It’s Time To #Reset and Take Some Time in the Wilderness! ~

But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer. — Luke 5:16

Our society wants us to spend every waking second of our lives doing something. As a result, the pace of life can become quite daunting. There are clients to meet, deadlines to make, calls to return. We run at 10,000 RPM for the entire day, then make our way home and have to deal with cooking dinner, washing laundry, and getting the kids to bed.

We must learn to slow down in life. Racecars cannot be repaired while on the track, so why do we think we can “be still, and know” God (Psa. 46:10) when we cannot find the time to take a break?

But there is a way to slow down when we’re running full throttle all day and night. It’s called margin. Put another way, it could be considered a reserve or simply breathing room. Jesus thought it was important enough that he made it a routine part of his life on earth–he recognized his earthly limits and took time to get recharged.

Consider this: When you don’t have any margin in your life, you cannot fully accomplish the things God reveals for you to do.

There are numerous ways we can introduce breathing room into our lives. We can learn to say no when we’re already overloaded with tasks. We can anticipate the unexpected and add some time to the front end of meetings. We can take opportunities to laugh, cry, and rest. We can also take time to help others in ways that allow them to experience breathing room in their lives.

Don’t move so fast that God’s voice is lost in the everyday. Take time to slow down and breathe so you can grow and get to know the Savior as a friend. God makes a way in the wilderness (Isa 43:19)!

I’ll see you again after vacation!

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God Isn’t Finished With You Yet! #WorkInProgress ~

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And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6) ~~ So often we get ourselves distraught in believing that as Christians we are supposed to have this aura of perfection about us. That we are supposed to live a totally perfect and sin-free life. And because we don’t and in fact CAN’T, we feel like we are not ‘good enough’ to call ourselves Christians. Look, if you are a non-smoker and you walk through a smoke filled room, you will come out smelling like a burnt pack of Kool Milds! Yet you’re still a non-smoker, no matter what the world may say otherwise. Even though you smell like the designated smoking section on the outside, on the inside your body functions like the non-smoking section. The same can be said about our walk in Christianity… we will be affected by our surroundings…we will be impacted by what we see, hear and experience in our lives and these things will cause us to be less than perfect… on the outside…even in what we do. This does not make us” non-Christian, it just confirms our humanity. But God works on us still… He creates IN us a clean heart and righteous spirit and through our relationship with Him, in His time, it happens. Our growth in Him is a continuous progressive work… Meaning there is always something going on in us bringing us closer and closer to Him. Don’t ever think you’re supposed to just BE perfect from the beginning of your acceptance of Him. What you are doing when you accept Him as your savior is you are accepting the workmanship of His hand on you. It is God that MAKES us perfect over time and through HIS perfect works, not the result of our ‘galant efforts’ toward perfection. And there’s more reality: this is not an instantaneous transformation from sinner to saint. This process will continue all the days of our lives until Christ returns… And God will look at us and see His Son in us… And AT THAT POINT we will be perfect in His sight. Until then, be open to His work on you in you and through you. Don’t become distressed about your stumbles in life, just GET UP!! Don’t become idle in your progressive growth and love toward Him… Give no place to the devil…and know who you are in the Lord.. you are a child of God..a friend of God! An heir to eternal life and an ambassador of Heaven. You Are God’s Masterpiece, A Work in Progress One day at a time, step by step, gradually and progressively…. Until He Comes! Walk in THAT! Be Blessed!

How You #CarpeDiem is Your Choice! I Will Rejoice In it! ~

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118:24)~~

Fear mongers, proponents of negativity, and preachers of doom and gloom would have us live in a very different world. There are those that want everyone to see only the bad in the world and scare people into a certain type of belief and mindset. They point out all of the dangers and problems and worries and would have us all afraid to even seek a peaceful life.

It’s all too easy to focus on the storms of life and worship at the altar of fear. It’s easy to forget that storms come and go, but dreams can last forever… that peaceful life begins with our own actions and faith in rejoicing and praise!

See, Fear is a coward that flees in the face of positive action, and it doesn’t take much action to make it happen. There’s no reason to ever allow fear to dominate your life because the smallest amount of positive action will send fear packing.

An ounce of action in faith is more powerful that a megaton of fear. So with that we should rejoice and be glad in each day; not only that such a day is given in new mercies every morning, but in the mere occasion of it. Too often we wake up complaining about the day and what may be wrong or uncomfortable or undesirable in our lives. Our days ought to be rejoicing days, first of all, because God didn’t HAVE to let us BE in it. We didn’t HAVE to be allowed our great blessings! God let our souls prosper and be in health, in that peace and righteousness which His government brings. He let us have victory over the lusts that war against our souls; and let Divine grace subdue our hearts. The duty which the Lord has made, brings light with it, true light; not the gloom and melancholy the cares of the world would have you believe. The duty this privilege calls for, is here set forth; the sacrifices we are to offer to God in gratitude for redeeming love, are ourselves; not to be slain upon the altar as our sins deserve, but living sacrifices, to be bound to the altar; spiritual sacrifices of prayer, worship and praise, in which our hearts must be engaged. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your REASONABLE service (Rom 12:1). Stop complaining.. You control the direction of your day with your attitude and it’s the least you could do!

#Praise God Now ~ It’s Starting to Rain!

Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you—

The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month.

The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust,

My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame. Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame. (Joel 2:23-27)

The rain is starting! Things are changing! God is Moving on our lives! As long as you’re still here you’ve gotta believe it! If you made it to today you are better off than yesterday and it will keep getting better. Look for it – seeking first His kingdom. Behold I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth, shall you. It know it (Isa 43:19)? There is so much that you feel like you’ve lost, that you’ve missed, that you’ve had taken right out from under you! But it’s coming back.. even better and much more than you can imagine. Jesus said he came that we might have life, more abundantly- and He’s a God of His Word! Here’s the thing, the former rain blessed you with what was and you thought it was good old times. The latter rain will bring on you the likes of what you’ve never seen! This rain is heavy, and nourishing and is going to have you bearing beautiful fruit! Get Ready! The Rain is Coming and you won’t need an umbrella for this one! Believe that!

Things Might Be #Broken But God Can Fix It! ~

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  • For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord… (Jer 30:17)~
  • He Restores My Soul… (Ps 23:4)
  • So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten… (Joel 2:25)

I could go on about how God can fix what is broken!

With quick thought, any of us can easily think of where we have gotten away from what our lives should be…  Away from God; Away from our marriages; Away from our families; Away from our morals and values!

Now the Good News… We may have fallen off of life and things, including us, have gotten broken, but God can (and will) fix it (us) – He can (and will) restore it (us) all!

When God puts us back together there’s more than an external picture of being put back together like a broken vase, or the cleansing of red to white. God does an internal working in our heart, soul, and mind that is a healing beyond our understanding! 

He will reach down into the innermost parts of your soul where no one else can go to mend and fill with grace. To rid you of shame, guilt, sorrow, pain, insecurity, and more. These are works only God can do; no human has the ability to fill your void and depths of the heart.

In one breath our hurt is incurable, and indeed it feels like that sometimes doesn’t it? But then in the next breath, God says He will heal and restore. It’s how proper healing takes place. Proper healing doesn’t come when we bypass the process and seek the world’s comforts. Rather, it comes when we seek God. The difference between healing and not healing lies in the source. You want your heaviness to lift and your soul to feel peace? Then turn to God. Do you desire to feel free from the shame and condemnation? Turn to God. Can you imagine what it feels like to experience wholeness and restoration? Turn to God. He’s the answer to your healing.

When we turn to God, the void of loss is filled; the sting of the pains of our souls is relieved. When we pursue God we experience grace, restoration, and healing that no past can grip onto. No longer can it hold you back from what God has in store. Turn to Him and HE will heal you!

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:1-3).

And just to cap it all off…

The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts (Haggai 2:9)

#LifeIsTooShort For All That Craziness! ~

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As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more (Ps 103:15-16); Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. (Job 14:1-2)~~ How short is man’s life, and uncertain! The flower of the garden is commonly more choice, and will last the longer, for being sheltered by the garden-wall, and the gardener’s care; but the flower of the field, to which life is here compared, is not only withering in itself, but exposed to the cold blasts, and liable to be cropped and trod on by the beasts of the field. Such is man. God considers this, and pities him; let him consider it himself. My friend, what are you making of your life with the days you have? Life is indeed too short to live your life in negativity, unproductiveness, drama and dysfunction. YOU have the ability to make the most, the best and the happiest of your life while you have it and be faithful in what you seek to experience in eternity. Anything unproductive in your life, drama you’re dealing with, old angers and grudges you are holding on to…let it go and live your days in the peace God intends for you. All too often we miss our joy because we’re so focused on our junk! Life is TOO SHORT!!! Our days are few and troublesome enough… but we also have a promise of a hope and a future (Jer 29:11); and that should be the source of our joy!

What Do You Have to Say For Yourself?#SpeakWisely ~

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In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them (Prov 14:3)~ How you use your tongue, one of the most difficult things to rule, dictates how you are treated in life. Both death and life are in the power of the tongue, and if you indulge yourself in talking, you will realize one or the other result. There are consequences to pay for your speech. Harsh and proud speech brings punishment and trouble; discreet and gracious speech brings blessing and safety. A fool cannot control his proud speech, and it causes others and him grief wherever he goes. When a fool talks proudly with his mouth, the pride in his words causes others to dislike and resent him. He loses friends and relationships, but in his ignorance does not know why. But a wise man is preserved and honored by his tongue. He uses speech for the good of others, and they love him for it. His gracious and kind words win the blessing and favor of others. He preserves his soul from much grief by wisely dealing with those around him. When a wise man graciously and humbly sets within himself to always advance others, they respond with affection and appreciation. He gains in friends and honor. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers (Eph 4:29). What do you have to say…for yourself?