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.
Crossing the finish line and finally accomplishing the end goal—that thing you’ve always wanted—could be as simple as asking yourself some thought-provoking questions, spending some time answering, and developing a viable, “stick-to-it” plan.
Keeping the big picture in focus is important. But establishing and maintaining good habits that move us incrementally closer to the goal are two important means to help you reach your end goal. In other words, it’s the day to day actionable and practical steps that move us closer to fulfillment. Focusing too intensely on the overarching goal may invite us to muse about the favorable outcome rather than realizing its end.
I’m learning this. Why would I say I’m learning this? Since I’m writing about it, shouldn’t this be a lesson learned? Continue reading
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
What’s possible for you in 2020?
This question requires some serious thought. You can’t answer it on a whim.
There are some things that seem impossible to accomplish. But because this new year (and new decade) has come in with great expectation, we will not focus on what seems impossible; instead, we will focus on what is possible according to God’s promises.
For me, 2020 is the year of reflective possibility! It’s not just the year of possibility . . . but reflective possibility! 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
When the O is out of control, there is bound to be a breaking point in the near future.
What do I mean?
When the things that we do day in and day out circle out of control, we may reach a break point in the process. Continue reading
What do you have planned for the upcoming new year 2019? Most people begin to reflect on the happenings of the current year and become expectedly hopeful about the upcoming year during the fall season. For some, the contemplation can be intense. The fall is a most notable season for careful rumination, firm reiteration, and earnest rededication, looking forward to the new year.
What worked in 2018? What didn’t? What should I do differently? What’s best to keep the same? What are my goals for the year? Are they even worthwhile?
In some circles, imitation may be considered a bad word. This is true even in Christian circles.
People want to fit in and so many surmise, what better way to fit in than to imitate those with whom I associate? The problem is, it doesn’t work—well.
Why? Continue reading