“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 NLT
Let me share a story.
Since early November I have been struggling with a decision to host a Bible study in my home. I’ve been prompted on several occasions to start a study and my response has been Lord, I hear you but where will I find the time between family, work, school, teaching, a non-profit, events, etc. One, night I heard the spirit so clear – start a Bible study and my answer was the same, Lord, where will I find the time. The very next day (6:43 am) I received a text message from my daughter who is attending college out-of-state. She had no idea what I was struggling with thus decision but her text read, “You should lead a bible study series on the smaller books of the Bible that people don’t really know about. Mom, I know you have a lot going on with school, work, parenting, being a wife, and being a grandma, but I’m just being obedient lol.” I was in awe that the Lord used my daughter to send another message to me. That she was being obedient even when i was struggling to be.
However, as I continued to ponder on dates, materials, etc. I was offered a fabulous opportunity to sit on a major Board that would strengthen my career and teaching opportunities. I was excited about the opportunity, but i knew I had to make a choice – even if I gave something up, I would only have time for one. As much as I want to seek the Board opportunity I know the Lord is calling me to do something greater – something that may change lives, something that will last.
As you seek to put God first in your life, what are you being called to pursue for his kingdom? ______
What is keeping you from putting God first in your home, work, school, relationships, etc.? ______
This week, seek God’s wisdom and guidance in everything you do and each decision you need to make.
Lord, thank you for today. Thank you for your love for us. Lord thank you for the gifts you have given us that allow us to accomplish and achieve goals. Lord, we want to put you first in every area of our lives. Lord, speak to us and guide us as we make decisions today. Lord, give us insight and wisdom to pursue the things that please you. Lord, help us to decipher the difference between our goals and desires versus what your plan and will is for our lives. Lord, give us peace as we make decisions based on our love for you and our desire to put you first. Lord, may our love for you be displayed in every area of our lives. In Jesus name, amen!
Keep seeking! Keep trusting! Keep praying!
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