Keep Me Tender

tenderness

As God’s daughter I want to be like Him.  I want to imitate His faithfulness…please Him.  Good intentions fall short when things are done in human strength.  Sustain me, Lord.  

Not long ago, I was hard.   His word seeds would not penetrate my rock heart.  Darkness.  No prayers.  No scriptures.   No worship.   Deception.  Independence.   Carrying my own burdens.   Relying on my own strength to do it all.   Seeking my own everyday….What do I want?  Petty thoughts.  Entanglements.  Doubt.

Last night we read in 1 Kings 17.  Elijah went to the widow to ask for water and food during the drought.  The widow was prepared to make a last meal for her son, and herself, and then die.  It was hopeless.  The word of God came to her, through Elijah, and He gave her water and bread…He sustained her when she could not in human strength sustain herself.  

I was once waiting for death too…hopless.  God sent His Word to me and I recieved water and bread.  His Spirit.  The Word. 

Last night I  heard His voice calling to me through the night.  I saw myself.  Broken.  Sinful.  I want to seek only your will.  What do you want, Father?   Truth penetrates, plows itself in, and harrows out the hardened clumps so that I am again plantable ground.  Keep me tender.

 The Lord bless all who read here.

Isaiah 35

1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. 3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. 4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.

5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. 7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. 8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. 9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: 10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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~ by dyingtoproduce on August 10, 2009.

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