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Week 1 - Day 1
Waiting for Something
What am I waiting for? When I am waiting in line, I’m usually ready to check out and generally there’s someone ahead of me in line. Some are grumpy, some are in a hurry, some are patient. I like to think I’m patient. Am I? If I asked my kids and husband I’d probably get a myriad of answers. It really depends on the day. Do I have a lot of things to do today? Were my kids grumpy to me this morning and that put me in a bad mood? What is it that affects my mood? The moods of others? It’s hard to shake that off sometimes if it didn’t go so smoothly getting everyone out the door for school. It could be a work concern, an extended family concern?
Do I have a mind stayed on Christ?
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because He trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Romans 12:16
What is my mind “stayed” on at the moment?
Well, that depends on how the morning went,
how things are going in my personal life…………
or what is going on right now.
We recently moved to a new city. I am struggling with my purpose here. Are you struggling with your purpose right now? Do you know that God does have a plan and purpose for you? Let me give you the very first verse that had a major affect on my life many years ago.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13
I remember exactly where I was when I turned to that verse. My husband was driving us home from the Hunting Camp (that’s what we call them in LA—Lower Alabama) With 2 girls at the time, a little over toddler age, I felt such contentment ……content in knowing that God had it, He had the big plan, I didn’t need to make the plan. Now I need to be responsible and obedient and take the step to execute the plan, but He had it.
How did He know I was searching for something? I didn’t even know what I was looking for?! And here was my answer, in scripture. You know how you always hear at church or any conference that all the answers to life’s questions are in scripture. Well, they really are!
He heard me praying, though I really wasn’t sure what I was praying for. He heard me, He listened. He knew my heart. I can’t believe it, my heart is finally in the right place I thought.
What are you waiting for? The Book of Isaiah says that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, isn’t that comforting? At any given moment, I can have a really bad thought. My thoughts can be very elementary or we could even say pre-school.
Until we seek and find Him, we can have no real peace. There may be some instant gratification peace like a clean house or laundry done for you OCD girls! Or it may be you shoppers---I am guilty of all the above---those sunglasses you’ve been wanting, another purse, new shoes, I just need a few new clothes! They don’t satisfy, only momentarily and then we’re on to the next item. You may still have that item hanging in your closet with the tags on it? Guilty as charged, that’s me.
I can only be in peace when the Divine Order is in the house. (get to that on day 2)
Seek Him today, pray to Him today, He will listen and He will call you by name.
This first day is a “no homework” day. I just want you to read Day 1 over and let the God of all good things speak to you.
Pray with me,
You are sovereign over this day. You are mighty to save me today. Save me from not having Your peace. You know all the things I have to get done. I don’t even have to name them for you. I know that you honor even this small prayer. I want to honor you Lord. Be beside me as I trudge through the morning duties and what it takes to get the household going today. Put peace in my heart, show me that I have a purpose for today. Whatever that purpose is Lord, even if it’s just preparing meals and doing dishes, be beside me in the doing and help me do it with excellence.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.