Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Prayer for Peace
For more prayers, see Jackie M. Johnson's Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times (Revell/Baker).
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
And we need to find it again.
A quarter rest, which is brief, could be a 10-minute walk to clear your head and say a short prayer. Often I get my best ideas when I get up from my desk and have a change of scenery.
A whole rest, a longer period of time, could be a much-needed vacation or spiritual retreat.
Monday, October 15, 2012
We are a generation of busy people—working hard but hardly living. Getting enough rest, replenishing rest, is often at the bottom of our priority list. But, why?
1. LIE: I can do everything, and do it all on my own. This is the person who believes she has to make it all happen, to do everything for everyone and do it all by herself. Some may call her a martyr; others may call her a control freak. She believes her way is the “right” way or she feels she must save the world. The truth is we are sorely deceived when we think are a Junior Jesus. We don’t save the world; He already did that for us. It’s the ultimate deception when we think we are like God or we are God. (Genesis 3:5)
2. LIE: I feel guilty when I rest. I used to think rest was a luxury for a privileged few. It was a time in my life when I was short on funds and working three jobs just to stay afloat. It didn’t seem fair. I came across the book, When I Relax I Feel Guilty by Tim Hansel and learned that I had a right to rest. In fact, rest was God’s idea! (Genesis 2:1-3)
3. LIE: I don’t deserve to rest. Rest is a gift. You don’t earn it. A slave driver mentality is not from God but the enemy, the one who is out to destroy you. The truth is, when you come to know Christ you are set free (John ).
4. LIE: Rest is a waste of time. In reality, taking time to renew your weary self is time well spent. It’s an investment that will pay off physically, mentally, emotionally, and relationally because you will be a better you—for others and for yourself. Stopping periodically to get refreshed ultimately helps you get the job done more effectively.
5. LIE: If I rest, I won’t get it all done. That goes back to the fundamental question of whose agenda you are following. A major heart shift happens when we begin to realize that life is about God’s plan, His story. We live for God, not for ourselves. He will enable us to get done what He wants accomplished each day when we are surrendered and willing.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
There are still purposes to be fulfilled—lives to touch, things to accomplish, and character to be formed on the inside.
Press on, pray on, with holy tenacity, holding on to hope that one day—maybe soon—the check will come, the job will be yours, or the house will be filled with a child’s laughter.
Whatever it is you long for, tell God your heart’s desires and He will answer.
Whether it’s a “yes,” “no,”or “wait,” know that the One who loves you most is working all things together for His good purposes. We may not always understand or like it, but we can know with certainty that one day everything will be made right.
Today, we pray and trust Him.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
To stand strong in challenging times, we need a solid foundation. When we ask, God will build into our lives support, so when the winds of change and challenge blow we won’t topple like the fragile houses of the Three Little Pigs. We will stand strong.
Consider what happens when builders are constructing a skyscraper. In order for the building to be tall and not tumble, the workers first dig a foundation and then pound steel reinforcing rods called pylons deep into the earth. Concrete is then poured into the shaft with the pylons for a super-strength hold.
The same can be true in your life—as you grow deeper, you grow stronger in your faith. As you immerse yourself in the ways and wisdom of God, the reinforced truth, like pylons of Hope, Trust, Courage and Faith, help you become stronger. So when your life is spiraling downward or you’re overcome with loneliness, you will be able to withstand more readily the gale-force winds of hard times and pain.
Steel upon steel, story upon story a structure is built. Likewise, God’s Word tells us that hope comes step by step as “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3,
There is hope ahead. And we’re on the way to finding it.
Friday, October 5, 2012
- Spiritual community with people at church, or in a small group, prayer group, missions team or one-on-one.
- Social community through a bowling league, mom’s group, singles group, coffee with friends.
- Intellectual community with people from work, joining a book group or other group with shared interests.
- Physical community in joining a sports team, dance class or getting workout partner for the gym.
- Neighborhood or city community can be built be showing up at your local playground, a neighborhood block party, or mentoring a disadvantaged youth.
- Virtual community is a way to connect with others, but make sure it’s not your only connection with other people.
Of course, the first person to make a connection with is the most important one. Through prayer and our relationship with God we have the most primary and meaningful connection possible.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
On a cool, crisp day in early fall, golden aspen leaves
quake in the autumn breeze. As they shimmer, in all their golden beauty,
against the backdrop of a clear blue sky, I remember why I love living in