Time to Rest

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Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional.

You need it, every day.

You need rest for your body and for your soul, spirit, and mind.

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons but especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional.

It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

What feeds your soul?

How will you rest today?

Habits that Sabotage

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We all have old habits that we want to get rid of. We have had those habits for so long that we do them without even thinking about it.

However, there is a particular old habit that Jesus is more concerned about than the one you are thinking of.

It is a habit that belongs to your old nature:  you desire to get your way in everything and work to make sure that your way happens.

It IS human nature.

But my friend, you have a new nature in Christ.

You have been recreated in Him – The old has gone, the new has come.

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

But old habits die hard.

Those habits are sabotaging your freedom to live in your new nature.

When we struggle, we think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much that He will use the stressful opportunity at hand to break an old nature habit.

It starts with your thinking.

Ask Jesus to help you change your mind about suffering, breaking habits and the ability to be free to do His will, His way in everything you do.

“Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

Out with the old, in the with new.

It’s not by your power, it’s by His.

My friend, I am praying that today you will break free from the mental habits that are sabotaging your freedom in Christ and that the suffering you are experiencing will break  the power of it.  God’s grace is sufficient. God’s love is unending. God’s strength will get you through.

Restored

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Far from teaching us to have it all, the world gives us great lessons on how to fake it until you make it, how to function in dysfunction and how to live well while being utterly broken inside.
The good news of Jesus Christ is that He has taken your brokenness upon Himself and in return offers you His wholeness. In a relationship with Jesus, He works from the inside out to restore your mind, heal your heart, fill your soul, and ignite your spirit to God’s original design.
He wants to teach you how to live with Him.
How to live whole and treasured.
How to live trusting and trusted.
How to live nurtured and nourished.
How to love and be loved.
“He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.”
Romans‬ ‭3‬:‭21-24‬ MSG
It takes time and perseverance.
God provides the time, we provide the perseverance.
Don’t give up today.

Prayer Doesn’t Change You

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Prayer does not change you, God changes you.

Prayer connects you to God.

He renews your mind.
He heals your heart.
He transforms your life.

Jesus said the when you pray, it should have this flavor:

“your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Too often our prayers are filled with the flavor of “My kingdom come, my will be done” but when I lay down my lists, my limited experience of possibilities and my imagined desired future, I am able to embrace God’s heart, His unlimited experience of possibilities and His desired future for my life.

Flavor your prayer with the perspective of “Your kingdom come, Your will be done.”

God’s will in your relationships.

God’s way in your heart.

God’s perspective for your future.

God’s redemptive power for your past.

When you spend all your prayer time telling God what your will is and how you want things, He hears you.  He listens but you are missing the power of prayer.

The real power of prayer is when you plug into God and allow Him to transform your life through His power.

Prayer doesn’t change you- God changes you through prayer. 

Have you prayed like this today?

Rethink the Possibilities

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Whether specific or general, you have made plans for the future.

When you are hopeful, those plans are exciting.

When you are stressed, those plans are surviving.

When you are discouraged, those plans shrink to the bare minimum.

God continually wants to expand your perspective and challenge the boundaries of your possibilities. Most of the time it is because they are too limited.

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Sometimes your “ifs” are not because you doubt God but because you doubt yourself. You are judging the possibilities of the future based on what you can do and God is asking you to judge the possibilities of the future based on what He can do.

I’m asking God to blow your mind and give you a glimpse of His purposes and plans for your future.

I’m praying that He will expand the boundaries of what you think is possible and take the limits off what you think God can do in your life.

What possibilities do you have that need rethinking?

How are you limiting God’s work in your life?

What do you need to do today to bust it wide open and begin dreaming again? 

Permission to Rest

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Rest doesn’t have a season.

It isn’t optional.

You need it, every day.

Not just your body but also your soul, spirit, and mind.

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.”
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭34:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You need to rest, refresh, recharge in all seasons, especially in the busiest ones.

It isn’t optional. It’s how God made you and it is the way to optimize the gifts He has given you to fulfill the purpose He has placed before you.

What refreshes your spirit?

What rejuvenates your mind?

What feeds your soul?

Simpleminded

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“I’m losing my mind.” How many times have you thought that just this week? It is when the simple things become monstrous catastrophes that we feel like we are losing it. “Where are my car keys?” “Why did I come into this room?” “What am I supposed to be doing right now?”

I don’t think these wonderful reminders of our humanity can just be chocked up to getting older. I think as we get older our lives can get so busy, so complicated, that we succumb to moments of mindless wandering as a survival mechanism. Your mind crashes and needs a reboot.

Last week, I took a morning and went to clear my mind. It was cluttered, overwhelmed and tired. I got out of my environment and got into God’s (I went outside). I soaked in His quiet presence and I found myself feeling more like “me” than I had for awhile.

I was so thankful for it. It reminded me that:

1. I need to do that more (make it a priority.)

2. I may have a hard time figuring out how to keep my mind focused and clear, but God is really good at it.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalms 139:23, 24 NLT)

Where do you go to get with God?

When was the last time you were there?

What do you need to do to make that happen?