Sunday, June 3, 2018

Seek first...

In the seasons of life when you're being tossed to and fro, when time seems to be at an all time deficit and you long for breathing space to rest, refresh and find clarity, too often those quiet times with God in prayer and in His Word are pushed aside or not given over to Him with un-hurried attention.

This is where I found myself this week. 
Too much going on, big decisions to make, voices from every direction (and many real estate agents among those voices), weariness and deadlines that keep drawing closer. 

My prayers felt weary. My time in the Word fell to a few verses each day. My hope was draining away and I wanted to throw it all in.

Then I read one verse which made me sit up and take note. 

"But seek first the kingdom of God..."

Ah, what had I forgotten amidst the mental anxieties of the previous month? Seeking Him first. 
Why was I struggling for time, for rest, for clarity? Because my mind was set on things of this world and not on things above.
Why could I find no peace? I had yoked myself to fretful thoughts and things I could not control instead of letting Jesus carry my burden and resting in Him.

But God is God, my Father, the lover of my soul, a never ending help in time of trouble - and He put the remedy for this distress before me from His Word. 

"But seek first the kingdom of God
and all these things will be added to you."

Message received, heart adjustment made.
Thank you, Lord.



matty said...

Timely reminder for us all! Praying you find your home soon!

Susan said...

A good verse, a great understanding ... and we so quickly forget! I'm glad to know that it's in the front of your mind now, because you will find more rest and peace. The Lord has a wonderful solution to your housing problems. He'll show you in his time. I'm still praying for that, and I trust the Lord.

Tammy Lyons said...

We are human and quickly err and sin. We let living get in the way of our life. We all need to center on Christ and let everything else fill in the gaps not vice versa. But I too fall victim to this. Thank you fro this reminder. Praying Dear friend for you and Mr. E and the perfect house for you to turn into your forever home.

Nanna Chel said...

Jenny, that is such a grounding scripture. I hope and pray that 'your' house turns up very soon. Dealing with real estate agents can't be easy.

charmingsbycmh said...

Thanking God for you. God bless. Carolyn

Brenda said...

Hello Jenny; I am sorry that you are having such a frustrating and stressful time with house hunting. Although, I can understand completely from past experiences. I am so happy that you found the verse that helped you find your path with the Lord. Your posts always make me stronger Jenny. Thank you for sharing and I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. Have a fantastic day!

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Farm Quilter said...

We worry and stress ourselves so much and it is all so unnecessary! God has a plan for your life and when we seek Him first, it all falls into place so easily. When we are yoked with Him, our burdens are so much lighter as He bears them. This is a reminder for each of us to read everyday. I have a sticker on my car that I bought in Hawaii that reads "HE>i" and loved it so much that I made a quilt with that on it and a stained glass look behind it that now hangs in the back of my church. He is greater than I and knowing I can rest in His love and care is such a blessing. His timing is always right in every instance. Bless you for the reminder.

Joyce said...

Beautiful verse. I think one of the hardest things to do is to let go and give your burdens to the Lord. I remind myself every day that it is Thy will be done. Not my own.

Tania said...

Thank you for this gentle reminder Jenny, I really felt the need to visit with you tonight and now I know why.

I hope your dream home turns up for you soon.

Blessings sweet lady,