Monday, September 29, 2008

We can all relate (well most)!

So I subscribe to a Daily Devotional called Proverbs 31 Ministries. I get an email everyday with a wonderful message. I have to admit though that I don't always open it, but I save and archive them all. But when I do read them, it's amazing how God speaks to me. AMAZING indeed! Today the subject of the email and title of the devotional was "Upside Down". I don't know what made me open it today (well, yes I do, He did!) but I did and started reading as tears came to my eyes. Luann Prater is the author and you can read about her here. And subscribe to her devotionals here. They are short and sweet but powerful!! Here is what today's said:

Upside Down
Luann Prater
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” Matthew 6:25 (NIV)

Everything in my closet is shrinking! Do you notice it too? It is amazing how a little extra around my waist causes my pants to rise above my ankles! And I am sure that since I hit the 50 mark, the Michelin Tire Man has taken up residence inside my skin. I don’t need an inner tube when swimming in the lake with my grandkids; I have one permanently affixed to my middle!
Recently I made a commitment to get back on track with my eating habits, choosing vegetables instead of bread, and fruit instead of snacks. Even though I know this is the right approach, I have found that it tends to consume my thoughts. Aren’t we funny creatures? We seem to major in the minors of life.
The Bible teaches us to put first things first; to seek God before all else. And yet, we continually put Him somewhere on the to-do list with everything else. He has proven to me over the years that if I put Him first, all the other things will fall into place. So why is it so hard to do that on a day-in, day-out basis?
1 Chronicles 16:11 tells us, “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” So what do I do instead of seeking the Lord? Often I seek my own will or pleasure before I seek God. Sometimes I’m more interested in getting what I want before I ask what He wants. Other times, I operate in my own logic and strength – calling my own shots according to what seems right to me.
When I live that way, I turn the guidance of the scriptures upside down. Matthew 6:33 clearly instructs us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
So here is what I’ve learned recently on my quest to eat right. When I begin my day seeking Him, my appetite stays in check. Period. When I truly focus on my relationship with Him, eating is just where it needs to be. It becomes part of my day but not the focus of my day. God’s ways do work – we just have to follow them. So I challenge you, turn your logic upside down this week and begin each day seeking the One who created you.
Dear Lord, thank You for being enough. Teach us each day to seek Your face before all other things in our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If any of you ladies would like me to forward you this email to read (there is more to it-scriptures, reflections, power verses) just leave me your email address and I will be more than happy to share! :)


Mrs. Newlywed said...

I get them too!

Also I see you were in Atlanta this weekend.

Hmmm...why was I not notified? You and My Cup Overflows. At least she told me :)

You know I live like 5 minutes from Atlantic Station...well, 5 minutes by car.

Rebecca Taylor said...

I would love for you to email it to me!!

Tracy said...

This was fabulous!!! Thanks for sharing.

tickledpink said...

Thank you for sharing that devotion! It was just what I needed today!

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

this is really wonderful. i know you worry about your appearance a lot, but you are a gorgeous girl and your life for Him really shines through in everything you write.

please email it to me.

Monogramchick said...

what a great reminder of the important thing in life, thanks for sharing!

Lulu said...

Please send it on!

I'm actually just learning about the whole Proverbs 31 Woman idea, am trying to learn more about exactly what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman today. Think I'll sign up for the daily devotional now!

Take care,