Monday, October 14, 2013

I Can't Wait Until My Next Birthday!

Photo by Wendy Lloyd

“How are you going to celebrate your birthday, Grandma?”
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I had a great birthday! My grandchildren’s phone call made it that much more special.

However, due to a Bible verse I recently read, I am looking at the question my grandchildren asked me in a different light.

Before I give you the whole verse, I want to focus on the section that caught my attention:

Deuteronomy 30:20b (NIV)
For the Lord is your life
Even when I just read the words (without giving it a whole lot of thought), I can’t help but love its grand declaration.

However, when I take it a step further and consider everything the phrase could mean for me personally, a stirring desire grows in my soul: to live as if God, Himself – the creator of the universe, the King of Kings – was actually my life (my purpose for living). That means He would become the center of all my dreams and goals (everything my life is!). Plus, He would be my motivation for obeying Him, rather than obeying for the sake of pleasing others.

If I were to allow God to teach me how to make those desires real in the way I live my life, I can only imagine how much I will have to celebrate by my next birthday.

Are you beginning to get excited, too?

If so, let’s pray and set goals to help us live as if the Lord is our life. Perhaps the first part of Deuteronomy 30:20 can help us get started: Here is the verse in its entirety:

Deuteronomy 30:20 (NIV)
And that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

My prayer:
Father, teach me how to truly love you and to listen to Your voice more intently. Help me to always hold fast to You so that You will become the focus of my life – to actually become the God of my life!

This week’s goal:
This week (and the weeks to come) I will seek God’s direction through prayer and reading His Word every day. I will aspire to listen to God’s voice more intently throughout the day when faced with specific challenges, including when I am dealing with behavior issues. I will purposely strive for Him to be my life by considering His ways over my ways, including in my relationships and when faced with life’s choices.

What about you?

  • What area(s) in your life could be changed if Jesus was Lord of your life?

  • What step(s) will you take this week to allow the Lord, your God to be your life?

Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)

3 comments:

  1. "For the Lord is your life." Yes Sheryl, this would be cause for a celebration!

    Sheryl, I prayed your prayer for my life also. This is my desire. And I accept your challenge to make goals accordingly.

    "What area(s) in your life could be changed if Jesus was Lord of your life?"
    My relationships for one: I would not be offended by others. I would love and believe the best in others. I would do much more for others. I would stop being critical. I would stop posting negative things on Facebook. I would make more friends. I would lose a lot of friends. I would talk a lot less. I would witness more.

    "What step(s) will you take this week to allow the Lord, your God to be your life?" Hmmm, I think instead of thinking on how I should respond or what I should do about issues I am facing, I should instead search the scriptures and seek God for His direction. I need to spend more time on my knees and searching scriptures, asking for God's Grace and confessing and repenting. It is so easy to get off track. Thank you for this challenge Sheryl. I give you and others permission to call me out on this and certainly to keep me lifted up in prayer as well.
    Barbara

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    1. I love this, Barbara! Thank you for taking steps to allow God Almighty to be your life!

      Keep us posted on how you're doing. Let us know how we can encourage and pray for you.
      Thanks again for this great response to the post!

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  2. Since Sharon (Scriptures with Sharon) subscribes to the blog via email, she gets the posts directly to her inbox. She sent this email to me regarding "I Can't Wait Until My Next Birthday!":

    Hi Sheryl...I been working long hours lately...and just now have been able to sit down and read some "saved" emails. I really like this. It's so true....and not easy to do, either.

    Thanks for all your good works...

    Have a great day, and God Bless!!

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