Monday, March 30, 2009
We smile at that, but if you are a person (like me!) who always feels you could be doing more than you're doing, stop for a minute. Is "more" always better?
Maybe you're thinking, "If I were just a little better organized, I could squeeze more (there's that word again) into my life. I could accomplish more."
Thousands of dollars are spent on seminars every year to help people do just that--to help them maximize their lives. These training classes are often helpful. In fact, it would be hard to attend any one of them and not pick up some useful pointers that would make us more efficient.
Not surprisingly, most of us carry the same idea into our spiritual lives as well. We attend retreats and citywide gatherings. We buy books and tapes. We try new methods of Bible study and experiment with new prayer journals. All of this we do to maximize our Christian life. Sometimes it helps, and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes we just come away saying, "Those are great ideas, but I just can't do it all. I'm 'maxed out' already."
Gail MacDonald writes, "There is a strange sort of logic that suggests that spiritual resource and renewal are found in constantly seeking new voices, attending more meetings, listening to incessant music, and gathering to exchange half thought-out opinions. How often do we fall into the trap of believing God is most pleased when we have maximized our information, our schedules, our relationships?"
Maybe God doesn't care whether or not we get more done. I don't see anywhere in Scripture where it says we'll get a greater reward for having done more. God does expect us to be wise with the resources He has given us, but the rewards come for faithfulness, not quantity of task performed.
What does God really want from us? Take a look at this verse: "For who is he who will devote himself to be close to me," asks God (Jeremiah 30:21). That's the challenge--simply being close to God!
Yes, we have battles to fight and schedules to keep. But if we need something "more", it's more of God. His presence is far more necessary to our well-being than any amount of organizational skills or efficiency techniques!
Today, check up on your love relationship with the Lord. God wants us to be close to His heart--whether we get "more" done or not!
By: Darlene Sala Encouraging Words for Women
I wanted to share this with you....these words encourages me when I am under pressure. Lately, this is happening alot... with tax season underway and trying to get everything ready to send to the accountant, working, helping our with my Mom and other life pressures...the plate runneth over!!! I need "more" of God how about you?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It's time for Super Sunday! Super Sunday is still being hosted by The Power of Your Love. Let's all join up with just a scene, a song, or a Scripture that is particularly touching to you to share & honor our Lord!!! Share your SUNDAY INSPIRATION with us!
GOD'S PRIMARY PURPOSE IN HEALING US FROM OUR HURTS IS TO INTRODUCE US TO NEW DEPTHS OF RELATIONSHIP WITH HIMSELF.
Lord, in my heart I plan my course, but You determine my steps (Prov. 16:9).
Life is not going as I planned. But I am so grateful that You are not caught off guard. You knew everything that would befall me. So please direct my steps as You determine.
I need You, Lord.
Carry me when I cannot walk.
For though I walk in the midst of trouble, You preserve my life. Stretch out Your hand against the anger of my foes. With Your right hand, save me.
You will fulfill Your purpose for me. Your love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not abanndon the works of Your hands (Ps. 138:7-8).
Beth Moore Praying God's Word Day by Day A Year of Devotional Prayer
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
"My hopes are not always realized but I always hope."
"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
Edgar Allen Poe
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."
"Keeping in touch with childhood memories keeps us believing in life's simplest pleasures like a rainy afternoon."
"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition."
William Arthur Ward
"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means."
I usually only post about 3 quotes...today I just couldn't make up my mind...so I posted several. Which one do you like?
HAVE A FABULOUS FRIDAY!!!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I am having technical problems this morning.
On March 17th 24 years ago my Dad went to his heavenly home. One of his favorite songs was "Sweet Beulah Land". I am posting this song today in honor of him.
My dad enjoyed playing his guitar and singing, reading his bible and teaching Sunday school. He worked hard at his job to come home and work in the garden with my mom. He liked watching boxing and baseball on T.V along with The Lawrence Welk show and Hee Haw. He also watched football ....The University of Alabama was his favorite college team. I remember so many times watching the games with him. Wonderful memories...that sometimes you just want to share. I have so many more and will share more at another time. Till then ...enjoy one of Dad's favorites
"Sweet Beulah Land"
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
I wanted to share with you what I read on March 6th from Beth Moore's Praying God's Word Day by Day (A year of Devotional Prayer).
THE FREEDOM OF CHRIST IS WORTH THE SURRENDER OF ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. RELIEF, NOT REMORSE, AWAITS THE REPENTANT.
Father, Your Word says that a person who lacks self-control is like a city whose whall are broken down (Prov.25:28).
Sometimes I feel like there is so much rubble, I can't rebuild the wall (Neh.4:10). but Your Word claims that You are the Repairer of Broken Walls, and the Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (Isa.58:12). Please introduce Yourself to me by these wonderful names and rebuild the rubble in my life.
I confess to You that I am overwhelmed by the task ahead, but I am thankful that You have authority over all things. Heaven is Your throne; earth is Your footstool (Matt. 5:35). Therefore, anything over my head is under Your feet!
This was written for me. I am feeling so overwhelmed with the things of life and I feel as though my wall are broken and in need of repair. God knows all that is going on in my life and like the prayer says HE is the repairer of broken walls and HE has the authority over all things.
This song by Building 429 is played alot this week on the radio. Everytime I hear the song it touches me. I love the chorus. Click the link below and it will take you to the song. Hope you enjoy it!
Beth at The Power of Your Love is hosting Super Sunday this week for Peggy who is taking a blog break. Stop by her place for more Super Sunday or if you would like to join in it's really simple!! A scene, a song, a Scripture--anything that has touched your heart this week (or this very moment!).