I was trying to come up with a pen name for this when my wonderful mom suggested that I go with F.R.O.G. You know, Fully Rely On God. I decided to add my own twist and am now F.R.O.G.G.E.R.: Fully Relying On God, Gaining Eternal Riches. This comes from Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding," and Matthew 6:20, "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." These are two of the things that I am striving to do during these seven weeks. The first more than the second, though; I want to learn how to rely on God.
During this first week and a half of this experiment, I have discovered much about God, myself and where my dependence lies. The majority of the time, my dependence is on myself. I don't know why, it isn't like I know what I'm doing. How much smarter it would be for me to give God control over my life and to depend on Him for everything I need, but I very seldom do. As I have contemplated the things that discourage my dependence on God and the things that encourage my dependence on God, I have discovered something: the only difference between the two is the perspective from which I choose to view them. Every circumstance has the potential to either increase or decrease my dependence on God. It is my choice. When I find myself in a situation (good, bad or otherwise), I can either turn it over to God and trust Him to take care of it, or I can attempt to handle it on my own. I can be brought down by whatever is going on around me and inside of me, or I can realize that it is another opportunity to trust in God's strength and faithfulness. There is no circumstance that God cannot use for His glory. He is working in everything around me; all He wants me to do is to connect with Him through faith and to depend on Him to accomplish His goals through me wherever I am.
Father God, thank You for the way You work in my life. Thank You for Your presence, for always being there for me to depend on. Please, help me to be more willing to place my dependence on You, rather than on myself. As I go through this life, help me to see each situation as one in which I can depend on You and bring You glory. Thank You for Your mercy and Your love; You are an awesome God!
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28