May 3, 2016

A cluttered mind.....

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Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. Psalm 16:5

This verse from Psalm has been on my heart a whole lot lately. When you let the words burrow deep into your soul, you start to feel a peace that blankets every inch of your body.

He, alone, is my portion.

He, alone, is my cup.

He makes my life secure.

The end.

Why do I wrestle with Him then?

Why do I allow other things to fill my cup that never even satisfy?

Why do I worry and have an anxious heart when He is what makes my life secure?

This one little scripture has caused many undoings in my soul. In a good way.

I'm on a de-cluttering mission.

De-cluttering from so many things that fill my cup. Things that are not necessarily bad things, but they clutter my cup and then confusion strikes. I look into my cup and I cannot make out one clear thing because of the clutter. Too many good things can still be clutter.

For example, how many calendars does one woman need? For heaven's sake, I have three right here next to me. My phone, my refrigerator calendar, and my cute little Lilly Pulitzer day planner calendar. Not to mention the apps on my phone that I schedule things on. Really? I'm tired just thinking about all that.

Another example--devotionals. Sigh. Yes, good good things. But, Lord, how many daily devotionals do I need to read? I get two delivered daily to my inbox. I have three devotional books sitting on my night stand as we speak. I also have signed up for daily devotionals on my bible app. Whew, I'm tired!

He, alone, is my portion.

Here's my take on too many devotionals, too many podcasts, too many blah, blah, blah....

Maybe God just wants a one on One date with me? Why do I have to be a third wheel and include Beth Moore or Lysa Terquerst on every date?

Would I like it if I went on a date with my man and he brought a friend along to help us along with our conversation?

Something I have observed about the life of Jesus...He was constantly getting away from people to be alone with God. He knew He needed his cup filled. From His Father. One on One.

Please don't misunderstand me. I love devotionals. In fact, this post that you are reading is a devotional, I suppose.

However, we need to be careful how much we ingest each day. My doctor once told me that it is good to take vitamins, but not to overdo it or my body will react negatively. In other words, too much of a good thing is too much.

I have a tendency to be on the side of  "too much".  I  think, "well, if a little is good, then a LOT must be better!"

[You can look under my bathroom sink and see the truth of this played out. I mean, how many hair products does one woman need?]

I have a challenge for us. How about before we ingest anything, we ingest His Word and then we invest time in prayer with Him.

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

If the Lord is to direct our steps, we must hear from Him. Personally. One on one.

After our time with Him, He may affirm His words to us through a devotional or a person. However, we don't need to clutter our cup with too much "stuff". This only causes distraction and confusion.

He, alone, is my cup.

We will know our assignment each day instead of walking around in confusion when we spend time with Him.  He will lead us each day. In every moment.

When we know He is enough, and our assignments are directed by Him, we have security.

He, alone, makes my lot secure.

When our minds are crowded and cluttered, it creates a lack of peace. It creates confusion.

God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33



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