Thursday, December 18, 2014

Roll With the Flow: Lessons From a Busy Life

Hello friends,
My semester in college came to a close last week and it has been great to have a break from classes.  This has been a semester that I look back on and I literally have no idea how everything got accomplished.  I do know that God brought me through all the work and all the stress.  This has by far been the most stressful and most crazy semester I've experienced.  I think I completed over 20 projects, a couple of them being 50 pages plus.  My fellow education majors and I hear that it doesn't get better the further we go into the program so it looks like I just have a stressful year and a half ahead! I feel like I haven't been my normal self.  I usually am the type of person to have everything planned way in advance; however, lately, I've been having to think quick at the last minute to get things accomplished.  I am so grateful for this break from school over the next few weeks; it is a much needed refresher.  I hope you are all enjoying this Christmas season. I want to encourage you and share with you 10 things I've learned from my crazy, busy semester in no particular order.  

1. Never stop having your quiet time because you are too busy.  That is the one thing that will give you peace and the strength you need to make it through without going crazy.  Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to talk to God and read His word each day.  
2. Jesus is your one, true Rest. He will give you rest. You will find rest when you bring your true feelings to His throne. There are days when I just have to tell Him exactly how I feel.  He already knows, so just talk with Him about it.  Tell Him how tired you are and how much you need His strength. 
3. Surrender- Give it all to God where it all belongs.  
4. Don't try to tackle today with your own resources, you will never make it. We must realize that we can't in our own strength get everything done.  We must have God's help! 
5. Pray about what your doing.  He'll help you. Don't allow Satan to trick you into thinking God doesn't care about the little things in life.  I can tell you story after story of things I've prayed about that were tiny that God answered.
6. Acknowledge that God is always in control.
7. Remember that in the long run, your eternal Heaven life is not affected by the stressors of today!
8. Don't I trust God enough to help me get everything accomplished?
9. Sometimes no matter how much work you need to accomplish, you just need to take a break.  Sometimes you just have to push your work aside and relax and worry about the work the next day. 
10. Time management is everything! Sometimes your plan may not work though.  Roll with the flow!

No matter where you are in life, these truths apply.  I think at times, we all have those overwhelming days where it just seems like there's not enough of us to go around for everything that needs to be done. And guess what, there's not.  We can never be enough in our own strength.  I think we can all admit to the days of feeling the overwhelming pressure of life.  Take it one day at a time.  When you don't accomplish everything because a lot of days you won't; keep your priorities in order with devotions at the top of the list. Also remember that God is in control.  He knows what must be done and He has everything under control.  Roll with the flow!

Proverbs 19:21 - There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.

Matthew 19:26 - But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 6:34 - Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Lessons While Driving

Hello friends,
I am so sorry it has been way too long since I posted! Life has been keeping me so busy.
This morning as I was driving to work, God showed me a Biblical truth.  The interstate I drive on has many lanes that end, merge, and split on my route to work.  There is even one place where you have to be in the correct lane because one goes to another interstate.  As I drive, I always make sure I am following the correct path; that is the logical thing to do since I know exactly how to get to work. It would be crazy of me to stay in the wrong lane and go onto another road that doesn't take me to work.  I'm usually thinking ahead as well because I don't like to wait until the last minute to change lanes; therefore, I try to make sure I'm in the lane I need to be in way before I must be in that lane.  This morning as I passed the split of the two interstates, God allowed me to think of staying on track with Him.  So often, we struggle with making the right decision.  Sometimes we may even know which choice God would want us to make, yet we are still struggling to make that choice.  I thought about how easy it is to stay on the correct path while driving.  We don't question it; if we know we need to go a certain path, we go that way.  It would be crazy not to.  Why do we struggle to stay on track with God? He knows what is up ahead.  He knows the curves, turns, merges, lane endings, etc. even when we have no idea what new road He is taking us down.  We need to be willing to stay on the road where Jesus is, just as easily as we are willing to stay on the road that we know will end at our desired destination.  Let me encourage you that the road where Jesus is, is definitely where you want to be! That is the safest, most blessed place you can be at all times, with Jesus.  Stay on track with God.  He will never let you down! I'm not saying you won't have difficulties or struggles, but I am saying that where Jesus is, you'll be satisfied.  Other roads may look more appealing; however, God's road is best. 

Matthew 7:14- "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

Psalm 37:23-"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way."

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Lead me to the Rock that is Higher than I"

Hello friends,
I want to encourage you today by just reminding you how big and great our God is! I love Psalm 61, especially verses 2-4.  Psalm 61:2-4 says, " From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah." Wow, I can just read and re-read those verses. What an encouragement.  It doesn't matter what you are going through, God can always lift you up.  I love the analogy that I picture in my head as I read verse 2. When I am overwhelmed and sinking, I can call out to God and He lifts me up out of the water and sets me on top of a rock. When I think about that, it helps me picture how great and mighty our God really is.  In a split second of you calling out to Him for help, He will help you.  You may not always feel immediate relief, but I can promise He has a plan and He is helping you.  Verse 3 tells us that God has been a shelter and tower from the enemy.  I will share with you another mind picture for those of us who are visual! I love to picture things, it makes it so much more understandable and real to me! I picture verse 3 as a huge tower in a field where we as Christians can run inside and get away from the devil.  I picture verse 4 as hiding under the wings of a huge bird where nothing can hurt me because I'm covered under the feathers of the bird. I often read those verses and what a peace it brings to my heart especially when I'm feeling anxious.  No matter how stressed or down you are feeling, you can bring it to God! David said, "From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee." God will meet you where you are, even if it's as far as the ends of the Earth. Nothing is too big for God, so no matter what kind of pressure or overwhelming situation you feel that you may be in, it is not too big for God.  He can always set you up on top of that rock while He draws you closer to Himself.  Next time you begin to feel overwhelmed or just stressed, ask God to lift you up onto the top of the Rock that is higher than you.  He will, and things will look so much better from that point of view.