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Friday, November 4, 2016

Next Step Living

"Walk peacefully with Me through this day...one step at a time...keep your mind on My Presence and taking the next step. I designed you for deep dependence on (Me.) When you don't know what to do, wait while I open the way before you." (323)
Like many others, I like being well-planned, well-organized, well-thought through. However, the life of faith requires a "deep dependence" on Someone we cannot see and on things we cannot control. That runs so counter to my human nature.
When I was in the recovery process from foot surgery, I had to calculate carefully my "next steps" to make the most of every step-effort. I had to think ahead so that each trip across the room, or to the other end of the house, was maximized.
Our walk with Jesus is such a "next step" process. I've discovered that to maximize my daily walk with Him means I must "keep my mind on Him," intentionally focusing on Him and His Presence. It's not about all I AM doing...it's all about what HE is doing... and I certainly need to "be ready to follow His lead."
My friend Melissa shared, "It is so easy to try to do things on my own because I am usually limited on time so I just jump in with both feet and get it done. However, God has been working on me to "train my mind" to slow down and include Him in EVERYTHING! "Instead of mentally rehearsing how you will do this or that, keep your mind on My presence and on taking the next step.....This is a training opportunity, since I designed you for deep dependence on your Shepherd-King." (323) It sure is nice having help and things sure work out a lot better!"
It's such a comfort to know that His "Presence will go with you, and...give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
My prayer is, "Lord, train my mind to slow down long enough to include You in everything."
Stepping Forward WITH Him...dmc

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