Find the Time

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

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Although we all have those “have to” and “must do” responsibilities, we still have choices on how we spend our moments in the day.

Some days busyness is a choice I make, when I really do have options on how much I allow on the calendar.

Some days it is a spirit of perfectionism or people pleasing driving my decisions, or I feel “guilty” if I’m not being “productive”.

God knows the responsibilities on my plate. He knows when I’m seeking approval from someone or something other than Him. When I commit and entrust my day to His care, He will order my moments and give me the rest and peace I need.

Some days I just need to give myself permission to relax and enjoy the day that the Lord has made. Continue reading “Find the Time”

When I am consumed and overwhelmed…

Sometimes I have those moments or days when my soul is overwhelmed and I can’t seem to settle down…

Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say: the Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him. —Lamentations 3:22-23

What is consuming you today?

What is heavy upon your heart and mind?

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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. 

What does this verse instruct us to do? When?

What attribute of God do you find in this verse?

The word for pour out in this verse is the Hebrew, sapak meaning to spill forth, to gush, to pour out oneself.

Psalm 62:8 is one of my favorite Get Real! verses of Scripture. There is no pretense. I don’t have to try to cover up, fix up, look good, act right or get it all together before I come to the Lord. He meets me right where I am! I can unload my burdens and tell Him exactly how I’m feeling and what I’m thinking and why I’m frustrated, angry, disappointed, overwhelmed, discouraged and on and on. And He hears my cry. He comforts and encourages me. He is my refuge. He stills my soul and calms me down.

Spend some time pouring out your heart to the Lord.  Get it off your chest!  Leave it at His feet and walk away filled with His peace, joy and love.  KNOW that His love is great.  His love is steadfast and faithful. And He is in control of all things.

When your soul is overwhelmed and can’t seem to settle down, get still before the Lord.

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Fighting Fear in the Battles

A Lesson from Jehoshaphat

This week in Bible study we looked at the story of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20.  What can we learn from his “Gap Moment”?

Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-34. (Download the handout from class.)

What can we learn from Jehoshaphat about fighting fear in the midst of a battle?  Jehoshaphat received word that a “vast army” was coming against them.  And his first response was not to gather the troops or map out a battle plan.  We all face what feel like “vast armies”.  Sometimes it is an enemy from without, a difficult situation or circumstance that has come upon us.  Sometimes the battle is in a relationship.  Sometimes the battle is internal as we fight against those “what if” and “if only” thoughts that can assail our minds.  And sometimes we are battling the sin in our heart and lives.  Take a look at what happened in 2 Chronicles and note how Jehoshaphat chose to respond instead of react in the midst of this fearful situation. Be encouraged by what you learn! Continue reading “Fighting Fear in the Battles”