Lord, I ate all the seafood last night. Well, I think I did leave one bite, but I lost my focus. Now this morning I’m bloated. How can I lose weight eating like this? What do I do? Do I start over again since I ate all the seafood?
Wait until you are hungry before you eat again. You didn’t eat all the meal, only the seafood. My child, I want you to hunger for Me.
Lord, do I give up breaded fried foods too?
My child, it won’t hurt you.
Lord, I’ve already given up sweets.
My child, I gave up ALL for you. Do you think giving up fried foods or sweets is too much for you to sacrifice?
Sigh. No, Sir.
Then do it. Remember . . . focus on My Presence, not your food.
Renew your focus. Keep looking at Me. Your mistake at last night’s supper was not eating the food. No, it started when you looked at the food and your heart filled with desire. I want you to desire Me more than your food. Desire Me, My child, and you will be blessed beyond your comprehension, more than a seafood meal.
Yes Sir. Help me keep my eyes on You and Your will with all I say and do, including the food I eat.
Lord, I’m having company for supper and serving their favorite- fried pork chops. What do I eat?
My child, I will lead you at that moment in time. I want your focus not on meal planning, but rather on seeking Me- My Presence. Focus on Me and I will lead you to your victory.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 NKJV
So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. Philippians 3:15-16 The Message
Thank you Lord for this “Word” from You. Yes, I am hungry, feeling empty, needy, and greedy for You. I know more of Your Presence is what I need.
Yes, the trip was hard and I did eat some humble pie. But Hubby and I did enjoy our travels. The sites we saw were beautiful.
My child, I orchestrated that trip and your visit with the others yesterday as well. Even last night at the “Singing” when you were ashamed of being so sleepy. Others were saying how much they enjoyed feeling My Presence and all you felt was tired and sleepy. Yes, I am using all of these events to teach you more about Me. Yours is not to worry about what to say or who to see. Instead, you are to trust and obey Me, for I will lead you as long as you are willing to follow.
I am directing your steps. Instead of thinking about how tired you are, praise Me for your victories. For I have provided many and you will see them if only you open your eyes to look. I will organize your time if you make Me your first priority. I will direct your paths according to My plan.
Before you feed others, you must feed yourself of My Presence first. Remember how I told you to steal away moments to sneak off with Me?
You are to sneak, steal moments of your time to be with Me just like you plan times with your Hubby. You are to plan times with both of us without your cell phone or your work. You are to seek the precious sweetness of communion with both Me and Hubby. I am First, then him. This is your highest calling.
You have heard, “If Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” I’ll give you another saying, “If Mama ain’t full of My Presence, she can’t feed the others.” So stay full of Me. Stay full of My Word, stay full of praise for My victories. Even if you perceive your day as full of struggles, know that I have provided victories.
Therefore, instead of looking at the demands of your time, I say focus on My victories. You know, the ones I ‘ve already provided both now and for the future. I say “tithe” your time. The more you give to Me, the more I will increase what you have.
You need more time to accomplish your set tasks. Therefore, as you give your time to Me, I will increase your time available to complete these tasks.
But Lord, that’s 2 hours and 40 minutes. How can I do that? I feel as though I have no time now. I only have about 12 unfinished blog posts to complete.
That is your problem, My child. You are looking at your needs instead of looking to Me as your supplier. As you do the dishes, steal 5 minutes with Me. As you do the laundry, steal minutes with Me. While driving the car, steal minutes with Me.
Your mind is a wonderful thing. I know, for I created it. Instead of focusing on your “to do” list, commune with Me. Tithe your time for 40 days. Give Me the seed of your time and you will see what I will do. As you surrender and give to Me, I will increase your supply. Tasks will be finished and you will be amazed at how they get accomplished. I will multiply your seed of time with Me into a 100 fold of much increase. Now do as I say and watch what I will do.
But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him. I Corinthians 8:3 NKJV
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, . . . Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lordfor His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Psalm 107: 6-8 NKJV