Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith


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I will run in the way of your commandments when You enlarge my heart! (Psalms 119:32)

What a promise these words hold!  What encouragement and hope they offer.

“But Lord”we ask,  “how will I run the course”?  How was it that Paul was able to say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)?

It is by this – When (after, because, inasmuch as, since) The Lord has enlarged (broadened, opened wide, made room in) our hearts, we are able to live according to all He commands of us.

  • His word will enlarge my heart – through the testimony of His word our faith grows stronger.
  • His Spirit will enlarge my heart – by the testimony of His Spirit, our understanding grows deeper.
  • His works will enlarge my heart – through the wonder of His works, our worship grows richer.

It is not by our own words, or will, or works that our hearts grow wider and stronger, it is only by the word, the Spirit and the work of Jesus Christ.

I get so tired of trying and failing, don’t you?  That’s the point.  In our own strength it is impossible, but with Christ, all things are possible.  By the love, grace and mercies of God, we can say with confidence “I will run in the way of His commandments”.



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Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. (John 21:12)

Sharing a meal is such an intimate thing.

Since our bodies are sustained by the food we eat, when we break bread together, we are, in effect, sharing life.  In the gospels Jesus talks about food often, both literally and figuratively; both physically and spiritually.  Jesus spoke –  “…open the door and I will come in and dine with you”,  “I am the bread of life”, “take, eat, this is my body”, “feed my sheep”, “come, have breakfast” (that I have prepared for you).

When we pray “give us this day our daily bread”, we are saying “feed me Lord with the Bread of Life.  Sustain and nourish my soul with the meal you have prepared for me.”

David wrote in Psalms 34:8, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!”  As you begin your day, take time to sit at the Lord’s table, enjoy the feast has prepared for you.


A Place

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How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. (Psalms 84:1-2)

There is a place that we can go when we are weary. There is peace to be found when we are burdened. There is a Friend to be known when we are lonely.  Jesus. From the throne of glory to the cross of shame.

Sing with joy!  The Lord or Lords and King of Kings became a man and lived among us. Because He came, you and I can come into the loveliness of His dwelling place and find solace for our souls.


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