Hello, my friends! Yes, I am officially back. I have missed you and our conversations. I hope you all have had a lovely July. My July was a good one, overall. My husband and I celebrated our 13th anniversary early in the month. That was wonderful. Over a long weekend we took day trips to some local places. We had fun and enjoyed the time together. Also in July I returned to the office after working remotely for three months. Some loved ones moved out of state. I am happy for them, but sad for me! (Please say a prayer for them as they embark on a new journey.) And there was another loved one in the hospital. (He is at home now, but still needs healing and recovery. A prayer for him would be appreciated.)
As you can imagine, July had its ups and downs. But the main thing I wanted to mention today was that in July I held my own challenge to help adjust my focus. Mainly what I needed to do was to draw closer to God. I wanted to take some things off my plate, so that I could spend more time with Him. But this is not something that can be checked off of our lists, because drawing closer to God is something we should do every day of our lives.
In 2019 my one word for the year was “Seek” because I wanted to seek God with all my heart, mind, and soul. As we moved into 2020 and I picked a new word for the year, “seek” moved to the back burner. So I recently picked up the word “seek” once again. But not for a month or a year, it is for life. I have said before that seeking God is a lifelong journey. But this struck me more than ever recently as I reevaluated things in my life. Seeking the Lord needs to be on our minds every moment of every day. So, that is the main reason why I took a break in the month of July. I wanted to spend more time seeking the Lord and adjusting my focus.
Why is seeking God so vital? If we don’t seek God, then our focus could drift to other things that aren’t important. Or it could be that we still go through the motions of working for God, but our motives have faltered. When we seek the Lord, it helps us to stay on the right path. It helps us to stay tethered to Him. It helps us to honor Him with our words and actions. And seeking God helps us to have peace and joy in our hearts because we know the One who holds our days.
Jesus should be our number one priority. We should seek Him diligently and passionately as we would a prized possession that was lost. Jesus is our lifeline. We should cling to Him tightly. Then no matter what we face, we can face it with strength, because we know we have the Lord by our side. We will have peace in our lives when we seek Him wholeheartedly. And having that strong relationship will flow into every area of our lives.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
More to come on my July challenge next week!
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