His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 22
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6
May the Word of God encourage your heart today as you read through these Scriptures that speak of Jesus as our Prince of Peace: Continue reading “He is the Prince of Peace!”
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”
A Sound Mind?!? Yes, please! Many days I feel just the opposite; “going out of my mind” or “losing my mind” might be a more accurate description. Menopausal, middle-age is beginning to take its toll on my mind.
This morning I squirted shampoo into my body puff—but it worked; my skin had this great Moroccan Oil glow. Yesterday I was heading back to work after lunch and a new billboard for the Whole Foods Market (coming to our area soon) caught my eye. Next thing I know, I’ve passed the church and I’m heading down the road toward Whole Foods.
I’m constantly searching for my glasses only to find them on top of my head. I walk into a room and can’t remember what I’m doing.
You get the idea. My mind is overtaxed, swirling and often I feel like I’m in a foggy haze. And I know you don’t have to be menopausal or middle-aged to know what I’m talking about. I know those of you with babies and young children at home can relate. And those with pre-teen and teens at home can relate. The point: it’s not confined to a particular season of life. So who’s with me? Who’s ready for a sound mind?!
Last week in the Take Heart post, we looked at finding freedom when we are fearful of the future, the uncertain, or the unknown. Today, I want to continue that discussion as we look at three habits we can cultivate in our lives to help us change our mindset and attitude, to develop a sound mind, and to walk confidently and courageously in Christ. Continue reading “3 Habits for Cultivating a Sound Mind”
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 feels 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 hearts and lives. Take a look at what happened in 2 Chronicles and note how Jehoshaphat chose to respond instead of reacting in the midst of this fearful situation. Be encouraged by what you learn! Continue reading “Fighting Fear”
: to be afraid of (something or someone)
: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)
: to be afraid and worried
Fear… it’s not always something that consumes me. Sometimes it’s just a nagging thought. Many times it’s related to my children and trying to figure things out for them (even though they are all grown adults now). I noticed it recently because I found myself worrying about a situation and then seeking to work up a plan in my head on how to “fix the situation”. I was turning it over and over, looking at every angle, playing out various scenarios, running through the “what ifs” and “if onlys”. I know! I know! If you’ve been following my blog or been in one of my Bible studies, I’ve taught on this and shared truth from God’s Word on how to handle these situations. But the reality is, I still fall prey to worry in my life. I have to remind myself of what God has taught me in the past. I have to continually renew my mind in His Word and seek to live it out by His strength and power every single day!
…be transformed by the renewing of your mind… —Romans 12:2
This worry is rooted in fear. And that fear is really exposing an area of my heart and life where I don’t fully trust and believe God —an area where instead of fully relying upon Him, I’m trying to control the situation. This realization caused me to step back…to pause. Continue reading “Fear: Do You Tend to React or Respond?”