He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters
As we get back into the swing of things at work it’s easy to go full on and not rest. We’ve had a few days over Christmas to rest so we feel like we have to work really hard to make up for it! But the verse above applies to all times of year. Notice the word ‘makes’ in the verse. He urges us to rest. For the good of our bodies and for the good of our relationship with Him. Leading us by still waters could be a stroll at lunch time. Or actually going out of the office to have lunch. Find a meeting room in the office to just sit and read. Even staring out of the window and giving thanks for all of our gifts and blessings is worth doing. Pace yourself this year, be at peace and make time for yourself and God. The work will still get done. You can trust God for that!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, help us to rest and spend more time with You this year. We pray that our work will still get done and better! – Amen!
“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.”
If you’re anything like me, you might sometimes sit on the train (or where ever you may be) wondering what the future looks like. But, of course, we don’t know. And because we don’t know, we plan. We plan something that is our idea of what it might look like. Planning is good but only if we are looking to God for guidance. Even then, we can get carried away with our own dreams. “Dear God, I pray that you can guide me to Florida where I can retire.”That’s probably not the right prayer but we all do it. Or something similar. The Psalmist of the verse above is happy to have a lamp to guide him. Lamp’s won’t light up the entire path, just a few yards. Enough to stop us from going the wrong way. The future is now. That sounds like a cliché but it’s pointless planning so far ahead because we may be missing out on so much today! So, plan the next few steps with God and let’s pray a prayer for a future (today and the for the rest of our lives) that can in some way glorify Him. Sound like a plan?
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, We thank You for always being with us even when we don’t know it. Lord, we offer our lives up to You. Our future is in Your hands. Lead us to where You want us to be. Give us the faith to follow You, one step at a time – Amen!
‘I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.’
Getting to know God means having a relationship with him and not just believing in Him. I’m sure God has everything in common with us but, as human beings. it’s probably good to find something that allows you to see God or something that sparks up a conversation with Him. Perhaps your work is that? I think it is definitely mine. I’m blessed to have my work evolve around creation, light, form and beauty. All of which has come from God. When I see something I like, I try to credit and think of God. And thank him. When I have an idea (good or bad) I know it’s from God. But it’s really just a conversation starter for me. A reminder that He exists and is everywhere. And like any relationship, it grows stronger as you find more things to talk about and more in common. You may become more open to Him. So, God wants to connect with you! He has similar interests!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we know you long to have a relationship with us, we pray we can seek you and realize that you want us to talk to you about everything we do, like children do. Help us find those conversation starters – Amen!
‘Let us come to Him with Thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to Him’
I was on a film shoot last week. There were many times when something happened and I knew it was God’s work. I acknowledged in my head that it was but I didn’t give thanks. I had prayed for various things. Selfish prayers mainly. All for the good of me and my well-being and for that I pray for forgiveness. However, as I sit here now I can look back and give thanks to God for 3 glorious days of weather. For surrounding me with incredibly talented and enthusiastic people. For putting the light right where I needed at the right time. For keeping me healthy even though I felt dreadful leading up to the filming. (God delayed it 3 days because I now feel dreadful again). For allowing me the time during the shoot days to pick my Mother-In-Law from the airport so my wife didn’t have to. For providing me the job in the first place.
I think we sometimes pray and then just simply forget to give thanks, especially when it’s work related. Work can be ‘hard work’ and not necessarily something we feel we need to thank God for. But He gave us the skills we need to get work and therefore He provides. So, perhaps we should reflect on the last few weeks, months and perhaps the year and give thanks to God for all He has done for us in our work lives. You may need to think for a moment about what that is but it’s worth doing.
After all, when someone gives us wonderful gifts. It’s only polite to say thank you!
God put the light on Manhattan bridge right on time. 8am!
Heavenly Father, Forgive us for when we don’t praise you and give thanks for all you have done for us at work. We pray that you will continue to encourage us to glorify You and for You to shine through us – Amen!