Lysa TerKeurst says,
“…Satan hates the radically obedient soul. He hates it when a person jumps off the fence of complacency and into the center of God’s will. There is a spiritual battle raging around us and, because of that, life can be hard. While saying yes to God does bring blessing, it’s not easy. If our desire for obedience is born merely out of duty, we may be quick to give up. However, if our desire is born out of delight, out of a love relationship that burns deep in our soul, it won’t be extinquished–no matter the cost.”
I’ve been reminded this week of the intensity of the spiritual battle we face. First there has been the last minute rush to get my five children ready for school. Usually school doesn’t start until after the September long weekend, and usually I’ve purchased all the necessary school supplies weeks before school starts. This year, due to busyness the purchases didn’t get made until this week and school starts tomorrow! I’ve found myself tempted to be impatient with my children, short with my husband, and discontent with my lot in life. Secondly, I’m facing several transitions right now. My husband is transitioning from working away from home to working at home. My children are transitioning to school, including my youngest daughter. Which means I’m transitioning to having an “empty nest” during school hours. I’m also transitioning out of my position as school board trustee to being home and teaching Music for Young Children. There have been several times in the past couple of weeks when my resolve to step down from my school board position has been tested. However, God continues to confirm that now is the time to build into the lives of my children. Thirdly, there have been struggles in several of the areas where I volunteer my time. One morning I literally woke in a panic because of some of the circumstances I was facing.
I have a lot of knowledge about God – my parents were missionaries, I accepted Christ as my Saviour at an early age, and I was also privileged to attend school at Prairie Bible College where my faith was grounded in the Word of God. However, each day, several times throughout the day, I still have to choose to follow God and allow Him to work in me and through me. I have decided to start each morning off on the right foot by saying a prayer similar to what follows:
Good Morning, Father
Thank you for the gift of this new day, for air to breathe and strength to breathe it, for your presence with me no matter what. Thank you that you are aware of my personal limitations due to time, commitments, and physical strength (or lack thereof). Today I choose to place my life in your hands again. I give you my desires and goals, my fears and limitations, my time and energy. Today I say, “Yes, God” to whatever you bring across my path, no matter what, no matter when, no matter the cost. I choose to be faithful to Your calling on my life, even if I don’t understand. I choose to be faithful, not necessarily successful; and I leave the results in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen
How do you start your day? What is the prayer of your heart? I look forward to hearing from you.