“But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence”
Luke 11:8 NLT
The previous verses to this one tell us the parable of a man who went to a friends house at midnight to borrow a few loaves of bread. He had a surprise visitor show up and apparently had nothing to feed him, and I guess three loaves of bread would have done the trick!
Now, if someone came to my door at midnight asking for three loaves of bread to feed their friend I think I might turn them away too, a girls gotta sleep.
But the scripture referenced tells us that he might not get up and open the door because of your friendship, but he will do it if you are shamelessly persistent.
The chapter goes on to tell us to keep asking, and we will receive. Keep seeking, and we will find. To keep knocking, and the door will be opened for us.
We must ask, and ask again. Keep bringing your needs to the Father, keep calling out names in prayer and always be shamelessly persistent! What miracles are just around the corner, if only you ask one more time?
God, I bring my needs to you one more time today. I call out the names of my children and lost loved ones to You today. I cry out for a financial miracle. I ask for protection.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV
I have an eleven month old daughter who just learned how to mimic people. Sometimes it seems more like mocking, but there’s no way she can be that smart already.. right?
If you laugh, she laughs. If you make a silly face, she makes a silly face. If you clap, she claps. It’s quite comical to watch her as she learns new things just by watching others.
We like to follow.
Yes, there are people with leadership qualities, but everyone follows the example of someone else. It’s good to have a role model and someone that you look up to, but only if they want the best for you and want to see you succeed.
While it’s good and important even to have earthly mentors, the best person for us to imitate is Jesus. Dictionary.com tells us that to imitate is to “to follow or endeavor to follow as a model or example. to mimic; impersonate. to make a copy of; reproduce closely.to have or assume the appearance of; simulate; resemble.”
I want my life to resemble that of the life of Jesus. I want people to see His qualities in me, so that I resemble Him. I want to stand for what He stood for. I want to love the way He loves.
Make the decision to imitate the life of Jesus today, and watch and see what happens because of doing so!
Jesus, I have all the examples I need to know how to properly imitate Your life. They are found in Your word and I pray you help me to apply them today.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
My word for this year has been “grateful” I decided that I needed to change my perspective on a lot of things, and the way to do that was to show gratitude for everything I do have.
It’s easy to complain about what we DON’T have – a new car, better paying job, a bigger home.. but it’s harder to do that when you are instead thankful for what you DO have.
My car gets me from point A to B. Are my kids constantly kicking the back of the seats and are my knees are touching the dash? Yes, but it gets us where we need to be.
Do I wish we were more financially secure? Absolutely, but our bills are paid, we have plenty of food to eat and we are clothed.
Are we at maximum capacity in this bungalow? We sure are, but it’s home. We have heat, and a dishwasher (an absolute necessity in my eyes) and beds to sleep in.
It’s all about contentment.
We as women can be consumed by the mundane, and it does sometimes feel like a burden and like we may be missing out. But take a look around you right now, what do you have that you are thankful for? What is around you that you prayed for, and God miraculously provided?
Let’s change our outlook on life today ladies, and thank and praise God for what He has provided and everything we are so blessed with!
Lord, help me to have a thank you on my lips every single day, and to not take anything I have in this life for granted.