Day 1

I need Day 1's.  Is that even worded right?  (Oh great, don't start tripping on your grammar and wording on your first post) Yep. I talk to myself.  I think it's ok though because David talked to himself.  (Read Psalm 103 for a great example of self talk).  Anyways... back to my original thought.  

I need Day 1's.  I need new beginnings, fresh starts, new years, whatever you like to call them.  I need them.  I get sidetracked by life.  I get sidetracked by too busy of schedules, sick kids, drama in relationships, drama in church life, drama in our nation.  I get sidetracked by my emotions, by my up and down health.  I lose my motivation for things that are healthy to my mind, body, and soul.  So I need day 1's as a way to reset, start over, and get back on track with what I know God has shown me to do.  Today is a great day to be my Day 1.  God told me before this year (2016) even started that I was to simply SEEK HIM FIRST each day, but there have been too many days that I have missed that because I thought something else was more important.  

In Matthew 5-7 it is a beautiful sermon, by the greatest teacher, Jesus.  He is telling us, do this, do that, pray like this, deal with wrong like this, etc.  Then in the middle of it, it's as if He is speaking just to me, because He knows me so well.  By this time in His sermon, I have written out my plan of action, I have taken notes and set up schedules and I have got it all down... I am going to tackle this christian life and I am going to do it well.  Then the anxiety creeps in.  I know I can't do all this.  I know that I can't make these great things happen.  I know I can't really help and love others in  my life in my own strength.  I am selfish.  I want to sleep in.  I want to put my needs first.  I want to be 1000 pounds overweight and do whatever I like for me.  So He stops everything in His sermon and says, "Don't be anxious..."  Yeah... ok, God have you met me?  "What is your worry really going to add to your life?"  Nothing, I get it, but I have to worry about it, right? Otherwise I am just being irresponsible.  I have to know and have a plan and make this all work.  I hear myself saying the very things He says not to say... "What shall we eat?" God, where is our next meal coming from, don't you know how expensive groceries for a family this size is? "What shall we wear?" God, you know my kids need new shoes, not to mention Olivia has grown out of her pants! If I don't make a 5 year plan, or have that extra job, or do something, we will run out of what we need.  God if I don't make a schedule and keep us organized, plan every moment of our life, we won't have a good life.  If I don't do this... or do that.... You can see where this is going right?  Jesus says this "For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  To paraphrase it... Janet, you are a child of God, you don't need to be on the same treadmill everyone else is on.  God knows I have needs.  God knows I have to eat, I have to feed my family, to clothe my family.  God knows all I have need of.  He is going to take care of ALL those needs, He just wants me to seek Him first.  He wants me to have His kingdom in mind first.  He wants me to have His righteousness. He doesn't want me to worry, He wants me to be worry free, living my life for Him.  

How do I practically put this teaching into place in my life?  First, I prayed.  Second, I open my Bible and I read it.  I love 3x5 cards and so I use them to organize my time with God, making sure I have time for prayer, reading my bible, memorizing verses, sitting quietly and listening.  There are all kinds of systems and ways to spend time with God.  Mine changes throughout the years, and in different seasons of my life, however a few things remain constant.  God's Word.  I read the Bible daily.  Prayer.  I pray daily for people, my church, and all kinds of things daily.   

So all that to say... Each day is my Day 1.  I used to wait until the new year, or a new month, or a new week, but now, I just simply start each day as a Day 1.  This year has been filled with a lot of sickness for me and I have missed a lot of my SEEK FIRST days.  However, I don't want to dwell on how I could have been better, I just want to be better today, so today... I am SEEKING HIM FIRST!

Dear God, Today I want to spend time with you.  Today I want to SEEK YOU FIRST before I do anything else.  Teach me to number my days that I may gain a heart of wisdom. I want to know you more. I want to daily be about your business, not my personal agenda.  I want to live a life surrendered to you.  You are God Almighty.  You are Creator of all.  No one knows how to best live this life, like You do.  Help me to daily humble myself before You, seeking your guidance in my every moment.  I pray all of this in Jesus name, Amen.

2 Timothy 3:17-17 HCSB All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 HCSB First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.