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First Things First

Friends, it’s my sincere pleasure to welcome one of our newest faces to Grace Women, Sherry Watford! She is already blessing women at GFC with her servant-heart, and is joyfully embracing her new role as our Care & Connections Coordinator. You will see more of her as we journey together this new ministry year, but for now I’ve asked her to just share something on her mind this week – and it’s something worth putting on our minds as well!

No one would argue that family, service, and work are bad things; however, where we fit them into our lives matter and make the difference. Who’s on first? A question to ask ourselves on a daily basis. There is only one first place, only one. We are created with a heart that was made to worship, and if we do not watch carefully over it, it will worship the created things rather than the Creator. It happens in our thoughts before it happens in our hearts and becomes reality in our lives. So a check-up is certainly worth your time.

What do your thoughts wander to when nothing is begging for your attention? What do you dream about? Where do you spend your money? OUCH! Where do you spend your time

When I can bring myself to the point of honesty with myself, these questions allow me to make some changes that can bring my heart back into the right position. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. He wants my heart and yours.

I have to block some things out of my mind so that I can learn to take every thought captive, to be transformed by the renewing of my mind.

My agenda is second place Lord - yours is first. I have many things to do this day, Lord, but for now I need time with you. I cannot do anything for you until I have a sense that I am yours and you are my sufficiency this day. (Not anything with any kingdom good, any lasting value.) I need to dwell, to ponder, to rest in some truths of who you are and how you love me. To be renewed in my understanding of a God who created me - who reclaimed me at the cross and promised to never leave or forsake me. Your opinion of me matters above all other. I need to know you understand my many weaknesses and faults and my battle within to be something more, something better, and then I just need to lay it down - let it go. In your grace as your child I find a place I need to abide in, to work from as your day in me begins to come alive.

I sense your presence as my redeemer who has taken from me the sins of my past.

If I walk in that one statement this day with a heart of gratitude - what might that look like?

Help me not buy into the world's theme of not enough time for you Lord. I have a choice this day to do what is important to me. There is only one first place, only one.

Sherry Watford


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