Demanding Stillness

I can no longer exist without stillness during the day. This is a refreshing time for my spirit and walk with my precious Lord and Savior. I need time with Him, time alone.

That being said, even minimizing our involvement in many areas of our lives and downsizing, we are busy with homeschooling, dog care and management and exercise, 1-2 miles of walking daily, rollerblading and biking, band practices for church and our working band, my part time per diem consulting work, home maintenance and care, cooking three meals, caring for my mom and cleaning her house, monthly visits out of town to help my Great Aunts, and trying to love on friends and family, we are pretty busy every day. Even in a minimized state, we are extremely busy. So, how does this stillness I said I now have to have work?

The stillness is talking to God and enjoying His masterpieces around me, as well as Bible reading and pauses in the day. I let go of unnecessary wastes of time like tv time, anti-social media (sober over a year now, praise God!), or extraneous thinking. It is amazing n how much time we waste in a normal day. Also, during my morning long walk with the dog, I am praying or just worshipping quietly or with music. Stillness is sometimes a mindset and decisions to reclaim wasted minutes on purpose to grow closer to Jesus. It is about that important relationship. And it is beautiful!πŸ˜„β€

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Better to Do What God Wants than Do What You Want

People forget so easily that God is in charge. He has a plan and it will succeed, it already has in fact. He is the winner. Jesus is the Champion for our salvation. God is it. When we work His will as shown to us in the Bible, we win. What little ideas we have are in no way better than the amazing blessings and rewards God has for us. So we have some discomfort. So what. I am quite sure Jesus went through quite a bit of discomfort for us. It is an honor to obey God. It is a blessing to worship Him!πŸ˜„β€

I Don’t Cry Anymore (except when empathizing)

Now, since my Daddy died two years ago, I have not.been able to help but cry if someone is crying- real life or on tv/movies. It is just a new thing now where I can empathize with people’s heartache. That is honestly new to me since these last two years. I felt the deepest pain of my life and I now feel other people’s pain. Even if I had felt it before I never cried. I can probably count on one hand how many times I cried growing up. Just not a crier before. So it is a new thing when I see other’s heartache.

Now, for me, I do not cry, not since I came out of the sobbing wet depression a year ago. After Daddy died, I cried for a year straight about and was depressed and really selfish. I know I had a family to look after and did so mechanically but wounded my children in the process and am still rebuilding that. But selfishly, I was stuck for a year in rich grief. Grief n is normal but letting it take over my life was selfish of me, in my case.

Since I snapped out of the depression with God’s help, I have worked hard on rebuilding (God’s specialty) and have only cried since then when I have seen someone cry, but not for me, just for them and their sake and pain, to help. I get it. I understand their pain. I lived it.

I believe sometimes for other people, you can help them more.by crying with them than any amount of advice or well wishes. But as far as we go, we focus on the wrong thing personally when crying. God comforts those who mourn but also rewards those who obey. Now hear me in love… Awfully hard to serve God and others when constantly thinking of what we lost. We do better at our eternal work when we are grateful for what we have left. Re-read that and you will be glad you did. Prayer and pleasing God in obedience is the option. πŸ˜„β€

Excerpt from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

July 29

“Come to Me continually. I am meant to be the center of your consciousness, the anchor of your soul. Your mind will wander from Me, but the question is how far will you allow it to wander. An anchor on a short rope lets a boat drift only slightly before the taut line tugs the boat back toward the center. Similarly, as you drift away from Me, My Spirit within you gives a tug, prompting you to return to Me. As you become increasingly attuned to My presence, the length of rope on your soul’s anchor is shortened. You wander only a short distance before feeling that inner tug- telling you to return to your true center in Me.” ❀

Hebrews 6:19; 1 John 2:28; Matthew 22:37

Guide Your Contemplation

I detest the idea of trancendental meditation, the idea of clearing your mind or focusing intention on ourselves. I was never comfortable with it, even when I tried it many years ago. Now, in my maturity as a Christian, I detest it. I believe we think way too much about ourselves as it is and that when we empty our mind, any fool can walk in and make a home there. Maybe I am the only one, but if I do not have a focus actively, intentionally on Yahweh, Almighty God, I am easily tempted to dwell on things I should not or even worse, myself. It is much wiser to contemplate God intentionally, to ponder His Word, written and living. We must constantly “take every thought captive” for the sake of Christ we serve and represent. ❀

Just Be Ready

My husband’s oldest brother has been in the hospital but was getting better, was on the mend. He passed last night, however. And it was a reminder for the entire family to just be ready. Don’t put off repentence. Don’t put off humble prayer. Don’t put off worshipping God with your life. Don’t think you have more time to get your spiritual house in order for death sneaks up. Who knows if his pornography addiction was addressed by him before God. We do not know. God knows. I do pray it is so. Yes, he was a good man and took good care of his family but God wants to be first and only He knows the heart. He knows all our hearts intimately. Don’t gamble with eternity. The message for us all is to just be ready. When this frail life is gone, eternity remains and that is what this life is supposed to prepare for and determine. Just be ready.❀

A Good Word Heard

I heard a good word today from Ravi Zacharias. He said that we have to prioritize our intention of being a personal temple of the Holy Spirit and intention Him to be the body management and live by His rules of behavior and that this intention must supercede our emotions and feelings about it because those are easily manipulated and changed.

Powerful truth! And that truth really spoke to me and I am passing it to you, friend. Maybe living this truth would make your current situation and feelings much better and more consistent and in line with truth and clarity. I wish you blessings and peace today. And as I fast, if you want me to pray for you, comment and I will commit to pray for you today. God bless and love you!πŸ˜„β€