Recently my life has gotten very busy and stressed. My calendar is full, my daily schedule seems impossible, and my “to do” list goes on for pages.
I’m anxious about the deadlines that I and others have set for me, and find myself biting my lip as once again what I’m working on just won’t go right!
I’m frustrated and irritable. I snap at the ones I love, who by the way are only trying to help. I feel like (and often do) scream to myself. My head aches, my nerves are jittery, and I long for a nap.
Ever feel that way?
The only peace of my day comes from my early morning times of devotions with the Lord. In these, He focuses my mind on things above, on things that really count – things that HE wants done. He quiets my mind and helps me to prioritize my tasks for the day (if I will only follow through!).
Here are some verses He’s led me to in these mornings with Him. These will go at the top of my “to do” list.
Psalm 37:7 – Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him.
Psalm 62:5 – “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.”
Lamentations 3:24 –“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am the LORD.”
Psalm 37:34 – Wait for the LORD, and keep His way.
Psalm 40:1 – “I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry.”
Psalm 5:3 – “O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice!”
Zephaniah 3:17b – The LORD your God is in your midst…He will quiet you by His love.
Psalm 131:2 – “I have calmed and quieted my soul.”
Isaiah 30:15b – Thus said the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, “…in quietness and rest shall be your strength.”
Isaiah 40:31 – They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Lamentations 3:25-26 – The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 – Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage. Wait for the LORD.