“If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”Â – Mother Teresa
Two weeks ago I took a week off from writing. I didn’t vacation, though I called it a blog-cation… my idea was to just listen for a week to see where God would lead me. I refueled, filling up the tank, if you will, on my giddy up!
I didn’t hear anything earth shattering during the week off. It was mainly affirmation that I’m on the right track. That was enough for me.
Sometimes it seems like a lot of what we hear on a day to day basis is background noise. I’ve noticed that the busier I am and more full my schedule is the harder it is to hear His voice. Hearing Him is important to me so I have to be intentional about making time to hear God’s voice… that’s where I find the fuel of love to fill the lamp with oil.
To keep the lamp burning brightly…
with a positive, inspiring message…
Here’s a breath prayer that I find helpful, one that you can say to yourself effortlessly to help keep the love of God in your heart… all day… everyday…
Dear Lord, help me to always love others in the way that you love me.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
How do you “put oil in the lamp” … refuel, refresh, refocus or revive your strength in Him?
Chris, this is terrific. I love the image of putting oil in the lamp. Wish we could be like the woman with the neighborhood jars filled to the brim or the temple lamps that burned for 9 days straight.
I keep little sentence prayers stuck on the front of my fridge. As often as I’m at the fridge in a day, they’re a great reminder to fill-er-up (the oil, that is).
Wonderful post! I too have found myself doing those things you mentioned about being still and listening. Like you- nothing earth shattering, but that quite assurance that I am on the right track, growing in His love and sharing that with others. Sometimes it is hard enduring through attitudes and rejection of others, but His grace is sufficient. The hope that I have never goes out.
Blessings for your continued success!
Thank you Terrie, may He continue to bless you richly!!