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Study this Book of the Law continually.  Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it.  Only then will you succeed.     – Joshua 1:8

I was leaving our house on my way to run errands.  Before turning on the radio I needed to pray.  I didn’t expect God to engage in discussion with me, but He did.  Our conversation went like this:

ME:  God, I need your help.  I have so much to do.  I’m behind on my studies for my class, so I have to get some reading done.  Righ now I have errands to run and then things to get done at home, not to mention that I need to study my Bible, too, and it all has to be done by 2:30 when I leave to pick Jackson up from school.  Please help me stay focused on the things I need to do and don’t let me get distracted by other things.  Please be with me to help me know what needs to be done today, and what can be done later, which things are important, and those that are not.  Please guide me and lead me through this day.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Then, before I could turn the radio on, God responded.

GOD: Remember when you used to read your Bible as soon as you got Zach off to school? 

ME:  Yes.  As soon as he got on the school bus, I went straight to my Bible studies and read as much as I could before Jackson (Zach’s younger brother)woke up.  I usually had 20-30 minutes and got a lot done.  NOTHING interfered with that time.  Wow, it was 10 years ago when that started.

GOD:  You need to set time aside for your Bible and your studies like you did then, first thing each morning.

ME:  Yes, I do.  How did I let myself get away from that in recent years?

GOD:  You allow yourself to get distracted.  You have intentions of going straight to your Bible and then working on studies for your class, but then you start doing other things first and run out of time.  Then you have to hurry and cram study time in and don’t get to your Bible. 

ME:  (ashamed).  You’re right.

GOD:  What if you checked your Bible as often as you check your email? 

Whoa. That was convicting.  God had me.  Every time my phone chimes to indicate that an email has come in, I immediately check to see if it’s something I need to tend to.  If time goes by without a chime, I check to make sure I haven’t missed anything.  Then, as soon as I can, I go to my computer to follow up with the emails I received.    What if I was that devoted to checking my Bible ?  God was right.  I used to be more devoted.  Not only did I used to have a designated time for Bible study, I also went to my Bible as a reference Book for things that came up in my day.   Be assured that I still read my Bible, look up verses, etc., but not in a devoted way like I used to.  God was also right that I’ve allowed myself to be distracted from doing so.

As you might guess, I’ve committed to going back to my old ways of setting designated time aside for reading my Bible and doing work/studies for my class, and I do it as early as possible in my day, usually as soon as the boys leave for school.  I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the first passage I felt led to read after my conversation with God was the first chapter of Joshua.

Getting back to my old disciplines has been great!  I’m feeling less stressed and more blessed.  Praise be to God!

Dear God, Thank You for convicting me and pointing out the errors of my ways.  I’ve missed having dedicated time for reading the Bible and am ashamed that I let myself get away from that discipline.  I got away from making Bible time the first priority for each day.  It’s remained the highest priority, but not the first item on my daily to-do list.  Thank You for leading me back where I need to be, and for being a God who is with me in each day.  Thank You, too, for the teaching of Your words.  I truly believe what Joshua 1:8 says, that we will only succeed when we stay focused on the Book of the Law (Bible) and strive to obey God’s commands.  Praise be to You, oh God!   Amen. 

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Elections are over.  The voters have spoken.  What did their votes say?

1. Our nation agrees about the problems we face, but we’re sorely divided about how to fix them.

2.  Minorities presented as the majority.

3.  The “moral majority”, who was said to have won the election for George W. Bush, presented as a moral minority in this election.

4. It’s not just about campaigns and issues anymore.  Today’s media-seduced culture responds to the outreach of marketing and branding.

Now what?

We think about what we learned from this election, and strive for what both candidates failed to achieve, unity as “one nation under God.”  A classmate recently remarked that many of us are Americans first and Christians second.   We need to be Christians first before all else.

As Christians, how do we respond to the problems and issues we face?  As Christians, how do we apply the “love thy neighbor” teaching of the Bible?  As Christians, how do we view authority and respond to it?  As Christians, how do we react and respond to the pervasive immorality of our culture?

The Bible tells us to put God first, to put our trust in Him – not an elected official.

I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.   Do not worship any other gods besides me.  Do not make idols of any kind…   Exodus 20:2-4

Don’t you realize that whatever you choose to obey becomes your master? …You can choose to obey God and receive his approval.   – Romans 6:16

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  – Deuteronomy 6:5

The LORD is my rock, my fortresss, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust…  – Psalm 18:2 KJV

Yet, even though God is first, the Bible tells us that God put government in place for our good and that we are to support our leaders.  (Romans 13:1-7)

Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and import duties, and give respect and honor to all to whom it is due.   – Romans 13:7

The first thing we owe our leaders and our nation is our prayers.

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people.  As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks.  Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity.    1 Timothy 2:1-2

So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you.  We ask God to give you complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom.   Colossians 1:9

Then, putting our trust and hope in the Lord, we look to God for direction, and ask Him how He would have us answer the questions above.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.    – Proverbs 3:5-6

With trust in the Lord, be strong and of good courage!

Be strong and very courageous.  Be careful to obey all the instructions  Moses gave you.  Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left.  Then you will be successful in everything you do.  Study this Book of Instruction  continually.  Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it.  Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  This is my command – be strong and courageous!  Do not be afraid or discouraged.  For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.   – Joshua 1:7-9

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.    – Romans 15:13

 

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.   – Romans 8:14

I am humbled and amazed by those of you who have come to this blog site (By His Grace, for His Glory) from all around the world!  Thank you!

One of my favorite features of WordPress.com is the daily world map it provides showing the countries where my visitors are from.  Since Feb 25, 2012, people have come to this blog from the following countries:

American Samoa, Australia,  Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Columbia, France, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Faroe Islands, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritis, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Phillipines, Portugal, Qatar, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & Grenadine, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela

(WordPress.com does not share any personal information about you.  It only shows the countries where visitors to my site are from.)

Thank you to all who visited my blog!  It amazes me how God can bring us together!   We may come from different places and live different lives, but we have at least one thing in common, God as our Creator.  This makes us brothers and sisters – not just visitors to a blog site.

I would love for all of us to get better acquainted with each other.  If it interests you to do so, please leave a comment telling about yourself, where you’re from, what life is like where you live, and any prayer needs you might have.  You may also leave your email address so that others may contact you.  If you prefer to contact me privately (not on this site), you may contact my email address:   ReneeMyers@carolina.rr.com

You can also find me on Facebook.  Search for Renee Myers.  Thanks to those of you who are already Facebook friends!

I don’t know what your situation is, what needs you might have, or what this day might bring, but I do know God loves each of us.

In closing I’d like to share a few of today’s Bible verses from the devotional book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

This same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  – Philippians 4:19

What’s more, I will be with you, and I will protect you wherever you go.  I will someday bring you safely back to this land.  I will be with you constantly until I have finished giving you everything I have promised.   – Genesis 28: 15

I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love.  Death can’t, and life can’t.  The angels can’t, and the demons can’t.  Our fears for today, our worries for tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away.  Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.   – Romans 8:38-39

May God’s blessings be with us all.  🙂

 

 

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