My Shopping Fast

Like many of you, we are on a tight budget.  Problem is, I like to shop.  Okay, that’s an understatement.  I love the hunt for a sale, the smell of new leather, the texture and weaves of fabrics, even the excitement of a new bag of groceries.  Is it obvious?  I can get out of control.  So, I’m fasting this month.  Not from food, but from shopping.  Whenever I have the impulse to shop unnecessarily, I’m staying put.  I’m exchanging the desire with more productive things.  And I’m not doing it alone-I’ve asked my Heavenly Father for help.  Help honoring my husband in this matter, controlling my impulses, and managing our financial priorities.

It’s now the third week of this shopping fast, and it is getting tough! Today I drove past the Galleria and thought about going in to browse.  The quiet voice of the Holy Spirit, our Helper, reminded me, “Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.  Do not turn to the right nor to the left. Turn your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:26,27).  I didn’t listen.  I turned right and parked.   I paused for a moment after stepping foot into the store, then stubbornly took the escalator to the woman’s department.  I sifted through the bargains and picked a few to try on.  I can always justify a sale!  Again, the Helper told me “Flee”.  This time I listened.

As I drove home, tears filled my eyes.  Not from guilt or shame, but gratitude that God has given me the Helper to guide me into a life that is honoring to Him.  He doesn’t force me into action; instead He speaks to my heart and gives me power for daily living.  It’s up to you and me to listen, respond “yes”, and then experience the freedom that comes from walking closely with our Lord.  This is what it means to “Walk in the Spirit”.

Whatever the battle you face today, will you let your Heavenly Father know you need His help?  You can trust that the Holy Spirit, your Helper, will do His job by guiding you into all Truth.  Ask Him to help you hear His voice and to respond, “Yes, Lord”.  Then come back and tell me how He blesses your life!

 

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My Never-ending “To Do” List

Never-ending To-do List

Sunday evening, and the to-do list for the week keeps running through my head.  How will I ever be able to accomplish everything?  Never mind the several interruptions throughout the day that push my goals lower on the priority list.  The Spirit breaks through my thoughts and quietly reminds me, “There’s always enough time to do God’s will”.  I heard that in my college years  and it continues to stick with me.

When I hit the ground running at the crack of dawn, hustling and bustling to get everyone out the door on time, that is usually how the rest of the day plays out.  I become task driven, anxious, and ultimately burnt out by the end of the night.  But when I turn my attention toward God first thing in the morning, and tell Him how much I need Him, how much I desire to hear His voice and need to receive His help; the priorities for the day begin to fall in place.  The interruptions are welcomed with less anxiety.  The day is purposeful and focused.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  When I make listening to His voice on the top of my to-do list, my Lord sheds light on His desires for me as I take each step.  Better yet, I am responding in relationship to Him and becoming more of the woman He desires me to be.  The list will continue to revolve from day to day, but I can rest well tonight because I was faithful to the voice of God.

Oh Jesus, help me to keep You on the top of my to-do list each day.  I do not want to fool myself by acting self-sufficient.  I need Your help, Your guidance, Your peace.   I want to honor You as Lord of my life. Amen

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