Oct 4, 2013

Friday SHINE....

Today's Reading: 1 Kings 12:33-13:34
  • Saturday 10/5: 1 Kings 14
  • Sunday 10/6: 1 Kings 15:1-16

Happy Fun Friday, SHINE girls!

Did you just love Amberlee's post yesterday? I mean, wow. She's only 19.

The good news is....no matter our age, God is constantly pursuing us. Yes, precious girls.

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.”
Psalms 23:6 (NLT)

Do we surrender to His call? Or do we say "maybe tomorrow"?

I pray you surrender to Him if you haven't already. He's waiting. Your life will never, ever be the same. Guaranteed.

So, I want to share something that God has taught me about our memory verse this week. Did you happen to notice the part about "the meditations of our heart'?

Let me refresh your memory: "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart  be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14

Yeah, this is a biggie.

Sometimes we tame the tongue, but forget to change the heart.

For example: I hate packing lunches. I do. I admit it.

Three lunches for three kids with different likes and dislikes.

I am tired by the time I am done.

I've had a bad attitude about this for a while. Until this week.

Each time I would pack a lunch, I would mumble and grumble in my heart. My heart was not meditating on pleasantness. That's the cold hard turkey sandwich truth. ;)

This week, as I was packing those three lunches, I prayed over those three little children I was packing them for. I prayed for them fervently.

I thanked God for them. Over and over.

Want to know something?

My heart changed.

I started to actually--hold onto your lipgloss--ENJOY packing those lunches! I'm serious.

I decided to apply this little nugget to folding laundry. {which I despise even more than packing lunches if you can believe that}

I prayed over every little bitty pair of pants and underwear. Socks, t-shirts, sheets...all of it.

Not only did I start enjoying it more {shocking!}, but I also started overflowing with gratitude. Yes, right in the middle of a big pile of laundry. Yep, I did.

So, want to know our Fun Friday Challenge?

Find Him in the midst of those mundane tasks. You know those things we have to do over and over, day after day. The things that drive us nuts.

Maybe it's the commute to work, the carpool line, cooking breakfast, making lunches, giving the little ones their nighttime bath, reading with your pre-schooler when you are beyond exhausted, sitting next to a not-so pleasant person at work or at school....

You get it.

Whatever your "thing" is, pray through it. During it. Pray all over it. Find Him in the midst of it.

Your attitude will change. Your heart will change. You will change.

Take the challenge. I dare you.


packing lunches with a smile,

jill