Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kisses from Heaven

Hi Precious Peoples,

Don't you just love it when God sends His kisses from heaven?

2010 has begun to be something beautiful to me, but me being me lets the doubts and fears start to creep in and I begin to question everything, but thankfully God being God knows this and is helping me to change this.
One of my prayers has been to know that God loves me and to receive His love for me. Well, as you know, God, answers prayers! He has been showing me in everyday things, in songs, scripture, people, books and devotionals to name a few. Things that are even beyond what I have dreamed or imagined are happening and it moves me to tears at just how much He is showing me His love and how He sees me.
Today I want to share with you a devotional that I got yesterday in my email but never read until today and boy, it was exactly what I needed to hear and maybe you also need to hear. I do pray that it blesses you as it did me, allow Him to shower you in His kisses from heaven and love you as His precious and chosen Princess.

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Living Below the Bar

by Sharon Jaynes

Today's Truth

"So Mephibosheth ate at David's table like one of the king's sons"
(2 Samuel 9:11 NIV).


Friend to Friend

Who in the world is Mephibosheth and what possessed his momma to give him such a name? Well, I can't answer the second question, but I can shed some light on the first. Mephibosheth was a man who was living way below his potential. He was the grandson of King Saul and the son of Prince Jonathan, but he lived like a pauper. When he was a boy, his nurse dropped him while fleeing from their enemies. As a result, he was crippled in both feet (2 Samuel 9).

When David took over as King of Israel, he wanted to know if there was anyone in Jonathan's household to whom he could show kindness. Jonathan had been David's best friend and he loved him as a brother. A servant told David about the crippled Mephibosheth, and he was summoned immediately. Mephibosheth lived in a place called Lo-Debar (meaning a pasture-less land).

My own (very unofficial) translation of Lo-Debar is "below the bar." Mephibosheth was living below the bar. He was the grandchild of a king, but he was living in a pasture-less land like a pauper. When he came before King David he said, "What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?"

David didn't even answer him. He simply turned to his servant and commanded that all the land that had been Saul's be given back to his grandson and that Mephibosheth should eat at the king's table everyday.

Perhaps you are walking around like a crippled because of something that has happened to you as a child. Perhaps you feel like a "dead dog." And yet, God is looking for ways to bless you, to restore what has been taken away, and invite you to feast at His table everyday. Mephibosheth was a grandchild of King Saul and potential heir to the throne. However, he saw himself as nothing more than a "dead dog," unworthy to receive even the smallest crumb of kindness from David. David's desire was to restore to Mephibosheth all the land that would have been his inheritance and invite him to feast at his table daily. Mephibosheth didn't see himself as he really was. In reality, he was royalty. "A dead dog?" I think not!

Do you see yourself as you really are? You are a chosen, dearly loved, child of God. You have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of light! You, girlfriend, are a child of the King!

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Let's Pray
Dear Lord, so many times I walk around with an emotional limp like a wounded animal. But the truth is, I am a child of the King and I should act like one! Thank you for inviting me to feast at Your banquet table every morning by feeding my soul from Your Word and drinking in the Holy Spirit's power. Today, I will not limp about, but run, jump, and even dance with the joy!

In Jesus' Name
Amen

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Now It's Your Turn

Be honest. Do you act more like the pitiful Mephibosheth or a powerful princess?



What mind adjustment do you need to make to start acting like a child of the King?



You have been invited to feast at His table and do so every time you open the pages of your Bible. Have you accepted His invitation?



I'd love to hear your thoughts on today's devotion. Is this something that you have struggled with in your Christian walk? Let's talk... http://www.sharonjaynes.com/blog or www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes


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4 comments:

the wild raspberry said...

indeed HE does answer our prayers....thanks for the encouraging words.

hugs~
chasity

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Miss Melly!
I saw that you starting following me (I wish they would call it something else! we sound like stalkers!!!)
I came over to see who you were and what an unexpected blessing to read your bible study. I hate to admit that I don't remember this story (just proves that I need to read more!) Isn't it a wonderful story indeed? Makes goosebumps on my arms!
Thanks
Rhonda

Miss Gracie's House said...

Hi Melly,
It's nice to hear from you again! GREAT devotional...much to ponder on.
THANKS for sharing.
Rene'

MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

I too believe that God answers . . . always answers our prayers. Sometimes we don't see it clear but when we realize it He did and has done even more for our own benefit.

The story also reminds me of the fact that we are heirs of Gods kingdom. When we sinned, it's as if it has taken a toll on us. We were doomed. But when God sent his only Son to save us from our sins . . . we regained favor in His eyes and our sins were forgiven.

To your question, I must say that there are times that it seems hopeless especially when all you see is that things are going wrong or not as planned . . . that some people just have the joy of making your life not as ideal. I'm weak. But through prayer, I am comforted and it's like seeing things . . . the world in another eyes. Understanding things better :-)

Mizpah,
Li