Start Each Day With Prayer And Guid­ance From Above

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - CHURCH - Jodi Hen­dricks Daily Time With God JODI HEN­DRICKS IS A LONG­TIME MEM­BER OF FARM­ING­TON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. SHE TEACHES ADULT AND YOUTH BI­BLE CLASSES. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

She is clothed with strength and dig­nity; she can laugh at the days to come.

Proverbs 31:25

I love it when God comes at me from all sides with what I need most. It may be through a de­vo­tional, a Bi­ble verse, a conversation with a friend, a song on the ra­dio or an en­counter with a co-worker that shows my true col­ors. God is ever faith­ful to mold us into Christ’s like­ness if we are will­ing to lis­ten, learn, and let go of our pride­ful­ness!

This week was all about at­ti­tude and prayer, how I need the lat­ter to help with the for­mer. God gra­ciously gives us a choice about both. We can choose to have a good or bad at­ti­tude and we can choose to pray or not. Here is the God thing, when we go to God in prayer about our bad at­ti­tude (which is usu­ally caused by pride­ful­ness), when we pray to be more aware of our at­ti­tude, when we seek His in­struc­tion and cor­rec­tion about hav­ing a bet­ter at­ti­tude, then our at­ti­tude will be­gin to be what God in­tends it to be, Christ-cen­tered. When we prayer­fully seek God’s help it doesn’t mat­ter what our cir­cum­stances are; our thoughts, our words, our ac­tions, our at­ti­tude can al­ways re­flect Christ if we choose to do so.

The Proverbs 31 woman is one clothed in strength and dig­nity and can laugh at the days to come. Does that mean she never faces hard times or strug­gles? Does it mean that she doesn’t get worn out or frus­trated? Does it mean that she al­ways has a smile on her face? No! It means her strength comes from the Lord and her at­ti­tude is bathed in prayer. In­stead of giv­ing into the neg­a­tive thoughts, she draws strength from the Lord to face what­ever is to come with an at­ti­tude that re­flects Christ. She can face the dif­fi­cul­ties that lie ahead with peace and joy in her heart be­cause she knows she is not fac­ing them alone. Her strength isn’t found in her cir­cum­stances, it is in her Christ-cen­tered at­ti­tude.

You may be think­ing it is easy for some­one else to have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, they just have a gift of be­ing cheer­ful no mat­ter what or they never have any dif­fi­cul­ties. You may be feel­ing jus­ti­fied in your neg­a­tive at­ti­tude be­cause oth­ers just don’t un­der­stand how dif­fi­cult things are for you. Oth­ers may not know or un­der­stand, but God does. If we be­lieve He is the Almighty and source of all power and wis­dom, then we need to trust that He will give us strength to en­dure what­ever to­mor­row brings and our at­ti­tudes need to re­flect that be­lief. If we pray to God about our neg­a­tive at­ti­tudes, He will help us change them.

What is your at­ti­tude? Are peo­ple ex­cited to see you, do you bring a smile to their face? Are they ig­nor­ing you as you walk down the hall, rush­ing to go down a dif­fer­ent aisle at the store? Be aware of your at­ti­tude to­day! Start each day with prayer, ask­ing God to help you be the bright spot in ev­ery­one’s day, hav­ing an at­ti­tude that re­flects Christ!

“When we prayer­fully seek

God’s help it doesn’t mat­ter what our cir­cum­stances are; our thoughts, our words, our ac­tions, our at­ti­tude can al­ways re­flect Christ if we choose to do so.”

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