My First AppointmentTuesday, March 27, 2012
During this slower period in my life, I have been listening and waiting for God’s directions as to what my next step with Him would be. And, as many of you already know, that next step begins in just a few days! I accepted a position in my local church and am blessed to have the opportunity to serve God alongside a wonderful group of fellow servants. I am excited to begin, but realize that before I do, I need to get myself organized again! My “relaxed” schedule will become full once more, and my goal is to accomplish all that God places before me. I know that He will enable me to do all that He desires and I am fully dependent on Him.
The most important step to becoming more organized will be to always begin my day with the Lord. It has already been my habit to have my quiet time in the morning, but now, more than ever, I need to stay true to that first appointment of the day. “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3). I have discovered over the years that beginning my day focused on God sets the tone for the entire day. It is during that time that He prepares me for the hours to come. Jesus Himself would come before the Father in the morning, and His example is a great one to emulate! “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35).
As God prepares me for my day, I can go forth with confidence knowing that He will be beside me. His encouragement strengthens me and inspires me to throw myself fully into the work He has prepared in advance for me. This is an exciting time and I am honored and humbled to be able to serve our God and hopefully make a difference for Him.