In my reading list, I moved from the end of Romans 8 to the beginning of Psalm 23. Continue reading “The blessedness of his presence”
We, as believers, need more lessons on “how to” bless others. Jesus honestly meant it. We are really supposed to bless others… not curse. Continue reading “The soul is meant for blessing”
“Your problem is not the first fifteen minutes of the day (what we would want to call “devotions”). It’s the next twenty-three hours and forty-five minutes. You must arrange your days so that you are experiencing total contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday life with God.” (Dallas Willard quote in Soul Keeping, by John Ortberg)
1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits— (Ps. 103:1-2)
We can speak to our souls. The deepest seat of our deepest emotions is like the “control center” of our being. And there are times we need to speak out and get it in gear.
We can choose to recite the negative things going on in our lives… and the ills of life… and the tragedies we face…
Or… we can line it up and begin to go over the benefits of our gracious God.
What do we choose?
13 A joyful heart brightens one’s face,
but a troubled heart breaks the spirit.
14 An understanding heart seeks knowledge;
but fools feed on folly.
15 All the days of the needy are hard,
but a happy heart has a continual feast. (Prov. 15:13-15)
These verse are good indicators in my own life to know if it is well with my soul. When the deepest seat of my life that controls the deepest emotions of my world, it is “well” and these are good outward indicators for me.
When there is a song in my heart and I sense that joy, it comes out. I have noticed when there isn’t a song in my heart (and I know that if I’m not humming), I sense a stirring and I have to check. I actually have to stop and ask, “What is going on?”
When it is well with my soul, I am seeking knowledge. My reading level is up. I thirst to know more. When my soul is agitated, I spend way too much time on social media or just perusing news sites.
When it is well with my soul, it honestly doesn’t matter if the outward circumstances are lousy. There is a sense of spiritual feasting that just won’t quit. The presence of the Lord has spread a feasting table in front of me and I am dwelling in his peace. I am beside quiet waters when the storms of life are raging.
It is well with my soul.