“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
Commandment #1- I am the Lord your God, there is one God and He comes first, we must trust and fear God, love Him above ALL things.
I have really been challenged by this commandment this week. I feel like my mind is running laps around this commandment and after each lap I end finding fault in myself and what I am doing wrong. I am having to stop myself from criticizing myself for all the ways I am not adhering to this incredibly important law of God. I keep envisioning myself in such a negative light. I was being filled with frustration and disappointment with these thoughts.
So instead of focusing on all the ways I am not successfully following this super significant commandment I am going to concentrate on a various ways I can revise and modify my heart, mind, soul and actions to be more intentionally obedient to God’s law. Some small steps I can take to trust and love God above all things, to strengthen my relationship with Him and work towards keeping God # 1 in my life and my family’s life. To work on transforming myself from inside to outside to be an example to my children on how to be obedient to commandment # 1.
After careful consideration here is what I have come up with;
First- I am going to make it intentional to start my day with the Lord. I have asked my amazing husband to join me in this effort, we are going to wake up 30 minutes early each morning and share in prayer, reading scripture and devotionals together. I will work diligently to start every day putting God 1st.
Second- will be a fast from Facebook for two weeks, I will start this on Sunday July 20, 2014, I will refrain from using Facebook. And to take this effort further anytime I would be reaching to a device to look on Facebook I will stop and spend a few minutes in prayer, I will be replacing all of the minutes of Facebook time with minutes given to God. After this two weeks I will be much more restricted with the time I give to Facebook and more intentional with minutes in prayer and with God. I have asked my incredible husband to join me in this step as well.
Third- I will make more of an effort and be more intentional in prayer time with my children outside of mealtime blessing and bedtime prayer, work to find the best way way can establish a time each day for family devotions.
John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.”
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.”
Thank You for this wonderful day. Thank You for so many blessings, most of all my family, for Matt my amazing husband, for blessing me with the honor of being a mother and a stepmother. You are so AWESOME! Thank You for Your mercy and grace on our lives, thank You for the sacrifice of Your son for our Sin. We are so undeserving yet Your love and blessing pour into our lives.
I come to you tonight and pray for strength, wisdom and guidance. Please lead Matt and I as a couple and as parents. I pray we above all else keep You in the center of all we do. If our actions or words do not please You or honor You please let us stop, I pray each day brings us closer to You.
In Jesus Name ~ Amen.”