Archive - Prayerfully and Proactively Prioritizing and Planning RSS Feed

Lord, Put Your Plans In My Mind in 2015—Revelation 17:17

Unknown

Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 15:1-18:24

Heavenly Father, I know I’m pulling this verse out of context but it shows me something about Your sovereignty and Your ways.

For God has put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out his purposes. They will agree to give their authority to the scarlet beast, and so the words of God will be fulfilled. —Revelation 17:17

Lord, as I approach a new year, my mind thinks about what these next 365 days will bring. I know You are bringing change in my life. I’m sure there is change ahead for my fellow travelers on the Journey. Reading Revelation, especially today’s reading, causes me have feelings of fear of the unknown. But this verse gives me peace for the coming new year.

Lord, put Your plans in my mind in 2015. Let those plans carry out Your purpose for my life.

I trust You with this new year!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:1-22:21

Lord, I Want to Do Good By Meeting the Urgent Needs of Others, but.. —Titus 3:12-14

Unknown

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-21, Titus 1:1-3:15, 2 Timothy 1:1-18

Heavenly Father, I want to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others...

I am planning to send either Artemas or Tychicus to you. As soon as one of them arrives, do your best to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to stay there for the winter. Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos with their trip. See that they are given everything they need. Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. —Titus 3:12-14

I definitely can relate to Paul. Productivity is always my focus. I measure everything by return on investment—how much time do I invest and what are the results? Knowing that the Apostle Paul has some of my quirks, gives me comfort.

Productivity can be a good thing but I wonder…

Lord, please forgive me if I’m being disrespectful, and friends who are reading this remember I’m talking to my daddy God and I can ask Him anything…

…I wonder, if Paul’s jail time was factored into Your plan so that he would slow down and focus on one of Your top priorities for him—writing a large part of the New Testament. Lord, I’m a “do-er” and it can really be hard to be still and a just be. The needs of people stir me up and keep me feeling like I’m missing the mark. It’s like whatever I’m doing I feel like I should be doing something else. I wonder if Paul ever felt this way.

Lord, I don’t believe my 2015 sabbatical is just a season of resting and waiting, I think it’s also a season of clarification, re-direction and peace. Holy Spirit, You led Paul to jail to get Your will accomplished. I know You’re doing the same for me.

Yes, this is oversimplifying, but it seems that if every believer allowed You to direct our day, our steps, and our thoughts, the urgent needs of others would be met and we would be Your kind of productive. LORD, I WANT THIS!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. —Proverbs 3:5-6

Lord, during this Christmas season we are surrounded by needs. Speak loudly and show us who, where, when, how and IF we are to meet those needs and then give us the peace to carry out Your direction with no regrets or feelings of failure. Make Your calling for this day crystal clear.

Jesus, prince of peace, lead me today.

In the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-4:18

Lord, There’s So Much to Do and So Little Energy—John 6:26-29

images-2

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 6:22-71, Mark 7:1-23, Matthew 15:1-20

Heavenly Father, our wild and crazy lives must be both humorous and sad to You. Busy is the buzz-word of our culture. It’s as we if we think our busyness makes us valuable to society, our family, and the church. You warned us about mis-aligned priorities in Your Word.

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”

Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” —John 6:26-29

Each person only has so much energy. Some have abundant amounts and some have very little. The amount of energy isn’t our problem. It’s what we’re spending it on that’s the issue. Lord, we spend our most precious asset–our energy, performing for the world’s approval and acceptance and then we take that same philosophy and apply it to our relationship with You.  We think that’s we way You decide if we’re acceptable. That goes against Your Word.

Lord, the people in today’s lesson were following You for the food. Sadly, in today’s self-absorbed world, many Christians serve You for Your physical blessings rather than the eternal rewards. I think we are so caught up in the day-to-day life, we never have time to think about the eternal consequences of our daily choices.

This “chaos of busyness,” that’s keeps us from thinking is one of the greatest tools Satan is using to cause Christians to “fall away.” Our physical busyness isn’t the real problem. The thing that is leading to our destruction is our mental busyness. Our attention span is decreasing daily.  Our goal is to avoid silence. If we don’t have silence, we can’t hear You speak and that makes us easy pickings for the enemy of our soul.

In today’s world we’d rather “do” than “think.”

Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; —2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 (KJV)

Lord, forgive us. Forgive me. Lord, I want to spend my energy seeking, serving, and spending time with You. Help me to lay aside anything that distracts me from You.

Jesus, help me to remember–

That the only work You want from me is to Believe in You.

Jesus, I bring my busyness, burdens, weariness to You.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” —Matthew 11:28-30

And I receive Your rest.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 7:24-30, Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:31-37, Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 8:1-10, Matthew 15:32-16:4, Mark 8:11-21, Matthew 16:5-12

Lord, You Aren’t the Only One One Who Has Plans for Me—Lamentations 3:61

Unknown-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: Lamentations 2:1-4:22

Heavenly Father, when I hear the word “plans,” Jeremiah 29:11 immediately comes to mind. Jeremiah spoke these words to give hope and encouragement to the Israelites who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. —Jeremiah 29:11

In today’s scripture reading Jeremiah laments over the plans his enemies had made for him.

Lord, you have heard the vile names they call me.
You know all about the plans they have made. —Lamentations 3:61

Lord, You aren’t the only one who has plans for me.

The enemy of my soul has plans

and

I have my own selfish plans and desires.

Thankfully, Your plans trump all other plans but I must admit, many times I unknowingly work against Your plans. I either want my way or I take the bait Satan uses to entice me.

But, the plans of Satan and my flesh can lead to confusion and poor choices. Yes, You will use it all to get YOUR plans accomplished (Romans 8:28) but the pain and suffering from following MY desires instead of seeking Your Will is something I’d like to avoid.

Lord, I’m tired of learning from my mistakes.

Holy Spirit, these words immediately came to mind as I typed the previous sentence.

Seek

Wait

Listen

Obey

Lord, these verses put these four words into a daily plan. Walking out Proverbs 3:5-6  is the way to avoid choosing the wrong plans.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. —Proverbs 3:5-6

Lord accomplish Your plans in my life today!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Lamentations 5:1-22, Obadiah 1:1-21, 2 Kings 25:22-26, Jeremiah 40:7-41:18

Lord, My Heart is Willing, But I’m Too Busy—2 Chronicles 29:31

Unknown-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21

Heavenly Father, I’m taking a bit of liberty with this scripture today. It’s really about offerings but when I saw the words “all whose hearts were willing” my brain immediately thought, “Lord, there are so many desperate needs around me. People who just need a call, visit, their dishes washed, or a meal delivered. I want to help them. I’m willing, but I’m so busy. I just don’t have time.”

Then Hezekiah declared, “Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, bring your sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings to the Temple of the Lord.” So the people brought their sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings, too.  —2 Chronicles 29:31

Maybe, this verse is more accurate than I thought. When I give to others it is definitely an offering of worship and many times it’s a sacrifice. I think the sacrifice word is the problem. In 2014, in America, sacrifice is a dirty word. We want our lives to be easy, comfortable, and all about us.

Lord, the enemy of our soul uses our fast paced and self-centered culture to keep us so busy with me, my, and mine that we “don’t have time” to care about anyone else. As Christians we expect the “church” or some social organization to care for the needs of the hurting because that’s why we pay our tithes or taxes. We’d rather just throw money at it and feel like we’d done our part.

We have been deceived into thinking that benevolence or caring for others in their time of need is a spiritual gift, some have it and some don’t. I know everyone doesn’t enjoy cooking or visiting people in the hospital but when the day comes when I’m the one in need and no one has the time or the desire to reach out to me, I see things from a completely different perspective.

Lord, I know from personal experience that the quality of the meal or the eloquence of someone’s words is the last thing on my mind when I’m in need. The ONLY thing I’m thinking when someone shows up to check on me or bring a meal is, THEY STOPPED THE CRAZINESS OF THEIR WORLD TO CARE ABOUT ME!!!

Jesus, continue to convict me of this need in my circle of influence. Help me to realize a meal from the deli at Publix means just as much as slow-cooked meal from home. Remind me that a 5 minute visit can mean the world to someone. Show me what I need to stop in my life so I can be Your hands and feet to the hurting world.

Lord, use me as Your representative today.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25:1-29:27

Lord, My Motivation for the Good Life has been Wrong—Ecclesiastes 2:24

images

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:12

Heavenly Father, the older I get the more I understand Ecclesiastes. I used to think this was one of the most depressing books of the Bible but now I see it as a book that has as much wisdom as Proverbs. Solomon had it all, did it all and owned it all. From the beginning he was driven to succeed, very goal oriented and never settled for less than his high expectations.

Here’s what he says about success during the later years of his life:

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind. —Ecclesiastes 4:4

Lord, in our 20s, 30, and 40s most of us would never admit that our motivation for success is to be like our neighbors. Now that I’m in my late 50s I will confess that more than likely that was my motivation for most of my life. In today’s world it’s even worse. We are tempted, stimulated and manipulated by the media and advertising from the time we are born (how many 3 year olds know what McDonald’s looks like?), so we don’t just envy our neighbors we envy advertisements, air-brushed people on magazine covers, celebrities, movie characters, and our social media friends’ pretend lives.

Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible got caught up in the success myth so we’re in good company, right? Here, I go again Lord, using the mistakes of people in Your Word to make me feel better about myself. While it does give me comfort, the purpose of Your Word is for us to learn from the mistakes of others, not feel better about our poor attitudes, desires, and choices.

From everything Solomon experienced this is what’s on his mind in his golden years:

So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. —Ecclesiastes 2:24

Lord, help me to enjoy each day’s work, food, and drink. Help me and my friends who are striving for “the good life” to stop striving and just enjoy the simple pleasures You provide. Forgive us for envying the lives of our neighbors, both the real and pretend ones.

In Jesus name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-11:6

Lord, I Want Your Purpose in My Plans–Proverbs 19:21


Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 17:1-19:29

Heavenly Father, I guess planning is on my mind. Two days in a row scriptures about planning have jumped out at me. I believe Solomon was a planner and he probably struggled with wanting to control his day, week, month, year and life, just like me.

Lord, a friend shared this quote from Oswald Chambers  on Facebook:

It’s much easier to do something than to trust in God; we mistake panic for inspiration.

I wonder how many times over the years  I have “done something” out of panic rather than inspiration? Unfortunately, I’m in a season right now where there has been way too much panicking and not enough trusting. Will I ever learn? Thank You Lord for your grace! Where would I be without it!

Lord, I want to grow up so that You don’t have to continually correct me like the female voice in my G.P.S…

“Recalculating!”  

Dianne, You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. —Proverbs 19:21

“Recalculating!”

Lord I’m so thankful You have corrected me so many times AND You will do it as often as needed!

Lord, I guess the bottom line is, It’s okay to plan but if my plans don’t align with Your plans, Your plans will overrule mine.

Lord, I’m really good with that!  Thank You for getting Your will accomplished in my life!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 20:1-22:16

Lord, This is Not How I Planned it —Proverbs 16:9

 

Unknown-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14:1-16:33

Heavenly Father, I know this isn’t news to You, I’m a planner. I’m sure You’ve had many years of entertainment listening to me share my plans with You. Most of my life I’ve made my plans and then brought them to You for Your blessing. I wanted You to make MY plans come to pass.

Somehow I kept overlooking this scripture:

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. –Proverbs 16:9

Lord, I started this year with MY goals and plans but once again You grabbed me by my ear and changed my course. I wish I was spiritual enough to hear Your sweet, loving voice say, “walk this way” but most of the time You have to get physical with me to get me to move! I’m so glad You don’t say, “she made her plans, she can deal with the consequences,” which is what I deserve. Over and over, You rescue me from myself.

Heavenly Father, You treat me like Your child. How do I know this? Because, as a parent I have literally gone in and grabbed my children out of dangerous situations. Thank you for Your tough love!

You have determined my steps. This is a very different season, but in the midst of it I’m thankful. No, I didn’t plan it this way but You know what I need. I’m resting in Your plan. Thank You for determining my steps.

I trust You!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 17:1-19:29

Lord, Help Me Serve You in Every Season–1 Chronicles 23:1-5

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 23:1-25:31

Heavenly Father, I’m in a new season of my life.  I know it’s not time to sit down. Lord, You are showing me that serving well in this season comes from assessing my talents, passions, health, energy level, commitments, and the needs around me while remembering that just because I “can” do something does not mean I should do it. Lord, I’m learning to say “no.” While all these things are important, the most important piece of serving well in any season is asking You for Your plans and guidance before we commit and waiting until we get an answer. If we don’t get an answer, we either continue to wait or consider it a “no.” I don’t remember anytime in Your Word when no answer from You was a “yes.”

In the earlier years of my life I said “yes” and then ask You to bless it. Holy Spirit, I want to be led by You.

Lord, I don’t want to miss Your best for this season of my life. Help me to ask You and wait for Your “yes” before I commit.

Thank you for David’s example.

When David was an old man, he appointed his son Solomon to be king over Israel. David summoned all the leaders of Israel, together with the priests and Levites.  All the Levites who were thirty years old or older were counted, and the total came to 38,000. Then David said, “From all the Levites, 24,000 will supervise the work at the Temple of the Lord. Another 6,000 will serve as officials and judges. Another 4,000 will work as gatekeepers, and 4,000 will praise the Lord with the musical instruments I have made.

1 Chronicles 23:1-5

Father, while I don’t consider myself an old woman, David’s continuing passion to serve you in his final years is inspiring and instructional to me.  There is no retirement in our life as a Christian.

Lord, thank you for the confidence I have that You will make Your plans clear for me. Give me boldness to step out when You speak!

You are my strong tower! (Proverbs 18:10)

 

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 26:1-28:21

Lord, I Want the Confidence of David–1 Samuel 17:32

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-19:17; Psalm 59; 1 Samuel 19:18-24

Heavenly Father, David amazes me!  I’ve read this passage many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed his extreme confidence.  The wonderful thing about David’s confidence was it was in You, not himself.

Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” —1 Samuel 17:32-37

Lord, David made stepping out in Your service look so easy.

Your Word doesn’t show him

Praying…

Pleading…

Bawling and squalling… (very southern term)

Waiting…

to find Your will for this season.

He just did it!

He looked to his preparation and level of expertise, the current situation and the bigness of his God and just did what needed to be done.

Lord, is it really that simple?

Is serving You really this simple?

Talents, gifts, abilities

+ Preparation, training  from my day-to-day life

+ Current situation and need

+ Confidence in Your Power in my life

= Your Will for my life today

Holy Spirit, I know that serving You is a moment-by-moment experience, not a mathematical formula but it helps me to simplify it in this way. Lord, use me today. Like David, my confidence is in You!

David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord

was with him. –1 Samuel 18:14

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15; Psalm 34

Page 1 of 41234»
%d bloggers like this:
google53dcbfa4313dec77.html