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Trust Habits #3

Self Care

As we pursue habits that enable us to develop a greater trust in our Risen Lord, I want to talk to you about something important: Soul care. Now soul care is far more important than the traditional ideal of “self care”. It isn’t so much about vegging out in the front of a computer screen. It is about taking care of every part of us. It is choosing to place our spiritual needs, ahead of those specific and important physical needs.

Soul Care

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again (1 Thess. 5:23, NLT).

In 1 Thessalonians, we are reminded that the Lord will make us holy in every way. How can we put physical and emotional care ahead of our own spiritual needs? We need to come and sit with our Lord Jesus. “Come away with Me” is the message the Lord is giving us.

Come Away With Me

And He said to them, “Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat (Mark 6:31, BSB).

An important part of trusting the Lord is surrendering control. It can become far too easy to hold a tight grip on the temporary things, and in the process, we miss the opportunity to cling even tighter to our Lord Jesus Christ.

What are we doing, friends, when we place “self care” as a much higher priority than our own souls?

What self care sorely lacks is the soul rejuvenation that is going to carry us through the hard stuff. We can watch our favorite show for countless hours and end up far more depleted, and all in the name of self care. Self care is not a bad thing. It is actually a very good thing. But, let’s make it a better thing. Like Mary of Bethany, may we choose the better thing that will not be taken away from.

“But the Lord said to her, “Martha, dear friend,] you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her!”

Maybe, the thing we truly need is to change how we care for our entire selves, so one area is not lacking.

How can we better meet our soul’s needs?

Assignment: Evaluate your way of self care. How can it promote soul care?

 Maybe, you take a prayer walk.
Maybe, you just sit in God’s Presence
and allow Him to hold all of the anxieties you hold inside. 
Maybe, you talk with the Lord about your struggle with control.

Our Sacred Works (Diving Into Corinthians)

 

I am ready to rejoin Diving into the Corinthians. Feel free to join me. The journal is different than others, but available for purchase.

Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-23.

Build with Care (v. 10-11)

Like a skilled architect and master builder, I laid a foundation based upon God’s grace given to me. Now others will come along to build on the foundation. Each serves in a different way and is to build upon it with great care (v. 10, VOICE).

It begins with our choosing to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. He is to be King over our lives. When our Lord is in full control of our lives, this is where we get the opportunity to truly build with care. Friends, what we do matters. Through Jesus Christ, our Resurrected Savior, we can make an eternal difference.

We may have little energy, but God can do so much with our little. Let’s be intentional in how we choose to live.

Everything we do/say can be used to spread the Gospel, and to show others the magnificence of God.

Works of Eternal Weight (v.12-15)

. . . Everyone’s work will be put through the fire so that all can see whether or not it keeps its value, and what was really accomplished (v. 13, TLB).

We can’t judge the quality of our deeds based on this world. Only our great God can determine what was honestly accomplished. This is what will happen on the Day of Christ’s Judgment. Was our works done with a pure heart and for God’s Kingdom?

This can be a scary thing to think about. But, let’s point our gaze on the works of Jesus Christ who has saved us! God can do so many amazing things on our behalf. His grace not only saves, but enables us to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Holy Temple (v. 16-17)

Do you remember in John 14 (v. 15-17), where we are promised the Holy Spirit as Christ’s followers?

The Holy Spirit lives in every single person who has chosen to trust Jesus Christ as their King. He is the One doing this amazing work in us, as we live out our faith in Christ. Because of this relationship we are changed!

This sacred friendship we have with God impacts every aspect of our lives.

The Wisdom (v. 18-23)

So don’t be proud of following the wise men of this world. For God has already given you everything you need (v. 21, TLB).

If you are like me, you might need to reread that last sentence. God truly has given us all we need! We do not lack anything, because God is our Awesome Shepherd who has provided for every single one of our needs.

Make God’s wisdom more important in your life, than anything else. While some might trust in this world, our trusting priority needs to be reserved for Jesus Christ. Let us remember that all things belong to our Lord Jesus Christ!

Featured Image by Hưng Nguyễn Việt of Unsplash.

In Him,

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Facing All Conditions {VOTD}

Today’s Scripture is the YouVersion‘s Verse of the Day –

I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me (Phil. 4:13, GNT).

This Scripture declares that – my circumstances aren’t too much for God to handle. If we were sitting face-to-face in a “bare your true heart” setting, I would have to ‘fess up that I feel overwhelmed by my circumstances.

Weight of Circumstances

. . . And, I am absolutely tired of feeling this way. I am weary in my mountain of circumstances, and ready for “almost any” vacation to spend a few days away. The only problem with the “need-a-vacation” way of thinking is – the eventual return to life as it is now. It doesn’t solve my problems.

As I write and think of my own circumstances weighing me down, I read a message from a former professor regarding a dear friend’s life-giving praise report of being cancer free. Like in hers, God is working mightily in many people’s lives – including mine. 

Focus

Though this life may seem long, I know it isn’t as long as we’d like to believe. Our lives are described as “no longer than the width of my hand. . . just a moment to [God]; at best, each of us is but a breath (Ps. 39:5, NLT).”

My focus needs to be on eternity. If my focus is found glancing around at my temporary life, then, obviously discouragement will surely find me.

As human beings, we need to focus on our Eternal God who is our Creator and the One in whom we find our purpose in life. God is the One who will supply us with life, guidance, and strength.

The “break” we need when life gets difficult isn’t found in a few days “away from it all,” but found in Jesus Christ. Our needed supernatural strength comes only from our Lord God.

Where Do We Turn?

I look to the hills! Where will I find help? It will come from the Lord, who created heaven and earth (Ps. 121:1-2, CEV).

We can seek answers in things, other than the Lord. Just because we have that freedom, it doesn’t mean they will meet our desperate needs. The psalmist is in active pursuit of real help. The pursuit is a deliberate one, and so should ours.

“How are we choosing to make Jesus Christ our Helpmate?” He is the One who will give us the answers we need, as we draw near and ask. He will either give us the answers or give us His peace along with contentment in the waiting.

Application

To whomever is reading this: Let’s draw near to the Lord our God and depend upon His strength.

This Scripture (Phil. 3:13) doesn’t guarantee that the conditions will subside. It says, we will have the strength to face all conditions. Choose today to –

  1. Focus on our great God and the power He holds in His hand.
  2. Realize He is the One Thing we need more than anything else. This relationship of trust through Jesus Christ is based on what God has done for us.

Featured Image by Elke Karin Lugert.

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The Generous Giver

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

As we enter into this conversation about how to be women of influence, women who share Jesus’ love and power through their lives, we are reminded today that we will be made rich.

You will be made rich in everything so that your generosity will spill over in every direction. Through us your generosity is at work inspiring praise and thanksgiving to God (2 Cor. 9:11, VOICE).

God is powerful, my friends. He is pouring out His generosity into our lives. He is allowing His generous love to infiltrate our relationships, serving opportunities, and many precious {yet impactful} moments. On a daily basis, God is working in and through us.

While our Lord Jesus is influencing and changing us by His Holy Spirit, He is enabling us to be generous and influence the lives of others.

Just as we have been radically changed, because God has placed someone in our path, our great God is giving us those same kind of opportunities – and He will provide whatever is needed for that moment.

A truth many of us (myself included) need to hear, because truthfully I don’t feel like I have all too much to give. I have little to give in money and energy, but desire to influence lives.

This reminds me that it is about our relationship with Jesus Christ. This allows us to influence others’ lives. God is the One who makes me rich, and will provide my needs. God is making us rich, even when we don’t see it. He is paving the way for us to follow Him in obedience. If He asks us to do something, He will provide all we need.

He is the One who will fill us up, so we have the energy and words to serve others – thus influencing others for His Kingdom’s sake. Too often, we try to serve others without meeting our own needs.

The women who make the most influence, are often those who make the most out of what they have. It’s not that they have much money, time, or other resources to give. It’s that these women are rich in their willingness to love God and others, and know God will meet their needs.

We need to remember our transformation. This is the place, where we sit at Jesus’ feet – in Bible study and fellowship with our great God. As we sit with Him, we are being changed from the inside-out. As we are changed and walk in our new identity, others are changed too.

 God is able to make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others (2 Cor. 9:8, TLB).

Featured image by Leonie Wise.

Dearest Child – Romans 14:1-4

Dearest child,

Accept anyone who is weak in their faith. Don’t argue about doubtful issues. One example of this is in food: While one person believers he (or she) may eat anything, one who is weak – eats only vegetables.

In order to build up the entire family – the body of Christ, we must focus on the needs of all those in the family. We can’t focus only on our needs and leave others to fend for themselves.

To the one who eats without restriction, don’t look down on one one who doesn’t eat like you do.

To the one who doesn’t eat a particular thing, don’t criticize one who does eat it – because I have accepted you both. I have chosen you both, to be important parts of my family!

Who are you to criticize My worker? Focus on loving them, like you love me. Each of My creation stand or fall before Me. Because they are Mine, they will stand – I make them stand.

(Romans 14:1-4)

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