My kids and I went out of town to visit their Pop-Pop in the nursing home last weekend. He has not been in this new place very long and I can’t get myself there without directional assistance. Okay, I admit that I am very old school with some technology, so I never invested in a GPS. I never needed one before their invention to find my way around, so why bother. My hubby, however, lived on the road 6 days per week and relied on his GPS heavily for directions. With his passing, I have inherited that piece of technology. It was confusing for me at first (don’t laugh at me) but I got the hang of it. I also love the one on my phone, but like to have the large one on the dashboard so I can really see the street names, etc.
I noticed when I typed in a new location that it seemed to need much more time to pull up the directions than what is normally necessary. My techno-genius son informed me that I needed an update for the system. Street numbers change, old roads are sometimes closed down completely, new streets and developments are constantly being built. Geographical areas are changing all of the time. Thankfully, this update only needs to be done occasionally.
We as believers need a fresh update from the Holy Spirit daily. He is our GPS. We may think we know where we are going, but maybe He has a whole other agenda for our day. What if every morning you sat down with God and planned your day instead of deciding for yourself what you would do? I know many of you work a steady job and that is non-negotiable. What about the rest of your day? Many of us put way too many expectations on ourselves of what we think we should be accomplishing each day and then we end up with guilt over what we didn’t get done. I don’t think that is from God. Some of you need more of a road map to run on and don’t require enough of yourself each day. That produces unnecessary guilt as well.
Let me ask you a question? If you knew that your to do list was birthed in your prayer time, would it be easier? Take a pen and paper (or your phone if that is where you store memos) and ask God to only bring into your mind during your prayer time what He wants you to do for that day. When your mind wanders during prayer (and I know it probably does) jot down any chores to do, people to call or places to go. When your prayer time is over, that is your to do list for the day. Nothing more. As I have practiced this principle over the years, it brings much peace. When I forget, I usually try to do too much and my list does not get accomplished. If there are people on your list, you will most likely reach out to them in God’s perfect timing. There can also be an element of safety as well. I shared this concept with a friend. She began to have God order her day. She missed walking into the middle of a bank robbery as a result of listening to God’s agenda and not her own. Others have visited or called friends or family when they needed someone to contact them the most. Try it for a few days and see if it helps you accomplish tasks, yet have satisfaction and peace.
Job 34:21 “For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.
Proverbs 16:9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.
More than ever we need a daily strategy right from the throne room of grace to walk in His path for our lives. Get a fresh download from heaven today. I would love to hear from you. Do you currently plan your days this way? If not, I encourage you to try it for a few days and post your experiences.