A “Routine” Battle Plan

I love today’s Jesus Calling (September 14). Here’s part of it.

Even the most routine part of your day can be a spiritual act of worship, holy and pleasing to Me.

Romans 12.1-2 was listed too.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect. (NRSV)

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I don’t know what was upsetting me this morning, but now that I’ve spent time in the word I feel much better. My wife said I’ve been snoring through my CPAP here lately, and I’d guess I was doing that last night.

I’ve got a cup of coffee in my system, and I’m about to leave for my first stop this morning, and the first quote really resonated with me this morning. There’s nothing more routine than waking up in the morning, and His mercies are new every morning. His love is complete, and because I live and move and have my being in Him I can put one foot in front of the other knowing that all of life is yes in Him. It’s yes even when He says no. Conversation with the One who breathed life into my nostrils is such a liberating activity that I am still in awe of prayer thirty-five years after becoming a Christian.

My LORD and my God is powerful to save even through a debilitating mental illness that makes going to the grocery store a major achievement. That happened yesterday. I came in from work, and I did not want to go the grocery. I forced myself to do it, and it got done. When I don’t have to deal with the public I don’t. That’s just one paralyzing aspect to depression. I don’t need sympathy or answers. It is what it is. It’s my thorn in the flesh.

God is still great, and like the quotes allude to above He is present and active 24/7 even if I think I’m alone. Evil and illness are strong forces we all deal with everyday, and we need to develop habits that acknowledge God’s presence from sunrise to sundown.

If situations and people bring out the worst in you give them distance as my friend Jon Acuff wisely counsels in his book Do Over.

Life is too short to gravel in negativity, and in this day and time we need positive information to battle the evil one and his network.

Grace and peace dear ones.

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