Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My heart today...

Let me start by saying that I was truly grieved this morning when I heard that Obama is going to be our next president. I have been in prayer and will continue because I don't think things are going to get better with him in office. Okay, that being said, my heart today is heavy and I want to share a little of it with you. As I have been doing my Love Dare book I am finding many areas in which I want to change to become a better person. On Day 6 there were some scriptures that really touched me and I want to share them with you.

Colossians 3:12-14 says "So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it." So out of this I want to let Love guide my relationships and not get caught up in unnecessary arguments. This is how I want to be dressed too!

Philippians 4:6-7 says "Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life." I don't want to do things on my own anymore, I want to pray through them and let God take care of them. I want to let my petitions and praises shape my worries into prayers.

Exodus 18:17-23 says "Moses' father-in-law said, "This is no way to go about it. You'll burn out, and the people right along with you. This is way too much for you - you can't do this alone. Now listen to me. Let me tell you how to do this so that God will be in this with you. Be there for the people before God, but let the matters of concern be presented to God. Your job is to teach them the rules and instructions, to show them how to live, what to do. And then you need to keep a sharp eye out for competent men - men who fear God, men of integrity, men who are incorruptible - and appoint them as leaders over groups organized by the thousand, by the hundred, by fifty, and by ten. They'll be responsible for the everyday work of judging among the people. They'll bring the hard cases to you, but in the routine cases they'll be the judges. They will share your load and that will make it easier for you. If you handle the work this way, you'll have the strength to carry out whatever God commands you, and the people in their settings will flourish also." I want to learn how to delegate things when I am overworked. I have a hard time with this and am learning that it is okay to ask for help from my family when I can't get it all done. I am also learning that this makes my kids feel important and helps to show them how important they are to our family.

Proverbs 25:16 says "When you're given a box of candy, don't gulp it all down; eat too much chocolate and you'll make yourself sick." I want to avoid overindulgence. This has been a struggle for me lately because walking has increased my appetite and there has been lots of candy around the house and not enough fruits and vegetables.

I am also making it a priority to take my Sabbath and rest. I am using it as a vacation day, to not do my daily routines and to rest and refocus on the Lord. I want to teach my kids to do this and I need it to make it through my busy week. Thanks for listening to what is going on in my heart and I hope it ministered or blessed someone today.


Bill and Christina said...

Well said Tammie! I am right there with you. Those are very important scriptures to live by.

Bill and Christina said...

oh and I am so very grateful that you have family to help you. You are truly blessed.