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There are so many times when I look at my life, my relationship with Christ and think…”nope, not good enough, I have fallen too many times and my day to day looks nothing like that of…well anyone I know living out their lives to glorify the Lord.” But then He whispers in my ear that His grace covers me, that I am forgiven and loved. That He knew I wasn’t going to be perfect and that is the WHOLE POINT to Christ, not to give us rules to follow or to stifle who we are but to save us, to cover us and to LOVE us.
So today as you get up and maybe get out (depending on the snow) walk in that truth. Know that you are…not just were but ARE and always will be so loved that Christ came as the ultimate sacrifice.
Now I know that giving of our first fruits isn’t literally referring to fruit but referring to whatever our first and best is. For most people they actually think money…We are supposed to give from the very start, don’t just wait until you are at the end of the pay period and then say “Oh we can give now because we have leftovers.” No, you give from the start and watch how the Lord provides for the rest.
But it doesn’t only mean money, for me right now, I am also focusing on giving Him the first fruits of my day. I get up, deal with the dogs, because I would like quiet quiet time, make myself a cup of tea (or coffee depending on the day) and start my day off in the word. I use the First 5 app and dive in. These first few moments of my day are more precious than I will ever truly be able to vocalize. The Lord has been opening my heart to things that I can’t explain with these first few moments, He is sharing with me in the quietness of the morning that I wouldn’t be able to hear otherwise. He deserves those first few moments, because He is the God of the universe, the is the Beginning and End, the Alpha and Omega and He deserves to be put first in EVERYTHING that I do. I don’t always put Him first but its on those days that I feel the difference, that I know I am missing out. He isn’t punishing me, He is simply reminding me that in order for everything to fall into its correct place I need to put Him in the correct place in my heart and in my world.
“This is my prayer in the harvest, when favor and providence flow, I know I’m filled to be emptied again, the seed I’ve received I will sow.”