I can’t believe the first month of 2018 is already half over! Is it just me or does life go by faster the older we get? At the start of this new year, I chose the word STIRRED as my word for the year.
I want to be stirred by a heightened understanding of God’s love for me. I want God’s Word to shake me up and provoke me to change. I want my relationship with Him to be the most captivating thing in my life. Is that too much to ask?
[My Daughter,] keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8 NLT).
I’ve been talking with the Lord about this, and here are a few instructions he’s whispered to my expectant heart.
Start your day with Me and not your phone. Woo wee! God doesn’t waste any time, does He? I use my phone as my alarm clock, so I’ve gotten into the terrible habit of checking emails and social media notifications the instant I wake up. Some mornings, I even find myself checking my bank balance. So, before I even stand up for the day, my mind is swirling with the cares of this world. I once heard Lysa TerKeurst say something like this: “Before you face the day, seek God’s face.” I think that’s pretty sound advice. I created this prayer graphic to use as the wallpaper on my phone to remind me of Who deserves my first moments.
Seek Me first; not the approval of others, not your business goals, not your hopes for the future, and certainly not your past. If I were to do a tally of my thoughts, I’m pretty sure my thoughts about the Lord would come up short compared to those other things. Jesus said, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33 NLT). I’m pretty sure Jesus knows what He’s talking about.
Sleep in peace by spending the last moments of your day with Me without the distraction of electronics. Something tells me God thinks I’m on my phone too much. I’ve read studies that say sleep quality is greatly improved when you turn off electronics at least an hour before bed. And just yesterday, my buddy, Leah, challenged me to join her in turning off electronics at 9:30 p.m. Well, since I’m writing this at 12:26 a.m., this will obviously be a process for me. Last night, I plugged in my phone away from my bed, so I wouldn’t be tempted to grab it. I read a Christian book until my eyes grew heavy, and I slept like a rock. When I woke up, my phone screen reminded me to let God influence my first thoughts. And I did.
I know I won’t get it right all the time, but I know God sees me trying. He sees me seeking, and I have no doubt He’s going to do some stirring in this heart of mine! I think He already is.
Lord, Thank you for being so patient with me. Thank you that You want to spend time with me. That You delight in me. That I’m Your girl no matter what. Please stir my heart with deep affection for You as I commit to spending more time with You in the morning, at night, and all through the day. I know if I seek You first, You’ll take care of everything that’s heavy on my mind. I can trust You. In Jesus’s name I pray, AMEN