The Ultimate Energy Booster

Are you running on empty? Battling fatigue and exhaustion?

You don’t have to look far to find countless promises offering to help us fight fatigue and boost our energy.  From vitamin supplements and exercise, to energy shots and double espresso, we all find ourselves seeking ways to boost our energy and muster enough strength and stamina to make it through the week…or day. And to be clear, I’m not suggesting that some of the above options are not valid resources for regaining strength as we battle daily fatigue. But I firmly believe there is a spiritual component that is just as important when we find ourselves worn out and weary.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God—Hebrews 12:1-2

Yes, life often feels like a race to the finish line! But this passage gives us some practical instruction and encouragement on finding the strength and energy we need. Continue reading “The Ultimate Energy Booster”

Whatever I Face…He Goes with Me!

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When I feel alone, He goes with me!

When I am discouraged, He goes with me!

When I am overwhelmed, He goes with me!

When I feel inadequate for the task at hand, He goes with me!

When I am uncertain of the future, He goes with me!

When I am weary and worn, He goes with me!

When I am facing the unknown, He goes with me!

When He goes with me, I can be strong and courageous knowing He will never leave or forsake me.  I can rest secure in His powerful presence.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord — my refuge, the Most High — your dwelling place, no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent.

—Psalm 91:1-9

Whatever, I face…He goes with me!

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Get Real: About to Burst!

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Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah —Psalm 62:8 (ESV)

I love waterfalls. Last summer my husband and I took a trip to the Smoky Mountains and hiked waterfalls. I love the refreshing energy and calming peacefulness of the water spilling over the rocks, trees and anything else in its path. It makes me think about Psalm 62:8.

Psalm 62:8 is one of my all-time favorite, go-to verses.  It helps me so often when I feel like I’m about to burst!  I might be overwhelmed, stressed, angry, inconvenienced, burdened, hurt, disappointed or discouraged.  But I love how practical this verse is in building and strengthening my faith in the real life of my day.

The word for pour out literally means to gush forth, to spill over.  Have you ever been there?  When you don’t feel like you can contain that emotion or that comment that just has to come out of your mouth?  When you feel you are about to explode in anger?  I love how Psalm 62:8 encourages me with the fact that I can go to God at anytime —regardless of my mood or situation and pour out my heart to Him.   How often have I found myself gushing and spewing in frustration or anger or when I have been hurt?  And it’s usually not a pretty scene when this happens.   Or maybe instead of being a “spewer”, you are a “stuffer”.  Neither one is healthy. But when I take it to the Lord—He listens, loves, counsels and heals.  He changes my perspective.  When I practice Psalm 62:8, it gives me an opportunity to talk it out and get it off my chest.  Many times I am hurt or angry and just need to vent.  He is my safe place.  I can share exactly how I’m feeling, what I’m thinking and I don’t have to worry that He will judge or reject me.  Many times that is all we really need—a listening ear and place to vent our frustrations and feelings. He is our refuge!  And we can be real before Him, He is a big God —the Lord God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Sovereign-ruler over all things.  And He tells us in Psalm 139 that before a word is on our tongue, He already knows it!  He is our Creator and knows our thoughts even before we do, so why do we feel we can’t get real and honest before Him? Continue reading “Get Real: About to Burst!”

Stressed!?! Find Rest

We are a society that has become weary for lack of rest. We can relate to the psalmist who says, “I am weary with my sighing” (Ps 6:6). Weary can mean faint, having nothing more to give, ready to collapse. Do these words describe you? Are you weary emotionally, physically or spiritually?

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Too often our “to do” lists are longer than the hours in our day. If you are like me, much of the time, I create my own stress. I say “yes” when I should say “no” to a task or request. I fail to take time to pause and just be in the Lord’s presence; instead I fill my days and hours and the result is exhausting. Many times I create stress by taking on tomorrow’s worries today. I let my mind wander and worry. But God created rest. God desires we find rest.

Matthew 11:28-30 speaks to us about learning to find rest in the midst of our stress:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Come – deute – an imperative — come hither! come here! come! come now! —from a root word meaning urging and calling, here! come!

Rest – anapauoto cause or permit one to cease from movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength; to give rest, to refresh; to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation, an intermission.

Jesus beckons us to come to him to find rest. I love how the original word for “come” is so emphatic. It’s like he is saying, NOW! Not later, not if you feel like it, not when you’ve exhausted all other possibilities, but NOW! The rest He desires to give us is a pause to recover our strength, a quiet and calming of our souls. The great thing about learning to rest in Christ is that it can be done in the midst of whatever we have going on in our day.

Three ways I’ve discovered I can find rest instead of experiencing stress:

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