© 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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