“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:1-10 NASB
2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (NIV)
Hebrews 12:2 “Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross scorning it’s shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
God is taking you straight to your destiny … in His ever God-like-zig-zagging-sort-of-way.
Prayer: “Father God, help me keep my eyes open and learn to look for Your hand in the midst of happenstance, so my hope remains steadfast and my heart remains full. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot…thinking about my time and how I use it (or waste it, as the case may be). I’ve been thinking about what I want my life to be, how I want to use my time instead of just watching it pass me by. My goal this year is to be more intentional – with my physical living space, my time, my relationships, my finances, and my energies.
I want to be more focused and less reactive. I want to develop routines and stick to them. I want to purge the unnecessary and live in an organized space. I want to feel like my time is used constructively and in doing so make time and space for doing the things that I enjoy and that refuel my body, mind, and spirit.
This devotional reading and the accompanying scriptures remind me of my goals for this year. Just as my gratitude practice helped me to refocus my attitude and emotional energies last year, I’m finding affirmations all over the place this year equipping me with positive behaviors and strengthening my resolve to pursue a life of intention. ❤