For all He has done for me!  

II Samuel 7:1-3

Now it came to pass when the king [David] was dwelling in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.” Then Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the LORD is with you.

Todays Readings:  click here  – Psalm 80:1-7,80:17-19, 2 Samuel 7:1-17,Galatians 3:23-29

The opening passage to II Samuel 7, expresses that David is filled with such vigorous  gratitude for what God had done and continues to do for him, that all he wants to do is give back. Something! Anything, to prove his love and gratitude.  As,  I think of how King David may have felt, it brings to mind many times how I feel that same way when prayers are answered, wisdom is revealed, truth is unveiled, love is abounding, peace is brimming, grace is given and Jesus is all around Philippians 2:13  .

This feeling is uncontainable, unstoppable, even irresistible when I see God’s mighty works unfold before me.    Knowing I was created ON PURPOSE for A PURPOSE,  fuels my desires to serve and give back when and wherever I can. This was especially true in my early days of my faith walk, that I said YES to everything that came my way.  I thought, well it’s for the church, work for God, I can’t say NO!  Until… my plate overflowed and I could barely keep up with it all. My time at home became less and less because of meetings, events, projects, outings and such.   Nothing was getting my best work, but everything was getting a bit of my work.  Until… I realized that this is not what God wants… He wants my BEST work. Which means, realizing my gifts and talents and putting my focus in those directions and to clearly and  prayerfully consider my YES’s and  trust that  God would make room for me to do my BEST l John 2:27 .

This practice has led me to serve with a purpose, a heart of appreciation for hard , and to do it all for HIS glory and nothing less.  I attempt to approach each task with confidence that God is my strength and my portion that I need 2 Corinthians 2:14  .

Serve with a pure heart of gratitude, with your audience of ONE Matthew 6:1 . Let God be your direction and beacon of light as you open your heart to Jesus and follow Him.  I like to call it an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ Proverbs 16:9 .

Give it a try, He won’t let you down.  When one opportunity door closes, He is sure to lead you to another one that He has prepared for you.  Be ready for what He has in store.   Go and do… because the Lord is with you Acts 9:6  .

Prayer:   Lord, my eyes and heart see how you take such good care of me. I want to live my life serving you on purpose,  with a purpose. Help me to see my gifts and use them for your glory. Cover me with the  Holy Spirit to guide me and give me strength, power and wisdom so I can GO and DO.  In your holy name I make this grateful prayer.   AMEN!