Be prepared in 3 easy steps? If only it were that easy!
I am preparing for another big event in my life – something I dreamed for, longed for, and prayed for over the last 2 ½ years, something that seemed wild and impossible, something that required difficult circumstances to bring it to fruition. I know God placed the desire on my heart way back then, but I also know that if I am not spiritually prepared, it could shatter my world into pieces. It is complex, delicate, holds so much promise but also much potential for heartache.
I so desperately want to be prepared.
I have 3 weeks.
I have 3 weeks.
Is there something systematic I can do? A certain book of the Bible I should study in depth for this season? A Bible study that will prepare me? A list that I can check off so that when I’m done, I know I’m ready for all that God has in store for us?
As far as I know, there is no system, no list to check off. The Holy Spirit has been repeating to me that there is only one thing I must do: depend completely on Him -- keeping my eyes on Jesus. How?
• Pour out your dependence on God daily
• Continue in conversation with Him throughout the day
• Be open to Scripture He lays on your heart to meditate on or memorize
• Turn your uncertainties and worries into gratitude and worship
• Meditate on His character, His ways and His promises
But what if I also practiced these through the humdrum activities in my daily life? How much do I miss by not paying attention to what God is doing when I'm on auto-pilot?
If I can turn these preparations into habits in my life - all the time, every day, every moment - then maybe I can be in ready-mode for anything. If I do, I will open my eyes to what God is already doing, and be a part of it. My life will be fuller and richer in the routine and mundane of daily life as well as the life-changing events. I want the abundant life!
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