Every now and again I will share bits of the words scribbled in my journal. These are unedited, raw and personal thoughts that I share in hopes that someone, who might feel the same way, will find encouragement. I started my journal time reflecting on Psalm 145:7 which is the prominent inspiration for my book Just RISE UP! Something about the phrase “pour forth your fame…” elicits a visual picture of God’s glory…His fame. I am constantly begging God to let me experience just that.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. (Psalm 145:7 ESV)
A page in my journal…
Lord, I have seen Your fame and Your goodness in my world around me. I want to encounter You today…everyday. I know your glory is all around and that it is a matter of me clearing away all that distracts and detracts me from experiencing who You are. Oh how I know that living my life for You is more than an experience! So, I will stand on Your truth and Your Word. Experience and interaction with Your Word go hand in hand. I know that. But, today I beg you just as Moses did…
Show me your GLORY! (Exodus 33:18)
I sit here today with my pen in hand, my Bible in lap boldly asking you that as well. I remember how Moses also declared that if Your presence did not go with them, they will stay put. (Exodus 33:15). There are so many days where all I want to do is go my way. Today, I declare that I will stay put until You say GO. Show me Your glory on YOUR terms, God. And I will release my preconceived notions of what and how I think you should work in my life and the world around.
~I see your glory as I sit with a friend on her couch and comfort her during her darkest hour. I am at a loss. I feel inadequate. I see, though, Your glory as she lights up with hope and joy as she whispers your Holy name, Jesus!
~I see your glory as I sit tired at the end of the day as the evening sun hits my wildflowers. They sparkle with vibrant pink and orange hues. You are so creative, God!
~I see your glory when I stand before the vast ocean and I am reminded how small I am. I know I’m not insignificant but this reminder is a good thing. For when I humble myself, when I decrease, I am in a better position to worship You in all of your awesome, vast, BIG power.
Lord, I know I started this journal page with a prayer asking to see You. I chuckle as I see how You already came through and brought to mind how I already, very regularly see Your glory. I see your fame.
It has been right there, Your glory, Your beauty, Your goodness, Your mercy, Your forgiveness, Your provision…