Friday, February 26, 2010

Devoted to _____???

So, bloggyland friends, what are you all devoted to? Is it food--see above semi-homemade cookies? Is it the computer? Is it an addicting tv show? Is it exercise? Many ideas might be floatin' around in your heads. But it's what's in our heart that truly counts.

I've mentioned before that I'm doing an online Bible Study with Wendy Pope( see my sidebar). It's fabulous. God is really opening my heart and eyes to so much! We are finally through Leviticus--whew!! And now we dive right into Numbers....mercy!

Listen to this nugget in Lev. 27:28

"However, anything specially set apart for the LORD--whether a person, an animal, or family property--must never be sold or bought back. Anything DEVOTED in this way has been set apart as holy, and it belongs to the Lord."

Wendy shared that we who have accepted Christ belong to the Lord. We have been set apart. God is never going to let us go! He loves us, and we belong to Him, the God of the universe! Will we pour that same devotion out on Him as we do other things that we are devoted to? We are reminded in Matthew 6 that we cannot serve two masters. We have to choose what is most important in our lives.

Some people are totally devoted to their children and spouse. Others are climbing that corporate ladder and believe that giving 110% of their time to work is the way to go. Still there are those who cannot say the word "no," and have nothing left to give at the end of the day due to exhaustion.


Personally, I am learning that I need and desire to give God my best, my first fruits, each day. I am spending more time with Him in the early morning than I am running. This is huge from Runner Mom! And y'all, I am loving it! The runs still occur, but they are not at the top of my priority list. Nor is the mileage. But God is! I am amazed as I watch the Old and New Testaments tied together!

So, what are you devoted to?
( A quick update on the push-up challenge that I offered to y'all at the beginning of the month..I will be doing 26 push-ups tonight before bed. I am starting to make sets of them. 26 is too many for me at one time!! Told y'all I have no upper body strength! But, I'm working on it!)

Sweet blessings!

11 comments:

Kelly Combs said...

I was devoted to SUGAR!! And I gave it up for 10 days. Yay. This is really a good post, Susan, because I do think we tend to fill up our empty places with stuff instead of God.

26?!?! That is AMAZING! Great job.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

This is just confirmation that God is speaking to me. I went plundering a little today, and just thinking and meditating on Him, I was reminded of all the things that grab for my attention constantly, and that He has got to be more of the center of my life as opposed to making time for Him after everything else. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed Sunday. Jackie

Ginger said...

Wow! There are so many times I feel as if I'm pulled in 50+ directions. Knowing full well that I really need to put God as my first priority and focus and those other things will fall into place.

Thank you for sharing this and reminding me to get my priorities in place. I needed it this week!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Well, I'm pretty much devoted to those cookies in the picture here, but I'm trying, like you, to be devoted to God 100%! Not such a good day of that yesterday, today's been better. Because we are set apart, it's makes the times when I mess up seem all the more conflicting. I hate not being the woman I need to be.

Great talking with you.

peace~elaine

TRUTH SHARER said...

Desiring to be devoted to the Lord Jesus with every breath I take and every word I speak or write! Devoted to pleasing Him with my life --- after years of selfish living! There's nothing like the FREEDOM in Christ to live life HIS WAY!

Choosing JOY, Stephanie

Wendy Blight said...

Susan,

I too am loving the Chronological Bible Study. God has given me a fresh look at His Word and is speaking new and wonderful Truths to me. It has been such a blessing!!

By the way, I have not read or even heard of the commentary you mentioned. I will have to check it out the next time I am at the Christian bookstore.

I will check my calendar and get back to you about our meeting. Today I am home sick in bed...caught the cold that both my kids had...yuck!!

Blessings,

Wendy

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Always a great question to ask yourself often. Must keep yourself grouded!! :))

Sharon Sloan said...

Hi Susan!

I LOVED doing the Chrono One-Year Bible study with Wendy last year. What a huge blessing!!!!!!

Steep yourself in God's Word.

Hugs,
Sharon

sonja said...

Susan:

This is such a good verse! "Set apart"... what an honor for us that we are!! Also, a real responsibility, isn't it?

I'm like Elaine... eye-balling those cookies!! Always a temptation for me. But I also know that when my priorities are right, and I'm spending time with Him, and walking HIS way...that the rest of it falls into place.. time, schedules, exercise, eating... the whole ball of wax!(when it's my way... forget it!!)

Good words!

Blessings!

Sonja

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The Heart and Mind of a Woman said...

Our church did a 21 day Daniel's fast in January. I was so amazed by the things I spent my time focusing on.

Thanks for sharing.

Are you going to She Speaks? This year, I'm bringing my mom. Can't wait.

Kristy