“Be still, and know that I am God.”
— Psalm 46:10
Happy New Year, Everyone!
And I have to say that so far—for me—it is!
Wanna know why?
Well, remember the post about three weeks ago where I talked about the little secret I discovered for getting things done with peace and joy? Well, if you don’t here’s the link: PEACE & JOY.
And all I gotta say is, WOW … things are a’changin’ … and all because I’m trying to put God first.
Am I perfect at it? No way!
Am I getting better? Oh, you bet.
And you know what? So is my life!
Like I mentioned in the blog at the link above, I used to get up in the morning, grab a cup of coffee (hazelnut with Half ‘n Half, of course!), then mosey downstairs to our family room and putz with email while Keith and I watched the news. About 30 minutes in, one of us would make the other an English muffin, we’d eat and chat a bit, then Keith would go to work (at his desk 10 feet away). Of course there I’d be, still wading through days of emails I’d missed, stupidly thinking I could breeze through them in 20 minutes.
Yeah, right. You’ve read my books, yes?
Well, my emails aren’t much shorter.
By the time I was done with most of the emails (some I would set aside to give my full attention to later and you know who you are!), it was time for lunch. And yet I STILL hadn’t had my prayer/Bible/devotional/treadmill time (where I tackle my prayer list while listening to worship music).
So then I’d hightail it upstairs to check that off my to-do list (notice the frame of mind — it was a task I had to do rather than a pleasure spending time with the God of the Universe!). By now it was early afternoon, and because I was itching to get to writing, I felt pressured during “God’s time,” and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that neither God nor I benefited very much.
So like I said in the Dec. 18th blog, God got my attention by nailing me to the wall with this daily devotional that stopped me dead in my tracks:
“I desire to talk to all of My children,
but many are too busy to listen. The “work ethic” has them
tied up in knots. They submit wholeheartedly to this taskmaster,
wondering why they feel so distant from Me.
Living close to Me requires making Me your first love—
your highest priority
—Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
That’s when I turned over a new leaf, two weeks before I turned over the page of the calendar, putting God first in the morning. Now I get up still in my jammies and snuggle into my upstairs “prayer chair” (see pic) with a cup of hazelnut while I read my devotionals, Bible, and focus on God.
Which, by the way, is my word for the year: FOCUS. On Him!
Anyway, the first day of the new year that I did this, the Scripture God gave me was our quote above from Psalm 46:10 …
“Be still and know that
I am God.”
Well, I don’t know if you have ever been around an overwired CDQ (caffeinated drama queen) before, but being “still” is not something I do well … or really, ever. But all at once I swiveled my chair to lean back and look out the window, feet propped on the shelf of my credenza with a cup of hazelnut warm in my hands.
And that was when I saw — really saw — the muted dawn slowly wash across the sky in watercolor blue, naked tree limbs reaching to the heavens in holy worship. At that very moment, my spirit stilled and water stung in my eyes, a blink in time when I was fully aware of just Who He is — the Bright Morning Star Who lights up our life with His love, His peace, His everlasting joy.
Suddenly worship welled in my spirit, pouring from my lips while tears poured from my eyes. I never really expected it, but I felt His presence, a truly magical communion between me and my Father, the God of the Universe!! The One Who longs for us to sit with Him, talk with Him, be still with Him so He can reveal Himself and His plan for our lives. To really and truly “know” Him.
Because the more we know, the more we will never be the same.
I know because so far this year, I feel so … different. Granted, it’s only eight days in, but every day this week, before I even open my eyes, I’ve been sensing a glimmer of excitement and anticipation for the day, as if I had something special planned. And when I came fully awake, I suddenly realized what it was.
I was going to spend time with the one Person Who cherishes me more than any other, the One whose love never fails, the One to Whom I am the apple of His eye. The God Who actually wants to spend time with me so He can reveal His plan for me, not only to guide me through my day, but through my life as well.
Quality time … with the Everlasting God … for everlasting peace, hope, and joy!
What a way to start a new year! 🙂
Hugs and HAPPY FOCUSING!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016: To Review or Not to Review … That is the Question! Joinme on Seekerville when I explore—and answer—this question in a manner so complete, you will be sorely tempted to post a review. Ahem … it remains to be seen whether it will 5-star or 1, but at least there will be a giveaway of any of my ebooks … OR a signed manuscript copy of her new novella, A Glimmer of Hope, which is the prequel to my latest novel, Isle of Hope, that is due to release in February.
And, YES, you read right — there’s a prequel about Jack and Lacey, so more about that next week!
Hugs and HAPPY FOCUSING!