The Off-Season

WBlog - The Off Seasone’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.

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Fully Present in the Moment

Blog - Remain Fully PresentHow 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

2019: The Year of DECREASE

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!

blog - decreaseThe 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

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

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’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.
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2019: The Year of DECREASE

blog - decrease - no wordsThe 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!
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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