Confusion


I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psa 32:8 ) I’m sure we can all say that we’ve been to a similar confusing cross-roads in our life, can’t we? I know I can. It seems like just when I thought I was on the right path, the rug was pulled from underneath me and wham! I didn’t know in which direction I should go! Or just when life was smooth sailing and there were no obstacles in the road, hurdles arose and I felt like my world was falling apart!

I’m so thankful for my salvation! I’m so thankful for God’s Holy Word which encourages my heart through these obstacles and hurdles and shows me that my Heavenly Father loves me and will help me through these difficult times. And you know what, teen girl? He’s there waiting to do the same for you! Our Heavenly Father loves us so much! He does not want to see us in a state of confusion. The Christian teenager needs to be a testimony to a lost and dying world. The world is confused and they are the ones that need direction. How can we show them the way if we are living in confusion? How can we be a testimony to them if we do not have the peace that passes all understanding?

Prov. 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (5) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (6) What do you “look” like when you’re going through trials and tribulations? What does the world see in you when your life is filled with confusion, teen girl? Do you look like our friend here? Or are you secure in the Lord, knowing that He will work out every situation in your life? There is no greater testimony to your unsaved friends than when the world sees you rise above chaos. They don’t understand how you can do it. Are you going through family problems right now? How are you dealing with it? Are you going to school complaining to your unsaved friends? Or do they see you calm and collected because you started your day off with the Lord and laid those cares at His feet?

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psa 55:22) Our Father wants to be there for us and He is there for us. He is able and desiring to take on our burdens. Parents want their children to come to you with their cares. They would hate it if they knew you were keeping everything inside and you were miserable – ask them and they will agree with that statement. Our God says to cast our burdens on Him and He shall (not maybe) sustain us! The Lord does not stop there either! He continues on to say that He shall never allow the righteous to be moved! Notice this refers to the righteous. None of us are righteous. All our righteousness are as filthy rags according to: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isa 64:6) But because of our salvation, Jesus’ righteousness is what the Father sees. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (1 Co 1:30) When we abide in Him and in His Word, the Lord encourages our hearts. We cannot do it apart from the Word of God, teen girl. Without spending time in the Bible, one cannot expect to be encouraged in a time of confusion.

God wants to give us strength through the wisdom of the Word. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. (Isa 40:29) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (Jam 1:5) How can you pass a test without studying? How can you know the end of that novel you’re reading without first reading it? How can you glean from the blessings of the promises in the Word when you don’t spend time searching for them? A baby can only drink milk for so long. He then must move on to baby food then solid food. Without this natural progression, the baby will grow very slowly and will be sickly. Paul compared believers in this same light. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. (Heb 5:13) Teen girl, God says you are “unskilful” in the Bible because you are a spiritual baby. Does this not shame you? It should!

There are so many promises in God’s Word to the believer. Confusion should not be part of our daily lives – instead we should have peace because we have given our cares to the One who not only can handle them but can solve every problem. God waits to show us the way to go. We don’t have to go down the path of confusion. God’s way may not always be clear but His way always brings peace if we go to the one map that guides us without error – the Bible. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. (Psa 32:8 )

Dear God…
Help me be a testimony
To the lost who are watching me
May confusion turn to bless-ed peace
And be a witness to them of Thee

Courage


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (Psa 27:14) How I love Noah Webster’s definition of courage!

COURAGE, n. [L., the heart.] Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; valor; boldness; resolution. It is a constituent part of fortitude; but fortitude implies patience to bear continued suffering.

Courage that grows from constitution, often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it; courage which arises from a sense of duty, acts in a uniform manner.

Be strong and of good courage. Deu 31.

Doing a search of the phrase “good courage” yielded a goldmine for me! I hope you are blessed as well, teen girl. God’s Word clearly defines “courage” and portrays that we can only have courage through God.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deu 31:6) Emphasis mine.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Jos 1:9) Emphasis mine.

And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the LORD do to all your enemies against whom ye fight. (Jos 10:25) (Emphasis in italics mine.)

And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD. (1 Ch 28:20) (Emphasis in italics mine.)

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. (Psa 31:24) (Emphasis in italics mine.)

Dear teenager, do these verses not encourage your heart? How can we fear what lies before us when God stresses over and over in His Word how He will not fail us or forsake us? Are you dealing with belligerent unsaved friends? What about the kids at school who mock your stand? Are you chastised by the lost because you share what God’s Word has to say about homosexuality, adultery, or fornication? Do other believers shake their heads at you for your stand on the King James Bible? Is the battle for the Lord becoming hard for you, teen girl? Be of good courage and take heart! And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luk 21:28 ) Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. (Jam 5:8 )

It won’t be long before our battle is over, teenager. Have courage – be strong – it won’t be long before we are with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (Rev 22:3) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. (Rev 22:4)

Dear God…
Be strong and of good courage
Your Word so clearly states
Help me be obedient
As each battle I await

Fruitfulness


For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Pet 1:8)

When we buy our fruit in the grocery store, we don’t stop to think about where the fruit came from or the work it took the fruit farmer to get that fruit to us. A tree can only produce plenty of fruit – good fruit – when it is properly cared for and has all the right “ingredients.” It needs the right amount of sunshine, rain, fertilizer and pruning. A healthy tree produces a good crop of fruit.

It is the same with our Christian lives, teen girl. Without the Son-shine in our lives, we cannot bear fruit. Without Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, we cannot possibly be fruitful nor can we make it without Him. Without getting to know Him better through the Word of God, we cannot grow. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. (Joh 15:5) At times we need pruning so we can be more fruitful. Pruning comes in various ways – through trials, through the Word, and even through the preaching. A tree doesn’t have much choice but to be pruned. But we do! We don’t have to allow the Lord to prune us. However, when we don’t, we can be sure we will not grow properly. We won’t produce the fruit we could produce.

Psalm 1:2-3, But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (2) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (3)

Notice that verse 3 says that his leaf shall not wither. If I were to water my plants regularly, they would stay looking nice, right teen girl? If I would miss a week, however, the leaves would start to droop and they would “scream” for water. So should Christians scream for the living water of the Word. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (Joh 7:38 )

How do you feel about God’s Word, teen girl?  Do you scream for it? Do you desire it?  Do you pursue after it like with as much energy as, let’s say, your cell phone?  Nothing should be more important in your life than God’s Word.

Dear God…

As I start my day with You
And feed my hungry soul
You water my thirsty heart
And make my spirit whole

Praise


Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. Psa. 147:1

David tells us that praising our Heavenly Father is good, pleasant and comely for the Christian. Have you ever known a Christian who is full of praise, teen girl? This person does not suffer from discouragement or self-pity. Why? Because the Christian is busy praising God for all the blessings God has bestowed upon him. How many sunrises and sunsets have you seen in your lifetime? How many of them have been identical? Each one is painted by the Master for our good pleasure! Our God, the Creator of all, is deserving of praise. [To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (Psa. 19:1) I praise You, Lord. [To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.] O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psa. 8:1)

One does not have to look far to see God’s Hand in their life. God’s Hand is seen in every aspect of our lives, teen girl. Open your eyes and look around you. We’re having a snow storm here today. Instead of griping, praise God for the intricacies of each snowflake. No two snowflakes are alike. Can you imagine all the snow that has fallen from the beginning of time through today all over this earth? Yet, each flake is different! Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, (Job 38:22) I praise You, Lord. [To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.] O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psa. 8:1)

All of God’s creation has something unique about it. There are many differences even within each species. The Angel fish is such a beautiful fish. But our God didn’t just create one for our pleasure, but He created many different kinds with various colors. He didn’t stop with one or even a few, but He created at least 20 that I know of – and I’m sure there are more I haven’t seen pictures of. …they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. (Eze 47:10b) I praise You, Lord. [To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.] O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psa. 8:1)

Looking to the skies, one can see so much to praise God about. The Northern Lights are probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen for myself, other than a rainbow. Again, not only does the Lord give us a light show, but He changes each one making them different. Some look like blankets unfolding in the sky while others look like beautiful ripples of cream, varying in color. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: (Psa. 104:2)I praise You, Lord. [To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.] O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psa. 8:1)

Each human being that has been created by the Master’s hand is different – unique – with different DNA, fingerprints, even amongst identical twins! They are like the snowflakes, each one special in God’s eyes. God knows each part of each human being He has created. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. (Luk 12:7) God thinks you’re special and unique, teen girl! Praise Him! [To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.] O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (Psa. 8:1)

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. Psa. 147:1 Join me today and enjoy singing praises to God! Show Him how much you appreciate what He has done for you, teen girl! When you come out of your praise time with Him, you will be hard pressed to remember your troubles. After all, this same God who provided you with all things beautiful will care for you and your troubles!

Meekness


Do you wonder why words seem to have different definitions today than when they were used in Bible times, teen girl?  That was the case with the word meekness.

The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary describes meek as:

1 : enduring injury with patience and without resentment : mild
2 : deficient in spirit and courage : submissive
3 : not violent or strong : moderate

I was particularly drawn to the second definition. This states that if you are meek, you are submissive and you are deficient (lacking) in spirit and courage! Is it any wonder that the world does not respect a meek person or even desire to be meek? If the world does not desire to be meek, then they desire to be the opposite. The antonyms for meek are “proud, stubborn and domineering.” Ah yes, this does sound like the world – yes, it sounds like worldly Christians, too.

When you read your Bible using today’s definitions, teen girl, you get a twisted vision of what God is communicating to us. Merriam-Webster says that the meek person is deficient in courage! The One who was the chief example of meekness went to die on Calvary’s cross for our sins. That does not sound like someone who is deficient in courage, does it? Christ tells us to learn meekness from Him. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Mat 11:29)

Have you ever heard of Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary? It’s a great resource tool for studying God’s Word.  I turned there to see what it would have to say about this word meekness. I love to use this dictionary because it defines words used in the King James Bible at the time it was written and allows us to glean more from God’s Word. Oh what a blessing!! Let’s see what Noah has to say about meekness:

1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.

Now the man Moses was very meek, above all men. Num 12.

2. Appropriately,humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations. Christ says, “Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls.” Mat 11.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Mat 5.

The Lord portrays a different picture of a meek person in the mind’s eye, doesn’t He? This definition portrays a man of great self control and a heart for submission to the will of God. As I meditate on this, I can’t help but think of the dear saints who were martyred for the cause of Christ. I think of Jesus Christ, who epitomized meekness to the point of death on the cross for our sins so we can have eternal life through Him. Thank You Lord for not being proud or stubborn when Your Father left our souls in Your very hands!  Aren’t you grateful, teen girl?  I know I am!

It took great courage for our Saviour to go to the cross despite knowing what awaited Him! I absolutely love my children! I wonder if I would die for my children if I knew ahead of time that I had to burn to death in order to save them! Would I still do it? Christ knew and yet He still died for us! Oh what love! Oh what meekness! I can’t even begin to imagine the pain He suffered on the cross. If you want to see a good article on this very topic, please read: Medical Aspects of The Crucifixion .  Knowing ahead of time that this was His mission, He was meek and submitted to the Father’s will despite of this knowledge!

Practicing meekness as Christ did draws us closer to the Father and increases our joy in the Lord. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. (Psa 22:26) For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psa 149:4) The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. (Isa 29:19)

The Lord loves the meek so much that He picks them up in time of need and brings them comfort. The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground. (Psa 147:6) He feeds them through His Word and guides them in their daily lives. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. (Psa 25:9) He teaches us, comforts us and gives us peace. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Mat 11:29) The meek are satisfied with what God provides and they praise Him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever. (Psa 22:26)

How does God regard a meek Christian, teen girl?

1. They are blessed – Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Mat 5:5)

2. They are protected from the Judgment – Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger. (Zep 2:3)

3. They will inherit the earth – But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. (Psa 37:11)

4. He takes pleasure in His children and gives them salvation – For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psa 149:4)

5. They are of great value to Him – But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. (1 Pet 3:4)

Oh Lord, help us to draw nigh to You so we can learn from You in this area of meekness. Help us to practice daily self control and to be gentle with others. May our feelings not be easily hurt but may we be forgiving and longsuffering toward those who hurt us. And finally, Lord, may we be submissive to Your will in all areas of our Christian walk. Remove from us our sinful pride and create in us a right spirit.

Dear God…
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psa 51:10)

God’s Right Hand


Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11

God is the one who brings salvation. Without the Holy Spirit pricking the heart of man and leading to conviction, there can be no salvation. But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble. (Psalm 37:39) Salvation is of the LORD. (Jon 2:9b)

There is no greater joy and no greater pleasure than to be at the right hand of the Lord for ever more! There is something about the term “at the right hand” that struck me this morning. In America, it is common knowledge that the conservatives are “right-wingers” and the liberals are “left-wingers.” The right hand of the Lord is referenced in Scriptures. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. (Psalm 118:15) The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. (Psalm 118:16)

I did a search for the phrase “the right hand of God” and found it interesting that it appears eight times. All eight occurrences are in the New Testament. All eight occurrences refer to Christ being at the right hand of God. Christ’s blood convenant was a new beginning for mankind. We no longer had to sacrifice animals but had the Perfect Sacrifice covering our sin and making payment for our punishment! The number eight, in Bible studies, is commonly known to mean “new beginnings.” Teen girl, do you see how appropriate it is that there are eight verses referencing Christ?

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. (Mar 16:19) 

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. (Act 2:33)

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, (Act 7:55)

And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. (Act 7:56)

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (Col. 3:1)

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; (Heb. 10:12)

Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. (1 Pet. 3:22)

Doesn’t that excite you, teen girl? It does me!! There are no coincidences with God’s Word. Everything in God’s Word is there to excite us, teach us and keep us fed!  Do you study God’s Word in a similar manner?  Do you get excited about His Word?

Enter His Gates


Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

Have you entered into the Lord’s gates today, teen girl? Our Pastor preached on our covenant with God a few years ago. It got me to thinking how blessed we are that Christ’s death and resurrection created a covenant for us with the Father – for all born again believers! What a joy to meditate on that today. So today, I want to encourage each of you toward righteousness.

You do not need to be defeated a Christian, teen girl. You do not need to give in to temptation. You just need to be a hard worker at your faith in your precious Saviour. I’m sure many a teen girl gives it her “all” when it comes to living a godly life, being obedient, etc. But we can’t stop there … we need to care for our spiritual lives with just as much zeal and effort. Yes, cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry is a chore. I just don’t get that same effervescent feeling the lady in the commercial gets about my scrubbing bubbles cleaning the toilet, ya know? It’s WORK to get these chores done – but the feeling of satisfaction afterwards is priceless!

Making sure that we cover all the areas of our spiritual lives is work also. But this “work” has eternal results. The work you do for your parents is temporary – the dust will always come back and there will always be dishes and laundry to do. But the work we do for the Lord is forever. I think of Christ’s account of Mary and Martha. He did not use a parable here but referred to actual women. The Lord placed this account in His Word especially for us! Mary spent her time at His feet while Martha carried on with the chores. Mary gleaned from the Master while Martha missed out on His blessings from the Word.  This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t help your mother around the house 😉  What this passage teaches is that as a Christian, we can’t be so busy in life that we don’t spend time in God’s Word and “sitting at His feet.”

Working at our spiritual lives is just that – WORK! Here is a little something that helps me strive in this area of training myself and I want to share it with you, teen girl.

W – Wake up with the Lord with song! Sing your favorite hymn – you know the one – it just speaks to your heart and gets you in the right mood – Mine is “Amazing Grace”!

O – Open my heart to Him in prayer. I believe in making my heart right with God before praying for others. I confess my sins, I love on Him real good and then I pray for others.

I have a prayer list that is so long that I’ve broken it down by days so each day has a different grouping of people (i.e. Sunday = church family; Monday = missionaries; etc. I record specific details for each of these people so I’m praying for specific needs, not generalities.

R – Read His Word! Reading God’s Word is a learned trait. Don’t be so strict in your reading that you don’t enjoy His Word. I have three separate times for reading.

  1. The first is my sweet time with Him. Today is the 12th so I read my Proverb of the day (there are conveniently 31 Proverbs, one each for the 31 days in the month). I then read my Psalms for the day (I read Psalm 12 (then add 30), Psalm 42, Psalm 72, Psalm 102, and Psalm 132. I then read the 12th division or section of Psalm 119. This method for reading Psalms enables me to read the entire Book of Psalms every month. I then read Acts chapter 12 so I can learn about the church’s history. And finally, I read Revelations chapter 12 because we are promised a blessing in Rev. 1:3 if we read and understand this book.
  2. The second time for reading is reading through the Bible – I usually do this before bed. Sometimes we set goals that we just can’t keep and then we feel defeated and give up totally. I would rather keep at it and be blessed then to give up.
  3. My third reading comes with studying God’s Word. We’re commanded to study to show ourselves approved UNTO GOD Not to show off our knowledge to others, not to puff ourselves up thinking we’re better than others – but approved UNTO GOD. This is where we dive into meaty things and learn – not learning from someone else’s studying but learning for ourselves. You may have your own method of reading – I hope you do, teen girl. In my 34 years of salvation, all the teen girls that I’ve come in contact with who have struggled spiritually, struggled because they were not in the Word for themselves. When we stand before the Lord and give Him the reason why we didn’t do this or didn’t do that, our excuse that the preacher or our parents never taught us won’t hold water. We are commanded to study for ourselves.  When I got saved, my husband wasn’t saved so he couldn’t help me with my Bible reading.  It was MY responsibility to learn a method that would help me to grow.

K – Keep Him in the forefront of my mind all day. When we have sung, prayed and read, it’s pretty hard to forget the God you started your day with, right teen girl?

I use to have my time with Him at night because my children were early risers and I would “run” from the time they woke up till it was time for their bedtime. However, I found that I did not get the fuel and spiritual energizing I so needed to make it through the day. It took hard work to get up in the wee hours to have my time with the Lord. I was not always faithful but I kept at it.

Of course, everyone has a different routine and whatever works best for you is what you should be faithful in. If you don’t have a special time, resolve to yourself to make one. If you want to succeed at this, hold yourself accountable to someone. Ask a good Christian friend or your Mom to ask you daily if you spent your time with the Lord. Someone who won’t take excuses but will lovingly tell you that your excuse is not a good one!

Dear God…
Help me to be like Mary
As I start this day, oh Lord
Mindful of the things I’ve gleaned
From Your Holy Word!