My Day Went Like This…

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My day went like this

Half awake, I peeked through a partially opened eye and saw a tinge of light making me aware that morning was about to invade the world full force.

Enjoying my time before the dog planted her chin on the edge of the bed next to me and intently stared at me as if that would waken me, I began to praise the Lord and thank Him for another day, to watch over my family, and to place everyone and everything into His hands and in His will for the day.

I fixed hubby’s breakfast and wrote a couple of devotionals. I cleaned out my closet of all I could and took it to the women’s abuse center.

I signed up to be a Big Sister. I purchased gift cards to hand out to those in need. I volunteered at the hospital for a few hours.

I served lunch at one of the homeless shelters. I cleaned out my wallet of all its cash and offered it to a man sitting in the shadows of a doorway. I wrote a check to a ministry to help the starving children in Haiti.

I took care of my granddaughters for a few hours, as the sitter was unable to watch them. I made dinner for a hurting neighbor and took it to her.

Whew! I was quite proud of myself for all of that.

Then, I got up out of bed to start my day!

Ha! All of this was in my head. Did you really think I could do all that?

I have such good intentions. Don’t you? We devise plentiful plans and ingenious ideas about all we would like to accomplish in life.

However, our plans are not always God’s plans. No matter what kind of works we do, whether we volunteer for numerous church committees, help out in the nursery, go on mission trips, or serve a meal at a soup kitchen, all can be done as works of the flesh. With no eternal rewards.

No, we don’t do works for the reward; we do them because we love and obey the Lord.
When we do what the Spirit asks, God rewards us. Done out of the flesh, there is no reward.

Paul told the Galatian church, “Those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.” (Gal. 6:8-10 NLT)

I always need to ask myself: Am I serving the Lord in the flesh or in obedience to the Spirit?

~Lord, entwine my heart with Yours, that my heart will beat as one with Yours. Transform the desires of my heart into the desires of Your heart. Grant me the time, strength, and boldness to carry out Your will in works that will bless others.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

(Eph. 2:10 NKJV)

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  1. Well yes, the biggest intention is nothing compared to the smallest deed! I truly believe we should be lead by the Spirit when we go out to do good. But on the other hand, we already have the instructions from the Word, so we don’t have to wait for a push in the back. Great post Lynn, thanks for sharing.

    • You are so right, Marja! I think I sometimes need that push though! LOL Thanks so much, sweetie! I tried to stop by your place yesterday but had to finish some writing. Always appreciate it! Be blessed!

  2. HA! great example of good intentions. I think success is getting at least one small things done each day. One small step. One act of kindness. One smile. One act of service. I go crazy trying to do it all. Just try to show God’s love to one person and he will bless that. I can live with that good intention. you got me thinking once again, Lynn! love reading your blog. It always blesses me

  3. Mary Gemmill says:

    loved the way your day started- you dream BIG dreams :)

    About this verse: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
    which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
    I am sure you find, as I do, that when we are doing what God designed us to do, there is a special joy that exceeds any joy we might have in doing what we think are good things to do. In fact it brings us JOY like nothing else can.

    Glad you are not that super-human- cos you would be so far above us all that we could never enjoy you down here with us.

    Love,

    Mary.

    • LOL Could never do all that! Well, not in one day, anyway. ;) And you are so right, Mary-Mary. A special joy does exist when we are in God’s will. Thanks, sweet one, for your kind words. Always appreciate you! :D

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