This past week our savings account dropped below that number that in my head provides some security. There-in lies the first problem…my security with our finances lies in a number in my head.
Most nights, we put our children to be reciting the Lord’s prayer. At nearly 37 years old, I’ve said The Lord’s Prayer a whole lot and more often than not, it’s just saying the words and not really hearing them. Here’s the second problem…not really hearing.
Today as I was reading in A.A. Calhoun’s book on Invitations, I was reminded of what “our daily bread” truly means. It’s about the word: daily.
He provides for us daily.
Our eyes and prayers should be fixed on today.
We are to pray “for daily needs, not future ones.”
We are to “ask for my needs, in the company of praying for others.”
and ultimately we are to
“stop projecting worries, fantasies, what-if’s onto tomorrow – project into the future the only sure thing about tomorrow: God’s presence.”
I’ve been overcome lately with how greatly the Lord does provide for us, but how quickly I praise Him for it and then move on. That’s why I take part in this practice on Mondays of looking at the ways He has blessed us and continues to provide for our daily needs. Even when I so quickly lose sight of that provision.
301. the reminder of His provision
302. how gently He closes doors lately, even though I keep trying to open new ones
303. a sickness in our house that passes quickly
304. a husband who amazes me with his ability to fix things
305. a fixed washing machine!!
306. celebrating my man’s birthday this week
307. a boy who finally hears his name over the loudspeaker not once, but twice for tackles and assists during his football game
308. the completion of a bunch of projects that had been on my to-do list
309. the expectation of some good time with friends this weekend and next weekend
310. the knowledge that the future isn’t my concern…He holds it
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27“And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~from Matthew 6
~ quotes from Invitations from God by A. A. Calhoun