Mindful Monday Activity: What does it mean to wait on the Lord? Delaying gratification can be one of the most challenging things to do, especially when we fear that waiting will mean surrendering our control of outcomes. When we learn to trust God's good will, we can delay gratification and sit in hopeful and joyous expectation of the good that he will do. Take a moment to write down anything the Lord is calling you to place in his hands and wait for. Can you delay gratification for one day? Meditate on the following scripture and allow the Lord's peace to strengthen and give you rest from anxious striving. Have a great week!
Read ahead for the coming message out of Exodus, chapter 18. The 'this' stated in this passage refers to obedience to a wise word of advice given to Moses. A suggestion to appoint for himself men to help him lead the people so he doesn't get exhausted. Look at the promised outcome of this obedience; that Moses will 'be able to endure' as God directs him, and the people will also have peace! It's a win-win! What could have held Moses back from taking steps in obedience to this wisdom?
When God provided his people bread from heaven, he was providing for them what they needed that day. He gave them daily bread in order to teach his people to trust in him. Jesus picks up on this idea in the New Testament and tells his disciples to pray "for daily bread". What are some of the things that you need from God in order to get through today? Is it wisdom? Courage? Self-control? Peace? Patience? Kindness? Grace? Pause for a minute and ask God for those things. He loves you and wants to give you everything you need.
Mindful Monday Activity: Take a moment to write down 3 things God has done for you that you could never have done for yourself. When we remember what God has done, it helps put our present circumstances into the perspective of expectant trust in what God can and will do, and perhaps help us to see what he is doing right now! Happy Monday!
Last week, we saw that we are all joined together by the story of God's grace for us in Jesus, our true Passover Lamb. Don't move past that story. Remember it. Celebrate it. Share it. One of the best ways we can remember the story is to memorize a passage of scripture that tells the story. Here are a few to read and commit to memory: John 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:1-2. Write it down on a note card. Put it on your mirror or by your nightstand. Place it in your wallet. Commit it to memory and see how God uses it this week.