It’s been a little while since I have last posted under scriptures. I take this part of my blog very serious, I never want to just post anything just for the sake of posting. No, please know that when I post, it is from my heart and something I felt led to share. I haven’t posted because I have been distracted.
If you follow me on Instagram or read other areas on my blog, you know I have a beautiful three-year-old spirited daughter that takes up pretty much all of my time. Between taking care of her, home, spending hour’s window shopping online (anyone else done that?) and being enthralled by social media, I haven’t been giving my relationship with the Lord enough time.
Sure I was praying daily and still talking to Him but to actually spend quality time reading His Word, journaling, praising and meditating… I was coasting. I was giving Him crumbs and who wants that? I know I don’t.
Notice when I mentioned earlier about taking care of things I didn’t mention myself. I wasn’t taking care of myself. I was too busy following other people lives on social media, listening to all the different opinions about our government, window shopping wishing I had Stuart Weitzman boots, being a therapist for whoever needed me. Also, dealing with a challenging three-year-old that can be draining and really knows how to test my patience. Which then lead to me feeling frustrated, unappreciated, unhappy, as well as irritable and let’s face it feelings are fickle. I knew when I tried to feel happy but instead only felt bitter, it was time to make quiet time with my Heavenly Father.
When we don’t spend time with Him we feel frustrated and eventually become overwhelmed. It is then easy to lose sight and lose the joy of taking care of our family and home. At this point we can no longer give our families our best, we can’t give ourselves our best either.
When we spend time with God we learn how to converse with Him throughout the day and all of those other distractions (Facebook, Twitter, news, advice columns, etc.) go away. I am not saying you have to give up social media no I actually think the internet and social media are great platforms. What I am saying is give the Lord quality time so you can establish a healthy balance. We will not be strong enough to put off distractions if we do not spend time with Him.
“What you have in your life tomorrow will be determined by what is in your heart today” Gloria Copeland.
Put God first, stay in daily communion with Him. God is here for us and He wants us to talk to Him. He wants us to fellowship with Him. He wants to give us the strength and wisdom we need.
“Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interest, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
Don’t be like me and give Him crumbs be better and if you are like me ask forgiveness and start giving Him more time. Let’s strengthen our commitment to put Him First.
Like it says in Romans 12:2 I do not want to be conformed to this world I want to be transformed, changed Father, by the renewal of my mind so that I may prove what is good and acceptable perfect will of God. I know I get distracted, Father forgive me. I do not want to be like Hebrew 5:12-13 where they still require milk. No Lord, I want to be like Hebrews 5:14 “But the solid food is for full-grown men, for those whose senses and mental faculties are trained by practice to discriminate and distinguish between what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law. “I want to live and walk everyday with You Lord. I know that is where I find confidence and true peace. I know that is the best way for Faith to work is by abiding in You. As it states in John 14:5 You are the Vine and I am the branches. I want to live in You and bear much fruit. I do not want to be cut off, I do not want to be apart from You because if I am apart from You I can do nothing.
If I can’t do anything, I am no longer good for my family or myself. Like Psalm 63:1-5 says “O God, You are my God, earnestly will I see You: my inner self thirsts for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is so I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.
So will I bless You while I live, I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise You with Joyful lips”.
I love You Lord, You are my all in all. I have many things on my heart which You already know but I know the battle belongs to You and instead of focusing on my fears I rather focus on You. Like it says in 2 Chronicles 20:17 I do not need to fight in this battle I just need to take position, stand still and see the deliverance from You Lord. I have on the whole armor of God like in Ephesians 6:11. I can and will stand up against the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
That’s right Matthew 16:23 says Get behind me Satan! Yes, Get behind me Satan! You are in my way. You will not be a hindrance to me nor my family. You will not distract me or my family of God and the promises He has for us.
Thank You Lord for loving us and always being here for us. Worthy is Your name.
I love you
In Jesus Name I pray Amen.