It’s March 10th – about a third of the way through the third month of 2015 – already! Don’t be anxious or worried about it, though – we can only take one day at a time!
I hope you enjoy these devotional thoughts for today, Tuesday, March 10th. If you would like to read some Psalms and Proverbs for the day, check out my page entitled Daily Scripture Readings.
“Many times, believers with Christian bumper stickers on their cars are seen driving around like crazy people, yelling at their kids, throwing their hands in the air, and looking mad at the world.
If there isn’t any peace in our hearts when we leave home, our bumper stickers are not going to impress anybody.
We need to get ourselves straightened out before we go out.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Starting Your Day Right”
“If you and I are going to succeed at being ourselves and succeed in life, then we must know how to pray and be willing to give prayer a place of priority in our daily lives.
It is not our own righteousness that we wear into our prayer closet; it is the righteousness of Jesus Christ…He took our sins on the cross with Him and gave us His righteousness (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).
Pray: Lord, I thank You that because of the cross, I can come into Your presence and pray. I come confidently knowing that I have the righteousness of Jesus. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
“Anxiety is caused by trying to mentally and emotionally get into things that are not here yet or that have already passed–mentally leaving today and getting into an area of the past or the future.
We need to be responsible, but we also need to relax and take things as they come without getting all nervous and upset. Learn to enjoy the good life God provided for you. In spite of all the troubling things going on in the world, make this daily confession: ‘This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.’ ”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- Yes, yes, I have seen these people, whether they have Christian bumper stickers, wear Christian jewelry, or boast about being Christians…yet their behavior would indicate otherwise! Worse, I think I have been that person who sometimes looks sad, depressed, or “mad at the world” — and that’s certainly NOT a good look for a believer in God!
-2- I have had my lapses in daily prayer, and I always feel like something is missing. The day just doesn’t go quite right or as smoothly as the days I start off with prayer. It’s like the x-stitch piece I have hanging on the wall that says, “A day hemmed with prayer is less likely to unravel.”
-3- I really like this saying about anxiety and must remember it, that anxiety is “mentally leaving today and getting into an area of the past or the future.” We can’t change the past, and we can’t project ourselves into the future, so it really doesn’t do us any good to be anxious or worried about either one!
So what are YOUR thoughts? Have you noticed people with Christian bumper stickers on their cars, who then behave anything BUT Christ-like?
Do you agree that daily prayer is necessary to get through each day?
Do you struggle with anxiety or do you try to remain calm and take each day, each moment, one step at a time?