We’re not always busy; there are times when we will have an off-season. The off-season is a period of time when the least amount of activity or involvement is required; it’s a time period when there are low points in our schedule; a time when we are the least busy. It is at those times that many of us relax our focus and lessen our stride—even our stride in the Word of God. It’s a potentially dangerous period of time. It’s much like the time we’re experiencing now with COVID-19.
How do you challenge yourself to remain present in every moment of your day? To listen carefully to God’s voice amid a hectic day?
It’s not always easy. Some days are super busy; therefore, listening for His voice and remaining present will take great resolve.
I like having steady and intentional use for my time, but I’m also grateful for the pause button on those really busy days. I’ve learned that those times aren’t readily handed to us. We must deliberately push the pause button and take in the spiritual food of God’s Word that is wonderfully nourishing to our souls.
I remember the day that God tugged at my heart and prompted me to put away what I was doing and listen. So, I did. And here’s what happened. Continue reading
Is God’s grace truly sufficient?
For every situation? For every dilemma? For every single encounter?
According to our Lord, it is.
Who would have thought things would progress like this? Solomon did say, “There is no new thing under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). None of this is new, but nearly all of this is new to us. Because it’s new to us, it’s also scary for most of us. And without mitigation, fear can quickly become overwhelming. That said, well-intended precaution against the pandemic can turn into preoccupation with the effects of it. Maybe you’ve noticed.
Some people are preoccupied with the constant notifications, news alerts and updates of confirmed cases and associated deaths. And some people are preoccupied with developing ways to stay connected while we’re staying apart. And yet many others are preoccupied with the economy, how to maintain their standard of living in the face of unforeseen financial hardship. These are just a few stressors, because there are many others—like being physically at risk yourself or caring for loved ones who are ill or at risk of becoming ill themselves.
But there is help! There are practical tips that we can employ to help leverage our time alone together and lessen the stress.
You may accomplish some things because you’re SMART, but it won’t be good enough.
It won’t be enough to bring lasting change to your life—at least not the change you’re probably hoping it will bring.
Being SMART is not enough to become excellent in your God-given purpose. It’s not enough to go the distance for God. Continue reading
So . . . how did you do? What opportunities did you use to decrease for Jesus in 2019? This is a repost from one year ago. For myself, I see greater opportunity to continue decreasing in 2020.
We should always be willing to decrease that Christ will increase in our life. This will be ongoing for me! Numbers 2 & 3, I have made great progress and much more is needed. Number 4 . . . has been the biggest struggle for me in 2019 and will be a major focus for 2020.
So . . . how did you do? Leave a comment! It’s not too late! Get started!
The way up is down!
Humility is the road to exaltation!
A step back may be a step up!
Each one of these statements may be familiar, but are they also counterintuitive? Do they oppose common sense? How can the way up really be down? How can a step back really be a step up? In a natural sense, they may seem counterproductive, but they are exactly how we must govern ourselves, if we are going to be instrumental in the kingdom of God. This year is my year of dedicated decrease! While most people want to increase their money, status, possessions, I have made it my quest to embrace great decrease in my life in four primary areas. And here’s how I plan to do it! Continue reading
We need it! But most of us don’t have it.
Most of my days are jammed-packed. It seems like the lists and obligations have no reprieve.
Yesterday, I started preparing for this week’s obligations. Though I do try, it’s hard to leave blank areas in my planner, because there is so much work to be done. But I’m learning that if I am going to continue in the work, leaving some white space is critical. Continue reading
It’s not easy!
And it won’t ever be easy!
Still, as disciples of Christ, we are told at least five times in the Gospels to take up our cross and follow Christ. Continue reading
Difficulty freeing yourself of distractions?
Having a hard time holding up the Do Not Disturb sign?
We’ve all been there. And if we’re honest, the saga continues. . .
Every day we begin again. This time with a sincere resolution to finish what we’ve started without the interference of social media and text messages (my vice), crises that really aren’t crises but failures to plan, and the subtle interruptions of our own disconnected thoughts. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to excel in a completely distraction free so we must limit the amount of distractions that hinder instead.
Troubling times will come. It’s inevitable. Jesus did say that in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33). There is not much that we can count “for sure” in this world, but tribulation is a certainty. What’s so comforting, though, is the Savior’s next statement to His disciples, and therefore to us as His present-day disciples. He encourages us to be of good cheer for He Himself has overcome the world.
Because Jesus conquered (nikaó) the world, His disciples have become conquerors in Him. For this reason, we can take purposeful aim at living in and walking according to the peace that He has afforded us. But sometimes we need a little help in order to grasp the eternal perspective regarding the difficulties that surface in our lives. We need others to come alongside to help us shoulder the burden.