Walkin' into Fullness











{November 15, 2010}   Welcome the Downtime

I read this in my mail this morning – a devotional snippet from Purpose Driven Connection.
I really wanna share it, because I need to learn that free time is A-OK.
We don’t have to go into over-productivity mode all the time just because our society subconsciously demands it from us. Diligence is still one of the values I treasure highly, but it doesn’t automatically equate to fully-packed schedules. I don’t know…. maybe being busy all the time makes one feel better about himself? Well I don’t want to base my self-worth on something like this for sure. Anyway. enough of my random thoughts…  Here it goes:

Build a Buffer Around Your Schedule
by Rick Warren
Reverence for God adds hours to each day. Proverbs 10:27 (LB)
“Without margin in your life, you’ll think, Oh, no! Another thing to do! Sorry, God — I’d like to do that, but I’m just too busy.”

In preparation for a decade of destiny, we’ve been talking about the need to be physically healthy – that God wants us to take care of our bodies. And I want to stress one more time that unrelenting stress harms our bodies.

Why do we wait until our health plummets before we decide to create margin in our lives? The Bible teaches that your body needs downtime in order to heal and re-energize.

Listen to why this is so important: when you’re overloaded by activity, you can only think of yourself. You’re in survival mode, just trying to make it through another day. And that limits your usefulness in ministry!

When you have no downtime or margin in your life and God taps you on the shoulder, saying, “I’d like you to do this for me,” your first response isn’t joy. Your first response is, “Oh, no! Another thing to do! Sorry, God — I’d like to do that, but I’m just too busy.”

We end up resenting the great opportunities God brings into our lives. But when we deliberately and specifically add downtime into our lives, we become available for God to use us as we head into this decade of destiny.

You don’t have to live on overload. You don’t have to live in survival mode. Begin today to build a buffer around your schedule. Then enjoy the benefits of margin — and see what God does next!
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Chillin' time ... I need some spiritual downloading. (pic taken from http://whathorizon.blogspot.com/)


 




{November 10, 2010}   Would You Dare To Believe?

Do you wonder why you have to
Feel the things that hurt you
If there’s a God who loves you where is He now

Maybe there are things you can’t see
And all those things are happening
To bring a better ending

Someday somehow you’ll see you’ll see

Would you dare would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing
Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling
It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming
So hold on you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling
It’s just the dark before the morning

My friend you know how this all ends
You know where you’re going
You just don’t know how you’ll get there
So say a prayer

And hold on cause there’s good for those who love God
But life is not a snapshot
It might take a little time but you’ll see the bigger picture

Once you feel the weight of glory
All your pain will fade to memory

It’s just the hurt before the healing
Oh the pain that you’ve been feeling
It’s just the dark before the morning

Josh Wilson – Before The Morning

Before the Morning (click to listen) ^_^

 

When your emotions threaten to dictate who you are… Stare it down with the truth.

The truth of your undying hope

The truth of who God says you are

The truth that… the best has yet to come.

I love. I lost. I crash. God knows. God rescues. God restores 100-fold.

 

 



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