Some of you University of Georgia fans are already assuming the answer to the post title question. It’s not what you think. It stands for Day Alone With God. I wish I had been clever enough to come up with that title, but alas, I was not. I think it may have been Donna Partow or Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Either way, it’s a keeper of a name and a description of how I’ve spent my day. I told you I do this each year. This year’s planning day with God is going to have to be in two parts.
My time has been sweet and productive but it’s not over. So, I will plan for some more non-stop time with God and hopefully, next week if not before.
Here’s the gist of what took place today. I had my Bible and my notepad. The legal size notepad has been written on page after page. Almost half is gone. Here are the basics from today’s time with God.
The key Scripture for 2009 is 1 Chronicles 28:9 – “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.”
As I pray this it goes more like this – God, my desire is to know You and serve You with my whole heart and with a willing mind in every area you’ve called me. I want to live my life to please you whether I’m scrubbing toilets or studying Your Word. I pray that when you look at the intent of my heart that it would be pleasing to You. I seek to do Your will and live an intentional life for Your glory. I dedicate this year to You, moment by moment.
Theme for 2009 – Living my life intentionally (conscientiously, purposefully…)
- as a wife
- as a mother
- as a woman
- as a teacher/mentor
- as a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend
- as salt and light in a lost world
In each of those areas, I have broken down specifics regarding quiet time, goals for studying Scripture apart from the purpose of formal Bible study, how to be the wife God has called me to be for Rob, specifics on mothering Robert and David for this year, goals for a healthier life and maintaining order in our home, specifics for His call on me to teach Precept Bible studies and encouraging others to step into that calling and so on. I cleaned out my prayer journal and filled it with fresh white paper. It’s so uncluttered and fresh. It revives my spirit.
I have a page of ways I waste time and money and some ways to improve in those areas. I have a room by room list of things that need to get done in our house in order for it to be a haven to my man and sons. Straightening up my half of the closet is at the top.
There’s a page for opportunities to pray through and some already to say “no” to. There are things to which I belong or am a part of which God’s asking me to evaluate whether they are of Him or me. Time to declutter the calendar is coming. That’s always the most difficult. But, He’s telling me to build in times to rest and be silent and unhurried. That’s necessary in today’s world.
You get the point. DAWG part 2 will deal with more specific Scriptures to address these areas and I cannot wait.
In the meantime, David will be home from school soon and I need to bless my house this afternoon (laundry, start supper, dust and vacuum part of the house, find my half of the closet…).