First Things First

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by Wendy Hingson

So many people are overwhelmed, afraid, worried, stress, can’t sleep, and so on. Every day we are flooded with information, guidelines, and statistics from all over the world.

Today, I want to take a minute to remind you of a simple but powerful truth: let God’s Word have the first priority of your day.

In my devotion and prayer time in the morning, I try to take time to be quiet, be still, and listen to what God wants me to hear.

The very best way to do this is:

  1. Get in the Word first thing in the morning. This is where our peace and strength come from.  Be still and let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart as you read the words.  Quiet your mind and listen to what Jesus is saying to you. His voice is the voice you need to listen to daily.  I want to encourage you to make Proverbs 3:5-6, a part of your morning routine: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart
        and lean not on your own understanding;
     in all your ways submit to him,
        and he will make your paths straight.
  2. Stay in the Word all day.  Remind yourself where your help comes from like King David did in Psalms 121:

    I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
        where does my help come from?
    My help comes from the Lord,
        the Maker of heaven and earth.

    He will not let your foot slip—
        he who watches over you will not slumber;
    indeed, he who watches over Israel
        will neither slumber nor sleep.

    The Lord watches over you—
        the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
    the sun will not harm you by day,
        nor the moon by night.

    The Lord will keep you from all harm—
        he will watch over your life;
    the Lord will watch over your coming and going
        both now and forevermore.

  3. End your day in the Word: Jesus offers you His peace and says that when you come to Him your very soul will find rest. He says,  “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you.  I do not give it to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” ( John 14:27)

I know that we are far from the end of this crisis. Do we all need to use wisdom and listen to those who have authority over us and take care of our families, community, and ourselves?  YES, but Jesus is the one who gets first priority to speak to our hearts.   When we start our day with our eyes on Him, we are more mindful of what voices we are letting influence our thoughts or actions.

This whole situation is no surprise to God and He is in the middle of it.  As precious daughters of God, it is in our relationship with Jesus that we can find and have peace. 

Beloved sisters, let God’s voice be the first voice you listen to in the morning and that last one you hear as you go to sleep.

Wendy Hingson is a woman who is full of joyous energy and a delight for life that is contagious. She is passionate about teaching others what God says in His Word and showing them how to discover it for themselves. She is a wonderful wife, mom, grandma, and leader of leaders!

 –  Pastor Cindy Grasso

2 thoughts on “First Things First”

  1. Thank you so much Cindy for sharing a well written message from Wendy. Please do convey my sincere appreciation to her for sharing this with us and I pray a blessing over both of you for doing what you do.


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