Our life as a woman can be complicated.
We are expected to be friend, wife, mother, grandmother, work outside the home AND inside the home. All this along with being the person in charge of home management, child care, nursing, the daily chef and clean up person.
I will admit, I enjoyed the years of juggling it all and caring for 3 children while working outside the home. But I wish I had spent more time back then on developing my spiritual growth so I could have better managed it all. My spiritual life was on the back burner so to speak.
As we all have our own road of life to travel, and load of responsibility to juggle,
we simply must make it a priority to squeeze in "3" things daily.
If we do not, we are setting ourselves up to vulnerabiltiy; for there is a world out there that daily tries to wear us down and bring us down. But we can be ready.
PREPARE each morning:
We prepare for travel, we prepare for work, we prepare for testing, we prepare ourselves
continually for what we are expected to do and for the unexpected.
But for the woman of faith the most important thing she can do each and every morning is to prepare herself spiritually. This can be just 5 or 10 minutes, and it simply is just thanking God for the new day and talking to Him about the day you are about to face.
We acknowledge that our day is in His hands. We acknowledge that our life is His.
We ask for protection and wisdom and for the opportunity to serve.
Lord, thank you for this day You have blessed me with!
Help me in all I do and say to reflect You light within. Give me wisdom to handle all situations.
May my speech be seasoned with grace and my actions pleasing to You.
I know that no matter where this day takes me, You are with me.
Open my eyes to see Your will, open my ears to hear Your guidance,
Open my heart to see those You place on my path who need to know You.
May life is in Your hands.
PURSUE God throughout the day:
As the day moves quickly by and we get distracted, it is easy to fall into the trap of depending on ourselves and losing focus. Our eyes see the world and not the Lord. What we see tends to mold our day and our emotions. When we pursue God throughout the day, we trust Him, which means looking beyond what we see and to what God sees. When something happens, we must remember that this event has passed by His eyes first, and He is there to help us through it. Focus on His strength within, for if He planned it for you, He will guide you through it.
Lord, help me to keep my mind on You.
Keep my heart and mind focused throughout the day on Your will.
I know that You do not require me to understand Your will, just to obey it, no matter what I face.
With my mind, heart and eyes pursuing Your will, I will be spiritually strengthened to do Your will.
I move through my day with my life set on things above!
Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me blesses Your holy name. (Ps 103)
This verse from Psalm 103 is one of my very favorite readings for the end of the day.
Reflecting on His blessings, protection and unending love fills me with awe as I draw close to Him in prayer. Beginning and ending my day talking with my Lord, He is my life.
As this day draws to an end, I am so grateful for all that You have provided for me;
for Your protection and Your blessings. It is amazing to know that the Creator of each star in the night sky is continually with me and loves me! As I close my eyes in rest, I pray that You would refresh my body and renew my heart with new strength to serve and praise You with the morning sun.
I am listening Lord. I am at peace Lord. I am so thankful Lord.
You bless me that I might bless others.
You fill me with you light and love that I might show others.
You help me to carry my load so I may help others with their load.
Thank you for being by my side, with the promise of a never ending love!
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