Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Sunday, October 5, 2014

God's work?

As I was spending time with God this morning this portion of the scripture passage I was reading stood out to me:

30 Happiness or sadness or wealth should not keep anyone from doing God's work. 31 Those in frequent contact with the things of the world should make good use of them without becoming attached to them, for this world and all it contains will pass away. 32 In everything you do, I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. 1 Corinthians 7:30-32A (NLT)

I found myself moved to ask forgiveness for my attachment to the things of this world and for the Holy Spirit to convict me when I am getting too attached.  Then I found myself asking What's God's work for me in my life right now?

 I want to spend some time thinking on this today.  Some stuff I know are God's work for me:

* To continue to impact the lives of my sons (ages 20, 21, & 26). None of them live at home right now.  So I call & email them regularly.  I feel good about that part.  But I'm impressed to spend more time praying for them.  Oh Father, show me how to pray more for my sons.

* To be a helpful and encouraging wife to John. I'm convicted to be more positive and not let work and life stress impact me in such a way that I complain to him.  I have to be so positive at my job that sometimes I kind of take stuff out on him. Oh Father, empower me to have a steadfast heart for John.  Help me look for and see the ways I can be a help and encouragement to him.  Please put a guard on my lips Holy Spirit to keep me from being a negative, complainer toward him.  Help me come up with positive ways to approach problems in daily life.  Help me know when it's best to just let things go.

*To be a light for Christ at my job. Oh Father I thank You for my job.  I thank You for your favor on me and the ways I've been able to get things done. Help me be smarter than I am and learn all I need to learn.  Please help me pursue and achieve excellence and find even more ways to give the glory back to you. Oh Father, make me aware of the hearts of those around me.  Give me insight into ways each day I can encourage the people around me.  Show me practical ways I can extend your love at my work.  I need your great wisdom and I thank you for it. Christmas is coming and I feel impressed to write a special note on a Christmas card for each of my direct reports.  Oh Father give me the thoughts and words so that it may be meaningful to them and accomplish what You desire. 

*Women's Ministry at church. Do you still want me there Lord?  Please make it clear to me if You want me to do something different.  For now I  know I'm supposed to continue facilitating this specific Bible Study on Thursdays until we're finished.  Oh Father, may this study be Yours.  Please accomplish what You want thought it and help me not get in the way.  May I follow Your leading.  The results are Yours Lord.  

* The people at my last job. I don't feel finished there Lord.  I still feel connected to, and love them.  Show me how to stay in touch in Your way.  Thank you that Kimberly reaches out to me still.  Show me things I can do with her or how to minister to her.  She doesn't even believe You're real.  There are so many Believers in her life, wonderful people, she's attracted to You in them but just doesn't know it.  Oh Father use me there.  And Jonathan.  You had me invest in him professionally and he says he's yours but he seems so immature in Your ways Lord - is there anything you want from me there?  

*Is there something else I'm supposed to be involved with or doing that I am missing?
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