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Sitting at the feet of Jesus

“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home.” Luke 10:38, NLT.
Oh Jesus, how I want to welcome you into my home and into my life.  I want to welcome you into my every second of my breathing.  I am so empty and lost without you
So, I ask the question:  "Am I doing enough to welcome you?" “Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.” Luke 10:39, NLT.
*Sitting *Listening These are two difficult things in our busy, fast paced culture. “But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it--and I won’t take it away from her.”” Luke 10:41, 42, NLT. There is one thing  worth being concerned about.  There is one thing that is THE most important focus for me--sitting at the feet of Jesus:

1 Sitting at the feet of Jesus, Oh, what words I hear Him say! Happy pla…

Perfection?

Like most of you, during my first 18 years of life I did my usual grade school education.  There are not many occasions that stand out in my mind when I received a test back and scored perfectly.  As a matter of fact since that time—having take,  almost 35 courses of one description or another—not many perfects.    With that lack of perfection imagine my immediate “Really?” when I read “We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is for your perfection.” 2 Corinthians 13:9, NIV.   Paul was praying for the Corinthians’ ‘perfection.’ This brings me to three questions: 1.  How much praying is Paul planning on doing?  I’m thinking… LOTS! 2.  Maybe the Corinthian congregation wasn’t as bad as the letter reveals? 3.  Maybe perfection doesn’t mean what I think.  Let’s work with that for a minute. The New Living Translation uses the phrase “What we pray for is your restoration to maturity.”  Well, that’s a little better.  The word ‘perfection’ is the word ‘katartisis’ which…

Please sir, I want some more!

Remember Oliver Twist holding up his bowl and saying: “Please sir, I want some more”?  In Charles Dickens famed story of Oliver Twist, Oliver is a boy born into a life of poverty that is orphaned at an early age—but raised on a farm.  This scene occurs after Oliver has worked extra hard and by luck of the draw was to ask for another portion of gruel. I was reminded of this little incident today in prayer—and envisioned myself lifting my little bowl to Father and saying: “Please sir, I want some more!”   What I sensed Father telling me follows.  ‘You are not a begging orphan.  You are a King’s son sitting at the King’s table.  The only way you are NOT there…is when you choose to eat pig slop.  Those times when you willfully LEAVE the table—you leave to eat slop.  But My table is always ready, full of best the of My presence for you to eat.  If you will abide … you will always eat the best of wares.  If you will abide… my presence is always there for you.  Just abide and cease striving—ju…