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Settle

Never settle for less than the best God has for you.

I have been on a journey the last six months seeking direction from the Lord.  I hear him say, “Trust me I will provide.”

I hear, “Volunteer and help others.”

So I volunteer, and I study and I pray and I seek.

And….I wait.

I don’t want to settle for a life less than what My Father has planned.

I want all He has for me which might be less of worldly thing, no most probably is less of what the world has to offer.  After all He knows the plans he has for me, he knows the gifts and talents he has given me and he knows my personality.

Trusting him rather than settle for a regular life, so I can live the adventurous journey he planned rather than following my own plan.  This is my desire.

 

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Routine

Five-minute write with Kate Motaung of Five-minute Fridays on Facebook.

Some things are easy and more natural to get into a routine about, but somethings, unless started young,  are not so easy.  Work, eating and sleeping are pretty routine activities in life, but  other thing like exercise and stretching take a lot more discipline to do regularly. 

Some things are essential to have a routine for and others are not. 

Some people need routine but others don’t.   

Routines can help us to develop self-discipline which is one of the fruits of the Spirit, and in that way routines are great. 

However, once in a while we need to break from the routines to add some color to our lives, to color outside the lines that the routines create.

Routines of time with God, though each day it looks different, is the most precious routine of all. 

He calls “Come,  sit at My feet and rest, learn from Me, listen to what I want us to do today.” 

Without this routine life would be too overwhelming with all the stress of the day to day activities and thoughts, especially when finances are a burden. Sitting, listening with his word, to His word, adds color which adds joy, because He gives light to the situations and order to our lives, out of that order comes the routine of serving Him when and where He goes in this city.

 

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Tired

5 minutes word prompt for Five Minute Fridays with Kate Motaung.

Tired to be worn out, exhausted, have no energy or to be tired of something in particular.

I think we can all relate to the word tired.  Many are tired after work, after a day of shopping, after a day of fun… so many things physically tire us but that can be a good feeling, especially if it was fun or an accomplishment of something.  However, there is another kind of tired where we become drained and just want life to stop.

Recently that is how I felt.  I was tired of the stress and anxiety of life.  Physically I felt exhausted all the time.  Just like there was no life in me anymore.  Then I got tired of being tired, especially since I could not understand why I felt tired all the time.

For myself much of the tiredness comes from an overactive thought life, I had to think about what I was thinking about and notice the words coming out of my mouth to start to change, to change my attitude and change my thinking about life.

Life is difficult, God never said it would be easy and the sooner it is accepted that this is so, the sooner I can make a change in my thinking so that I can overcome the tiredness.

Jesus said he has overcome the world, he calls me to come rest in Him.  When I come to him he helps me to overcome my worldly worries of thinking, over thinking, what my circumstances are.  Lately, he reminds me over and over, seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added unto you.  He will provide and take care of me.  All the worry and over thinking doesn’t add anything to my life except tiredness.  To be relieved of being tired it, for me, is about trusting in Him, not overextending myself because of the worlds’ demands but a resting in Him, knowing he will take care of me, because He cares for me.

So, I am on a new path to freedom from this heavy tiredness I have been carrying, I am changing my thinking about life and finding there is joy found in gratefulness, in His presence strength and encouragement can be found to walk through one more day not knowing, yet knowing.  Focus on Him is the way for me to get out of the depths of tiredness because He is my strength.

In Proverbs 23:7  it says, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he”.  If we think and speak “I am tired” all the time then we create that tiredness and heaviness of heart.  I didn’t use to believe this because I thought, I am just expressing how I feel, but as I have grown in the Lord and listened to others I now see that maybe it is true, maybe half the battle against the tiredness I feel is a change of attitude, a change of thinking and speaking.  Maybe that is where half the battle is to be won.

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Regrets (five-minute Friday word)

 

Regrets, I’ve had a few….   

As I started to think about this word, this old song came to mind.  I know it’s not biblical or uplifting but oh my isn’t it truth, but isn’t this what the world is good at, at teaching us to do.  We all have done things our own way, just like it says in this song, some of us with more regrets than others.  Isaiah 53:6 says,

All of us like sheep, have strayed away.  We have left God’s paths to follow our own.  Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

Unfortunately my regrets are not too few, but too many.  This morning, on Facebook, I was checking to see about a nephew of mine who had not posted anything for a while.  He is struggling with a severe drug addiction and I found on his page a comment that broke my heart.  A comment about Christians, and oh regret fell and surrounded me, regret that I had not stayed more connected to him, involved in his life.

You see he was the first nephew born in the same city where I was living, I was so happy.  I was young and I was not a christian at the time.  I was a mess.  I left that city to go find life elsewhere and I did find life.  Eventually I found Him who is LIFE and because I found Him I then had new life too.  This new life journey took me farther from my family, however, it was my choice to not stay in touch.  I walked away because no one wanted to hear about Jesus, I tried, I prayed, I cried, but they just didn’t want to hear about what it means to be born again.  To really believe.  So, believing I was following the Lord I went away.  I travelled, I went to Bible College and I taught overseas, but I did not keep in touch with my family a lot.  Now, I regret this.  I don’t know if it would have made a difference in my nephew’s life or not.  I know regret will not change anything, I know it will only tear me down and this is not right to allow it to destroy me, because I cannot make decisions for my nephew or anyone else.

So, I must lay this burden down.  I must take the next step and continue to pray, because prayer does make a difference, even in the hardest hearts.  Psalm 55:22

Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.

This is my hope, that He can take the burden of guilt and regret.

Matthew 11, Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you.  Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

2 Corinthians 7:10, tells me, For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation.  There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. ..

So, I see the way out from regret is to have the godly sorrow that casts the shame and regret on Jesus’s shoulders.  Here I can find freedom from all my regrets.  Sorrow over our regrets is healthy, because it has a refining influence on us.

Ecclesiastes 7:3, Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.

James 4 tells us to Let there be tears for what you have done.  Let there be sorrow and deep grief.  Let there be sadness instead of laughter and gloom instead of joy.

But then, if we repent, and call on God, humble ourselves He has a great promise for us.

Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.

James 4 also tells us, We must resist the devil and run to God, no matter the regret.  Turn to him, cast the burden on him and trust him to work it all out.  I think to realize that life is not in my hands but in his, that My Father comes close to me when I come close to him in a humble attitude.  He will take care of it, he will guide me and lead me, even in what and how to pray so I can truly be free of regret because He is and He always will be the one in charge.

(I cheated this time and wrote a little longer but really hope this blesses someone else today, I love how God speaks and shows truth no matter the word for writing on Fridays.  He is so good and I hope hope fills your heart as you read these words.)