So many times I read a devotional and I think that it was written just for me on that particular day. That is a God thing and it happens all of the time. I know it happens to a lot of other people as well.
My devotional that I read the other day has stuck with me so I guess it is something that I need to take to heart. The reading is from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
The whole devotion centers around the thought that when we begin our day we put on clothes almost first thing. If we seek God’s face early and think of it as putting on Him – wearing Him – by communicating with Him first thing in the morning it sets the tone for the entire day. If we allow God to be the center of our activities in the morning we are equipped to face anything that that particular day brings.
It’s good, right? The first sentence is what struck me.
Seek my face at the beginning of the day.Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Let’s be honest. It challenged me. When I wake up every morning I don’t always do that. I don’t always seek God’s face. Sad but true. Sometimes the first thing on my mind is what is on the agenda for the day and not seeking God.
So the idea of “wearing God” and making Him a priority first thing in the day is what I always have tried to practice. But good intentions are just that –intentions and I don’t always follow through. I loved how the author of this devotional takes a very simple analogy like putting on clothes every day and makes it all about a personal relationship with God. Because when it all boils down that is the crux of our faith.
So how do I “wear God”? I guess I need to open up a bit more and allow God full control — something that I often say I want but struggle with on a daily basis. I like control. I like to try to control my own life but that is not what God wants for me. He wants me to submit to Him and allow His plan to work through me. That is just such a tough thing for me some days.
But then I read something that motivates me like this devotional and it pushes me to be a better me and to live the full life that God intended me to live. Just like my favorite pair of jeans I need to “wear God” until it is the most comfortable feeling in the world.
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Beth Ann, that is an intriguing way to look at it. Putting on God as soon as you get up. I really like the concept and I know some wonderful people who seem to be able to do it naturally but I will have to try to be mindful about it.
Just like you so many times my devotional is the one I needed for that day. Also like you I struggle with turning everything over to the Lord. I love HIM with all my heart but so many things I don.t feel like I leave in his time and hands. I love your blog today and I too am going to try to put God on EVERY MORNING. Have a wonderful weekend.
The first thing in my day I put on my glasses … blind as a bat I am. 🤓 I love the concept of putting on God first thing and while reading your blog this morning it hit me … I’m going to “see” it as putting on my glasses and seeing the world through God’s eyes not mine. I often tell my family, especially when frustrated or miffed at someone, that I try to “see” people as God sees them not as I do. Thank you for another great post!!
I believe that God communicates us through various means: ways that we will understand or have special connections for us. With me, it might be nature (such as my moth friend the other day), songs on the radio, or yes, passages that jump out at me. What is so cool is that the method is as different as each recipient. What others may overlook might be screaming volumes to me.
I think Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling devotional has an exceptional way of getting our full attention. It’s that good. This is timely for me because we have been discussing seeing God face to face in the Bible study I’m leading. I’ve been sensing that we believers must become so much more intentional about our faith and your post is a good reminder of that. Thank you, Beth Ann!