Drowning in a sea of sticky notes, I spy the envelope for Braedon’s school yearbook. I forgot to write the check. Hope it’s not too late.
Where has my focus gone?
Even though my Spirit knows this worldly hustle and bustle does not require me to participate, I sense the building. I can hear the buzzing.
My flesh stands at attention, though not for heaven.
My email box is flooded with holiday sales designed just for me. Yesterday, I pulled about eight wet flyers out of our mailbox.
Echoes from the past whisper about spending money, acquiring things and doing everything.
The old Julie who thought she alone could save the world has been humbled. Her patient Abba Father taught her most of her running around was in vain, for her own glory.
Always guard against self-chosen service for God. Self-sacrifice may be a disease that impairs your service (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest).
Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Look up, seek Him with your face. Listen to Him speak.
“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27).
Help me with Your amazing power to quiet those voices, the ones beckoning me to jump into the holiday craze. Lord, help me to hear You above all the noise.
Your holiness shines. Your wind obeys. Your servants bow.
If it pleases You, may You wash me in peace each morning. In that calm, may I seek Your face with mine.
For God, You sent Your one and only Son Jesus Christ to earth to save us from drowning, to restore our strength in You, and to show Your glory when new things rise up out of the old.
With love in our hearts, we will seek Your glory in Your Holy Powerful Name Jesus,
Wow! I am ever-amazed at the push of the world that starts earlier and earlier each year to commercialize one of the most holy times in history. What ways do you keep yourself focused? I would love to hear.
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Enjoy a day of thanks and peace.