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It’s Foundational

At the beginning of this month, I was part of another Three-Day Challenge.

This one was about “Creating a Devotional Lifestyle with God”.

At some point in each challenge there are what are called “Activation Questions”.

These questions help the participant to “work through” what has just been taught to them.

There are also specific “keys” to help us along the way.

The key that stuck to me the most was key #3;

You can’t get to the new you from the old you.

In this particular lesson, we were told that we are not responsible for fixing our “old life”.

Instead, we are responsible to receive what God tells us, and then focus on “being” with Him, and not particularly on “doing” everything there is to be done.

I want to share with you a couple of the “Activation Questions”, and my answer to them.

I am positive that the answers will not be the end of my thoughts, but that they will continue to simmer in my heart and mind until the process is complete.

It has been my experience that the process should simply be allowed to flow, and not be rushed.

I hope this will encourage you to consider some things in your life that you may not have thought of before.

  Question #1; Based on what you have heard, what do you think you may need to “Unlearn?”. Any old habits, perceptions or mindsets about devotional life with God that you may want to lay aside?

Mostly, I need to keep learning, and relearning that I am not doing it wrong.

There really is no wrong way to have a devotional lifestyle.

From the physical place, or posture that I take for prayer, to the words, that I speak.

A heart that is tuned to Him, will most certainly get it right.

Question #2; What new perspectives of God’s thoughts towards you, and your freedom, from striving and performance, do you want to choose instead?

I need to continue to learn again and again, that the way I; am, look, think, relate, is not defective.

I am just how God created me, and that in itself will make my devotional life different than anyone else’s.

The purpose He has for me and my devotional life is constantly growing.

Line upon line. Precept upon precept. Little by little.

Last years projects, troubles, joys, slip ups, stand stills, happiness’s, and woes, and how I handled them in my devotional life, are simply foundational for what comes next.

What I have learned has not been made irrelevant.

It may not even be used at this time, but instead, is foundational to whatever comes next.

Tall buildings need deep foundations, made from strong materials.

While digging these foundations, time can drag on slowly, and at times even seem to stop all together.

We may have to wait for inclement weather to pass by.

We may have to fix broken tools, or learn different skill sets.

Perhaps new materials are to be delivered, and all we can do is wait.

These things take time. Building strength and quality cannot be rushed.

I look forward to a quality product, and even a considerably larger devotional life.

2020 has given me the tools to be able to wait with out angst.

God’s timing is perfect.

Would your answer to these questions echo mine?

Or would they look completely different?

I would love it if you’d share a thought or two with me.

Until next time …

Be Encouraged

These encouragements have been rolling around in my heart and mind for several weeks.

Very strongly since the beginning of 2021.

I thought I would share them with you here.

Do not let your heart be troubled neither, let it be afraid. John 14:27

Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27b

Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. Psalms 119:165

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace; in every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood support me in the whelming flood; when all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.

On Christ the solid Rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.

Written by Rev. Edward Mote 1834.

Until next time …

Today’s Choices

Pre-Dawn; Time for Choices

Today was definitely a choice.

A choice to get up.

A choice to do what needed to be done.

A choice to walk the dog.

A choice to put up the Christmas tree.

A choice to sing.

A choice to dance.

A choice to interact; not only with humans, but with God my Father = A choice to worship.

Choices.

We are faced with them every day.

We make more choices by noon than we are even aware of.

The differences between success and failure, I believe, are these;

The people we hang around, with and the books we read.

These days we can add one more; the media we absorb.

All choices; To do or to don’t do what we should.

Today as I said, was definitely a choice.

My choice was to actually do each of the things I listed.

Truthfully, I’m still feeling a little malaise.

Maybe from allergies, maybe from something else.

My Bible tells me that it didn’t come to stay, “It came to pass.”

My choices made me feel better while I was doing them, and today’s malaise will give way to a better day tomorrow.

One thing I know for sure, is that when I wake up tomorrow, I’ll have no regret for not doing anything today.

So friends, let me encourage you , make choices today that will not be regretted tomorrow.

Then do it again.

And again.

Someone told me once that “It’s not what you do sometimes, it’s what you do every day.”

No matter how you might feel, make the choices that you can, and make tomorrow a better day.

I’ll “see” you soon, until then;

Be well.