Loving God Holy

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Gen. 1:24, 25

24And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. 25God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
I have chosen to 'block quote" the text today, because I knew it was going to be shorter than the rest of my writing. I may be wrong! lol. Yesterday I stopped, because I thought I knew so much about the Bible. I thought for sure the next verse was about mankind. Oops! Guess I'm not so smart after all, eh? Such arrogance! Allow me to explain. I've always had a problem with perfectionism. If something isn't absolutely right, I get very frustrated. I forget that God does not expect perfection from me. I was not taught this as a child. I was taught that if you are going to do something, you had better do it right the first time, or else you would have to go back and redo it. Don't get me wrong, but thanks Dad! LOL. Only kidding. All people are affected differently when confronted with instruction. Only some of us take every word literally. Even then, only some of those take it to the extreme, which in my case is perfectionism. I have had a long, drawn out struggle with this. I'm not quite sure if it is a sin, but I do know there is only One who is Perfect! He is the One who came to earth as a lowly man, nothing to be admired, no good looks, yet the people who met Him, heard about Him, saw Him, knew their was something distinctively different about Him. He is indeed our Lord and Saviour, God of all. Oh how I love Him. Dear God, I praise each morning I awake in Your presence, be it here on earth or in Heaven. We are together no matter where. I pray for Your Kingdom to come, and that Your will, not mine is done each day. My friend is suffering a great loss. Her Mother has come to spend eternity with you. God, please comfort her, heal her broken spirit. Touch her hand as she reaches for her coffee. She is not feeling well, so I don't know if she will drink any coffee today. In this case, touch her hand as she lay gentle in her bed. Let her know everything is going to be okay. Help her, strengthen her with Your strength. Wrap her in Your arms, and let her share with you her sorrow. Then help her to move forward. God, please protect her at this vulnurable point in her life. Keep Satan away from her. Love her, protect her, counsel her, hold her in Your loving arms. You, oh Lord, are the only One who can. Please God, forgive us tresspasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever and ever. In Jesus' name I pray. And everyone said, "Amen." "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John 3:16 NIV