Allowing Our Day to Overpower Our Faith

I read this today and it really hit me. Never heard this expressed quite this way.

If we allow our day to overpower our faith, we disallow God to have the glory that He desires. “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. .” (Romans 8:6 NIV) The daily tasks of life, both good and bad, should not stop us from focusing on Jesus and spending time getting to know Him.

I am so guilty of letting my day overpower my faith. So the question then becomes, how do I keep this from happening? I am not sure I will ever be perect at this, but I hope to improve. Maybe trying to remind myself to pray more, read a Bible verse or remember ones when I can, singing a good worship song. What are some ways you try to keep God at the forefront throughout your day? How do you or could you keep your day from overpowering your faith?

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Wanting to flee

I read this today in a devotion I get, and it was so real.  I will have comments below this.  tell me, though, if you can relate to this like I sure can.

 

“If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow — to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him
— then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.” Deuteronomy 11:22-23 (NIV)

You want to know one of the worst feelings in the world to me? Feeling stuck.

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Stuck in a situation where I can’t see things getting better. I look at the next 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, and all I see are the same hard things being
repeated over and over and over.

I try to give myself a pep talk and tap into that part of me that chooses to see the bright side. But it isn’t there.

Life suddenly feels like it will be this way forever. Impossible. Hard. Beyond what I can bear. And a dark funk eclipses me. I want to see the light at
the end of the tunnel, so to speak. But what if I just feel hopelessly stuck in the very dark middle? The place where the end can’t be seen yet? And I
start wondering if it ever will.

This happened to me when my two oldest daughters were babies. Hope was not quite 16 months old when Ashley was born. I was thankful for these two amazing
gifts. I loved them very much.

But there was this other side of motherhood no one talked to me about beforehand. It never came up at my baby shower or a doctor’s appointment or in conversations
with other mommies.

In the midst of all the pink happiness, the dark funk came.

This desperate feeling that life would forever be an endless string of sleepless nights. Leaky diapers. Middle-of-the-night cries.

Forever.

One night I went to the drug store. I pulled into a parking space right in front of the restaurant beside the store and stared inside. There were normal
people in there. Laughing. Eating. Having fun conversations.

I looked at the worn-out woman staring back at me from the rear-view mirror and cried, thinking, This is my life. Forever.

Suddenly I had this crazy desire to run away. Far away.

Then guilt slammed into my fragile heart, and I cried until I could hardly breathe.

I often think about this when I find myself feeling stuck in difficult seasons. Those times when my mind teeters on the edge of that dark funk as my heart
tries to convince me my season of struggle will never end.

But then I remember that night crying in my car. Those days of diapers and no sleep weren’t forever. They were for a season.

It’s part of the rhythm of life. The ebb and flow of struggles and victories.

During one particularly hard season I closed my eyes and whispered, “Lord, what will fix this? What will take away this feeling that I’m going to be stuck
in seasons of darkness the rest of my life?”

Three words popped into my mind: Turn to Me.

This sounded good in theory. But, in reality, turning to God felt a bit like trying to hug air.

Sometimes it’s hard to wrap my mind around something I can’t wrap my arms around.

So I picked up the only piece of God I could physically touch: His Word. “If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow — to love
the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him — then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess
nations larger and stronger than you” (Deuteronomy 11:22-23).

I love how this Scripture says “hold fast” to the Lord. The dark funk makes me want to hold slow — to make God the last thing I try when I’m stumbling
and falling. But if I close my eyes and simply whisper, “God …” at the utterance of His name He will “dispossess” things trying to possess me.

In the midst of struggles, He is there … I just have to acknowledge that reality. “Dear God, I love You. I don’t love this situation. But I love You. Therefore,
I have everything I need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and walking through until I get to the other side of this.”

Though my circumstances may not change today, my outlook surely can. I don’t have to run. I can turn to Him. And in doing this, I see His flicker of light,
and a pulse of divine hope courses through my heart.

Dear Lord, thank You for helping me see that while this difficult season is a part of the tunnel, it’s not the whole journey. It might be dark in this
section, but it won’t be dark all the way through. Keep reminding me that even in the darkest parts, I have immediate access to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY

Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand.” (NIV)

 

It is so funny how God uses things.  the other day, I called up a pastor friend of mine.  I said to him, “pastor Donnie, I am stuck.  I feel dry, just discouraged, for no reason.”  I do have some reasons, actually.  this trip I am taking, well, I am worried about things.  I am worried about things coming together.  I am worried about Merv while I am gone.  things just aren’t working out as quickly as I think they should.  I hate traveling!  I never want to do it again!  that’s how I feel right now, anyway.

 

Pastor Donnie told me that in 1 Samuel, there was a time when David’s men came back to Ziklag from hanging out with the Philistines.  David thought he was going to fight with them there Philistines, but they had other ideas, so sent him back to Ziklag.  no I don’t remember chapter and verse.  But as soon as he told me about it, I remembered the story.  I didn’t have to look it up.  and I knew right where he was going with it.  no, not that!  I’ve heard this before!  but I don’t know how.  So let me go on, so everyone will know what I’m talking about.

 

When David and his men came back to ziklag, they found out the Amonites had taken away everything and everyone–wives, children included.  so the men were about ready to stone David.  Seriously.  this is not an exaggeration.  but then, it says David “encouraged himself in the Lord.”  And isn’t that what this devotion was talking about too?  Hmm.  it’s not easy to do practically.  How?  turn to the word.  but, but, but…  I want something more simple.  I want something to just, come to me.  I don’t want to make that effort.  the Word is just so, hard to understand.  and hard to read.  And it takes energy.  I just want god to come and speak with authority in my life.  am I saying something anyone can understand?  wow!  this is a lot to ponder today.  I guess I better get into that Word of God so that I can use it to encourage myself in the Lord my god.  It’s not easy, but it’s something tangible I can do.

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I Want to Be Single-Minded

I realize yesterday, when I posted about being double-minded, (which, by the way, God has closed any door for me NOT to take this trip), I realize the meaning was totally different than what I am talking about today. I realize that you can be double minded in at least a couple different ways. A devotion I read today asked the question, “How would Jesus do your job differently?” The suggestion given was that Jesus might be totally single minded and focused on one task. Ouch! Does that step on your toes today like it does mine? I might be listening to a customer and thinking, I don’t need to give them my whole attention, so I’ll look at something on the computer. After all, they are taking forever to say what they want to say, etc. Ouch! I guess I am more double minded than I thought. Needless to say, that person deserves my whole focus. That’s what Jesus would do! That’s what Jesus did!

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Emotions Affect Others

I read this in a bible plan today.

Imagine you’re about to walk out the door. You’ve got on a new shirt. You catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror as you pass by it. Not bad! Looking pretty good today. Feeling pretty good, too! It’s gonna be a great day.

You get to school, feeling confident, and some jerk sarcastically says, “New shirt?” followed by a snort, eye roll, and a group of others chuckling and walking away from you. Ouch. Good mood over.

Or, imagine this. You’ve had a horrible day. Failed a test. Got laughed at. Your head hurts. You have another test tomorrow, but you still have no idea what to even study.

And then, you get a text from your friend. “You seemed sad today. Don’t be! I believe in you. Hang out later?” Best. Text. Ever! Bad day over.

Emotions are powerful, powerful things. They can make or break a person. Your positive attitude and emotions can be life-giving. They’re contagious! You can really make a big difference in someone’s life just by smiling and sharing your kindness with them.

But remember, your negative and hurtful emotions can be contagious, too. When you’re feeling sarcastic, angry, sad, whatever, find a way to ask for help. Be careful you’re not killing the mood of everyone around you. Find someone who can give you a kind word. Don’t be the one to stir up arguments. Be the patient one whose kindness can calm everyone around you!

So here’s something to ponder. How can we do that today? First, as they said, ask for help. Our Heavenly Father is always willing to help, so ask! Ask Him to help you not let negative emotions get you down. In what ways can we try to spread the contagion of positive emotions around to others today?

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I am Double Minded

“People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:7-8‬ ‭ERV‬‬

http://bible.com/406/jas.1.7-8.erv

That’s me. I am overwhelmed with so many things. But one big thing has my attention. I am set to go on a trip next week. Now, there are issues with work that may cause problems. I am very quick to throw in the towel on this and say, “It’s not God’s will for me to go.” But that’s beconestly, part of me doesn’t want to go. It means leaving my husband for a week. What if something happens to him? What if I never see him again? I don’t even know what to ask erod for. I don’t even know what the I want. My husband said it would be nice sometime for me to have time off just so we could do some things around here. I found myself warming to this idea. Yeah. I can’t handle the stress of whatis going on with work forth. It looks like I will have to take a bunch of stuff in only one carry-on. So let’s just throw in the towel. After all, tomorrow, I have to work late and this week is just too stressful to deal with this. To fight this battle. Maybe it’s God’s will. So I convince myself. But then, I won’t be happy if I don’t go either. Because I am so double minded. So I am spending time today, seeking God, trying to figure out what wisdom I need from Him. What do I want? Only He knows right now. What is best for me? Only He knows right now.

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What Prayer Is

I wanted to share this. Received it in e-mail today and it was beautiful! A Prayer is Something We Give

A prayer is something we give to GodWhen we want to say Hi

It’s also how we ask for things When we wish, hope, or cr.

A prayer is something we give ourselves To ease our troubled mind

It helps to know we have the ear Of someone very kin.

A prayer is something we give to friends, Family, and strangers too

Prayer is always the answer to”Is there anything I can do?

So take the time to pray today, It doesn’t matter from whom.

Peace of mind is moments away

So get to praying soon!

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Taking time

Wow! I am listening to some joyce Meyer teachings tonight, and something hit me. I don’t like hearing this. I don’t like hearing that I don’t get enough rest, that I do too much. I was talking to my husband about this this morning. Here joyce is saying that when you get out of balance, you get cranky. Merv said the same thing. I find myself doing this all the time. I need to do this many bible plans, this bible reading, this and that before work. If I don’t check this and that and the other thing, then oh my! I don’t know if I think the world will end or what? But to me, it’s a catastrophe.

 

When I truly take time to do what truly matters, spend time with my husband, with god, that makes the difference.

 

For instance, just now, I was asking my amazon echo device to play something. Merv’s echo device started up as well. He was joking around about what was I doing with his chick. So I went over to him and we teased and flirted for a few minutes. it felt so good. If I was worried about the messenger conversation with a friend, the e-mail I had to check, the twitter I wanted to go through, I would have missed out. I am so thankful for so many things tonight. I also did take time to talk to a friend on messenger, to really ask how she was as she’s going through a lot. Taking time for these things is so important. I am learning this so much lately it helped me too, to care for someone, to reach out.

 

Wherever you are, be thankful. Reach out to your family today, and if you can, reach out to a friend too.

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