In our faith journey, it is imperative we quiet ourselves to hear God's word. What is just as important is to speak to Him. Below is an excerpt from my devotional, “Embrace the Morning,” included in the soon to be released, “And God Still Loves Me.”
Life is teeming with obligations and activities. At times we become overwhelmed; we lose track of priorities. The foremost priority, our relationship with God, unfortunately, gets lost in the chaos. We put off praying for a quieter time, we miss church to relax, and that cycle continues.
Curiously, what we don't realize is that if we maintain our daily relationship with God, all things will fall into place. Psalms 107:29-30 makes it entirely clear, “He hushed the storm to silence, the waves of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the harbor they longed for.”
Regardless of how busy we are, if we start the day conversing with God, He will still the storm before it begins or give us the strength to withstand it. If we end the day thanking God, we will retire serenely, becoming refreshed to Embrace the Morning.
Luke 2:22 told us, “When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.”
We too need to present ourselves to the Lord through prayer and meditation. He knows we are here, but wants us to talk to Him and focus on His word. Through our quiet time with Him, we are renewed in spirit and ready to face our daily challenges head-on.
Father, forgive me for the times I have failed to present myself. May I become rededicated to set aside quiet time with you in prayer and meditation. My Precious Savior, guide me to follow your word in my thoughts, words, and deeds. At day's end may I count my blessings with love and gratitude. Amen
HAVE A BLESSED DAY!