I am Reminded. . .


The passing away of singer Whitney Houston has been in the news very heavily over the course of the past week. I am reminded of her beautiful voice and her musical talent, which were truly gifts from God. . .

What makes my heart heavy is not only her death, but the way she struggled, both privately and publicly. . .knowing that God wanted better for her, as He does for all of us. . .I pray for her sweet daughter and dear mother, and the family she leaves behind.

Watching her funeral today, I am reminded of my life, my gifts, my talents, my struggles, my pain. I am reminded that I serve an all-knowing, ever-loving God who wants what is best for me and stands ready, with open arms, to forgive me every. time. I. fail.

I am so thankful to God, for His blessings toward us are great.

I am also reminded of this very important verse in the Holy Word of God:
But seek first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added to you.
-Matthew 6:33(NKJV)

Oh dear God, may our hearts seek You first,
Not fame, not fortune, not praise, not perfection,
Not man's ideals or standards,
Not worldly values or treasures.
But may we seek You first,
May we seek to do Your will,
May we strive to live by Your Holy Word,
So that we have no fear for tomorrow.
In the precious Name of Jesus I pray,
Amen.

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