1 “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
It has been a hectic couple of weeks, but I’m not complaining. It’s better to be working than not to be working, right? But now it’s Friday and I’m slowing down. I’m looking forward to the weekend and spending some quality time with my daughter. When I travelled out of town last week, she called me a couple of nights crying because she missed me. It broke my heart. What am I supposed to do? So this weekend, we’ll work on school projects together and then we’ll do something really fun…I don’t know what yet. But I do know that I feel blessed to have a child that loves me. She’s going on 12 so I know that I have to soak it up now because she’s entering adolescence; you know that time between age 12 and 16 when you no longer recognize your child? Heaven help me.
2 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
I finally figured out why I feel stressed so much of the time. I really do have a lot going on. I took some advice and created a mind map. It was actually one of my most enlightening experiences I’ve had in a long time. The first AH HA I had was that I have a ton of things floating around in my mind. And I mean literally floating around with no anchor. No wonder I always feel like I have too much to do and too little time in which to do it. The second AH HA is that I need to ask for help or at the very least pay for it; I need an assistant. There is absolutely no way that I can do all this by myself. The third AH HA is that I’m just going to have to let some of these things go. The final and most important AH HA is that I must prioritize and figure out which of these things are truly important; putting God first and letting everything else fall into place. The mind map is an excellent organization tool to help you get some clarity. Check it out here.
3 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
I absolutely hate being late. I find that when I’m alone, I have a better chance of getting to my destination on time. However, when you throw one or two other people in the mix, it’s challenging if not impossible. So now, I’m learning to wait in the car while they get ready. I’m learning to not get anxious and I’m trying not to nag. It’s challenging and it’s going to take growth on my part because it is difficult to resist pointing out the obvious. There is something about prior planning that makes everything so much smoother. Looking for jackets, shoes, umbrellas or whatever at the last moment is guaranteed to eat away at precious time. Just once, I’d like not to have to high-tail it down the road to make it there on time. Just once, I’d like to arrive with plenty of time to spare. I’d pray for patience, but I know that the way to grow in that area is through test and trials. Maybe I’ll just pray for peace while I wait.
4 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
When my sister was thinking about changing cell phone carriers, she asked me about my iPhone. I have to admit I told her, “I love my iPhone so much I’d marry it.” Of course, I was joking, but before the iPhone, I never carried my cell phone around. People could never reach me, I never knew I had a text messages, and I never had so much information at my finger tips. Now all of that has changed. I have lots of useful apps on my phone including the entire Bible, which I pull out in church (I’m sure people think I’m texting); a devotional broadcast, which I use during my morning walks; as well as a broadcast of my favorite Christian radio station. Sure I have lots of other apps, but I’m amazed at how technology has taken away the excuse of not having time for devotions and study of God’s Word.
5 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew 24:36
I recently watched 2012 on Netflix. I admit I wanted to know what all the hullabaloo was about. Hollywood has a way of sensationalizing everything. Unfortunately, most people don’t have accurate information so they take the Hollywood version as gospel. This is why it’s so important for us to know the Word for ourselves. According to the Mayan calendar, humanity as we know it will end exactly on December 21, 2012. The Hollywood depiction of 2012 has earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis. People are racing against time trying to get to and board arcs that will save a select few so they can repopulate a New Earth. Either they were selected because they has something special or they could buy their way in (for a billion dollar). Isn’t it like man to think that we have an answer and that if you’re not smart enough, talented enough or beautiful enough, then certainly you can be rich enough? There have been many end-of-world predictions but so far none of them have come true. The question is does it really matter? If you’re saved, the end of times means an eternity with our Savior. If you’re not, then there is no better time to develop a relationship with God. We are living in the end times and Jesus is coming back; we just don’t know when.
6 “The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.” Deuteronomy 28:12
I always get excited about tools and utilities that can improve my life. One that I’m a real big fan of is Mary Hunt’s Rapid Debt Repayment Plan (RDRP) calculator. After my divorce, I found myself in a ton of debt. In fact, when I tried to purchase a home, I could only get a loan with a very high interest rate. Not because I had bad credit, but because I was so highly leveraged (too much debt). I didn’t like that feeling at all so I committed to paying off my debt as quickly as possible. You probably know that the credit cards are content to have you pay just the minimum on the balance. This way they can take your money over a longer period of time and charge exorbitant interest rates and finance fees. Well with the RDRP, I was able to pay off my debt in record time. In fact, the next time I went to purchase a home, the broker told me that I could not only afford to purchase my “dream home” but I could also keep the one that I had if I wanted to because the ‘world was my oyster.’ How does a person in so much debt get to that place only three years later? Yes, the RDRP was a great tool. But I also know that God looked at my faithfulness and diligence and created even more financial blessings in my life so that I could accelerate the repayments. There are definitely blessings for obedience.
7 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
My birthday is coming soon – early November. I think I’ll celebrate by taking care of myself. I don’t need any more trinkets or toys but as I age, I realize that my health, strength and vitality are of utmost importance. I realize that I can’t do all that I’m called to do when my body is racked with pain or my mind is not sound. As I age, I realize that it’s important to make better choices about everything I put into or on my body. I realize it’s important to make better choices about what I let into my mind and what I let out of my mouth. I understand how important it is to be healthy, joyful and whole, so in celebration of my birthday, I’m going to treat body well and not feel guilty about it one little bit. I’m going to take care of the temple inside and out.