With all of our connections on social media, texting and emails we have lost the art of genuine friendships and relationships. You know the ones where you stop your busy day and grab coffee or lunch with a friend, for no other reason than you just want to spend time together. Unfortunately we are seeing even some marriages loosing the art of connecting as a result.
This has truly become a lost art in society in general. We have become too busy being busy to invest in a true relationship.
We know the Bible tells us to gather together and build each other up…
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
With spring we think about cleaning, new birth, renewal
and the Resurrection of Jesus!
Spring is the perfect time to change your batteries in your smoke detectors as you set your clocks forward, deep clean the house, weed the garden and perhaps clean out your closets. BUT what about your mind, body and spirit?
When was the last time you paused and took a look at your life and the busyness around you?
As we sit and watch things spinning around us, our lives, our businesses and our world we live in we can often wonder what is going on. We may ask why is this happening or even now what? You may find yourself freaking out or experiencing fear around things.
These are the times in our life where we need to stop, breathe and pray!
One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life is my perspective is far different in many cases than what the Lord sees.
The best example, we see life like a parade marching in front of us, while God sees it from the aerial perspective. God is above and He sees the beginning, middle and end of it all. He knows what has happened, what is happening and what is yet to come. Once we understand that and TRUST the Lord life takes on a who new perspective!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV
As women of God, we need to find ourselves on our knees seeking God’s perspective not the world’s views. We need to be the example and the light in times of turmoil and unrest in our world around us. You see if we KNOW Jesus we KNOW HE alone has it under control, HE is watching this “parade” from the aerial perspective and HE knows what is going to happen as HE guides it into place.
How are you responding to what is happening around you and in this world? Are you the light in a dark, dark place? Are you the salt to flavor the situation?
This year we have experienced an election like no other in history, we have seen so much hate and meanness happening around us (and some participating it in as well.) It is time precious woman of God to seek GOD not participate in what is happening. It is TIME precious woman of God for you to stand in boldness for what the Bible has to say, for what GOD has to say. Much will be changing in this country as we know it, we need to be praying for the changes coming and for that wisdom to lead to be given to Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence.
Time for us as women of God to set the example and not participate in the non-sense that is happening in the media and on social media because it went the way it did. It is time for us to be seeking God for HIS truth and direction, this was God’s plan from the beginning or it would not have happened. God is still in control!
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:4 NKJV
Will you humble yourself and pray?
I hear so many women talk about how they are struggling with their life.
Some are struggling with stress, fatigue, illness while others struggle more on the spiritual levels.
God designed us to Thrive girls not just survive!
“I made you to thrive like the plants in the field, and you grew, matured and became very beautiful.”
Why do we struggle?
Sometimes our circumstances can derail us from thriving if we are not careful. You see our tendency when a trial or challenge comes our way is to shut down. What God really wants us to do is run to Him with our arms stretched out and allow God to carry us through the circumstances/trials. We just have to stop and remember God has us covered!
One of the easiest ways we can thrive is by spending more time with the Lord.
Ask yourself today, “am I spending time with God each day?”
If we do not have more of God in our life, we cannot thrive!
What do you need to change today so you can thrive as a woman of God?
This weeks post comes from an article I ready this week from Rachel Wojo at Dayspring.
I have been sharing this thought the past few weeks on my Facebook LIVE Morning Minutes. We really need to take time and stop each day to be filled so we can do what we are called to do in life. Read Rachel’s post below and share your thoughts below.
While we often think of summer as relaxed and enjoyable, fall boasts of structured schedules and activities. With school, work, and projects in full swing, the daily demands can be high. While the return to routine is a seasonal necessity of life, it’s easy to slip into an overload mode without realizing it. How can we enjoy having a full plate without feeling overwhelmed? Today I wanted to share 3 tips for managing a busy life.
When our hearts are at peace, our schedules will follow.
It’s easy to be tempted to rush through daily tasks without first spending time alone with God, especially when the appointment calendar is calling. I’ve found that when I fail to spend at least a few moments talking to God in prayer and reading his Word at the beginning of the day, then my day feels bumpy, choppy, and rushed. God may call us to lead a busy, full life as his servants, but he doesn’t call us to skip over our time with him. Keeping my heart at peace with him provides a peaceful attitude, even when the daily demands are high. John 14:27 is a beautiful verse to memorize and use as a reminder that we can be at peace even when circumstances are unsettling or schedules are jam-packed.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 (NIV)
When we remember that eternal issues matter most, we will choose our “yes’s” wisely.
If people-pleasing is a part of your DNA like it is mine, then sometimes saying “yes” one too many times becomes the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’ll find myself stressed and pressured, unable to smile or take the time to greet someone kindly. Choosing to say “yes” carefully can help tremendously when life is hustling.
The following two questions can help us choose our activities and appointments carefully. The first question is: Will this activity or appointment have lasting impact? And the second: Is this a one-time or long-term commitment? It’s easy to look at one week of the calendar and feel like “That works with our schedule.” But then when looking at a full month of that same activity, it becomes overwhelming and stressful. Asking the Lord for guidance as we make daily calendaring decisions is a wonderful way to help us remember that ultimately we desire his will and not our own. I love what 1 John 2:17 says:
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:17 (ESV)
When we enjoy making plans and maintaining beauty, we are following God’s plan of order.
When my children were much younger, maintaining a daily home routine made life more enjoyable for me. A few years passed before I realized that this routine was part of God’s divine design for life. Take a look at this beautiful verse:
Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD of hosts is his name: Jeremiah 31:35 (ESV)
He gave a fixed order to beauty so that it could be enjoyed routinely. The creative God we serve loves to see us enjoy daily life. As my husband and I sat by the ocean a few weeks ago, he said, “I know I said this last year, but imagine how long these waves have been turning. For thousands of years, the water has been rolling onto this beach.” And yet sometimes the waves roll in faster than others. Sometimes we enjoy a slower pace, but sometimes the waves toss a little faster. Regardless of the speed of the waves, one of the ways I’ve discovered to enjoy maintaining order is using a planner. Using stamps, pens and fun stickers in my planner provides a practical and inspirational way to pattern after my Creator.
While God may have called you to a busy life or even a busy season, he didn’t call you to do it alone. So, when your schedule starts to speed up, don’t forget to lean on Him for the strength and guidance to tackle what lies ahead. Choose one or two tips from the list above and commit to implement them in your life over the upcoming months. You might be really surprised at how He can transform what looks like a crazy, hectic day into many peace-filled, beautiful moments.
For more on Rachel visit her website at: http://rachelwojo.com/