So for the past four or five days, I’ve thought of the apostle Paul often, wondering what his “thorn in the flesh” could have been (II Corinthians 12:7). I’ve had a crick – horrible pain in my neck ( and, no – I’m not talking about Steve! lol). I haven’t been able to turn my head to the left since Friday. I’ve put cream on it. I used ice. I’ve used heat. I’ve used moist heat, and I’ve done neck exercises, as well as possible. Finally, today, I can reach up and turn the lamp on! It’s the simple things that we usually take for granted, until we can’t do them, that mean so much.
I took going to worship services for granted until Covid shut us down for a few weeks. I was thankful that we had the means to worship online, but it’s not the same. I missed singing praises with my church family. I know that I take the avenue of prayer for granted. I mean – as a child of God, I have the opportunity to bring my fears, my requests, and my concerns before the very throne of God, but my prayer life could improve. How about yours?
We’ve been given God’s Word, for we are told that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:16-17), yet how many of us haven’t even taken the time to read it? My Scripture Writing Schedule came to be a few years ago because I had been using a monthly scripture writing schedule that I found online. I knew that I benefitted from copying God’s Word, but, honestly – I couldn’t remember what I had written the day before. So, I started looking for one that had a memory verse – something that I could copy more than once to “drive the point” a little deeper. When I couldn’t find one, I decided to make one. Hence, “Write On My Heart Every Word” was born. Are you spending time in God’s Word each day?
We are given opportunities every day to serve others and to bless others. Are we taking them for granted? Oh, how we are simply blessed, Courtney