Organizing the Inside 365 Days

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Organizing the Inside – Day 353 What’s Determining Your Direction?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

Let’s face it every aspect of life relates to the condition of the heart. You may think much of what you’re confronted with in life is based upon circumstances and your environment, but even that influences your heart. Our hearts have an effect on our relationships, faith, doubt, decisions and our willingness to obey the voice of God.  Because of this, we have a responsibility to do everything we can to guard our hearts. There are so many outside factors like competing priorities, busyness and commitments that tug at us daily. Constantly calling out to unsuspecting passersby, the world fights for our affections.

There’s not a shortage of causes to take up. Preying on your sense of compassion to help the needy; marketers make it difficult to say no, but easy to get caught up in the next “big cause” being promoted. We live apart from all the confusion and chaos that worldly passions bring. Sure there are causes that we should support, and be passionate about; but the biggest cause that deserves our attention is the need for mankind to know the Creator. Our hearts belongs to God. Yes, we are a chosen generation, “So set yourselves apart to be holy, for I am the LORD your God.” Leviticus 20:7 (NLT) What can you do to guard your heart? Consider what steps to take to keep your heart in step with God.

Organizing the Inside – Day 204 Have You Considered Where You Are?

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 119:133 (KJV)

Where are you?
If you are like me you are directionally challenged. In the Washington DC area where I live, the interstate connector is called the beltway. I often use the direction I’m traveling on the beltway as a way of gauging where I am and about how far I have to go. If I don’t know exactly where I am, I feel really uncomfortable as if I’m wasting time. I guess that’s why I’ve come to rely on those huge maps at the mall, you know – the ones that show a big picture of the entire mall. I go straight to the map and look for the little icon that says “You are here.” The creators of those maps know that unless you know where you are, you have no clue how to get to where you want to go. This same theory applies to us as Christian women.  While the Word of God and the Holy Spirit are our GPS, lighting the way and guiding us through life, we still need to know where we are.

Take account of where you are.
Do you have any idea of the purpose behind why you are where you are in life now? Have you stopped long enough to take a look at where you are and what it is you are supposed to be doing from this point forward? Sometimes we get so busy living life that things just move along, as though we are on autopilot and we “do what we do,” not really considering where we are or where we are going. When I plan a road trip with a group of girlfriends, one of the most important things in preparing for our trip is to plan out when and where we would stop along the way to take stock. Assessing the amount of gas, where we are, how far we’d come and how long it would take to reach our destination, were all simple things that made our trip successful and a lot less stressful.

  • What things have you been doing that have worked well and produced great results?
  • What things have you done that caused problems that you would like to avoid in the future?
  • What blunders have occurred that you can learn from?
  • Do you need to seek God for more or a different direction?

When these kinds of questions go unanswered finding the way becomes far too complicated. While God tells us things on a need-to-know basis it’s important for us to seek His counsel and check in regularly to make sure we are on the right path. Once you find where you are, you will be able to better understand where it is that you should be going. The next step is finding out how to get there.

The Word of God is your guide.
Before making plans about how to move your life forward it’s important to spend time in prayer. You want to make sure you set your will in line with God’s will and the best way to do that is through prayer and meditation. I believe meditation helps to stabilize (plant) us in the things of God; it is a way of continuously rethinking and digesting the Word. Psalm 1 teaches us how to be blessed and prosper in everything we do.

  • You read or hear the Word of God (you take it in).
  • You consider what you heard (you chew on it).
  • You accept it as truth (you swallow it).
  • You let it remain to become a part of who you are, you live it (you digest it).

Meditating goes beyond a onetime encounter.
When we meditate on the Word we are thinking on it, and accepting it as truth, whereby we live it, and become one with God’s word. This is a joyful practice that we repeat over and over. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:2, 3 (NLT) The Word of God is your GPS which will not only tell you where you are, it will also tell you which way to go to reach your destination. Take time to take stock of where you are today and then ask God to guide your steps as you make plans for a successful journey.