Good morning, folks.
Today is an eventfully sad day… It’s my last day of substitute teaching!
I landed a job in corporate health care (my line of work), and start full-time next week, so the time has come to say goodbye to the kiddos! Although it was an interim job between military moves, I’m sure gonna miss teaching these K-8th graders. It was a crazy fun experience that kept things fresh between health care jobs, and I am so thankful for having had the opportunity!
Along with my last days of teaching come possibly my last days at the gym I’ve been working out at for the last three months. There’s a fitness center at my new place of work (score!!) that I am totally excited to check out. I’m guessing that is where my workouts will start taking place for matter of convenience. (Although, I’ll miss heading to the gym with my stud of a husband. I like when we work out together!)
Today I was still sooo sore from the other day’s back + lower body workout, so I did an hour of cardio. An hour is a long time to spend doing one thing, so I split it up between the elliptical and treadmill machines.
I chose an interval workout that consisted of 4 minutes on level 4 resistance, then 4 minutes on level 10. I did four intervals in all, making for a grand total of 32 minutes. (33 counting the minute warming up on level 0).
I immediately followed it up with a treadmill walk of 3.0 mph at level 7 incline for 25 minutes.
The workout wasn’t altogether challenging, but it kept my heart rate elevated for the entire hour, which is exactly what I wanted. It also was a break for my sore, sore muscles. A successful post-strengthening, cardio workout in my book!
When finishing the book of Proverbs last week, a specific prayer jumped out at me. Proverbs 30 records the prayer of a man named Agur, (how’s that for a name?). In verses 7-9, he makes two requests to God that I found interesting. Check it out:
O God, I beg two favors from you before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.
I love that prayer. Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. It took me awhile to understand the “supplication” part of prayer, (check out my ACTS model of prayer post), and when I got comfortable presenting my requests to God, I found myself struggling with my “wants vs. needs.” On one hand, God gave me the desire to own a home and have a house to ourselves, but is that really what we need? I know He wants to give us the desires of our hearts, but is that desire in His will for our lives?
I’ve come to realize that it’s not about asking God for the “right” or “wrong” things as much as it is about growing in our relationship and likeness of Him so that our wills align with God. My prayer requests become less about me and my wants and more about Him and what He wants. I still have desires that aren’t clearly in God’s will for our lives, but I request them and then trust the results to Him, knowing that He is faithful to hear and provide the needs of his children, (Matthew 7:7-12).
Like Agur, (still lovin’ that name), I want to ask God to provide just enough to satisfy my needs. God knows and understands (better than I do!) my need for love and provision. Whether or not that involves a house is up to Him. I just pray about it and trust Him with it!
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Do you ask and trust God to give you exactly what you need?