life beyond the well…

how i got over…and the main thing

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when i was growing up in church, they would always sing the song “how i got over”, and the basic part that i remember is “my soul looks back and wondered how i got over”. quite a simple message, but very powerful and that describes how i feel about my relationship with God. there were so many things that i remember facing, but i came out victorious; and when i look back over those situations i wonder “what exactly did i do to get through that”…yet and still i KNOW that it was GOD who carried me. GOD has been so good to me and SO FAITHFUL to me- there were times when i didn’t know how i was gonna make it, or even if i was going to make it…but i did. to GOD be the glory for the things he has done!

my devotionals have had so many good things to say:

“our greatest danger in life is permitting urgent things to crowd out the important; to fail to live by a clear set of priorities. everybody is living for something. the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

the scripture reference for that was Psalms 27:4: “one thing i have desired of the Lord, that will i seek: that i may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”

in that verse, it’s clear that David’s “main thing” is the Lord. that’s what he’s living for, the Lord tops out his set of priorities. David was on point too, desiring the Lord’s will and being a servant of God to the point that God dubbed him “a man after my own heart.”

that’s powerful…and inspiring. as a christian, my “main thing” is the Lord; however, I would be foolish if i didn’t say that there are all types of distractions that can keep the Lord from being the “main thing”. when i was younger, i learned a quote that said “the reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they trade what they want most for what they want most at the moment”. i never forgot that, and using that quote in this situation, i can always ask myself if i’m willing to trade my relationship with Christ (what i value most) for whatever floats around at the moment. the answer is always no. i’m keeping the main thing THE main thing…

i’ve been through enough things in my life, and lived long enough without God to recognize that before i was saved, my life was empty. there are things that you desire, a certain fulfillment that you never get unless you know God for yourself…we can survive and get by and live off of others prayers, but we can thrive and flourish and grow off of the living water that we can ONLY get from Christ.

man…i’m so glad i found the Lord Jesus in time! be encouraged all!

remember: the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

peace and blessings

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Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

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