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and fix my eyes on your ways. Psalm 119:15 ESV
We get downstairs and I turn on the radio. Boom. Power is out. I grab the flashlight from the cupboard above the washing machine. Flip the switch. A low glow is emitted momentarily, but slowly fades.
I had done pretty good, right? I had a bag, I had stuff for the baby, and I knew where my flashlight was. But, WHEN had I last checked in on that flashlight? Maybe last year during storm season?
What a high!But, then we start to get caught up in the world again...we get tired and can't find time to pray in the morning before rushing to work and we had a change in our schedules and can't meet for Bible study anymore. Maybe life has just gotten so complicated that we even cut out weekly church because, "I can have church anywhere...it's between me and God." Okay, so, make sure it is TIME for you and God! Because days turn into week, and weeks turn into months and suddenly it's been a year since you've actually spent quality time with God. Then, a trial pops into your life and you have to somehow get this relationship with God back into shape so it can "work" for you and help you through a difficult time.
Nothing IS impossible with God.But we have to be WITH God. We can't have a strong relationship with Him if we aren't making Him a priority. We can't hear His direction if we don't talk to Him enough to recognize His voice. We can't fix our eyes on Him if we don't know His character and how He has handled situations in our past.
When I was in graduate school, I sold Mary Kay Cosmetics and I read that Mary Kay Ash's guideline for how her consultants were to prioritize their lives was 1. Faith, 2. Family, 3. Career.Is that how you have prioritized your life? Is that how I have? Check the flashlights, test the smoke detectors, and make sure the spare tire is inflated. We don't know when we will need them; but if we aren't paying attention, they won't be ready for us when we do.
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me to keep my eyes fixed on You so all other things in my life fall into place. I don't want to put you, or my marriage, or my kids in a drawer and only think to pull that drawer open when I NEED to. I want to have a better focus on what matters to You. Amen.