LOVE this, Cherie! I have been praying about a couple of big things lately and begging Him to give me a word that would shed light on my path and all He said after much agonizing prayer was, “Seek first my Kingdom, and the rest will be added to you”. I know that He’s telling me that I can’t want those things more than I want him. They can’t be what keeps me up at night or “what I thirst for”. These will not satisfy me long-term and will only soon be replaced by the next “big thing” I am praying about… and so the cycle continues. Then I read in Mt. 6:8 this morning what Jesus said about the babbling pagans and their many words, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” What rest this can give me to just think on Him, His great love for me, His going before me to prepare the solutions to my questions before I even knew to ask them, and the freedom that I can go on about my day while He works all this out for my good and just let Him do His thing.
Thanks for sharing, Kristen. I honestly love the simplicity in God’s response to your prayer—seek Him first. Isn’t that exactly right in every situation we find ourselves in? Love you, friend.
Love your transparency here Cherie, and I’ll say it again how excited we are for you two! I love how you tied this all together. Jesus sure did not mince words and I find that when I hunger & thirst after the right things I am filled up and content, but when I chase after the worldly stuff, I am left empty, tired, disappointed and longing. God’s Word never ever fails me; it fills me!