September 13, 2006
Well, it’s 3:33 pm …. I feel like my day has not been under control. Lord, I am sorry for not getting up early this morning … for being lazy.
Today, I want to encourage you by saying, “Don’t give up!” Some days are simply out of control … some days we don’t get up early …. some days we are lazy … and some days it is way past 3:33 pm when we finally make a moment for a short prayer that simply says, “Lord, I’m sorry.”
But this I have learned, it’s not what time we get up, how much we read or study or memorize, or how disciplined our life is … it’s all about our hearts. I read Joel 2:12 this morning:
It doesn’t matter what you did yesterday or what you’ll do today or what you have planned for tomorrow. Your heart is what He is after … not your actions or your plans. Those things will follow, of course, but God’s concern is your heart.
So give yourself grace when you have a day or week or even a month when life spins around in chaos and you lose your focus and get out of the habit of time in the Word … because He loves you! Joel 2:13 reminds us he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Don’t despair or beat yourself up … just return to Him with all your heart.
Living in the construction zone,