Attitude Check

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Today's reading: Psalm 74

I read Psalm 74 a number of times as I prepared to write for today. Each time, I was drawn to Asaph's pointing out of how their enemies were insulting and dishonoring to God. But here's the thing, I kept saying to myself but wasn't Israel guilty of doing essentially the same thing? And then I started thinking about us and how easily we can fall into that camp as well.

So how do we guard against letting our hearts and attitudes become distant from, dishonoring and even insulting to God? Tami

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We have to intentionally seek after God, regularly communing with Him in His Word and prayer, being mindful of the work of His hands and offering praise and thanksgiving throughout the day, and being mindful (and thankful) of the fact that, as His people, His Spirit is always with us.

We lose our focus. Psm 23 says, "He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake" My purpose in life as his child is to honor and bring glory to him. My actions and attitudes can be selfishly motivated for my sake and not for his sake. I regret every time I fail my loving Lord ----because my focus has strayed from the path he has for me. Every morning I must ask him to lead me and choose to follow.

I think to answer this question of how we guard our heart and attitudes; it can be summed up in one word, "Prayer". We need to become "People of Prayer", as the famous Willow Creek pastor- Bill Hybels puts it. I really got a lot of good stuff out of the study "Too Busy Not to Pray". In his teachings he examines how people of prayer have a habit of prayer that they have cultivated and it molds the way they speak, act, and live. The prayer tips alone really get you thinking creatively about how you can make this essential practice a real and fruitful part of your life. I cant help but beleive that affects ones attitude when you have a close communication with God. Constant and regular prayer that honors, and shows a deep respect for ones relationship with God. It also puts him at the center of your life when you acknowledge you need him daily, and surrender your days to him. I know I have only participated in the study based on the book, but the book is more in depth and is a practical guide to prayer that anyone who struggles with closeness to God would benefit from. I think i have convinced myself I need to read that book through, just by sharing with this group.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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