"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." [NKJV]I like the New Living Translation..."Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."
I quickly felt God's peace fall all over me and I realized that ALL I need to do is SEEK God first and in doing so, everything else will fall into place! I do strive to put God first by having a quiet time every morning and it truly sets the pace for my day. I can definitely tell a difference when I do not carve out that early morning time, but sometimes I allow fear and doubt to seep in, as real life hits, and I forget to SEEK God first in ALL circumstances. For example, I've been struggling with my homeschool schedule [not as far along as I need to be this school year and feeling overwhelmed with regret], so I applied this verse to the problem. Last week we got back on track by starting every day with prayer and Bible [putting God first] and it has 'smoothed' my mornings in many ways. And when I start to feel like I'm not doing enough or not doing what I need to be doing [in all areas], I remind myself that I'm putting God first and He promises to 'add all these things to me' and 'give me all I need'. It's true FREEDOM!
So what is my new year's resolution for 2011?...To grow! To grow spiritually as I strive to seek God 1st AND to grow physically as this precious new life grows in me! Happy NEW YEAR...make it JOYful!