"Many are the plans of a man's [mother's] heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Proverbs 19:21
Ever see a hamster on a wheel? They run and run, the wheel squeaking and turning, and when they are finished, exhausted, they are still no further ahead, are they?
There are days when I feel like that. As the mother of a very busy, intelligent, strong-willed little boy some days I go to bed with dishes in the sink and toys scattered on my living room floor.
It can be difficult to order my days in such a way that I am able to accomplish the necessary tasks. Lately, it's been impressed on me that there are three things I can do that will help me to keep my purpose aligned with the Lord's.
1. Get enough sleep. It's hard to hear the voice of the Lord when I walk through my day half asleep.
2. Eat whole, energizing foods. I'm not talking about a diet. This is simple - is the food alive? Eat raw fruits and veggies as much as you can - you'll have more energy.
3. Carve out a few minutes for yourself, even just a few times a week, that you can read a devotional book and get out your bible. How will you know if your purposes fit with God's, if you don't know what his purposes are?...
When we can put first things first, we'll find that our life will fall into place. Last night, instead of folding laundry, my son and I sat on the couch and read a book about a porcupine named Fluffy. The laundry will be taken care of over the course of my day, my son will remember what I did - taking time for him - and hopefully connect it with the truth that God will always make time for him, always be interested in his life.
God's encouragement for you today? Align your purpose with His purpose and you'll be on the right track!
"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3
Having trouble sleeping? Wrestling with some difficult life circumstances? Besides giving you bags under your eyes, that insomnia is pointing you to a very important truth: Do you really trust God?
Take a look at Psalm 4 today. I love the way The Message phrases some very simple, yet deep, truths.
The author of the Psalm makes the connection between our discontent, wanting something other than that God is providing, and our lack of joy, our lack of rest.
"Why is everyone hungry for more? 'More, more,' they say. 'More, more...'
I have God's more-than-enough, more joy in one ordinary day than they get in all their shopping sprees." vs 6-7
Did sleep elude you last night? Could you spend your day today thanking God for his 'more-than-enough'? Focus on the joy in this 'ordinary' day? You might sleep better tonight:
"At day's end I'm ready for sound sleep, for you, God, have put my life back together."vs 8
"We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well."
(1 Corinthians 10:24b MSG)