Monday, February 13, 2012

More Than A Checked Box

Everyday I have a list of things I want or need to accomplish for that day.  I work through one task so I can get to the next thing on my list, and in doing so, I find that I'm never fully focused on the task at hand.  Even as I've been trying to write this post, I've stopped several times to go take care of something else that has come to mind... moving laundry to the dryer, feeding the dogs, sending an email, etc.

It can be the same way when I am spending time with God in the mornings.  I look forward to that time everyday.  I even get up extra early just so I can have the quiet time with Him, but even then I find that my thoughts can run to the next thing I need to do.

This morning God decided it was time to address the issue:
"Your time with Me is about more than a checked box on your list of things to do.  It's about developing and nurturing a relationship with Me."
I don't ever want to rush through my time with God.  He can't just be something I "do" and then check off on my list. God should be part of my everyday, all day life.
So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  Romans 12:1 The Message
In order to keep God in the forefront of my mind, I'm looking for His Blessings in my life.  This week I'm thankful for:

531.  Fun evening playing poker with wonderful friends
532.  Google Music 
533.  A developing friendship between my husband and another great man of God
534.  Dinner out with my family celebrating birthdays
535.  Saturday morning spent cleaning with my awesome husband
536.  Freshly cleaned carpet on my stairs, thanks to my hubby
537.  Going out for lunch with my husband and daughter
538.  Cheesy Syfy movies - Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus
539.  God's overwhelming peace
540.  Unexpected gift from an unexpected person
541.  My husband and son sharing a fun Friday afternoon
542.  The first real snow of the season
543   The return of The Walking Dead
544.   My beautiful daughter's passion for God
545.   God's reminders that He is in control and that He cares about it all.  There are no "little" things with Him.  He cares about every detail of our lives.

What's on your list today?

Many blessings,
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  1. Hi Lisa - great encouragement to put God first! He is not one of the things we must get done in the day! God bless

  2. I fall into the same pitfall Lisa; placing my quiet time with God into my "To Do" list when in fact He should be at the center of everything I do.

    Great reminder! :-)

    And I love your list... So many Blessings there!

    Have a Blessed Day!!

  3. Hi Lisa
    Everyday I tell myself those same things. Put GOD first and keep HIM there! I know my day would go so much better if I would just continually do that! This is a great reminder for me. Thank you!

  4. Me too friend... it's so easy to get distracted even from something that is so very important to us. Thanks for this encouragement Lisa :)Beautiful list!

  5. Great list, List #544 brought a smile to my face. :)

  6. I can really identify with this post. I have to stop and remind myself GOd isn't just another thing to do or accomplish but is a part of my every moment. You wrote this so clearly. good post

  7. I love your list! Thanks for the reminder :)