Fruitful People Know This . . . .

Blog - When to RestWe need time to rest!  But most of us don’t get enough of it. Wonderful rest is the upshot of obedience to our Creator.

In the Old Testament, God established a day of rest for His people. In fact, He felt so strongly about it that He made it one of His commandments. Sadly though, the Israelites did not take heed to it as God’s mandate; instead, they ignored His command and trampled upon it. They did their own thing, much like we see in the lives of professing believers today. They wanted God to recognize and respond to their needs on the heels of their fleshly efforts. But God had a different perspective. In Isaiah 58, He told His people to stop pushing their own agenda. He told them that if they indeed wanted to honor Him, they must stop doing their own ways, stop finding their own pleasures, and stop speaking their own words (v. 13). Continue reading

The Key to Surpassing Peace

BLOG - Keys to PeaceSerious is the temptation to worry and become anxious about the cares of this world. Some days it’s hard to grab hold of the surpassing peace that Paul so eloquently wrote about in Philippians chapter 4.

Asserting that the believer has protection through the peace of God and the reassuring presence of the God of peace, Paul instructs us on how we can ascertain the peace that will cause others to marvel.
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Launch a Counterattack

Blog - Counterattack - keep workingVicious attacks, trials, and persecution from expected sources (those who hate Christ) and the most unlikely sources (those who profess to be Christians but have little desire to firmly follow Christ). We can launch a counterattack as we hold fast to our faith in Christ.

But what are we to do? Continue reading

When We Are Struggling…..

It’s a bad idea.

For believers to be alone.

To decide to live in isolation.

Blog - IronWe need others to come alongside us and sharpen in us what might otherwise be a dull blade.

A blunt knife is still a knife, but its effectiveness and its usefulness are greatly reduced. So it is with the believer who is left to herself – without the benefits that other sisters in Christ provide.  Continue reading

White Space

Blog - White Space We need it! But most of us don’t have it.  

WHITE SPACE.

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

The Off Season

WBlog - The Off Seasone’re not always busy; there are times when we will have an off-season. An off-season is a period of time when the least of 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. Continue reading

Bearing Burdens

blog-burdened1Troubling 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 is so comforting 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. Continue reading