I have always been a pretty self-motivated, goal-oriented person. In school, especially, I set high goals and worked hard to achieve them. In my adult life, I have continued to set goals and have been determined to meet them.
But I can get so driven and focused on my goals … that I forget to invite God into them.
Pretty soon, everything starts to revolve around my goals, my plans, my efforts, and I squeeze out the One who put it all into motion in the first place. The One who blessed me with my children, the One who created me with talents and abilities, and the One who put those desires and passions in my heart.
Even pursuits that start out as obediently following a directive from the Lord, such as when I opened my heart to becoming a mother or when I started this blog, can morph into something else entirely. Something that is more about my own pleasure, my own self-esteem and self-worth, and my own achievements. I begin to work out my goals out of my own strength and ideas rather than following His leading and wisdom.
I realized I was once again falling into this trap a couple months ago. Blogging, homemaking, and motherhood, in particular, had become more about accomplishing my goals than furthering His Kingdom. I knew this would be a constant, daily battle.
To help me remember Who should be in charge, directing my steps, I compiled a collection of Scriptures and prayers to dedicate each day to the Lord.
I hope they help you, as they have helped me, maintain focus on the Author of your life and the One who can order your steps better than anyone here on earth.
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Prayers to Dedicate Each Day
Order my steps, Lord, that I will go where you want me to go and do what you want me to do.
Give me the wisdom to set correct priorities and the discipline to manage my time accordingly.
Help me accept and embrace divine interruptions. (I need LOTS of help with this one!)
Fill my heart with your plans so that they may succeed. I seek Your will over my desires and plans.
Create in me a clean heart with pure motives for the work that I will do today.
Help me view motherhood and managing my home in light of Your Kingdom and Glory.
List of Scriptures to Dedicate Your Day
- Psalm 37:23-24
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
- Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
- Psalm 39:1
I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
- Psalm 143:8
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.
- Proverbs 16:3
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
- Proverbs 16:9
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
- Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path.
- Romans 12:1-2
… Give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
- Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
- Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.
- Psalm 119:133
Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil.
- Galatians 5:16
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
- Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Click the link below for a FREE printable version of these Scriptures.
Do you have as much trouble as I do keeping the focus of your goals on God’s Kingdom? Do you struggle to place greater emphasis on God’s will for your life than you do on your own desires and objectives?
Do yourself a favor – get the free printable. Print it out and post it around your house, stick it in your Bible or planner, and share it with others. Keep it in front of you to remind yourself to seek first His Kingdom each and every day.
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