Ugh! Another morning facing my long to-do list. I’m so not in the mood to grocery shop. To stop by the cleaners and the bank. To fill up my car with gas. To run by Target. All those people. Cranky people. Coughing, sneezing people. The parking. The lines. The money draining out of our bank account with every swipe of the card. And how can I get it all done before Bo gets home from school?
Can you relate? If you are joining us from my Proverbs 31 Devotion today, welcome. I am so thankful you stopped by!
Thankfully, God met me in the midst of my pity party. He reminded me of something I had learned in Bible study just the day before. So I whispered a simple prayer…a prayer that transformed my ordinary day into a most extraordinary day. Something only our God can do!
By inviting God into my ordinary day, He showed up in such an extraordinary way. A simple invitation extended through a simple prayer is all I needed to escape my pity party and see God at work in my midst.
And it’s all you need too, sweet friend.
God’s Word says in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV),
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
And Deuteronomy 4:29 (The Message) says,
“But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if your’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. (emphasis added)”
“But even there.” Even in your disobedience, your complaining, your whining, your pity party, if you cry out for me, you will find me.
Oh, thank You, Jesus, that you love us no matter what!
Prayer is a tremendous force in this world. God invites us to seek Him. To talk with Him. To engage our hearts with His. We need only accept the wondrous invitation He’s extended.
And when we’ve breathed our prayer, that’s not the end of the matter. GOD RESPONDS! And His faithfulness changes things. It opens doors, changes hearts, heals wounds, pours out blessings, and transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary!
Will you join me this Christmas season in praying for God to come into your life ordinary and do the extraordinary?
On one of your ordinary days, pray this simple prayer:
Heavenly Father, I invite You to show up in my ordinary. I want to see You in my midst. I want to experience You in my ordinary day. I want to hear Your voice, sense Your leading. I want to be used by You in the middle of my tasks on an ordinary day. Show up in all Your glory, Lord! I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Now for the Christmas Giveaways!I love giveaways.
So first giveaways from me…
First, I will choose two comments to win a signed copy of my new book Living So That and a $25 Target gift card. Please leave a comment by Friday sharing EITHER 1) an ordinary to extraordinary experience you’ve had, or 2) your simple prayer asking God for an extraordinary experience! I’ll announce the winner on my next post.
Second, If you’d like a sneak peek at Living So That, click here for my free Five Day Devotional, “Five Days to a Faith-Full Life.”
Now the giveaway from my publisher…
All this week, I will be hosting our InScribed Studies (Thomas Nelson Collection of which Living So That is a part) Facebook page. In celebration of the birth of Jesus, InScribed Studies is having a 25 Days of Christmas giveaway! Each day between now and December 25th, you can enter to win lots of fun gifts, including our books, DIY crafts, jewelry, and special presents picked out by our authors (that includes me!). All you need to do is click here, like our page if you haven’t already and register. Be sure to let me know if you are visiting from the P31 devo in your comment!