April 2: Make Psalm 42:1 your mantra today: "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God."
On facebook, I post these practices with a purple background to call them out as a Lenten practice. The purple background was missing from among the choices today, so I almost chose a green one with a bunch of cacti on it. It seems appropriate for the mantra.
My soul is parched without you, O God.
My soul yearns for God's presence, and when I forget to include God in my day, in my living, I am like the parched desert. I am dry, withered, unable to sustain life well.
I search for you, I long for you, I yearn for you like the deer searches for flowing streams. I yearn for you with the desire of a dry and thirsty land for water, as a parched deer, as a dry soul.
God is like the flowing stream bursting forth from the desert (this Sun's OT lection), watering the dry ground yearning for drink! Life bursts forth when God waters the desert! My soul yearns for this life!
You quench my thirst, O God. You fill me with life.
As a deer longs for flowing streams...As a deer longs for flowing streams...As a deer longs for flowing streams...
...so my soul longs for you, O God. ...so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul longs for you, O God. My soul longs for you.
Give me some of this living water... Quench the thirst of my very soul as a deer longs for flowing streams.
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)