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Step away from the DayTimer…

on November 30, 2012
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“For I have told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame.  Their mind is on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” Philippians 3:18-21

I woke up this morning with all intentions of doing some online Christmas shopping.  It was, honestly, the first thought on my mind…finish Caroline’s list.  As I reached for my computer with coffee and credit card in hand, the Lord stopped me and drew my attention to my Jesus Calling devotional by Sarah Young. So, I paused and picked up the book and my Bible and read exactly what the Lord needed me to ‘hear’.

As I meditated on Philippians 3, it accord to me that I set my sights, often and far too much, on things of this earth and not on the Lord.  I feel convicted that my wondering thoughts…thoughts of what to do next, get done, plan, participate in, etc…draw me from Christ and my husband.

I am a planner, a fixer a doer.

In my planning, fixing and doing I neglect the Lord.  And He has never ever neglected me.  I give Him my spare moments and not my full attention.  I give Him what I have left over…if anything.  Isn’t that sad.  Here I spend so many hours of my time serving the church, writing my thoughts on God, and encouraging others in their walk with Christ all the while living abundantly of this world…not following my own encouragement.  I need to change my priorities.

I wonder why I walk in anxiety and exhaustion.  If I were to fit my schedule around God, He would give me exactly what He needs me to participate in; He would give me the tasks that are important to Him and, really, those things that have eternal and lasting effects.

Last year at this time I was living each moment for Him.  What happened?  I know what happened; I became complacent and rested on what I knew about the Lord instead of striving to know more.  I stopped filling myself with Him and started consuming myself with me and things and doing and planning.  I imagine I have grieved His heart.

But…He is a God of new and everlasting mercy and He forgives me.  He is so amazing in how He lavishes us.  He knew this day would come. That is why today, when I open my devotional (the one that has been closed far too long), I read exactly what I need to read to kick myself into action. Wow! We serve an awesome God.

This weekend I will plan to spend time with God, my husband and my family.  If there is opportunity to serve and care for others we will do it together…joyfully and abundantly unto the Lord.

Heavenly Father,
Please forgive me.  I ask that you humble me and show me what is important in Your sights, not mine. I praise Your for your ever-present guidance.  You do not leave me…it is I who wonders.  Thank you for always waiting for my return…I am a prodigal.  Praise be to you sweet Jesus. Amen.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

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