to pray about your plans, to write your goals and prayers, to give it all to Him, your burdens and your praises.
And I tell you not to forget, because I have forgotten many times in the past.
This year I bought a composition book for $1, and added a simple printed label that says “2016-2017 Plans”. I wrote a page of goals and a prayer, and I started to add favorite verses too to read during the school year.
I’ve recommended you before a prayer application called PRAYER MATE, and there’s a daily devotional by Spurgeon I follow through that application. Today it was this entitled THOUGHT,
These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut up on the right hand and on the left; what is he now to do? The Master’s word to him is, “Stand still.” It will be well for him if at such times he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in his love and faithfulness. Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action; you cannot play the Christian’s part, it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.” But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What, if for a while thou art called to stand still, yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time. Precipitancy cries, “do something. Stir yourself; to stand still and wait, is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once-we must do it so we think-instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something but will do everything. Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it and expect a miracle.” But Faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock it stands. “Stand still;”-keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.”
A few weeks ago, I presented a lesson about Difficulties in the Family, and I talked about how Abram wasn’t ‘passive’ (or still) when he had to (when he did not have a son yet), but instead, precipitancy made him to agree to Sarai’s idea of conceiving through Hagar. And when he should have done something as the head of the family, when Sarai had problems with Hagar, then he was passive, dismissing the responsibility to set order in his household. Some of us may be more prone to inaction due to cowardice, as Spurgeon says, others, in their desperation, may feel tempted to give up, (as Job’s wife exhorted him to do), and others like me, have the most troubles with PRECIPITATION. When your strength in life is to be ready for action, one has to make a conscious effort to know that the same strength doesn’t become a spiritual problem in the form of precipitation. That’s why I will be praying for a better understanding and practicing at being still.
Also, at YouVersion (a Bible application as well), there’s many plans offered, but I saw my dear friend Rosa reading one called Parenting by Design, a 260 days plan that she says, changed her life. Many days I read more than one day’s worth, because it’s wonderful godly advice for parents.
This was the reading for August 2nd (I’m ahead, but I don’t count days with this plan, I read as I need).
THE VALIDATION OF THE WORLD
Ancient Middle Eastern culture placed great value on a woman who could bear a child, especially a son. Jacob’s wives, Rachel and Leah, were sisters and rivals who used childbearing (by giving birth themselves or through their maidservants) to bolster their sense of self-worth. Their competition quickly degenerated and produced sinful attitudes and behavior as they focused on validating themselves by the worldly standard.
Like them, we can define our worth, and the worth of our children, by achievements and the ability to possess what others value. When we measure our significance in these ways, we become slaves to the thoughts and opinions of the world rather than the thoughts and opinions of God. Remember where your true citizenship lies.
Rest in your identity in Christ instead of chasing after worldly validation.
The pictures summarize our summer, days in the sun, under the umbrellas (first picture), chunky beautiful hands with painted nails holding iced tea, unsweetened, if you please (second picture), pages in my planner, with prayers and verses to soak my soul in for a whole school year to come, (pictures three and four), and last picture, my common place book (fancy term for a journal where I write down quotes -from books or anywhere-, words that I want to write slowly to meditate in the thoughts they convey), LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.