Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Gimme a Break!

Did anyone else besides me start singing that Kit Kat jingle when you read that?

Or maybe you thought of the 80's sitcom starring Nell Carter...yeah, when was the last time you thought about that show?

Anyway, the point of this post is that I am going to be taking a week long internet break beginning tomorrow. I will be checking e-mails once daily, but no Blogger...no Facebook. Yikes, this is going to be tough.

I feel like I need to spend more time in prayer and reading scripture. I want to focus on what God wants me to do with our adoption and try to eliminate unnecessary distractions. Sorry...I love you all, but it's easy to get wrapped up in what y'all got goin' on!

So...whenever I am tempted to "log on" I plan to spend time in prayer and reading, re-reading, and memorizing Psalm 40 (thanks Kathy).

Blessings! I am praying that I will have good news to read about each of your adoptions next week.

I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see what he has done and be amazed.
They will put their trust in the Lord.
Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord,
who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.
O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us.
Your plans for us are too numerous to list.
You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds,
I would never come to the end of them.
You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand
— you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.
Then I said, “Look, I have come.
As is written about me in the Scriptures:
I take joy in doing your will, my God,
for your instructions are written on my heart.”
I have told all your people about your justice.
I have not been afraid to speak out, as you, O Lord, well know.
I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart;
I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power.
I have told everyone in the great assembly
of your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me.
Let your unfailing love and faithfulness always protect me.
For troubles surround me—too many to count!
My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage.
Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me.
May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame.
May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace.
Let them be horrified by their shame,
for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”
But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you.
May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout,
“The Lord is great!” As for me, since I am poor and needy,
let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior.
O my God, do not delay.
Psalm 40

11 comments:

Kathy Eden said...

I think that's a great idea! I probably need to do that too! I look forward to your "return." :o)

Leslie said...

Praying for God to meet you in this time together!

Amanda said...

Praying that you'll have a wonderful "break" and come back refreshed!

crispy said...

Good for you...doing the right thing.

Tammie said...

I pray that the Lord meets you and takes you to a new level with Him this week as you fast and seek His face. I look forward to your return and know you will be blessed!

Eric and Michelle said...

May you be refreshed and encouraged with this time. I will look forward to hearing what the Father reveals.

Amy said...

What happened to your Fight FOCA link?

The Gang's Momma said...

Hugs to you while you settle in to hear from the Lord. I love this version of Ps. 40 - which is it?!

Can't wait to hear from you later.

Katy said...

Hoping you are having an amazing rest with the Lord....

Greg's Wife said...

I miss you.

Laura said...

Hi Stephanie,
I know you're still on break. I pray that it has been a super refreshing and healing time for you. Psalm 40 is my life chapter. Verse 5 is Jason's and my verse. I just love that whole chapter!

I just awarded you a 'fabulous blog' award that you can check out on my blog.

Blessings!