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Keeping Jesus first

During the holiday season: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, we are frequently reminded to keep our focus on Jesus.

This weekend, I had a lesson in that, but it wasn’t what I expected.

Saturday, we needed to restock our furniture booth and we were discussing what to take.

My husband commented on a set of items he wanted to sell and I responded.

In the moment, I thought my motivation was “being wise”.

Looking back, I can see my motivation wasn’t wisdom at all, instead it was fear.

I hadn’t kept Jesus first in my thoughts, nor had I even heard my husband out.

James 1:19-20 NKJV — So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

I failed to apply God’s Word.

Proverbs 10:19 KJV — In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

Thankfully, my husband was quick to forgive me after I prayed and apologized.

My time with the Lord got my attitude corrected.

The Lord reminded me that keeping Him first shouldn’t be limited to my Christmas celebration, but should be my lifestyle.

Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV — “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

No matter what you are facing today, I hope you are able to keep Jesus first.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truth of Your love. Thank You for reminding me that You have every detail under control and I need to trust You and trust my husband, for You gave him to me. Lord, please help me to keep You and Your Word first in my heart, that I might not sin against You or anyone else. Lord, thank You for Your forgiveness and my husband’s. Thank You for showing me an area of fear I didn’t know I had. Lord, please guard my heart from fear, envy, selfish ambition, and falsehood. Lord, help me to be real with those around me and open to listening. Lord, help me to find my comfort in Your Word and my needs met in Your truth, for You always provide, You are faithful and always good. Thank You! In Your name, I ask these things, Jesus. Amen.