before I face it all

Awaken my ear, O Lord, to You. To hear You. To know You. Until my very being is in You.  In You l live, I move, I breathe. This day cannot, it must not go on without You, my anchor. Be my stronghold.

When this world is at my front door, the very front door of my mind, knocking and vying for my attention – the Instagram stories, Facebook news feeds, pretty Pinterest pins – I need You to be at the forefront of my heart. I need You to guide.

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Let my attention instead be drawn to Proverbs of wisdom, Psalms of praise, the will of Your word. Pry my fingers from the scroll of social media, plant them on the pages of Your word that You may instead scroll through my heart.  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

Because to know You is so much more. To find You elicits such deep joy. To be Yours fills me with greater purpose. Oh the deepest of pleasures one cannot know apart from You! Dare I search elsewhere? Though I have tried I have come up empty. But now I rejoice in Your truth. In Him who is Truth. He who beckons with the words, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you.” Jeremiah 29:13-14

So today, it’s You I want to seek first before I face it all. May this heart not seek the approval of this world or the utter emptiness that it offers. May I not seek my own accomplishments or selfish desires. May I set my eyes on You, Jesus. May I tune my ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. (rf. Proverbs 2:2-3)

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