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“Commit your actions to the Lord,

    and your plans will succeed.”

Proverbs 16:3

I grew up believing in my teen years that to be doing something for the kingdom of God, required me doing something (and I’m being completely honest here) huge and something that got people’s attention.

I needed to be impacting the thousands and no less. I needed to have a huge platform, and to be ministering publicity on a consistent basis. Boy, was I  wrong.

I look at my life now and realize that I’m still making an impact on this world, and just because it doesn’t look the way I thought it would, doesn’t mean it isn’t as important.

God blesses faithfulness, and if we can’t be faithful in the small things, we definitely won’t be faithful in the big things.

So commit everything you do to the Lord, because it’s important.

From wiping a snotty nose in the nursery class, to picking up kids on your church bus route.

From raising your kids, to taking a lost and struggling young person under your care and guidance.

From worshiping every service with your whole heart, to supporting your pastor.

Whatever this season of your life  requires of you, commit it to God and you will succeed.

God, take what I have today and use it for Your glory. Some days I don’t feel like I have much to offer, but I surrender it all to You today.

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

Many years ago, when I was attending Bible College, one of our teachers had planned to go with us on a weekend trip. As we were preparing to leave, she suddenly said she felt a check from the Lord and decided not to go. We never did know why, but for some reason the Lord showed her that she was to stay home.

Have you ever started your day with a plan as to what you would do or accomplish that day? But during your busy day, a phone call came or something else happened that caused you to drop what you were doing and go to help a friend or family member. How do we react to these interruptions in our schedule? Do we view it as a sense of duty, something we are obligated to do? Or do we see it as a divine interruption, a chance God has given us to minister to another?

As we begin each day, we must acknowledge that the Lord is in complete control and ask Him to direct our steps. In the Lord’s prayer, we are taught to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” He knows where we are most needed each day, and sometimes He may interrupt what we think is essential, in order to accomplish something for His kingdom. It is human nature to become frustrated or even angry that our plans have changed. That is when we must reach out in faith, realize that He always has what’s best in mind for us, and trust Him to give us the strength for whatever He wants us to do.

God’s divine interruptions to our plans and desires, often can be the things we look back to as the greatest blessings we have experienced in life. It all hinges on how we react. We need to make plans, but we also need to be open for the direction of the Lord each day.

Prayer: Jesus, we give this day into your control, you know what is best for us. Direct our steps and use us in your kingdom.

Devotion by Anne Johnst

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

The New Living Translation puts it this way: “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”

Today we start a new month, the last one of this year. I am sure that we all have plans and ideas for the coming weeks. I believe it is necessary to plan our days, weeks and months. We need to have some goals to work towards. The important thing is that we talk to the Lord as we make those plans and ask Him to guide us in everything we do.

I am sure we have all had days when we started out with a to-do list and we fully intended to accomplish everything on it before the end of the day. However, other things have come up which changed our plans entirely. A phone call, an e-mail, or even a text, can cause us to forget about the list and go in an entirely different direction.

I like to start out each day, asking the Lord to direct my steps and to make me a blessing to someone else during the day. As we go about our daily tasks, He will show us who we need to contact, or even just to pray for.

We can make plans, but the Lord knows what is best for us, and He will direct our steps, and lead us in the right paths.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you that we can commit our days into your hands, and trust you to lead us each step of the way.

Devotion by Anne Johnston