Where have I been? It does not seem like it has been over ten days since I last posted, but it has. Nothing bad has happened, I just didn’t have enough hours in my days the last week or so. Actually, everything has been pretty good. I have been spending quite a bit of time in Bible study and prayer each day and that is helping me tremendously. By putting God first in my life, everything else seems to be just falling into place. I have not “arrived” by any means, but I am working on getting my priorities back on track. My first priority is to God and that is the one that I seem to put on the backburner some of the time, so I am working on starting my day off in the right direction and then allowing my day to unfold after that. Here are some of the things that God has spoken to me this last week (from my journal).

Most of these quotes are from “A Woman’s Journey to the Heart of God” by Cynthia Heald.

“Our walk with the Lord is a daily commitment to identify with Jesus. If I am willing to follow Christ, then each day becomes a day of preparation. Each day, no matter what it brings, is part of the process of my journey to God’s heart.” I so want to stay on the journey no matter what obstacles are thrown in my way. For me to do this, I will have to make the commitment. That is the hard part for me. Lord, help my commitment to You and Your will to stay strong and true.

My journey is toward His heart, not toward acceptance from others. This is hard to remember sometimes, Lord. I am not on this earth to be accepted and “popular.” I am here to be a witness and disciple for You.

“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
I have heard this verse hundreds of times and have loved it in the King James Version, but this fleshes it out so much more. I want to trust in and be confident in You. If I will lean back in Your arms, then everything will be okay. The problem comes in when I try to do it in my own power. Make straight and plain the paths that You have for me, Lord.

Mary discovered the joy of abiding with her Lord. To “abide” is to stay, to continue, to remain. Abiding is a continual process. Out of abiding will come spiritual strength and guidance for how and where to serve. It will prepare me to be the woman God wants me to be, so that He can use me for His purposes.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7
Knowing what is right and wrong is the beginning of my journey to the heart of God. The only thing that I should fear is God. To fear God means to live a life of purity and obedience.

“Our sense of sin is in proportion to our nearness to God.” Bernard of Clairvaux
The nearer and closer to God that we get, the more we recognize the hold that sin has upon our lives.

“Endurance is the capacity to stay under the load, to remain in the circumstances, without fleeing or seeking the easy way out…”Gary Inrig
Lord, help me to endure the obstacles in my path. Help me to live through them, rather than running away, for Your will in my life.

“Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.” Donald Barnhouse
Thank You for Your love. Help me to show Your love to others. I praise You my God!

No mommy issues today, but being a mommy means spending time on yourself as well. That is why God should be first in your priorities so that you can be a better mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. Isn’t that what we all want?

Smiles and Loves! Janis

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  1. Thanks for these words! My heart needed this encouragement today!

  2. A great post. I’ve had some nice quiet moments with the Lord in the morning lately too. I love the quotes and the closing thoughts about spending time with God and how it makes life smoother is so true. I appreciated this post today. What’s on my heart lately is . . . “in ALL YOUR WAYS acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” He’s really nailing this home with posts like yours and another that was written by another blogger. For me, it all comes back to this verse. So, thank you for being part of the tapestry that God is using in my life right now to bring His message home. Blessings!

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