Is our mind steadfast? Unmovable? Firm in the Lord?
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You." This comes from Isaiah 26:3. I love that The mind is what is highlighted as steadfast because her mind is usually the battlefield where distractions and Noyes can take over and priorities become shifted.
I often encourage my husband during his journey through residency as it is a long journey and it can be easy to lose heart and get distracted. This became his promise verse during this season and I can see why. It's not just any peace that we are promised but PERFECT peace. BUT, it requires an action from our part...we have to keep our mind steadfast. It must remain fixed on the Lord and His promises. The more we compromise our time with Him, the less we will remember His promises.
Let's enter 2017 FIRM in our mind.
I haven't done this in a LONG time. I forgot how calming it is to spend time with Jesus before bed in addition to mornings! And man oh man so much truth packed into day 24 of the 31 day character study of the P31 woman!
Am I content in Christ ? Is He enough for me? Am I pursuing Him and HIS best for me? Am I an ACTIVE participant in His mission? Do I turn my worries intoprayers ? Do I transfer my problems into God's power ? Lots to invite God into and journal about. Thankful for @michellelmyers yet again and being obedient to God with writing this book (Famous In Heaven & At Home). I extended my faith and fitness group from November just so we can finish it together! So much truth. Now time to apply. It can be easy to read, agree, get all excited, and then forget. Forgetfulness then brings with it an old friend...or enemy; fear. When we start to let doubt, fear, worry, and shame creep in, we've probably forgotten how Good God is and forgotten to remember His faithfulness time and time again, right? I know I forget. Let's make the conscious choice to remember.
I can't control when Luca decides to calm down and sleep but I can still control when I wake up in the morning and how I use my time. Luca's sleep has been more predictable. 9-2:30am then 2:45-5:30am. I thought about it. What if I stayed up after his 5:30 feeding and spent time with Graham that way before he heads to work at 6:35? It would mean I would have to sacrifice the extra 2 hours of sleep and he would need to move his devotion time to before bed (since I am not available, this would work for this 3 week season during his rotation). I got up this morning, fed Luca, soothed him back to sleep, stayed awake, made Graham's strawberry shake, and surprised him downstairs. We chatted, laughed, talked about current struggles, how we are each doing, prayed, and off to work he went. Am I tired? Not too bad actually. I am a morning person after all. Waking up at 8 has been out of my norm. I know there will be mornings I am fried. But guess what? Graham is worth that sacrifice. He has to be. Marriage takes work, sisters. It takes effort. It goes through seasons and we have to be willing to step back, COMMUNICATE, and re-adjust to make sure priorities aren't being pushed aside. When was the last time you have thought about your priorities and whether or not your time and attention reflect what matters most?
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!