I’m going to keep this post short because nothing of consequence happened today and there’s really no reason to unnecessarily bore you with the monotonous details of my life. You’re welcome. However, I did happen to come across something really great this morning during my quiet time. I was reading through Jeremiah in my women’s study bible and I noticed a devotional on the page that I was reading. I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t usually read through the devotionals, but for some reason this one caught my attention. Anyway, I started reading it. It was discussing that verse in Jeremiah 2 about Israel forsaking God, using the analogy of how a women never forgets to put on her jewelry in the morning, yet God’s people forget Him. The devotional went on to say, “The care involved in our routines begs the question: How much time do we spend getting ready spiritually each morning?” ConvictionTown. Population: ME.
I became more curious to see what exactly the bible says about preparing our hearts for each day, so naturally, I did a quick Google search. What I found was this awesome verse. “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! Get rid of your sins and leave all iniquity behind you. Then your face will brighten in innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. You will forget your misery. It will all be gone like water under the bridge. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Any darkness will be as bright as morning. You will have courage because you will have hope. You will be protected and you will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help.” – Job 11:13-19
What the what?! UMM…yes, I want all of my days to be like that! If that’s not motivation to start each day off right spiritually with God, then I don’t know what is! My life will be bright, I’ll be courageous, I’ll be protected?? Are God’s promises so good or what?!
Trust me, I know how easy it is to get stuck in our routines, especially first thing in the morning when all we want is seventeen cups of hot coffee. But God has shown us what our lives can look like if we prepare our hearts and minds for Him each day through repentance, thanksgiving and praise. So, let’s commit to this together, shall we? I just know God is going to do amazing things when we do.
…Oh, look, I lied about keeping this short…