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Here I am...again...10 pm the night before my post is due. I can't tell you how many times I message Barb (our fearless leader) just before the midnight hour and say, "I PROMISE, I will get it done."
...and, I usually do...
But, how great does it turn out when I'm spent from the day of parenting, working, cooking, and cleaning? How much of the Holy Spirit is in it when I'm answering to the clock and not to God?
I think this is why God has asked for our first fruits. We aren't supposed to tithe with what we have left over, we're supposed to give to God off the top of the earnings. We aren't supposed to sacrifice the sick or lame of our flock, we're supposed to sacrifice the best for God. We aren't supposed to read a devotional quick before bed to check it off our list, we supposed to rise up from our sleep and greet God, spend time with Him and keep Him in our hearts all day long.
As I flip through magazines, skim Pintrest, watch a few re-runs on Netflix, and read a chapter in the book I have checked out on my iPad, I COULD be choosing to work on my post for the blog. But, why am I not? Why does it seem like a chore to take time out for God?
I actually STARTED this post four weeks ago. I knew that God had prompted me to write about my prioritizing of things and how I needed to put Him first. But, I just kept finding other things to do rather than to finish this post.
This past Sunday we attended Bayside Church in Rocklin, CA. It was a fabulous service, and I was so motivated by the sermon on Getting the First Church Started that I knew I was being nudged by God.
As the verse referenced above states, they were ALL THERE to get the first church started.