One Day at a Time

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This devotion is part of a series that began on January 2nd. If you are just joining us, you may want to read the earlier devotions..

I think it’s going to take awhile to learn this trusting “one day at a time” lesson. Wise counselors tell us to “take the long look”. “Plan.” “Prepare.” And that isn’t wrong. But when the LORD is teaching us this day-by-day-down-to-earth walk of faith and dependence, it seems as if we were only meant to handle this trusting life “one day at a time”. And it’s the lesson we seem to learn best in dry and difficult desert times when our own resources have failed.

When Israel complained about the lack of food, GOD provided a “one day at a time” answer. Quail at night, and “in the morning there was a fine-flaky something all over the ground. The Israelites called it man-hu (meaning ‘What is it?’).” (Exodus 16 THE MESSAGE)

Part of this life of daily dependence is learning to recognize and then trust God’s unexpected answers. The fact that our hearts dare to question “what is it”, is our LORD’s all-wise process of opening us to experience the unexpected way or ways he chooses to supply our needs for today.

When Israel needed food, they murmured and complained. I have to admit that my “prayers” are sometimes not much more than complaining. Raw need doesn’t usually express itself in fancy prayer words. But know this, sometimes-troubled and sometimes-trusting caregiver: GOD hears your “complaint” and sends “manna” for your sustenance for today.

Prayer – LORD, quiet my murmuring so that I may trust you for today. Amen

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In Loving Memory.

Throughout this month, the Caregiver Prayer Team honors Fritz Benning who passed into the presence of his LORD on December 10, 2016. He was a beloved brother in this ministry and one of our founding partners. We commend his wife and family to GOD’s loving care.

Enough

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This devotion is part of a series that began on January 2nd. If you are just joining us, you may want to read the earlier devotion.

It’s just one single verse, and I’m reading it over and over again, day after day. It’s part of my learning journey, this journey to learn to live in dependence on our  LORD. Here’s the verse: “Then the LORD said to Moses, “I am going to rain  bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather  enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my  instruction or not.” (Exodus 16:4)

“Enough for that day”. That’s the phrase I can’t get away from. It’s a sure promise that “GOD will provide”. But his provision is measured – “enough for that day”. It’s his way of nurturing our life of trust and dependence on him.

Perhaps this “trust – test” is particularly important in the uncertainties of our one- day-at-a-time life as caregivers. Draw deeply on GOD’s promise to provide “enough for [your] day”? Enough strength. Enough patience. Enough resources.  Enough peace. Enough rest. Enough for the most unexpected need.

The Israelites fed on that one-day-at-a-time bread from heaven for forty years in the wilderness – forty years of daily depending and trusting. And it never failed.

Prayer – LORD, teach me to learn to trust you day by day. Amen

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In Loving Memory

Throughout this month, the Caregiver Prayer Team honors Fritz Benning who

passed into the presence of his LORD on December 10, 2016. He was a beloved

brother in this ministry and one of our founding partners. We commend his wife

and family to GOD’s loving care.

A Word for the New Year

10849077-17936452There’s a long year ahead. A year of bright hopes. And just as surely, a yearwith its share of uncertainties. It’s a time for counting our resources. Are they equal to the demands we anticipate? And what of the unexpected?

Recently I sat quietly…looking at the year ahead. And… I confess…I was scared. Or, at the very least uncertain. Uncertain…and shaken.

As I tried to pray, one single word came to my mind: dependence. And with that word came the sense that I was to live out that single word for the year ahead. But what would that look and feel like? My trusty old dictionary said that dependence meant “being subject to another”, or “relying on anther for support”. The root of the word means “to hang”, like in a pendant – a piece of jewelry that hangs from, or is dependent on a chain.

My hope – my dependency – cannot be in things I can see or count. Nor in any resources I can measure. In all the demands of caregiving now, and in the year ahead, our only sure resource is to “trust in the LORD will all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.” (Proverbs 3:5)

LORD, teach me to live independence on you. Amen

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In Loving Memory

Throughout this month, the Caregiver Prayer Team honors Fritz Benning who passed into the presence of his LORD on December10, 2016. He was a beloved brother in this ministry and one of our founding partners. We commend his wife and family to GOD’s loving care.