Tuesday, November 04, 2008

649 - The Bestest Stuff

Good morning!  Just me on the keyboard today.  I am feeling better, but still have quite a cold.  I took some medicine last night and it knocked me out!  So today I excited to begin the day.  Voting, getting my roots done, praying in between all of that, and some cleaning too.  I did laundry yesterday since i knew today would be quite full.  I do have one prayer request.  Kind of a long story, but.....  I have to go retake my pap (JOY) because the last one came back not good.  It has happened before. but it is never a fun (NEVER) thing and always concerning when it comes back this way.  Thank you for praying.  My appointment is tomorrow morning.  

One more thing... my friend Charnita made a button at the request of another friend, Kim, so that she could put it on her sidebar to tell others about the video blogging.  I was completely blown away with Kim's request, but I was then in shock how fast Charnita came back with that button thingy.  I don't know how to tell you to steal it, but you are welcome to.  Thank you both!  My BIG God............ uhmmmmm uhmmmm uhmmm! 

Dear Heavenly Father, I have the hardest time finding the bestest, as my kids sometimes call it, and settle for good.  I really want to do the best thing, but find myself so impatient that I try to do everything good hoping I hit the best at least once.  It is a serious issue for me.  And believe it or not, I have actually gotten much better.

This whole issue of good, better, best reminds me of Martha and Mary in the scripture.  In Luke 10:38-42 we see Martha doing some really good things, but Jesus notes Mary is doing the best.  Can't you hear Martha's thought process.  "My sister Mary is just sitting on the floor getting brownie points with Jesus.  Doesn't she know there is cooking to be done, plates to be prepared, and the arrangement on the table is not even complete?  I tell you what, she is going to get a mouthful when Jesus leaves today.  I am sick of her just sitting there while I do all the work!  In fact, I have a great mind to tell Jesus on her so that at least she can get her to work.  She always does what He says.  Good grief!"  

Can't you hear it?  I can because I have said those things myself.  But there have been a few instances in my life that I have heard those thoughts said to me through those piercing looks.  

I think it is very timely that the Lord has brought this passage to me at this time of year.  I want this Christmas to be different.  I want to open my house to any passerby-er and of course all friends and family.  I want to be found ready to sit as His feet with them and talk about His goodness.  I want to be ready to just rest with my loved ones and not think about preparations.  For me the only way I am going to be able to do that is to start today!!!  So as I write this,  November has just begun and we officially have the decorations out and one tree of four ready to be decorated!  I will enjoy my Jesus this year.  But more importantly I will make myself a bit more enjoyable so that hopefully others can see Jesus in me.  Come by any time and sit at His feet with me!!  


Norma Bowers said...

Hey Leigh, I completely understand what you are saying. Please go by my blog www.ncbowers.blogspot.com and read my post on steeping in the Lord. It really opened my eyes to sitting at the Lord's feet! I will be praying for you tomorrow and hope that you get all the things done today that you need to. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help with your conference next year. What are the dates? God bless!

Victoria said...

This post really met me where I'm at right now! I'm not a "bester" by nature, but know someone who is, and I've really been struggling with my own resentment over the battle of the bests that she brings into my life. I've felt that no blessing or accomplishment can go without her attempts to top it and it's really been frustrating, and at times I'd rather just walk away from the relationship than deal with it. Something in your words, and in His, gives me a peace about the whole situation and it draws attention to the fact that we're all works in progress, so I will remain patient in Him.
Thanks so much for the light you shine in His name!

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

Norma - I will be by a little bit later!!! off to get those terrible roots done!!! Love, Leigh

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

Victoria - wow the Lord just used big time your words to me!!! I can completely understand......... i ahve been on both sides!! Thank you for sharing and blessing me with those words meant for me today!! Love much, Leigh

Joyful said...

Leigh, just wanted to say that I'll be praying for you and your test tomorrow. May all go well.

Last Christmas I felt led to abandon much of the 'expected' and just relax and enjoy Christmas. I usually write a Christmas devotional to be included with the over 100 Christmas cards I mail out, but for the first time in years I didn't do this. It was funny the response I received. Many, MANY people thought it was terrible that I didn't write it, and said they were sure I'd send something in the New Year. I didn't. It was strange the pressure I felt from others to keep with tradition. I simplified Christmas and returned to the simple message of a baby in the manger. Christ wasn't lost in the hustle and bustle - all the "Martha" activity, and I had a "Mary" heart.

Giving my best with an obedient heart,
PS. Sorry I've been unable to comment lately. We have dial-up Internet and to download video's isn't always possible. May the Lord bless you as you follow Him in this new venture.