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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Something that encouraged me today
... and I thought it could be a blessing to some of you as well. Ever have the feeling that the Lord is trying to tell you something?
Like many of us, I've only recently woken up to the fact that Christmas is next week. Not sure why it took me so long, but it just seemed like I had plenty of time. I was meandering my way through December, and it seemed like a lot was getting done, but really, apparently, not as much as I thought.
On Sunday, I reached the conclusion that the handmade gifts I still had to do were not going to get done. Once I faced that fact, I went to the grandkids' Amazon wish lists and chose substitute gifts to be sent to their home. I then focused my attention on the gifts that I did have that needed to be wrapped and sent, and yesterday I got a lot of that done along with baking and candy making. Last night I got a box packed and scheduled a carrier pickup for it. (I could have done both boxes, but didn't have another one the correct size. I always ship Priority Mail flat rate to Nevada. It's the only way to go for shipping such a distance.)
This morning during my prayer time, I turned to the section in my prayer journal where I pray about issues relating to health, energy, and purpose. I keep a marker in the various sections of my prayer journal, and pray through them a page at a time. The page I "happened" to arrive at today was about keeping a schedule.
Proverbs 16:3 (at top of post) was the first Scripture listed on my prayer page. The first point was *Be sure to pray before you make your plans. There were four other points on the page: *Add structure to your life. *Plan ahead and reap God's blessings. *Always allow for Plan B, God's plan! *Seek to live an ordered life.
I prayed through these points and the verses relating to them, but still ...
Later I sat down at the computer to print postage for an Etsy order. I noticed that one of my favorite bloggers had a new post titled Help for Your Scurrying and Worrying. Did that title ever jump out at me! Even though I really didn't have time, I clicked over to read it. And wow, was I thankful that I had done so!
This post was exactly what I needed to read today. I didn't think that I was worrying, but I sure was scurrying!
Interestingly, the Scripture verse Denise chose to use for her encouraging post was Proverbs 16:3.
I read the post out loud to myself. Then I took the time to pray through the 5 points Denise shared, including confessing my sin of fretting.
After I finished, I felt so much better! And I was able to ask myself what really had to be done today. I know God doesn't want me to neglect showing love to my family, so obviously their gifts and packaging stayed on the list. I know He wants me to get exercise and spend quality time with people, so my walk stayed on the list. And everything else that needed to get done did get done.
Later today I looked at my email and found one from Dayspring titled "How to Intentionally Plan for Rest." What Scripture do you think was used? Yep, Proverbs 16:3! No question; God was speaking to me today. So thankful I took time to listen!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.