Drop the Lists & Seek Him!

 

Before the first decoration is hung, I’m already beginning to feel the pressure of things undone.   Every commercial, post, or website offers a LIST!

 

            10 Traditions Your Kids Will Love

            5 Ways to Add Romance to The Holidays

            8 Fantastic Pies

            10 Baking Ideas for Kids

            5 Amazing Gifts for Teachers

            7 Must Have Recipes

            10 of the BEST Holiday Vacations

            12 Days of Christmas Cheer

            9 Ways to Simplify Christmas

            6 Gifts You Don’t Want to Forget

            10 Best Christmas Books     

           

Amidst the noise of the endless lists and suggestions, my heart wrestles.  A desire for freedom from the madness stirs within me.  I long to set the lists aside and SEEK HIM.

 

What would happen if I traded the lists for my bible?  If instead of running from here to there, I taught myself to sit still and soak in the moments around me.  The moments where snuggles happen and smiles are exchanged because my heart is quiet not frazzled.  This SEEK HIM Devotional was born out of the quiet questions of my heart.   Each day, I will post a simple passage of scripture. I will challenge you to press in and SEEK HIM in the midst of this busy time of year.  I will encourage you to transform your thoughts and align them with The Truth. My prayer is that in these moments, He will refresh you, quiet you, and direct you. Perhaps you will exchange some of your lists for more peace, more joy, more comfort that can only be found in Him.

 

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

Romans 12:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.

2 Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

 

Romans 12:1-2 (The Voice)

Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship. 2 Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.

 

So many things in these two short verses speak to my heart as I face this time of year –

 

–       Let me “offer” something that will bring Him pleasure.  (Lord, keep me from rushing and running and trying to do too much.)

–       Let me “worship” each day with a heart of gratitude. (Lord, set my heart to a position of worship and thankfulness instead of busyness and haste.)

–       Let me be brave enough to “resist” the atmosphere of the world during this time that is intended for joy. (Lord, help me to push back the ways of this world and grab hold of thoughts that will direct my heart towards peace.)

–       Let my mind be “renewed”.  (Lord, refresh me with Your words so that my mind will be set to walk a path that is marked by Your goodness.)

–       Let me be “transformed” by the truth of  Your Word.  (Lord, help me to sift out the noise of all things busy and replace them with all things good.)

 

My intention for this season is to lay aside the crazy expectations that have crept into my holiday routine and replace them with moments – moments of intentional choice to SEEK HIM, SEEK His heart, SEEK His ways, SEEK peace, SEEK joy, SEEK moments wrapped in love and peace and gratitude.

 

Will you seek Him this season?

 

Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You are good and wise and loving. Please help us to lay all our expectations – the baking, the traveling, the gifts, the decorating, every thing holiday – at The Foot of Your Throne.  Prompt us to resist the atmosphere of rushing and buying and doing and going.  Guide us toward the offering, the renewing, the refreshing, and the seeking.  Let this season be full of all things good and worthy. In Your Precious Name, AMEN!