Monday, May 16, 2011

ABC's of a Godly Home Day J

Day J- Joy and Just pray

Spiritual Challenge Day J - Joy. We have a saying around our home to remind us of true joy; Jesus first, Others second and Yourself last. When we keep our focus on Jesus first we will be weighing everything we do against His word and His will. The first commandment states "You shall have no other gods before me" Exodus 20:3, nothing is to come before God. Other gods doesn't just mean pagan gods, it is anything you give more importance to than God. It can be television, computer, sports or yourself to name a few. God must come first in our lives. Next is others as Philippians 2:3,4 says "Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." We are to think more of others than we do ourselves. If we do this than we will not be consumed with what is fair or just to us, rather we will want what is best for others. We will give them our time instead of spending it selfishly and we will do what pleases them instead of thinking of ourselves. After we have considered Jesus and others, then we can consider ourselves. I have heard it said that true humility is not thinking lowly of yourself but rather not thinking of yourself at all. Putting yourself last is not thinking badly of yourself and it isn't denying yourself of the things you truly need. It is simply thinking of others before yourself. When you are truly putting Jesus and others before yourself, you won't think you are denying yourself because your TRUE happiness will be in making them happy. Your challenge is to meditate on Philippians 2:3,4 today and pray for true joy in your heart.

Physical Challenge Day J - Just pray. Today we are going to continue following our schedule and just pray about it. I want you to pray that God will reveal any areas that aren't working or need adjusting, and then that He would give you the wisdom to fix it. It is important to have a schedule that works for you and your family, one that makes things easier for you, not adds more burden. So look it over and think about it as you follow it today. See if you need to change times for certain chores or if everything is working smoothly. By the end of this journey I want you to have a working system in place and in order to know if it works, you have to use it. So, that is it for today. Just follow your schedule and pray about it.

Blessings my friends.

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