Seek You First

Seek you first.

I’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately. Over thesenpast few months, I haven’t been posting very much. In fact, I only recently picked back up and began reaching out to you again.

You see…I dont know where to start. It seems that over the past several years I’ve just been living, but I havent been living for myself. I’ve been going through life and frankly don’t know who I am.

So 2021 is a quest. Who IS Dawn Michelle Michals?

First thing’s first:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 6:33 ESV

I am seeking God FIRST.  And,  as He promises, ALL these things will be added unto me.

My work.

My job.

My purpose.

My hope.

My faith.

ALL these things. I’m trusting in YOU, now God. I am ready.

God Surprises

We had a surprise in our yard this year. At least 10 tomato plants started growing with absolutely no help from us. ⁣⁣
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They didn’t need us to plant them. ⁣⁣
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They didn’t need us to water them to make them thrive. ⁣⁣
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They haven’t seemed to need our help at all. (We do water them on occasional since we feel like we have to be doing SOMETHING.) ⁣
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And, now our sweet tomato plants are giving us a harvest. They just so happen to be my absolute favorite variety. ⁣⁣
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I’m grateful to God. For showing me that I’m not needed. LOL And, that He is quite capable of providing my every need. ⁣⁣

What blessings do you have in this time? I find it a good practice, especially during these strange days, to focus on the many blessings I have, both small and large. ⁣

For a God who loves me unconditionally. ⁣

For my mother and daughter, and all my friends and fur babies who bring me so much love and joy. ⁣

For always having enough toilet paper. ⁣

And, for surprise tomato plants. 🍅⁣

Let God be God

Let God be God. A blog post by Dawn Michelle Michals on www.dawnmichellemichals.com.

I know at times I try to be God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but I am not any of these three.

Be grateful for that. 😊

I try to be in control. I think I AM in control. And, then I get all befuddled when things don’t go exactly how I want them.

But, for me, a change is coming…

It’s time to let God be God. To get out of the way. To sit and be and rest in all that He has for me. I trust Him. I will trust Him.

Do you need to trust Him too? In your life? In your work? With everything that is going on in our country? With COVID-19?

Know that God is God. HE is still in control. He will always be.

If you are having problems trusting God today, I am right here with you. You are not alone. And, it doesn’t make you a “bad Christian” either. We are in the midst of a rough go right now. And, when trusting ANYONE these days is hard, God totally understands that it can be hard to trust in Him, too.

He will not punish us for it. He will not bless someone else. He is a loving Father who wants what’s best for us and protects us.

Today, I choose to trust God – in everything and in every way.

Let’s pray…

God, we know you are in control. We know you have all things in Your capable hands. We trust you today with our lives, our family’s lives and this nation. Please help us to see your hand at work, and please help us to be your light in every situation. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Have a blessed rest of the week, my friend.

~Chelle

FOMO vs. Me

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A few months back I wrote a post called FOMO vs. Jesus. You can catch it here if you missed it.

In it, I spoke about how as Christians we shouldn’t have a Fear of Missing Out.

And, I truly believe that. God will not let us miss out on anything we are planned to do if we are following Him. Let me reiterate – if we are following Him.

But, since I’ve written that post, I’ve had a problem.

I discovered I have FOMO.

A severe case, in fact.

So today I want to address it. Embrace it.

And, release it to God.

You see…

I like to be busy. Or, at least I thought I did. I had to be at all the parties, be in all the groups, attend all the online chats, and be at every gathering, get-together, function, party, meeting and event I could handle, which turns out to be a lot.

But, I noticed something…

I wasn’t happy.

I was sick all the time.

I was really stressed out.

Can you feel me?

I had FOMO. I still have FOMO. But, today I will let it go.

The Bible says to not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough troubles of its own. (My paraphrase of Matthew 6:34)

Tomorrow has enough troubles of its own.

I need to be in today, in this moment, in this very second. So now, I wake up not looking at my planner, but first asking God, “What do you have for me to do today?” And, I do it. And, I take a deep breath in knowing that whatever God wants of me – it will happen.

Wherever He has me placed.

Whatever He wants me to do.

Whoever He wants me to chat with.

It will happen. In His timing.

I’ve noticed I don’t miss the important things. I don’t miss important meetings and events that are on my calendar. I noticed I am more interested in developing my time. And, I’ve noticed I have a lot more of it! 

Today, will you stand in prayer with me that my FOMO be released to Dad? I no longer wish to worry about what I’m missing out on, because in the arms of Jesus, I won’t miss a thing.

For Him,

~Chelle

Are you a light?

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  Hey, Sweet Friend!

Today, I want to talk about light with you. 
 
There are so many references to it in the Word of God.

To me, there are two parts to this light: The Following and The Drawing.

The Following

In the Old Testament, we follow the light. A lot.

“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.” Exodus 13:21 (ESV)

In the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land, the Israelites followed a pillar of fire every night. When it moved, they moved. When it stopped, they camped.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had signs in the sky like that today?!?

When God spoke us all into existence, His first words were, “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3)
 
And, there was.

Light is synonymous with good. Isaiah 2:5 says, “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of the Lord.” 

God wants us to follow His light. To walk in His ways. To be in His will. His light is the road sign that leads us there.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105
 
The Drawing

Jesus says in John 9:5, While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
John 1:9 says, “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.”
 
God gave us His light so we can be a light. As beacons, we draw others to the truths of God.
 
“Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” (John 12:36)
 
God wants His will to be on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6) He wants His light to shine on earth as it does in the heavenlies.

Be that light.
 
One of my favorite scriptures that I use as a prayer is Matthew 6:15. It says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
 
“Let your light shine.”

Send an encouraging email, shoot someone a text, post something inspirational to your social media, or even start a blog. God designed you to be His light in this world. Just think of it! His light is shooting out your eyeballs!

What are some others way you can be a light? Let me know below in the comments.