This over the past several days, there has been an urgent request…a deep need…a longing for God step on my coat-tails (again), minimize my distractions, to order my steps. I have an even deeper longing to follow his lead when he sets that order. Obedience. I need discipline. No more give and take; I just want to give. SURRENDER my plans…again and again. I need to stop trying to put my plans ahead of his. (Pfft! As if I had that kind of control or power anyways.)
Gods Word says…
You word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. Psalm 119 15-16
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me. Psalm 119:133
I start my day with the Lord and am blessed to have extended time for deeper study on certain days. I commit to faithfully be in the Word every day…always…for guidance and instruction. How do I know the way if I don’t read the map?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. Jeremiah 29:11-14
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
He’s THE boss! I may have my “to do” list all charted out but, if I am really seeking Him and his will for me then he will interrupt those plans. I may not understand, but whatever I could imagine will pale in comparison to His plans for me.
He’s awesome that way.
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
Whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:12
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:35-37
Do everything for him. For HIS purpose, not my own. Whatever I do and say should be tested by God’s word. I need to strive to follow each command with intentionality- to please Him and to benefit His eternal kingdom…to serve others, and not myself.
This applies to my role as a wife and mother, too. My husband and kids are my first mission.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James 4:14-17
When I said, “My foot is slipping,” Your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
I know that if I slip, I can call on him for a tow. He will give me truth and strength in each moment. He always has…when I seek Him…He is FAITHFUL.
My prayer to God this morning was to walk “heel- toe” with Him. When I was in 4-H years ago, we went to camp every summer. One of the things we had to do before meals was to line up…heel-toe…with one another. My toes would be touching the heels in front of me- my nose would be in the back of the head in front of me. This formation would continue until each member of our team was in that line. Our leaders would check and double-check to make sure our lines were straight and we would be judged. (The “winner” would get to go into the Mess Hall first.) If one person moved their head, the line would be out of whack. One warning given to us by our leaders at camp was “Don’t lock your knees!”. Those who didn’t heed this warning found out the hard way that locking your knees restricted the blood flow. They passed out…dropped like a lead weight. If my posture was not right-on, I could stumble or fall.
In that line…heel-toe…if I were standing precisely in the manner prescribed, I would not be able to see to the left or to the right, to the front or to the rear. I would ONLY be able to see the head immediately in front of me. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be a view of the whole head but, just the hairs from that head that were close enough to tickle my nose. THAT is how close in my walk I want to be with God. I want to follow Him so closely…heel-toe…so I don’t deviate from His will. I want His heels to direct my toes. If I do make the mistake of “locking my knees” when following my God- I want to be close enough for Him to catch me before I hit the ground.