Plan To Get Ahead

proverbs 21:5

Psalm 21:5
Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run.

Too many times we are overwhelmed when we think about all that we have to accomplish in a day. We run the kids here or there, responsibilities of caring for the home seem endless, work often spills over into our home life and then add to that list we need to care for our spiritual and physical well being. Whew, I am tired just thinking about it.

Everyone is busy, so you are not alone. I want to encourage you to start each day by listing out what activities you have to accomplish then number them in order of urgency/priority. Don’t cheat and put the ones you don’t want to do at the bottom of the list if they should go to the top.

After the items are numbered then pray over them and ask for strength to stay on task and ask for wisdom to complete each of them, especially the tough ones.

The end of today’s scripture is true and powerful ” hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” May you complete your to do list each and every day.

Do What Is Right!

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Each day we all have decisions to make based on what is right and what is wrong. Sometimes the decisions are small and sometimes they are big but the result is always one of two outcomes, right or wrong.
 
This past weekend I had the privilege that 5 of my 8 grandchildren came to visit for the weekend. The conversations and topics were endless but one stood out to me.
 
The discussion was about doing what was right in a world where so many people do wrong. It was hard for my young grandchild to understand that she should try to do what was right no matter what. NO MATTER WHAT!
 
As adults we struggle with this same thing. Someone takes more breaks than they are allowed, makes excess personal phone calls during the work day , says they arrived at work earlier than they really did, takes office supplies home to use for personal use and the list goes on.
 
How do we do the right thing knowing others around us are doing the wrong thing and seemingly getting away with it? We call on God to give us strength to do what is right, that is how. Without God leading and guiding us we will fail miserably. Doing right will not always be easy but at least you can sleep at night and be proud of the decisions you made that day. You can also know that your heavenly Father is proud of you too.

Desires Of Your Heart

Maybe you have stopped asking God for things because you feel He no longer listens or answers your prayers. Maybe you are mad at God. Maybe you are hurt or disappointed. Maybe you have quit dreaming, setting goals. Just maybe you are DONE with looking ahead.
 
Don’t give up and if you already have then commit to give it another try. I am praying this prayer just for you!! YOU CAN DO IT!!
 
Psalm 20:4.DTR 1-2-19

Attached or Committed?

Are you attached or committed…
 
to God
to your spouse
to your church
to your friend
to your job
to weight loss
to stop smoking
 
In both cases, whether joined and committed, you are connected to those things, however if you are committed you are going to be there in the good times and the bad times.
 
This year as you are making your new year’s resolution list and checking it twice, decide to be committed to them and then pray that God will give you perseverance to stick to them this year, no matter what.
 
Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.dont-give-up-3403779_1920

Abandonment

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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I had the honor of visiting and sitting with someone at the hospital on Friday.  She was a young lady of 80 years old, turning 81 this month.  She told me she had surgery scheduled to fix two leaky heart valves.  Once I arrived and talked with a family member I discovered that what she thought was going to be surgery to fix the problem turned into two procedures to investigate the heart and valves to see what surgery would work best.  The family member said she was disappointed, however her smile and words were no indication of disappointment.

She was scheduled for the first procedure at 11:30 and had been bumped several times, getting in the operating room around 2.  She was in ICU from 2:30 to almost 5:00 waiting for an open operating room for the second procedure.  Smiles and kinds words continued to drip from her mouth to all of those who came in contact with her.  No frustration, fear or anger for being bumped and the long wait.

As I sat with this lady she talked about God non-stop.  All his blessings in her life.  She talked about her marriage of almost 60 years, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her spiritual journey.  She talked about the many times she could have died but didn’t because God choose to keep her around.  She talked about how she loves to go to church because she loves God and wants to be there every time she can to worship Him, to praise Him, to sing to Him and to be with other Christians. She said how hard it was to get up to go to church on Sundays and how she longed for the days when she could go Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday nights.  She spoke of week long revivals, events the church held throughout the year and how she used to volunteer to work at the church as often as the church would have her.  Most of all she talked about how people today don’t feel this way and how it made her sad.

As we sat waiting on the second procedure, I shared with her how I admired her, her faith and her love of God.  She called me close and whispered that in her lifetime she had voice God speak clearly and directly to her and today was one of those times.  She stated as they were putting her to sleep she heard God tell her that He did not want her to be afraid because He would be with to the very end.  She held my hand, looked me directly in the eyes and said “you know JoAnne, God will never abandon me. Never.  AND I KNOW that that was God talking to me.”

What faith.  What a witness.  What a great woman of God.  After the second procedure the doctors told the family that her heart was not strong enough to withstand the surgery.  They said they would prescribe medication that might help but at this point there was nothing they could do.  She was not disappointed, not angry not afraid.  She simply repeated God’s promise “to be with her to the end.”  That made everything alright with her. Sunday morning, she was in the church.  She was worshiping God, praising God and fellowshipping with other Christians with a smile and joy that only God can give.

I don’t know who on this post is struggling with abandonment issues.  Maybe you feel abandoned by a mother or father.  Maybe you feel abandoned by a friend, a boss, someone you were in a serious relationship with, your spouse or a child.  Who knows, maybe you feel abandoned by God.

I want to encourage you today.  Today’s scripture is a promise and God keeps his promises.  People may leave you but God never will.  If you are going through a trial it doesn’t mean God has left you. We are promised in this world we will have troubles.  God told us that so we could expect it, not like, but know it was coming.  He tells us we don’t have to worry about those trials because He will be with us and help us to overcome the trials.

I love what this wonderful woman of God said to me and I believe it with all that I am.  GOD WILL BE WITH YOU TO THE END!! My family used old southern saying which would be appropriate with her words, “Now you can put that in your pipe and smoke it”.  The phrase was used after stating something surprising or undesired, to emphasize its truth. This 80 year old woman spoke the word with TRUTH.