Don’t Be a Fool

 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

When I sit down to write, my inner critic starts nagging right away. You’re not any further than you were years ago. Why don’t you quit? It’s a waste of time. You have so much else to do. Nag, nag, nag. I get frustrated before I start. If I do get started, the minute I have a problem, my mind wanders. I don’t try to find a solution. I’m like my five-year old granddaughter, who gets frustrated because she thinks she should already know how to tie her shoes, put her boots on, or other new things. Instead of practicing or asking for help, she gets angry and cries. I sometimes think that’s how I must look to my parent in heaven, when I give up. I don’t ask for His help right away. I struggle, cry, and complain. If I had remembered to ask for peace in my spirit, enlightenment, and the right attitude, I would have gotten much further.

Do you find yourself in the same predicament, during your writing time? It’s so easy to put ourselves down. You wouldn’t let your children put themselves down. After their outburst you would put your arm around them and encourage them to ask for help when they need it. Don’t fear God or fear of failure keep you from asking for help from your Father. Your Father will put his arm around you and lead you, too. I just wait too long. I can picture Him up there smiling and waiting to reach out his hand and help. I’m not trying to be flowery, when I use these words. It’s just the way I feel and the way the words come out. He wants to be there for us, but we wait so long complaining, instead asking for His wisdom and instruction in our writing. He wants the best for us and will lead us to where we can get the knowledge, wisdom, and instruction for the path He wants us to follow. He will give us just what we need.

Father, help us not to be petulant children. Help us to grow in our relationship with you and ask for Your encouragement and guidance at the beginning of our writing sessions. Show us where to go to get the knowledge, wisdom, and instruction to accomplish all we can in your name. Amen

Rest in God’s Power

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so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:5New International Version (NIV)

Do you go to your friends for help with your problems? I used to. I always felt they understood life better than I did. I expected they would have the wisdom that I lacked. It took a while, but before too long, I realized I had made a very bad decision. I didn’t get wise advice, my problems got worse, my friends weren’t available for counseling and I began to feel they didn’t care. That wasn’t true. My friends were experiencing the same issues that I was and as well-meaning as they were they couldn’t  help. I began to rely on prayer,  talked to God, and my faith began to grow. I didn’t get immediate answers, but I began to develop an assurance that an answer would present itself. I didn’t feel I had to control all situations in my life. God was always guiding me and available to listen to me.

God will never let you down either and is always available to talk to. We don’t have to wait for him answer a text or phone call. We have a direct line to God. We just open our hearts and lift our voices in prayer. God is a ready listener and be a guide toward an answer to our problems. Whether it’s is a problem at home or at work, he will help find a peaceful way to handle the situation. Reaction rather than God action always feeds into our confusion. We can spread Christ’s peace by not reacting to situations around us, while waiting for our answers. God will lead us to peace without saying a word.

Lord give us the patience and strength to come to you for your counsel and wisdom. We know you are the way, we just lose our way sometimes. Thank you for loving us through our problems.

The Spirit’s Nudging

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“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)

When I first started writing after a seven month siesta, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get back into the daily grind of writing. It never was a grind before, but my desire and ambition had dwindled to nothing. Even though some silent spirit kept nudging me to get to work. I tried hard to ignore, by only writing, if I felt like it. However, as I began writing, I felt the old excitement more and more. My mood lifted and I connected with my spirit once again. God was in charge because if I had my way, I wouldn’t be writing. God wouldn’t let me ignore the desire he put within me. I am not sure I have anything of interest to write because of the lack of comments, likes or shares on my web sites. I do know someone is reading because my stats go up ever so slowly.

If you are having a hard time writing be confident, God will complete his good work in you. He will carry it on until he feels you have answered his call. He won’t let you ignore your calling. Don’t look at your stats. Don’t wait for praise or comments, though it’s nice to know your efforts are appreciated. Sit and write. Start to journal in the morning. These writings can and will lead to other writing. Ask God for insight when you create your weekly writing schedule. Move at a pace that is right for you. Be wise writers who choose and avoid the trap of rushing, which often leads us in the wrong direction.

Dear Lord, give us Your wisdom as we plan our daily schedule. If we begin to feel anxious because we’re trying to do too much, remind us to slow down. Help us to focus on what we’re doing and help us avoid the trap of rushing in the wrong direction. Amen.

Faithfulness

bible-computerNow it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” 1Corinthians 4:2 NIV

 Do you sometimes feel that what you write isn’t as important as the more seasoned writer? I do. Even as this devotional is being written, I feel that whatever I’m going to say has probably been said before. However, if it’s in my heart and on my mind, God trusts me to share the wisdom gained from my life experiences with others.

 When I pray before starting a project and ask for guidance, God makes my words as important as He needs. Being faithful to what God requires of me, He helps me produce writing that renews the hearts of other people.

 If only one person in the world relates to my experience, I have proved myself faithful. My requirement is for God’s love show in what I write.

 Prayer: Lord,  As I sit down to write, help me feel Your presence and know You are guiding my fingers while I write. Open my heart to the words You want written. Help me to be as faithful to You in my writing, as You are to me in my life. Help others to experience Your love through my life and writing.

A Shared Trust

 “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”  1Corinthians 4:2   NIV 

Do you sometimes feel that you aren’t as important as others? I used to. Even while I was praying, I felt that whatever I had to say isn’t as important as someone else’s need. However, if God put the words in my heart and mind, He trusts me to ask for His wisdom and guidance.

When we pray all we need to do is to ask for guidance. God then makes our life as important as He needs. When we are faithful to what God requires of us, He helps our lives to be vessels that renew the hearts of other people. Our life experiences are used by God to help us relate to others. When this happens, we prove ourselves faithful. The greatest requirement is that we have is for God’s love show through our lives. God patiently waits for the proof that we are faithful to His trust in us.

Lord, Help us to open our hearts and be faithful to You. Help others to experience Your love through our lives.  Your trust in us, guides our trust in You.