18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” JOHN 15:18-19
I feel blessed and blessed and blessed! This morning I woke up and spent my usual time in the Word (“usual” is a bad word for that as each moment with God is different and a growing experience), and then made breakfast which appeased an actual GROWLING tummy! I had a small bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, half a banana, and blueberries. I also had a few more blueberries with peanut butter on the side.
I had a shift at Cora’s this morning which I bussed to. I love working weekdays because it’s much slower and I get to know my co workers so well! Today was exceptionally slow, so I only worked 3 and a half hours, after which I had an egg white omelet with goat cheese, mushrooms, and spinach for lunch.
On the bus ride to Starbucks, I ate a quest bar for a snack from my bag as I was still hungry!
I was meeting the pastor at my childhood church to go over the service I’ve been asked to officiate in a couple weeks. There, I had a soy cappuccino. We talked and my pastor, Wendell, informed me that he had just learned that I would not be able to write the sermon myself– the Spirit through me– but that I had to use parts of a sermon written by the current Lutheran bishop Pryce as I see fit. I for some reason feel a little uneasy about that and am praying on it and trusting the Lord in Pryce as I know he is a good man with a heart for the Lord!
After the meeting, I went home and spent time in the Word and in prayer as my soul was feeling lost. Of course the Spirit renewed me and I felt more ready to write, to have talks with my fam, and to FaceTime some friends. Do you ever just feel down? In these cases we sometimes feel like shutting down and not talking to others, but the Lord is the only one who can lift our Spirits, and has graced us with helpers– other humans– to do the same through Him.
For dinner at home I had a chicken breast, a small POTATO (NOT a sweet potato!), and some carrots and celery. This is a dinner I know more reflects the way I should be eating as it includes a starch, meat, and veg, and I’ve been avoiding the starches.
After din I had a bit of time for MasterChef, catching up on my fav blogs, and a workout (I did another one of Sophie Gray’s as I had a bunch of energy).
I am continuously brought to Truth in the Holy One of the fact that being amazed by His grace leads to praise, praise leads to His indwelling, and it’s AAAALLL from Him, for Him, and through Him. His capacity for anything and everything is so vast that it is endless; His LOVE for human beings is so vast that it is endless; man, to love like the Holy Spirit… The Spirit who is always among us… The Spirit who calls us as disciples and catalysts each day, carrying both the life and death of Jesus Christ… yes, that Spirit. Jesus told His disciples not to FEAR His death, for He needed to die to send the Advocate; literally, us. Christ followers in whom He dwells.
His capacity– endless– in us. That is His call. Welcome Him with open arms, because His are already around you!