by Beth Bondurant

From brushing our teeth to getting up early for school.... we have always had things that were necessary to do.


Clean up your room and go study for that test.


Eat those vegetables before you touch the dessert.


Don't argue back!


At the time these seemed like such harsh and unfeeling expectations, but as life goes by we see the wisdom in being guided ... day by day... even in the smallest details.


And I charge you today: Love God, your God. Walk in God's ways. Keep God's directives, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by God, your God, in the land you are about to enter and possess.


Would that we could hear God's voice speaking loudly into our mind, our heart, our body and spirit...with the exact directives we need for this day.


Yet... even with this incentive... we continue to ask.... DO I HAVE TO?


O God... I want to hear you...follow you... but so often my response is...DO I HAVE TO?  It isn't easy to keep on keeping on... to love people... even my family... when they continue to have high expectations of me.  Sometimes I just want to "stop the world and get off at the next corner".  Is there anyway I can take a break?  I know... I know... Your Spirit is giving me strength moment by moment.... Your love is clearing out the cobwebs from my heart... Your peace is pressing into my mind... Your hope is guiding my path and leading me to where I need to be.  I am so blessed to have Your unconditional and eternal love and I ask your gentle patience to breathe faithfulness and self control into my day today. I do regret my lack of joy in doing things "decently and in order".  Rekindle the gladness of a new day... and forgive me even when I say...DO I HAVE TO!!