Here is my first day of my 40-Day Retreat with Jesus from the Voice Bible.
Reading this helped me remember reading it in the Message. I really liked the way it is worded there, so I went and found it. It reads, "So, here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life--your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life--and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings out the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you."
Offering your body as a living and holy sacrifice is not about a special event. It's not about how you present yourself at church on Sundays and Wednesdays. It's not about going to church at all. It's about you making your everyday life a sacrifice. Every minute of your life should be a sacrifice to God. Every minute. Not just when it is convenient. Not just when your "church" friends are watching. Every minute.
The part that most struck me today was "Be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete." That is what I am trying to do through this blog and through my retreat with Jesus.
How do you renew your mind?
How do you make sure your life is a sacrifice every minute?
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Thanksgiving for today
507. Finishing work before the snow
508. Feeding my family myself
509. Once Upon a Time
510. Pearler Beads
511. Help with dishes