Bobby's Thursday Blog

First Things First

“You. LORD, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, and you refresh my life. You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths. I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe. You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, LORD.” Psalm 23 CEV

I am trying to be more consistent. I begin each morning as my eyes open, thanking the LORD for another day. I admit, this is not something I’ve always done effectively. Like everyone, I get distracted without knowing it happened. Maybe it’s too much sports, social media, or caffeine during the day in my nervous system. Now, hyped up, I am trying to go to bed and my to-do list for tomorrow pops into my head. Hard to slow your mind down on busy days.

We’re all just people. You probably have your list also? Let me see, there is the yard to mow, laundry to fold, (really, on occasion, I do fold clothes on the dryer) phone calls and messages to return. As a pastor there are never-ending people situations to consider and pray about, always.

It requires discipline to off-load some of the baggage from my day, focusing on more God thoughts; seeking his peace and rest as David wrote in Psalm 23. I can’t help other people become healthy, if I am not healthy. I have forced myself during COVID-19 to repeat out-loud, throughout the day, Psalm 23 - while washing my hands for the umpteenth time!

Who knew? Turns out this simple little daily practice, done over and over, helps me remain more God-focused. It’s sort of like the advice, “whistle while you work!” A whistle now and then could make the job a little easier. Why not try quoting a power verse while you’re washing your hands, over and over, every day. Just saying!

We need reminders which proclaims God is always with us. This weekend at Journey Church we’ll explore another life lesson in the Bible from our series, FIVE EASY STEPS…TO WRECK YOUR LIFE. If you struggle with breaking habits, even good ones, like becoming a Wordle Junkie - hooked on 5-letter word puzzles each morning, (ASK MY WIFE = most of her worship team is hooked in the Wordle-r Club). Join us Journey Church Sat@6pmSun@10:30am and grab cup of Fred’s Famous Coffee - plus a few tips for a better balance in each day.

I am learning, more gets accomplished with my day, when it includes scheduled time for God, first thing, each morning. Just saying, “Good morning, God,” is a great way to start each morning.

Are you in? Let’s do this! Pray more, first thing. Let God refresh your life.

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