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This morning I find that I need a fresh wind, a fresh breath from the Spirit of God. My heart and soul have been stirred for weeks about creating Breathing | Space, and although I have a sense of how to do this, I realize again that only God can do the work, can give the vision, can create the plan and light the way for each step.

As I was reading “The Message” a contemporary translation of the New Testament, Psalm and Proverbs by Eugene Peterson, I realize once again that only God can do this work, and that to run ahead of God is foolhardy.

Let me share some of what I read in Psalm 19 this morning:

The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right, showing the way of joy.
The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.
God’s reputation is twenty-four carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee.
The decisions of God are accurate down to the nth degree.

God’s Word is better than a diamond,
better than a diamond set between emeralds.
You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring,
better than red, ripe strawberries.

There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise, how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.

The Message.

I love the visual pictures in this passage… hidden treasure, sun-washed, scrubbed clean, easy on the eyes, start the day fresh.

I choose to start this day fresh, scrubbed clean and sun-washed, believing and trusting God that He will do the work. I can’t take his work over. The work of sharing his love with others is what He calls me to do, but in reality, it is his work. How he will do it through me is his responsibility. I can only be a conduit, allowing the clean, fresh breath of the love of God to flow through me over and into the hearts and souls of others today.


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August 2020