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© Mary Elder-Criss
August 18, 2003
Presently, I am learning.
I am learning trust. I am learning faith. Presently, I am slowly learning patience. I am learning to wait upon the Lord. Presently, I am learning that His words are true, and His promises cannot be broken.
Presently, I am acknowledging that God can be trusted. I am trusting that if it is raining, that the sun will shine again. I am trusting that if it is night, the morning will approach. I am trusting that as a wave crashes upon the shore, that another will follow. I am trusting that He is watching over me, that He is a God that is faithful to save, faithful to deliver, faithful to protect, faithful to provide, faithful to heal.
Presently, I am developing character. I am learning that it is not just how much you have grown at the end of testing period, but the character that you exhibit through the testing period that is important. I am learning in order to become more like Jesus, it is the way in which you conduct yourself in the middle of the fire that is the key.
Presently, I am learning thankfulness. I am learning to be thankful in all circumstances, for all circumstances. I am learning that thankfulness is a state of mind. It is a choice. I am learning to be grateful for the things that I have, and I am learning to be thankful for the trials I endure, for through them, I am becoming stronger.
Presently, I am desiring. I am desiring to become more like Christ, to react as He would, in love and humility to those around me. I am desiring to become more compassionate, more long-suffering, and more kind. I am desiring to die to the flesh, and to walk by the Spirit.
Presently, I am hungering. I am hungry for His word, for His presence, for His touch. I am hungry to know Him, and to know His plan and will for my life. I am hungry to learn, I am hungry to enter into His presence, and to dwell with Him.
Presently, I am thirsty. I am thirsty for more of His spirit. I am parched for a fresh indwelling of His power. I am longing for spiritual rain to fall upon my life. I am an old wine skin that desres to be filled anew.
Presently, I am tired of compromising. I am tired of lukewarm living in a world that is slowly dying for the lack of God's truths. I am tired of conforming to what the world accepts, and long to transform the corner of the world in which I live instead.
Presently, I am seeking. I am seeking His face, His guidance, His will. Presently, I am seeking answers, I am seeking truths, I am seeking wisdom.
Presently, I am praying. I am praying that He would reveal Himself to me daily. I am praying that I will never stop desiring, that I will never stop hungering, that I will never stop seeking, learning, acknowledging, loving, giving, and that I will no longer compromise. I am praying that I will always remain thankful. I am praying that I will always be a vessel worthy of being used.
Presently, I am growing. I realize that presently, I have a long way to go. In the past, I decided to follow Jesus. In His Presence, I will continue to follow. Forever, there is no turning back, for I will never be the same again.
The door has been closed, I can never return, I will walk the walk, I will run the race, and presently I will stand before the throne and I will receive my reward.
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You approach many areas of life that Christians may or may not realize they are going through. Very good.
Oh Mary, this is the cry of my own heart. That He might make us all that He wishes to make us and do with us all that He wishes to do. Thanks for this - it's a fine piece. Debbie
Very good. If this doesn't some up most of our lives right now....today.....this minute.....I don't know what would. Very good.