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Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5

Can I be brutally honest with you for just a little second? Promise you won't judge me? Today was the first day in five days that I stopped my own agenda long enough to sit quietly before the Lord. Yep, you read correctly. Before mere moments ago, I had not cracked open God's Word in five days. It wasn't an intentional neglect of the relationship. I was out of town and out of my routine. Before I knew it, one thing led to another, and the days passed without me spending a single moment focused on God.

Then, yesterday, I started feeling like my life was moving in more directions than my itty bitty brain could possibly follow. And today, well, my purpose/focus/mission was all sorts of helter skelter. PLEASE tell me that you can relate! Ladies, I was FRAZZLED!

I immediately began feeling overwhelmed and under-equipped to tackle any of the tasks on my to-do list. Finally, things came to a head this afternoon when I left work because of a demon-possessed computer, forgetting all about a Facebook message that I'd just sent, telling someone to come meet me at my office in a few minutes. Certainly, I was gone before they arrived.

When I got home and realized my error, I knew that it was time to throw in the towel. I had proven to myself that if God was left out of my life, even for a few measly days, I was going to need some sort of intervention before too long.

As I pulled into my garage, I knew that I had better do it Monopoly style: go directly to my Bible Study chair, don't pass the pantry, don't collect the mail. So, I did just that.

God, in his gentle correction, pointed me to exactly what I needed to read, Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

I was immediately struck with a wave of understanding. God's desire is for me to seek His ways and His instruction all day long. When I neglect to do that, my life becomes unfocused and overwhelming. He never intended for me to forge my way through this treacherous earth without His words constantly ringing through my head.

Learn from my mistake, Dear Ones. I know I'll think twice about leaving God out of my day again.

Father, teach me to spend time with you every single day. 

Lindsey Pond

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