My List of What I Need Today

My eyes pop open, and I lay still for a minute. At least my body stays still. My mind immediately starts making a list of all the things I need to do today. Household chores. Errands. Correspondence. Banking.

As I go about my day, checking things off as I complete them, little things irritate me. The traffic light that seems to take more time than necessary. Trying to maneuver my grocery cart around the people stopped in the middle of the aisle talking on their phone. Listening to the store clerk and the woman with enough groceries to feed a small army chatting.

I need to get this stuff done, I fume. My mouth a tight line, I shout hurry up in my head.

What happened to all verses I prayed, asking God to help me practice the fruits of the Spirit? Reach out to my community? Clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, strength, and dignity?

I Need a Thankful Heart

God, in His faithfulness, works in my heart and mind to remind me of what I truly need. Him. I look in my cart, take a deep breath, and begin to do the one thing guaranteed to improve my day. Choose a thankful heart.

Thank You, Lord, for

  • This food You provide
  • A checker who smiles and laughs making a tedious job more fun
  • Sun shining through the trees
  • A husband who hears the garage door open and comes out to help carry all of the bags into the house
  • The dog’s happy dance when I get home
  • Your Spirit that exchanges my weary impatience for Your fruit
  • Never, ever giving up on me
  • Your Word that tells me exactly how I need to act. The real list I need to follow each and every day.
The Real List to Follow

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.          (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

Tomorrow, when my eyes pop open, let me rejoice in You. Instead of worrying about endless tasks, I want to pray continually, giving thanks for You.


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