First Things First

How are things at your house? Here, some of the kids have already gone back to college, decorations are coming down, and leftovers have been mostly eaten. Yes, the tree is still up and fully decorated (and I think it’s still really lovely, see?)img_3333 but I’m hoping, with my husband’s help, the ornaments will be nestled in their bin by evening.

In the midst of putting away our collection of “snow”-covered houses,img_3334 I received a text from a dear friend. I’d received a few other texts earlier in the day–one from our local Juice Bar, another an address I’d requested–but this text was different.

It was a sincere and urgent request for prayer on behalf of several of my friend’s relatives. 

So I stopped putting away “snow”-covered houses. I stopped eyeing the to-do list on my kitchen table. I stopped thinking, “I need help now!”

Instead, I sat down at the kitchen table, closed my eyes, and started to pray. Then an odd thing happened.

Before I could even begin to mention her relatives, my heart mightily convicted me to beg for mercy and forgiveness on my behalf so that God would even hear my prayer. I did, and then I prayed and prayed for my friend and for her relatives.

How sweet a time it is talking with Jesus! Isn’t it truly an honor to know our prayers are heard? And once we have prayed, oh the comfort it is to rest secure in the faithfulness and love of our Father, on the rock-solid foundation that God’s Will will be done!

“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress.

I shall not be greatly shaken.”  Psalm 62:2

Worry flees.

Fear dissolves.

“Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day.

Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!”   Psalm 96:1-3

I hope not, but you may be tried with family troubles, personal idiosyncrasies, loneliness, or financial worries this year, but remember–Jesus Christ came for our salvation, to make a new and living way! And the Lord God Almighty reigns.

If you’re a news watcher, you may not like aspects of our country or the world, but I have good news for you: this world is not our home! To make that possible, Jesus Christ came for our salvation, to make a new and living way! And the Lord God Almighty reigns.

So, when times like those happen, let’s put First Things First:

  • When troubles come, let’s stand secure on our rock–Jesus Christ.
  • When fear creeps in, let’s send it away as we sing a new song and tell of His salvation, His glory, and His works.

May our first thought be an echo on earth of the heavenly cry at the marriage supper of the Lamb in Revelation 19:6:

“Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude,

like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.’



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