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Lord, Help Me to Be Less Demanding and More Loving—Philemon 1:8-9

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11

Heavenly Father, these verses spoke to me:

That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do. But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me—Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus. —Philemon 1:8-9

Lord, I expect a lot of myself. My high expectations sometimes lead to unreasonable demands on the people I love. It’s interesting that my expectations for the world are pretty low but for me and the branches of my family tree—we’re supposed to be perfect!

Jesus, I am learning to lower my expectations. I’m learning to give myself and my loved ones the grace that You died for. I definitely haven’t arrived, but I’m not where I used to be.

Thank You for Your grace.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

Constantly Measuring and Never Measuring up—Philippians 1:6

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11

Many of us, including me, get all reflective this time of year?

  • Did I meet my goals?
  • What did I do well?
  • What did I learn?
  • What do I need to work on next year?

I’ve always been a goal-setter, even before I knew there was such a thing.  I guess it’s part of my personality.  But believe me, just because I’ve always “set” goals doesn’t mean I’ve always met them.  The down side to setting goals about everything is a mindset of constantly measuring and not always “measuring up.”

In today’s reading Paul gives this “bar raising, goal-setter” a verse that brings peace and rest and lets me know that God is continually working in my life and He won’t be finished with me until Christ returns.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. —Philippians 1:6

Does this mean it’s all up to God to get me to where He wants me to be?

I don’t think so.  The analogy that comes to mind is farming…

I’ve never heard of  God planting a field, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting the crop without a farmer.  But I’ve also have never heard of a farmer bringing a crop to harvest without the help of the Lord.

I think it’s the same way in the growth plan God has for our lives…

God won’t do it without us and we can’t do it without Him.

Where are you on the continuum of growth in your walk with Christ?

Beginning——————–Continuing————————Finished

Where do you want to be in 2014?

What is it that you need to do to reach your goals?

How will you make your goals a reality?

What is your part?

What is God’s part?

It would seem that if God’s plan is to begin, continue and finish; that should be our plan as well.

What are you going to begin, continue, and finish in 2014?

Heavenly Father, thank You for the things You have begun, continued and finished in my life this year.  I’m so excited about a new year to serve You.  Show me where to begin, help me to continue, and cheer me on as I finish the plans You have for me.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly, direct boldly, and correct immediately on next year’s journey.

Resting in Your plans.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

Constantly Measuring and Never Measuring up—Philippians 1:6

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11

Many of us, including me, get all reflective this time of year?

  • Did I meet my goals?
  • What did I do well?
  • What did I learn?
  • What do I need to work on next year?

I’ve always been a goal-setter, even before I knew there was such a thing.  I guess it’s part of my personality.  But believe me, just because I’ve always “set” goals doesn’t mean I’ve always met them.  The down side to setting goals about everything is a mindset of constantly measuring and not always “measuring up.”

In today’s reading Paul gives this “bar raising, goal-setter” a verse that brings peace and rest and lets me know that God is continually working in my life and He won’t be finished with me until Christ returns.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. —Philippians 1:6

Does this mean it’s all up to God to get me to where He wants me to be?

I don’t think so.  The analogy that comes to mind is farming…

I’ve never heard of  God planting a field, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting the crop without a farmer.  But I’ve also have never heard of a farmer bringing a crop to harvest without the help of the Lord.

I think it’s the same way in the growth plan God has for our lives…

God won’t do it without us and we can’t do it without Him.

Where are you on the continuum of growth in your walk with Christ?

Beginning——————–Continuing————————Finished

Where do you want to be in 2013?

What is it that you need to do to reach your goals?

How will you make your goals a reality?

What is your part?

What is God’s part?

It would seem that if God’s plan is to begin, continue and finish; that should be our plan as well.

What are you going to begin, continue, and finish in 2013?

Heavenly Father, thank You for the things You have begun, continued and finished in my life this year.  I’m so excited about a new year to serve You.  Show me where to begin, help me to continue, and cheer me on as I finish the plans You have for me.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly, direct boldly, and correct immediately on next year’s journey.

Resting in Your plans.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

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