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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 -NIV

Archive for January, 2011

The first month of 2011 is almost over- did you make any resolutions?

This is the time of year that I and I’m sure many of you evaluate priorities and activities. Have I spent my time wisely in the past year? Am I about the work God would have me do? Was it a year of victories or a year I would rather forget. I would say there would be some of both in 2010 for me.
I saw God move in mighty ways this past year. I have been sure to give Him praise. I have also made some real blunders. I have been better about admitting my mistakes and learning from them. I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions; mostly because they are often made out of emotion. Then after that emotion subsides you see that either your resolution isn’t reality based or it doesn’t line up with what God would have you do.
I didn’t make any resolutions this year. However, as I said, I do evaluate and consider the past year and what lies ahead.
As I was praying today God brought to mind this scripture:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
One would like to focus on the great moves God has made the past year rather than the blunders you have made. God doesn’t want us to do either.
No matter what 2011 has in store it will be “The New Thing” that God has for us. Let’s not be held back by the former things. I am looking forward to seeing what God is going to do next.

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One of those days

Did you ever have one of those days where nothing really went wrong but it seemed nothing went exactly right either? Today was one of those days for me.
Those of you who know me know that I’m a planner. I really like my “to do” list. My list was all in order this morning then I got a call as I was heading out the door cancelling my morning “to do”. They said you can have the morning free. My mind said no I can’t take the morning off, I have too much to do but where do I start. I know that may sound crazy but that’s how it was. I even was mixed up on what day of the week it was. I thought it was Monday because I was working from home and not at my normal Tuesday spot. Sheesh! I’m too attached to my lists. I was productive but disjointed. I won’t say that I saw God move in any grand way today. I did have encounters and conversations that I wouldn’t have had if I been allowed to stick to my list. Who knows what God will do/ is doing with that.

I often pray that I am willing to let God interrupt my days as he sees fit. Many days I go with the flow and happily allow the change my plans. Other days I don’t do so well and get upset when my routine is interrupted. Today I was somewhere in between the two. I hope I allowed God to use me in someway.

This evening I looked up interrupt in the dictionary. Here is what I found
1, To cause or make a break in the continuity or uniformity of a course, process, condition, etc
2. To break off or cause to cease as in the middle of something.
3. To stop a person in the midst of doing or saying something.
All of these definitions/situations have a way of causing a goal oriented list maker such as myself to go into a tail spin!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
This has been my “life verse” for years. I desire to bring glory to God by letting him use me as he sees fit. However, I must say I tend to lean on my own understanding too often and get frazzled when he interrupts my day. The big question is will I cheerfully submit to him and allow him to make my paths straight. Am I interruptible?