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.Too Many Yes’s

Some say it’s normal.  Being busy is a way of life.  Not being on the go means you are not doing enough.  To sit down is to waste time.

In today’s society there is so much to do.  We are constantly filling up our calendars with all kinds of events and goals and never ending chores.  Our to do lists get longer and longer by the minute.  Then, we lay awake at night when we are suppose to be resting and think about all of the things we did not get done.  Is this really how God intending us to be as humans?

In the video you will notice there are cups and cups and CUPS of coffee to help get through the week.  After I produced the video God said to me the coffee represents how often we rely on other things to get us through our days rather than leaning on Him for our strength and support.

We would run ourselves ragged if we continued on that pace in the video for very long.  When we are so busy doing the WORK of God, when do we have time to spend with God?  Which is why I would like to suggest that we take ACTION and learn to rest.  What?  Rest is an Action?  Yes.  Yes it is.  If we forget this one simple element, rest,  in our life, we will soon be unable to take any action at all.

A is for Abide:  Learn how to stop running around and just abide in Jesus.

C is for Calling:  Are the things you are doing really your calling?

T is for timing:  Is there realistically time in your schedule for what you say yes to?

I is for intent: Why are you saying yes?  To please God or man?  Is it  yes just because there is  a desire to fit in?

O is for Open Communication:  We must have open communication with God so that we will be directed to the things He wants us to do

N is for Next Step:  If we are rested, God will be able to define our steps and put us right in line with the promise of

Jeremiah 29:11

 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

I know I made it seem easy, yet I know it’s not.  You have to start with loving yourself enough to say NO to those things which are hindering you from spending quality time with God.  You really don’t have to do it all.  That’s a lie from the enemy.  He wants us to have our calendars filled everyday.  He wants us to be worn out and unrested.  But God doesn’t.  He wants to lead you beside green pastures and let you see the still waters.  He desires to restore us and guide us in the right paths.  He wants to protect you from evil and comfort you.  He wants you to sit at His table amongst your enemies.  He wants to anoint your head with oil and fill your cup to overflowing.  He wants goodness and mercy to follow after you and He wants to dwell with you in His house…..

BUT

How can He do this is we don’t sit still long enough?

Dear God:

Forgive us for being so busy that we miss you in the process.  Teach us how to rest.  Show  us how in our own individual ways what it means to rest.  We give you permission to slow us down so that we can rest in You daily.  Lord, we praise You for the work You are about to do in our lives.  Thank You for loving us right where we are.

In Jesus Name. AMEN

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Stand in the Rain

1 Corinthians 16:13

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

 13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Being strong in the Lord is not an easy place to just arrive, it takes many times of standing in the rain, soaking up the things He has for you.  It means nights of prayers.  It takes hours of writing journals.  Yes it even contains waiting for what seems forever for things to happen.  Standing in the rain also means, enduring the race and pacing yourself from one crisis to another so as not to become weary.  Standing firm in your faith causes one to become more confident that God is working on their behalf and enables them to be able to share God’s goodness in their lives.  Standing is so beneficial when it comes to the things you know are God in the working.  Yes, I realize it is difficult sometimes and you just want the event to be over and the mountain removed, however what is God trying to impress upon you in those moments?

Often we want to rush through one thing in life to another as if telling God when we have figured out a lesson and passed it with flying colors.  How many times have we done the same task over and over wondering when we can move onto the next never realizing we never mastered anything at all?  We think that because the world is going and going like the energizer bunny, that we too must move in this faster than God intended lifestyle just to keep up with everything else.  Well, in reality God is asking us to slow down, spend some quality time with Him, learning and mastering His ways and not the worlds.

God will sometimes have us stand in the rain for a long time, soaking in His love for us.  Then there may be times when we feel as though drought has come and times of discouragement take over.  It is a constant battle between flesh and spirit and God is trying to patiently teach us how to choose the spirit life over the flesh, worldly one.  God calls us to a deeper commune with Him and not just once a week at church or the occasional attending of a Bible study or ice cream social.  God wants time with us every day so He can rain down His love upon us to give us strength for the day ahead of us.

I encourage all of us to spend a little extra time in prayer this week, asking God what He wants to rain upon us as we yearn to grow a little closer to Him.  Is He asking you to step out of your comfort zone this week?  Does He want to heal you from a sickness?  Does He desire to teach you how to forgive someone you thought might never be possible?  Perhaps He just wants time with you.  Whatever is it, let God rain on you and just stand there and receive.  Go ahead, throw your arms up in total surrender.  God wants to fill you with more of Him so others can see you are a child of the King. Most people will notice when you spend time with God.

One Minute Alone With God

“[God Alone a Refuge from Treachery and Oppression.] For the choir director; according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David. My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.” Psalm 62:1 NASB

(I love when the verse of the day is the very verse I need)

How Happy You Will Be After One Minute With God!

Continuing with the theme of taking just one minute to spend with God in the morning, I remember I had written something for my boss awhile back and thought I would share it with you.  This was written two years ago as I watched a very stressed man try his best to balance family, career and God.  Mark has now gone on to be with the Lord and he is dearly missed, but little reminders of him and his mannerisms still linger in my mind.  I wish I could have helped define more clearly the peace I had found since letting go of my marriage and letting God have total control.  I was beginning to walk down the road to recovery and I wanted to show Mark just how I was letting it happen.  I wanted so much for him to have peace in his life.

Beginning our day with God is one thing and it sets us in the right direction for a day which will be filled with His presence, however, some days are just bad and we need some extra time to soak in God.  In my profession as a restaurant manager, my days are fast paced and often hectic, not allowing for a whole lot of time to sit and contemplate the things of God.  So here is what I do, HIDE.  I take a moment in the freezer or the restroom or try to lock myself in the office for a moment.  If I cannot escape to any of these locations, well, I just start singing softly to myself, usually Amazing Grace or something other worship song (except for today when I broke out in “Old McDonald had a farm”) that is running around in my spirit realm.  Almost instantly my focus is regained and I am able to move forward without losing too much of my cool.

So here is what I sent to my boss in hopes of giving him some relief and a focus tool for when things just seems to be too much.  I hope it will be a helpful tool for you as well.  Be Blessed!

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When things are not going as planned. Everything seems to be crashing all around us. Phone calls are disrupting our peace. One disaster after another, a continuous stream of fires to put out. This is when we need to close the door. Turn of the phone for just one minute, sit down somewhere and thank God for all the good things He as given unto us. When we begin to think of all the things God has provided for us, no matter how small or insignificant they may be, we begin to find inner peace.

As we mature into adult Christians this becomes easier. When we begin to know God gives us peace in an instant, then all we need is a minute to regain our composer so we can refocus our energies on positives in our lives rather than negatives. The world is cruel, things are falling apart all around us but how blessed are we that we just have to close our eyes and connect with God. Sometimes it just takes turning on a favorite Christian cd in our car or at our desk. Sometimes it’s going outside for a brief adventure, just to get a glimpse of what God wants you to see.

So when things are going completely in the wrong direction, just take one minute to thank God for whatever comes across your mind at the moment. Even if just thanking Him for the green light on the way to work so you were not late. Something as simple as thanking Him for the sunlight, the rain or even just the fact He loves you no matter what. I urge you today to spend one minute with God. Just one minute. You’ve got voicemail or an answering machine right? If it’s really important they will find a way to touch base with you. Just one minute alone with God can get you through hours upon hours of grief. One minute.

 

Got A Minute?

Luke 12:12
for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”

Luke 12:40
You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”

Do you have enough time for everything in your life?  Most of us would have to answer that question with a resounding , NO!  We bog ourselves down with too many obligations to count.  Soccer games, favorite television shows, home parties, birthday events, church services, Bible studies, football games, youth leaders, coaches, leaders of groups…I could go on, but you get the picture I am sure.  Yes many of these things are important and very much of what makes us who we are, but for those who also hold down full time jobs which take up 45 hours a week or more, scheduling LIFE can be overwhelming and tedious.  We just need to come to the realization that we don’t have the time to say “Yes” to everything that sounds like fun.  Now the point of this blog is not to accuse or convict, it is merely showing what we really need to make time for in our day:  God.

It is the quiet times when we take a minute for God that we can download what He needs us to hear.  It gives us the strength we need to conquer anything that might be thrown at us in the meandering of our day.  Let’s imagine for a moment Jesus standing at the beginning of dawn, waiting for us to invite Him into our day.  What if we get so busy right from the get-go that we leave Him standing out there all day long, never once pausing to seek Him?  My greatest weakness at one time was this very thing.  I had my whole day planned out and not one minute would I spend with God.  Nope, not even one thought, unless things were going so terrible that I HAD to call out His Name in hopes that He would fix the situation.  If only I had called on Him right from the start of my day, He would have already been there to set things before me.

I now get up and go as usual but on the car ride to work I pray and say good morning to Him and play some worship music.  It really does make a difference because when things are going wrong during the day, my morning ride reminds that God is right there with me.  What God desires is a relationship with us first and foremost, once we have that, then all other aspects of being a Christian just seem to fall into place.  The more we seek time with Him, the more the desire to sin goes away.  The more we start our day with a “Good Morning, Lord” the easier it will be to keep our focus on the positive and stop releasing evil on everyone around us.  Giving just one minute of our time to God can make a world of difference in any situation.

I am still slow at saying no.  I want to do all the fun things in life too, however when I find myself over-extended, I get tired easier and do not truly enjoy what I am doing.  As we further mature into Christian adulthood, we need a closer walk with God and longer times to download the things He has in store for us.  How can we possibly know where God wants us to go if we are not slowing down long enough to get directions?  How can we rise each morning and not recognize our King as the One who rules our day?  It’s Biblical!  He knew us before birth, our days are ordered.  What more do we need to hear about God being a part of our day?

So I challenge all of us to spend ONE minute, yes we will start with just 60 seconds at first, with God in the morning.  It takes time to form habits, yet this is one we should begin right away.  Start with one minute for a week, maybe put it in your phone calendar or set an alarm, perhaps just putting a note on the mirror or making God the first thing on your to do list.  Whatever works for you!  Just start now to form the habit of spending time with God each day.  When you have had success at the one minute with God, try two the next week and keep increasing it until you are spending as much time as you desire with God each day.  I assure you it will make a BIG difference in your life for the positive and people will see it!  Reply to this blog or share it in the testimony part of the blog page.  I want to hear some reports!  Who knows how many of us will be setting an alarm just so we can get up early enough to spend some extra time with God.