Hello, Lovelies!! I do hope you stay with me as I am in the process of creating an AWESOME self-care series that will jump-start your 2021. I often read my devotionals daily and this particular plan really spoke to me. Becoming Fully Committed-Manifesting HER daily. How many of us mothers fully commit to ourselves? There is laundry to be done. There is dinner or lunch to be made. The kids have played until they've hurt themselves so there go our 5 minutes of sanity. We run the household and are often overlooked when it comes to looking out for ourselves. This devotional is 10 days and I wanted to share it with you.
I was reading a post from a huge influencer the other day. She has over a million followers on Instagram, and she is a self-proclaimed Christian. She was getting a lot of commentary from others on her post because of one particular statement. She said God is not in control of your life, you are. Immediately, I recognized it yet again—hustle culture. The need to “always be doing” has invaded our culture to the point were resting and waiting on God are discussed and practiced less and less.
Hustle culture says, “It’s all on me. I’m the ONE.” It points to SELF. The problem with this is that every time you start looking to you and self as the solution, you turn away from GOD as the solution.
Joshua 5:13-14 records the story of Joshua as he stepped away from a battle to have a conversation with a man in front of him with a drawn sword. He approached the man and asked him, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” The man replied ‘Neither. I have now come as commander of the Lord’s army.”
Sometimes we want God to justify our course of action. We want God to tell us whose side He’s on, especially when there’s a decision to be made. But God didn’t send His Son to pick sides between two people or between two sides of an opinion. God sent Jesus to represent HIS side, HIS will, and His purpose.
Instead of picking sides, we should choose God’s will. “Your kingdom comes, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
While people like to share their opinions, God is telling us today that what matters most is His opinion. When God and His opinion are kept at the center of our lives, we’ll see His will accomplished. That doesn't necessarily mean that everything always goes your way; however, one sure thing is guaranteed. When you place God at the center, you’ll get the absolute best result—the result that’s in the center of His will. (Waller, ManifestHER Daily: Becoming Fully Committed 2020)
manifestHER Daily Question of the Day:
Examine the top three places you are spending time daily—is God at the center? If not, what or who is your driving motivation?
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6: NIV Bible: YouVersion)
Joshua 5:13-14(NIV)(Inc, Joshua 5: NIV Bible: YouVersion 1973)
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” 14“Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LordI have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord 5:14 Or Lord have for his servant?”
Matthew 6: NIV Bible: YouVersion. (n.d.). Retrieved December 27, 2020, from https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.6.niv
Inc, B. (Ed.). (1973). Joshua 5: NIV Bible: YouVersion. Retrieved December 27, 2020, from https://my.bible.com/bible/111/JOS.5.NIV
Waller, E. (2020). ManifestHER Daily: Becoming Fully Committed. Retrieved December 27, 2020, from https://my.bible.com/reading-plans/22665-manifesther-daily-becoming-fully-committed