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Divine Order

Sunday, July 19, 2015

My Inner Journey Team offered some July writing prompt questions. These are my thoughts and ponderings on the following:

“There is a divine order in the universe of life which operates to protect our best interests, even when we cannot see it. Divine order will save us from ourselves. Remember order will bring peace and happiness into our busy lives. How do you plan to transform your confusion into order?”

The first thing that popped into my mind was this acronym I’ve seen about ordering your life to achieve joy:

Jesus
Others
You

In my mind there is a difference between joy and happiness.

Happiness, while nice, is a temporary feeling and generally focused on how one’s own personal desires are met and most often based on current circumstances being good.

Joy, on the other hand, can be experienced even in the midst of turmoil and tragedy. Joy is knowing the love and comfort of the Lord, knowing you’re in the center of His will. It is knowing that every circumstance brought into your life has been allowed by our loving Father for your good—even if it is not understood how or why at this moment. It is knowing that He would not allow anything to happen that you and He can’t handle together. It’s having that “peace that passes all understanding.”

Example:
I can be happy eating a bowl of ice cream. That happiness will be fleeting because right after I’ll feel guilty, angry at my lack of willpower, or just sickened by the fact that I gave in to temptation once again.

But I can be joyful saying no to the ice cream, knowing that I am pleasing my heavenly Father. I can be joyful learning how to be content without the ice cream because that is the best thing for me. I can be joyful when I have the strength to resist the cravings for ice cream and/or the wisdom to flee the temptation. Eventually, I may have the joy that the cravings don’t even come anymore!

So, Jesus is first.
Serving others is second.
Which leaves me, third.

Following Him, learning from Him, sitting at His feet first thing each morning, and thinking about how He’d have me live this day, handle this situation, treat these individuals,
and living as He wants me to,

And serving others in His power and love,

Brings me joy.


*Thinking of Jesus more than myself
*Thoughts of Him and the people in my life more than myself
*Selfless thoughts—not selfish thoughts

I need to look up
--not in a mirror
I need to look within myself to His Holy Spirit
--not in a mirror
I need to look around me to others who are in need of love
--not in a mirror

If I consistently do these things, in this order, maybe the next time I look in a mirror I’ll see someone new and improved (Not necessarily a skinnier me-- but a more joyful me!) That would truly be a transformation from confusion into Divine Order.

“God delights in awakening our spiritual hunger and then satisfying us with Himself. Better than any sugar high is the presence of the Most High.”
Asheritah Ciuciu
Comfort Food: Overcoming Food Addiction with the Word of God

What have I been learning at His feet?

First: I learned that the Lord has brought me to this place; the place of seeking my comfort from Him—not food.

Second: I will tell others of my journey, the steps I need to take to gain freedom.

Third: I will find joy! I will praise God!

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  • LINTPICKER
    well said! If we place others first we will not look for their faults, we would want to help them grow in the Lord, we would give and help and do! Thank you!
    2157 days ago
  • HIPPYJONJON
    I really needed this today, thank you.
    I absolutely loved the comfort food.
    The words of God are indeed comfort food, even when they are difficult to digest.
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    2165 days ago
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