As I read today's devotion, I had to smile at the continuity with my pastor's sermon this past Sunday. He spoke of offering our blessings back to God in worship. It always makes me smile when I realized God is trying to drive home a message to me. - And my smile is even brighter when I am walking in obedience.
In today's reading Oswald states, 'The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with Him.' He tells us not to rush - that there is always plenty of time for worship. Sometimes, it doesn't feel like it. When we're overwhelmed with work to do, or when we're exhausted and running late. It is a lie.
He continues, 'We have to pitch our tents where we shall always have quiet times with God, however noisy our times with the world may be.'
When I began reading 'My Utmost...', it became a staple of my daily devotions. Years later I begin again because every day it adds to my spiritual maturity. I read the notes I've penned in the margins and see how his message touched me on that particular day in years past. Each year there are new highlights and notes.
Today I am thankful that God has helped me to remain faithful in my worship. I am thankful that I am compelled to make the time for my devotions. I am deeply grateful that he gave me this desire to write and that he blessed me with the opportunity to write for The Bottom Line in addition to sharing my journey with you here on my site.
I pray that He will bless this act of worship by allowing these words to reach the one who needs them - just like Oswald's book found it's way into my hands
Melinda started her fifth year of her devotions reading Oswald Chamber's My Utmost for His Highest. In 2015 she has made the commitment to share what this year's journey. Taking a detour, she began living Every Day With Jesus