June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

Aug 23, 2010

Do You Read the Instructions?

A few days ago I was preparing to laminate some pictures for my classroom on my new laminating machine. I waited for it to warm up, put the first picture in the laminating sheet and tried to feed it through the machine. It refused to go through. I tried again several times but to no avail. By this time I was both frustrated and panicked. I had purchased the laminating machine in Florida so it wasn’t as if I could jump in my car and return it to the store if it was defective.

As I sat there frustrated and just a tad bit upset, I heard that still, small voice saying, “read the instructions.” So I pulled out the instructions (like I should have done in the first place.) As I looked at the instructions I realized that I was trying to feed the paper through the wrong end. Yep, I went through at least 15 minutes of frustration because I was too impatient to take two minutes and read the instructions.

“If you want to know the purpose of a thing, you ask the manufacturer. Dr. Myles Munroe

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11 KJV
So many times in life we experience frustrations because we don’t want to take the time to see what the instruction manual says. Every problem we will ever encounter God has addressed in the instruction manual he left us called the Bible. Unfortunately, many times we just skim the surface and don’t really internalize his word. However, the only way we will really have a meaningful relationship with God and understand what His purpose is for our lives is if we take time out of our busy schedules to study his word.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
My prayer today is that I would not try to navigate life on my own strength but that I would always consult the instruction manual that the creator has left in place for me. It makes life so much easier.

Previously published at Laced With Grace August 23, 2007. 


Faith Imagined said...

I can so relate to this post! I tend to get an idea and take off running without consulting the manual first!

I am praying your closing prayer with you!

LisaShaw said...

Oh well SAID dear sister!!! I want GOD to be the Navigator of my life. I want to live and move in His strength not my own.

Yes, following instructions/directions is so much better for us. Reminds me the Word tells us not to be just hearers of the Word but doers of the Word!! Amen!

Thanks for the blessed reminder!!


eph2810 said...

Amen to that Bernadine. We do indeed try live life without His strength and wonder why in the world we get burned out. I try to have some time with Him daily, some in the morning and some at night...it helps me to keep focused on the more important things in life.

Thank you for sharing, my sweet friend.

Love & peace,
<>< Iris

Krista said...

You said it perfectly! I always catch myself experiencing unnecessary frustrations...If I would READ THE INSTRUCTIONS then I would avoid lots of frustrations :)


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