It has arrived–the final day of March! That means one quarter of 2015, gone, already! Strange how time always passes in the same 24-hour days, 7-day weeks, and so forth…but sometimes it seems to pass so much more quickly than at other times. I guess, meanwhile, it’s just important to use wisdom and redeem the time so it counts for something.
So here are the devotional thoughts for March 31st. And remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day at my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“Making the effort to do things with excellence will always make you feel better about yourself and increase your confidence.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“Without wisdom, we can make poor decisions and later wonder why we didn’t pray first. It is wise to seek God early each day before we start making decisions in order to know ahead of time what we ought to do, and then to receive the grace to do it.
Wisdom keeps us from a life of regret. Walk in wisdom today.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
“Wisdom makes the decision today that it will be comfortable with tomorrow. Emotion does what feels good today and takes no thought of tomorrow. When tomorrow arrives, the wise enjoy it in peace and security, but the foolish end up in discouragement and depression. Why?
Because the wise have prepared for tomorrow and are able to enjoy the fruits of their labor, while the foolish who have put pleasure first must now pay for yesterday. To live a disciplined life, we have to be willing to invest today so that we can reap tomorrow.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“You do not have to depend on your own human efforts to overcome adversity and opposition or to earn favor and win promotion. When God is ready to move in your life, He will give you favor and promotion–and no devil in hell or person on earth will be able to prevent if from happening.
It doesn’t matter what people think of you. Your weaknesses and inabilities don’t make any difference to God. His criteria for using people is not their talents, gifts, and abilities. He is looking for people who are willing and yielded. God looks for availability, not ability.
Let God build you, your reputation, and your career. When the time is right, He will deliver you out of adversity, and then you’ll see the fulfillment of your dreams.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- Yes, I need to continue to strive for excellence in every area of my life. Funny, that phrase brings back memories, because for the 11 years I homeschooled my four kids, we called it our Striving for Excellence Home School.
-2- I do find my days typically go much better when I take the time to pray first and seek God’s wisdom and direction for the day. Like the x-stitch wall hanging I have says, “A day hemmed by prayer is less likely to unravel.”
-3- Another great quote: “Wisdom makes the decision today that it will be comfortable with tomorrow.”
-4- This one reminds me of the admonition to “Let go and let God.” Instead of depending on my own flawed human efforts – “Let God build you, your reputation, and your career.” Sounds good to me!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you endeavor to make excellence a habit in your life? Do you start your day with prayer or notice a difference when you don’t?
Do you agree with the difference between wisdom and emotions?
Is it comforting to know God wants to fulfill your dreams and build your career for you?