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The Perils of Hurry

I got up early, reached for my list and quickly scanned the items

wondering how in the world I would get it all done. Sigh.

Reaching for a cup of freshly made coffee

I sank down into the comfortable chair –

the one that I sit in to have my Quiet Time.

Flipping the pages, I turned to the reading for the day

but inside my mind was still racing –

already thinking about all that needed to be accomplished.

As my eyes read over the verses –

verses cherished —

I found my mind wandering back to that long to do list.

Pulling my thoughts back again, I saw those words.

Words I’ve read many, many times before.

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15 NKJV)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had some quietness today?  I mused.

But no way for me.

No, my life is too busy.

Sigh.

But the strangest thing happened as I closed my Bible and began to pray.

It was as if I sensed Him looking at me and saying, “Why not?”

Really, I thought. Could I possibly eliminate some of the hurry from my life?

Me? A single parent. Working full time.

How ridiculous is that!

But just as quickly I began to wonder.

Had I begun to make excuses for my busyness?

Had I joined in the hurry sickness of our day?

Was I allowing it rather than disciplining my own life?

Throughout the rest of the day and the days that followed

I realized that I needed to

Unhook

Disconnect

Say no

And play more.

Without realizing it I had allowed the tyranny of the urgent

to creep into my life

causing me to be overstressed and overcommitted.

As a result I was not living in the strength He wanted me to have.

I wasn’t victorious in ways He intended for me to be.

That realization was like a huge light coming on.

Only I could change it.

And change it I would.

Over time I began to manage time better and with wisdom.

More time for retreats and less rushing.

Instead of living life to the max

I began to build in margin and allow time for simply doing nothing.

Instantly my creativity began to increase and I slept better.

Quickly I noticed a slowing within and my soul becoming filled.

It’s a change that I’ve continued to work on –

The press of living around us is something none of us can completely escape

But those words reminding me of the importance of quiet have become like

markers in the sand.

He has promised to supply all of our needs —

Our need for rest,

Our need for strength

Our need for wisdom

We must choose to live intentionally.

One day at a time.

Yes, as we depend upon Him to guide our days

And rest in His pace

We, too, can learn to live in quiet and confidence.

Join me, won’t you?

This Key Changes Everything

Change your thoughts –

Change your life.

Powerful thought. It’s right there for you.

But how difficult it is some days to simply change our thoughts.

We are surrounded with storms on every side and within.

Problems and conflict.

Loss and struggle.

You know what I mean.

If I were to write out the challenges of this past week

it would be too long to even want to print

and certainly not an encouragement for you or I.

No, you’re like me. We all face challenges.

Life is tough – no doubt about it.

But there’s a key. Remember. A key that changes everything.

Focus.

Yes, that’s the key.

Our focus.

If we focus on the darkness of the storm, the pain of the struggle

the difficulty of our situation

we drag ourselves down into a pit of discouragement.

But if we focus on the blue sky- the positives that are all around –

the hope within and without

And most of all the God of all Hope and Comfort.

Somehow

Someway

Life becomes easier.

The stronger our focus on the blue sky

that oftentimes is hidden behind the clouds

we are strengthened to go one step further.

And that’s where everything changes.

Taking that one step.

So how do we focus on the positive?

There are many ways  –

Read scripture, play music, talk with a friend, pray.

Those are just a few ideas and not in any particular order.

I also find that when I remember how I’ve been strengthened in the past

I am encouraged.

Yes, I can encourage myself and so can you.

Focus.

A laser focus on the positive.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; Proverbs 4:6

Yes, change your thoughts and you’ll change your life.

 

 

 

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Moving Forward Anyway

Feeling defeated?

Scared?

Discouraged?

Overwhelmed by life’s circumstances?

 

How do you move forward when you’re stuck in this place?

Slowly.

Determinedly.

Confidently.

 

Right now take charge of your life and begin to move forward anyway

by following these 3 simple steps.

  1. Recognize what the fear is

Yes, call it by name. Write it down. Say it out loud. Whether a fear of flying or roller coasters, or beginning a small business. Pesky fears can eat at our confidence and destroy our sense of well being.  When God confronted Moses on the farside of the wilderness at Mount Horeb out of  the burning bush. (Exodus 3)  He broke through the ordinary and revealed His amazing Plan. But Moses was afraid.  What’s your fear?

 

  1. Ask yourself why it’s holding you back

Face it clearly. What’s been keeping your trapped? All too often our focus is on our own limitations and ourselves. We resist change and have a defeated mindset. But you can rise to the challenge and overcome by a choice to see things differently.

 

  1. Reset your mindset and begin to focus on the positive outcomes. Realize and embrace the resources you do have. Right now. He has promised to be with you. Always. No matter what.

You can do more than you think you can. You are more than you think you are. His power within you enables you to rise to new heights and accomplish more than you ever could in your own strength.

Ready to be an overcomer?

Victory

Courage

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