Day 13: One Day…TODAY

I just love these first few lines in the opening of Day 13:

In one day, God can provide more than someone has accumulated in a lifetime.

 

But if we are going to experience a miracle one day, we need to pray every day.

 

Too many people pray like they are playing the lottery. Prayer is more like an investment account.

 

And one day, if we keep making deposits every day, it will pay dividends beyond our wildest imagination.

 

(pg 78 – Draw the Circle)

 

I will be very real and honest with you guys and say that the line about playing the lottery with prayer…yeah, that describes me up until this point in my life. I can’t tell you that I have ever consistently been on my knees seeking God. I went through seasons (usually when something was going very wrong in my life or when I had a huge decision to make) where I spent more time than normal seeking God, but it never lasted. Once I made it through the rough patches, or the decision that I needed to make was done, I just went back to my everyday kind of non-urgent walk with God.

Yes, I truly love the Lord and have been doing all the things I thought I needed to do in order to serve Him. I am in church every time the doors are open. I have taught Sunday School, I have taught Bible Study, I teach Children’s Church…I even lead worship and the Choir! But, I’m afraid I have missed the mark.

I can DO all of these great things – but if I’m not seeking Him daily and getting in His Word like it’s my job, then what on earth am I doing?

I will tell you what I have been doing. I have been building my own kingdom instead of God’s. I have been more concerned about my four and no more. I have been living the typical American Christian life. But, there’s so much more.

Here’s the thing: I have been holding myself back from the best that God has by playing the lottery with my prayer and Bible time. I’m ready to start making daily deposits in this investment account.

And I’m dreaming about a vision beyond my resources.

God is messin’ me up, ya’ll.

Warning: I started reading another book today. You don’t even want me to start telling you about it…

Squirrel!! (We’ll talk about the book Interrupted on another day 🙂

He is seriously prompting me to do even CRAZIER things than normal…

For example:
Brian and I own and manage a Real Estate team. We help people buy and sell houses. My job is mainly to market the homes that we are trying to sell. We have processes and procedures in place and, for the most part, do an excellent job. Sure, we have mistakes and upset clients all the time. Btw, I don’t deal well with upset clients. I take things way too personally…blah blah blah…SHOCKER.

Sometimes clients are upset because the houses don’t sell. Duh. There are 3 houses we have right now that are gorgeous custom homes that the owners built themselves – with great custom features. All 3 of these clients have the perfect home that isn’t selling. And I’m baffled. I know we have done what we are supposed to do. I know the homes are priced in the right range. And all of these people are in situations where they really NEED to move. And it kills me.

I feel like I’m supposed to start marching around these houses and pray. I went to two of them today and I was on the verge of taking my heels off and walking the grass. I couldn’t even bring myself to do it.

Now I can’t stop thinking about it. What if I start making circles around these houses and just act as if I’m making deposits into the investment account for our business, our clients and the future owners of the home? What will it hurt? I can surely use some exercise at the least, ha!

So if you see me in Monroe, Indian Trail or Waxhaw in the coming days circling houses, you’ll know 🙂

Go make some deposits today in your investment account with God!
~Starr

12 thoughts on “Day 13: One Day…TODAY

  1. Want to tell you how your comments spoke to me today Starr, I’m ready to go crazy also. You name the place and time and I will circle those houses with you. Then I am going to circle B&D till the work comes in.

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  2. Well, it’s been a couple of days since I left a comment…it’s taking LONGER to do my circles each morning, AND my hubby has been up early, thus messing up my routine BIG time! But I do have a couple of things from the past couple of days (haha, you KNOW I always have something to say!)…first of all, A HUGE THANKS to Starr for bringing up all on this wonderful journey. I don’t think I’ve prayed and read so much of my Bible in my life…and yes, that’s sad.

    While reading about the sowing of seeds, i began to think of a story about my dad. He was just like all of us, he made his mistakes, and reaped the consequences, but I know that he loved God. When we lived in Dillon, SC, he worked night shift at the hosiery mill. A friend offered to teach him to waterski. They began to go each morning after work to unwind before going home to bed. Dad witnessed to this man. He became a Christian and then later even became a minister. When dad passed away a few years ago, the son of that man contacted me and said their family would always be grateful for dad’s witness of Christ. He said the ripples of that one witness was far-reaching…reaching possibly hundreds or even thousands. Because dad sowed the seed, many, many were reached thru the ministry of that convert. Dad never knew what that meant. It reinforces the idea that we may never know (on this side of heaven) the reaping of seeds sown. It’s not our job to know…just to plant!

    One day….our lives can change in the blink of an eye. How many have counted their lives from “that” day. Only God knows…all we can do is pray, pray that we are faithful this ONE DAY. we never know, may never know the results of our prayers…just that ONE DAY, on THAT day, we WILL know as we enter His presence.
    Yes, that was me having church on the way to work yesterday. Was listening to Michael English singing “Had IT NOT BEEN”, “MIDNIGHT CRY”, and “SHOUT TO THE LORD”. The tears were flowing, my hand was raised, and I had church. PRAISE THE LORD, AMEN!!

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    1. Aunt Debra, oh Aunt Debra. Y’all this story is about my grandpa. A man I never really knew – in part because of some of the decisions he made in his life. This story makes me cry. What a beautiful testimony to how God can use us – He can use us even we have messed up lives. And yes, we may never know until THAT day. Please keep commenting and sharing your journey with us. I love you!

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  3. I will admit to I only was coming to God whenI felt I needed him. Hard times. Well until I read Starr’s text very early mornig and know I feel I pray all the time. I feel as if I am talking to people more boldly about God than I have ever done before. I know God is using me. I got conformation today in the most beautiful card ever I have seen. I never thought God would use me. A mess. A train wreck as my brother once said. But God does use me. And he uses my story too. From one broken woman to another. I want to pray daily. I want God to use me. I love this journey.

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  4. Melissa, God is using you and will continue to use you. Your determination to place yourself in position to allow God to have his will in your life and the lives of your family encourages me! Debra, dear sister, thank you for reminding me of the seeds our dad planted – not only in his friends but in our lives. In spite of how things turned out, we have a rich heritage and nothing can take that away. I want to allow God to stretch my faith so that I can dream bigger dreams. I don’t deserve the grace and mercy of our Lord but I’m so glad that I didn’t have to qualify for his gift of salvation. I’m praying for God to get me out of His way and transform me!

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  5. Starr, you go do circles around those homes. Sorry I am a day behind. Let’s talk about crazy we have been having air conditioner problems and while I was praying The Lord said in the morning ( we had been without for 3 days) I want you to go out and lay hands on it a pray for that air conditioning unit. Crazy me did not do it when it was dark in the morning but at 7 am. When the air guy came out yesterday he could find nothing wrong with unit except that it had too much coolant in it. Thank you Lord for letting me be crazy and obedient. It only cost $50 for the repair guy to come out due to the special. Prayer Works!!!!!

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    1. Karen, PRAISE THE LORD! And you don’t need to apologize for being behind – the fact is you’re making progress and getting in the Word and seeking Him! Yay!! And God is moving! See you in the morning 🙂

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  6. Starr, I am really enjoying this journey! I am praying more than I ever have and I feel so good! I am letting go and letting God, I am praying crazy prayers and trusting in God for my “One Day”! I believe my walk with God is going deeper than it ever has and he is working in me so I help other people who
    are struggling with this as well.

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