The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.
They have no idea what they are stumbling over.
My child, pay attention to what I say.
Listen carefully to my words.
Look straight ahead,
and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
Mark out a straight path for your feet;
stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked;
keep your feet from following evil.- Proverbs 4:18-27
So often I sidetrack myself with my own mind. Thinking instead of praying. Talking instead of listening.
I was in a battle with myself yesterday. You see- for nearly 3 years, I’ve written on here every single week- sometimes twice a week. That once a week deadline (that I’ve tried to live up to) was yesterday. I know others who write daily and even more often than that. But for me- I have a hard time making myself do tasks such as these because- well, I have to have the time, and I have to be inspired! You can’t “make” yourself be inspired to write!
The girls are home on Spring Break and there are lots of Mom things that still have to run as usual. And I knew that if I didn’t “write” yesterday, that my once a week post standard that I have set would be broken forever. But you know what I did? I allowed myself to feel like a failure for an entire day because of it. I did that to myself!!
And you know what? The sun still set last night. The girls had a mini slumber party on the couch (their favorite non-school way to sleep), and I woke up this morning to my cuddly dog snuggling with me. My hubby kissed me goodbye on his way out the door for work this morning. And not a single one of them knew I labeled myself a “failure” all of yesterday. Life still went on as usual. The only person who made me feel like a failure was ME!
The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37
It brought me great comfort to read the above verses this morning. When I delight in Him, I have no room for unpleasant thoughts about myself. When I fall, He picks me right back up. And when I take my negative thoughts and surrender them to the Lord- I immediately feel the peace of Christ reign in my heart once again!
So, stop being so hard on yourself…surrender those thoughts to HIM! It’s a new day to love the Lord and to recognize how much He loves YOU!
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5