Have you ever felt like the Israelites wandering in the desert? You know what you are supposed to do and where you are supposed to go, but you can’t figure out how to make it work. Once we realize we can’t do it on our own, and let God do the work He wants to do in our lives, then the wandering stops miraculously and with all glory to God!
There have been some changes in our house this summer, and I knew what God was telling me, but it wasn’t working…so I did my “human back up plan” and wandered around the desert. Thankfully, and by God’s grace, I didn’t choose one of the back up plan options, and He didn’t let me wander too long before revealing the plan He told me from the start.
I am currently reading a book called “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. It is an amazing read. It teaches us to be confident in our prayers and the answers we are hearing. Do not get me wrong, it does not teach us, and we certainly should not, use God to get what we want. If we are following Christ, studying His Word and in alignment with Him, He will put His desires in our hearts. Then we can rest assured knowing that our prayers are what He wants and we are simply praying for His will to be done. “Thy will be done,’ in every situation, good or bad, hard or easy, God’s will is always the best way.
Yes, it is easier said than done, and no, most of us are not perfect at it. But thankfully God is! He is our Rock, our Savior, our unchanging and perfect God! Praise to Him!
I have not been hard on myself lately in terms of diet and exercise. There are perks to this…more sleep, more time, less stress, etc. There are also downfalls…slight weight gain (though not too bad), less routine, less commitment, worse shape. Most noted though is that since I used to wake up at dawn to work out, that was also when I would do my quiet time, devos, etc. Those have been shortened lately, and while I continue to focus upward and spend time in the Word, I am not doing nearly what I could be…or should be. Not entirely directly related…I feel guilty when I pig out…not just because I feel gross, but I feel like a glutton. I do believe that it is sinful to overeat and/or not take care of your body (your temple) in the manner in which we are called.
Hence, I am coming back to my blog to keep me accountable in improving my time with my Savior, who deserves every millisecond of my life, as well as improving my diet/exercise (which as I said, is not terrible, but could use a little kick). I am going to keep it simple. I find it amusing that there are so many diets and eating plans that claim to be different, but truly are the same…or awfully similar. Diet = a way of eating. Diet does not = starving yourself. Most diets ask for 80% or more effort. Most diets encourage protein and veggies to fill up your plate. The biggest difference in many diets are the issues or grains and dairy, but if you are following whichever diet you choose at 80%, then putting 20% of dairy or grains in your day or week is not big deal. I digress…I did say I would keep it simple.
Each day I will come on and put up a verse, a scripture, a question or a brief commentary of something I have read in the Bible or from a devotional book or a study book. Each day I will eat no more than 1500 calories…aiming for heavy proteins, veggies, water and green tea. Each day I will do a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise. Sundays will be my day off of workouts and calorie counting. Anyone who would like to come along on this journey with me, just reply to my daily posts and we can get better together! 🙂 I am convicted to be better for Jesus (not that anything good is of me, it is all of Him) but I want to commit to being better for Him, for my family and for me.
Another great devotional from Bible Gateway NIV devotionals for moms. 🙂
Listen to the Stones
Additional Scripture Readings: Proverbs 1:5
When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, crowds cheered, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38). The Pharisees ordered Jesus to tell the disciples to be quiet. Jesus replied, “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40). Surely Jesus meant that the good news of his coming was so overwhelming that, if human voices failed, the most ordinary, inanimate objects of the earth would have to shout his praise.
In the same way, if we miss God in the big picture, he will be sure to make himself known in the plain, the small and the near. The ordinary stones of our lives are ready to tell us something important. They praise a God who is ever-present. They bless the name of a God who cares.
Like the unexpected note that picks up our spirits. Or the nearby parking space when we’re in a hurry with a baby and toddler in tow. Or the hug from a friend that says, “I understand.”
In life’s tough times, evidence of God’s care may seem to evaporate. But his presence in daily moments is there nonetheless—if we’ll just listen to the stones.
This is a prayer priority of mine, so when this devotional came in my inbox I had to share.
This from Bible Gateway NIV Devotions for Moms
Someone once remarked, “The closer we get to someone, the more our impression will depend upon who they are rather than what they do.” Counterfeits don’t fool many, especially family members. If we want our families to adopt the spiritual principles we believe in, we’ll have to model them with sincerity. Living this kind of life out before our husbands and children and the world means showing them the “real thing” and not just some semblance.
When Joel writes about rending our hearts and not our garments, this is what he means. Anyone can look like they belong to God on the outside, tearing their outer garments in grief about their sinful state the way an Old Testament priest might. But those with genuine faith rend their hearts. They open their hearts to God and to others for inspection.
We can’t fake it with our kids. We won’t be able to fool our husbands. The longer they live with us, the more their impression will be of who we truly are, not just what we do.
The past two days have inundated me with Esther. In my personal quiet times and studies, on the radio, and even in the kids’ studies at the moment. I am feeling that I should be listening to God about something in regards to Esther right now. Perhaps He is preparing me for something, perhaps I need to be acting a certain way right now. Regardless, I thought I would ask you…
If you have any life lessons from Esther, whether big or small, please share. 🙂
Many apologies to those of you who follow and like the daily verse…yesterday was full of craziness and was not able to get on to do it. I am beginning a new individual study today, though, and am going to post verses from that…likely without pictures this time…so here is the first one…
2 Chronicles 26:4
“He did right in the sight of the Lord…”
The study is on distracting sins. The first chapter is on pride…so we will go through some verses on the rewards of relying on God and the hardships of pride.
By the way…can you believe it is May already? Wow!