What are you committing to today?

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Commit to the LORD whatever you do, 
and he will establish your plans. – Proverbs 16:3

There are commitments that we make through life that we are happy to do. We commit to a spouse when we marry, to children when they are born, to a job and more. We want the best for all of our commitments, but how do we make that happen? We could do research and see what has worked for others, or we could do what our parents did since it worked for them. Perhaps there are classes that we could take to be the best at what we want to accomplish. There seems to be a multitude of options, and figuring out which way to go is crucial.

God is the way to go. Whatever we commit to in life should first be committed to the Lord for that will give him the authority in each thing we want to do well. God will give the guidance in each scenario … he will make the plan. It is wise to follow Jesus rather than the world for he not only knows everything that will help us, but loves us so much that he wants us to succeed.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to come to you first with all of my commitments. I pray I always seek you and your kingdom first in all choices I make. Amen

Faith Tip: Commit the day to Jesus and see what he has planned for you.

For the Love of Discipline

Listen to advice and accept discipline, 
and at the end you will be counted among the wise. – Proverbs 19:20

I remember reading the comic strip Family Circus where the children would blame “Not Me” which was this invisible person that showed up whenever they made a bad choice. The invisible person would be shown in the comic smiling and having a good time because they couldn’t be caught in the act of doing wrong.

We are always ready to look for another person or thing to blame regarding challenging circumstances we have that are a result of choices we have made. We make ourselves powerless in the situation when we look elsewhere for fault. We do not grow from this practice.

Taking responsibility is hard, but it helps us grow into the person God wants us to be for we are opening ourselves up for learning. The discipline we encounter is for our teaching. It is not to say we are bad. It is to say we are loved.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the lessons in life you have taught me through your discipline. I pray that I may follow your direction and grow from sitting at your feet. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there a situation in your life that you are blaming others for when it is a great opportunity for you to grow? It’s time to learn.

Wise Investments

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Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well. – Proverbs 23:23

Buying and selling is a normal activity these days, especially with online companies such as Ebay and Craigslist. When we buy something, we feel a need or a want for it. When we sell something, we feel we no longer need it.

Truth is a treasure. Truth allows us to see and discern clearly. God is truth. Having more and more of God’s truth in us will allow us to be drawn closer to the Lord. How do we buy God’s truth? It is an investment of time, heart and soul. It takes prayer, praise, passion and perseverance. The payout is heavenly.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the truth you have shown me. I pray that I can invest that truth in my life and grow more in dependence to you. Amen

Faith Tip: Instead of buying something at the store today, invest in God’s truth.

Powerful Prepositions

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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)

I find with the scripture verse above the most powerful parts are the prepositional phrases. We know we need to trust in the Lord, but how do we do that with all of our heart? We need to lean on God, but not depend on our own understanding? We know we need to acknowledge God in our life, but do we in all of our ways?

Basically, God wants it all from us. Not just a little trust here and there, and sometimes an acknowledgement of his presence. In worldly views, that goes against our grain. What about our rights or our independence? I think it is in the last phrase that shows us the great love of God that he doesn’t want us to be controlled like robots, but come to him freely with all these things for our benefit. He will help us discern which way to go for our good. He loves us with all he has and knows what is best for us, so he pleads with us that we trust him, acknowledge him, and lean on him because he wants us to succeed and he knows the way.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for your great love that shows us the way daily. I pray that I surrender my worldly views and replace them with your heavenly views. Amen.

Faith tip: Start practicing this and don’t give up or get discouraged. Keep going!