Have you ever set your mind to do something on a particular day and then that day comes…..and goes…..and still you’ve not accomplished it? Two months ago I shared my excitement about a book I had just finished reading and planned to share how God has used that book in my life. Some of you have even bought the book with anticipation of working through it with me. Oops! Life and distractions took over, but I believe all things happen in God’s perfect timing, so here goes.
My current favorite book is “A Woman After God’s Own Heart” by Elizabeth George. I’ve always had a desire to grow closer to God but I wasn’t consistently and actively pursuing this in the best possible way. After sharing my frustrations (you know….job, balancing work/home, parenting, etc.) with a friend, she led me to seek out some wisdom from the pastor’s wife, someone whose life experiences I could relate. It was through these meetings with her (this book and the Bible) that I discovered I was focusing on what I DO for the Lord instead of time WITH Him. This became the total shift in my priorities and perspective. So, here are my thoughts and reflections on the first four chapters, entitled “A Heart Devoted to God”, “A Heart Abiding in God’s Word”, “A Heart Committed to Prayer”, and “A Heart That Obeys”.
One of the first things I was encouraged to do was set aside a daily quiet time, and by that I mean time to pray and study scripture. Without that, nothing else was going to work. None of this was new to me; I’ve been taught this but haven’t been serious about guarding this daily time with God and making Him my number one priority. I prayed about the best time and getting up early before everyone else in my household works for me. My daily time is 5:30 a.m……me, my coffee, my little binder (more on that later) and Bible. I start my mornings praying over each person in my family and since I’ve been doing this with God’s help, I’ve noticed a tremendous change in my heart, my attitude, my perspective and it has trickled down to Fred and the boys. Some of my prayers include praying that we’d have a heart on fire for God’s word; praying that God would purpose in my heart to become a woman after His own heart; placing us all in God’s hands to do with as He will’s. Don’t start thinking that I’ve got it all together though, because I STILL mess up. But God’s grace and mercy are there to help me start each day again. The transformation into becoming a woman after God’s own heart is God’s work in us. We have to place ourselves before God and let Him do as He wishes for He knows best.
To have a heart devoted to God, not only did I need to guard my daily time with Him, but I needed to say no to things which are wrong, as well as things that are good, so that I could say yes to the best things. Anything that was taking away time from my top priorities: God, Fred, the boys, etc, I said no to. So, I took my cake page down from Facebook. Decorating cakes is something I enjoy, but now I can enjoy making special cakes for my family.