My Utmost Notes – Jan. 6

January 6“Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have.” – Oswald Chambers

How precious are my morning hours? How jealously do I guard the quiet moments in my house before my children wake up?

I LOVE sleep, and for me it is often elusive. So it is truly a “living sacrifice” (Romans 12:1) when I spend that time in prayer or studying God’s word or sitting and listening for the Lord. Furthermore, it starts my day with the right perspective. When I sacrifice to Him, I am stirring up the memory of my allegiance to Him, and of His love for me. In this light, I am both humble and fearless before men.

I am like a well-trained soldier ready for battle, but instead of being ready for war, I am ready for love. And when I stay in contact with the Holy Spirit throughout my day, the wounded, tired, lonely people that cross my path will be refreshed and comforted by my presence.

This is a picture of the earthly ministry of Jesus, but it is also within my grasp. Not perfectly, not without my own wounds and fears blinding me from time to time, but blessedly imperfectly. Jesus has made provision for my imperfection. One way to thank him might be scheduling another early morning meeting.

 “You shall bring the very first of the first fruits of your soil into the house of the LORD your God.” – Exodus 34:26


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5 thoughts on “My Utmost Notes – Jan. 6

  1. Thank you so much for this. i love the image of a well-trained soldier ready for love. Love feels like a battle at times. “If you’re lucky, you’ll never make it out alive, but it’s a good thing.” It’s an act of love to prepare oneself to love well. Now i am looking forward to practicing this, blessedly imperfectly.

    1. The very best. 🙂 This is something i’ve been learning for the whole last year, actually. i’m grateful to have another step illuminated.

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