to "be still and know that I AM GOD"

I believe that if I am still I can stop and give all over to Him.  My pain, my stress, my worry, my . . . This is the "be still and know that I am God", the place where I sit . . . rest in Him.  

Where I give it all over to Him so I can cease worrying, I become free of pain, my stress melts away.  Only by doing this - being still and knowing He is God can I live . . . so moment by moment I need to return to this stillness within me that gives it all to God. 

There is another point to "be still and know"  . . . this is the "know that I AM GOD" . . . the knowing the "I AM".  Do I know the I AM?  

This is where I am still and I learn who God is.  I cannot learn who God is by being busy, by hurrying about.  To learn who God is I must be still  and study about Him, study His word, study what He would have me know.   This is where I learn to know Him and this is where I begin to be able to "be still and know that I am God" and where I begin to know how to give all over to Him.  

Without the knowledge of who He is . . . how can I rest in His presence. . .