Tuesday, July 10, 2012

First Place

Give Him first place in your life and live as He wants you to.
-Matthew 6:33

This came from a daily devotional The Momma gave me a while back. I wish I could say I read it daily and spend time in prayer over the verse, but that would be lying. I do read it, but sometimes it's in a hurried rush out the door on my way to work and other times I actually get to think it through. Today I'm thinking. 

I've been doing a very bad job of this recently. It's actually kind of ironic because I have more time to devote to Him now that school is out. I can honestly tell y'all I have not been doing this. Instead of carving out time each morning (like I had intended to) I am instead filling my time with other tasks. I have noticed my faith wavering and faltering because of it as well. I have noticed my patience is shorter and the grace I typically see covering situations is not there. I have no one to blame but myself.

When I do give Him priority over all realms of my life I am a much stronger person. I find that learning opportunities surround me and I can handle much more. When I live as He wants me to, I find that my heart is more open and troubles just roll off my shoulders. If these things happen, why am I not giving Him first place? Because it's not easy; that's the answer. 

Giving Him first place means shutting down my own selfish wants. Giving Him first place means not always doing what I want, but doing what He wants. Giving Him first place requires me to squash my plans and accept His. Giving Him first place also means overwhelming love and grace, and that wins every time. 

So, I'm shutting me down. I'm doing what He wants. I'm accepting His plans. 
Are you?


  1. You are not the only one who has been struggling recently! I have noticed as of late my priorities are so skewed. If I spent half the time in the Word that I do getting ready for the day, things would be so much better. Really puts things into perspective! Thank you for sharing!!


  2. You have no idea how much I needed to read this today. It's funny how things like this come along exactly when you need them. Accepting His timing and plans for my life is what I need to focus on now. Thanks Lauren, miss you!

  3. Oh girl...I hear ya. I haven't been spending much quiet time with God lately, and I REALLY need to get back into the habit of putting him in FIRST PLACE, like you said. Which is crazy, considering where the mister and I are in our lives right now...you'd think I would be relying on God even MORE than usual...and I am in comparison to certain life experiences, but I need to make some major improvements. Thanks, girl.