Anita and Ben Wedding Photo

Wedding photo

1. Put God First in your Life

We all want to run our own life. It’s our human nature. We want to believe we’re in charge. We want to plan our life and then have God bless it instead of asking God to plan our lives. The Scriptures say, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you.” Do we really believe that?  Are we trusting God for that? Are we seeking His kingdom first? We all have to ask ourselves this from time to time because it’s so easy to slip into our old ways.

There’s no substitute to trusting God with our lives. No way to get around it. So put God first and let Him decide. It has eternal consequences.

2. Put God first in your Day                                                        The Missionary’s False Teeth

One of my real struggles is doing my quiet time first when I have a very busy day ahead. I admit that. Sometimes I rush into my day and in essence, put God last. Oh, I expect the Lord to bless my day. It’s just that God will have to wait. I think I can handle things in the meantime.

I can tell you it never works!  It’s not that the Lord doesn’t help me. It’s that I don’t have the peace I need. I feel guilty for putting Him last. Each of us has a different schedule. It your time with God is scheduled later in the day, that’s no sin. But for me, I have to put Him first. Life just doesn’t work for me without it. And now that I’m a widow and have the house to myself (as well as my own schedule,) there’s really no excuse.

Anita Dennis3. Put God first with your time.

I’ve been feeling guilty lately by how much time I spend watching TV. I live alone and I usually watch TV while I eat – also in the evening. I have a feeling that when I reach eternity, I will be reminded of how much more good I could have done with the time God’s given me.

4. Put God first in your Relationships

This is a no-brainer. Without a merciful attitude and forgiveness, no relationship can survive. Especially marriage on any other close partnership. In my marriage, God was at the top with Ben and I the two lower points of the triangle. God was first in my life. And for my husband, it was the same. I think it made us love each other more and better. It allowed us a framework, a guide for marriage. Did we do it perfectly? Far from it. But with forgiveness, we made it work. I highly recommend it.                                                                Falling In Love - Ben & Anita with family

Blessings on your spiritual journey!

Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief

I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!Beyond Myself Book Cover by Author Anita Katherine Dennis