Right now I am reading Elisabeth Elliot's book, Discipline: The Glad Surrender. Today I read a chapter about the discipline of time.
I am a list maker... I need to have goals to accomplish and love checking things off when they're completed! :) haha Often I don't get everything done and that tends to frustrate me sometimes. In fact, one of my new year's resolutions was to give time to people when they asked of me (especially family members). When people ask me to do things while I know I have a whole list of other things that need to be done, I can be annoyed.
This sentence really stood out to me: "There will be time, depend on it, for everything God wants us to do."
This chapter also talks about God's list for our day. Instead of going to bed and thinking, "Did I get everything on my list accomplished?" I should think, "Did I get everything on God's list for me accomplished today?"
The last few weeks I've been trying to pick a verse to think about and meditate on for the rest of this year. Of course I am hoping and planning by God's grace to hide lots more verses in my heart in the next 12 months, but I tried to narrow it down to one that could be my main verse for 2010.
I read this in December and had to stop and read it over. After a writing down quite a few wonderful verses and trying to narrow it down to the one the Lord really wanted me to think about, I decided this was it.
Psalm 105:4 Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
Short, yes, but very challenging.
These last few days I have had a wonderful opportunity to obey this command. (Instead of me explaining it, you can just read the last post.) Yesterday morning I woke up and thought "This is a wonderful opportunity and I'm glad I get to do it, but this is going to be a long day... how am I going to get through 'till tonight?" Then I remembered this verse..... Look to His strength.... I realized that it didn't matter if I was tired, or didn't exactly want to play violin all day, or didn't feel like any more sitting! :) God's strength would be more than enough for me. Sure enough, it was. :) I ended up having a lot of fun yesterday, not being tired, and it seemed a lot shorter than I thought it would be.
God is able to make us strong because of His love and His amazing grace!
Hey Everyone! I know how much Marissa LOVES for me to do posts about her..... haha but I just wanted to say that she got into the All State Honors Orchestra so right now she's down in Grand Rapids and will be coming back and forth at night for three days. :)
Please pray for her safety, that the roads will be good, and that she has a great time!
Just think, you're here not by chance, but by God's choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else-- you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can't give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation. --Roy Lessin
What a blessing to be able to look back on this year and see God's hand of faithfulness and blessing in our lives. He has been so good to us this year (and every year!) and I am excited to see His plans for my family in 2010.
One of the blessings God gave me in 2009 was getting know and read about all of you through blogger. You have each been such a blessing in my life! Thank you for your wonderful, encouraging posts, comments, etc. I am so thankful for you all! :)
I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I've stepped over the line. I am a disciple of His. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, and my future is set.
"That which you wait for the longest, you treasure the most, and through much struggle the prize is won." -Unknown