DLRB Goals – 11/26-12/1

Do

Learn

Study 1 Corinthians 4:8-13 [Daily posts sent over to Gracefully Overcoming’s Facebook page].

Read

some of Genesis
Book: Starts with Praise
Book: Made for Pleasure

Be

. . . Restful. Above all else, what I need most this week is authentic rest. Physically, emotionally, spiritually – in all areas, I need to experience God’s rest this week.

“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.” [Psalm 46:10, NLT]

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” [Matthew 11:28-30]


I normally have a memory verse set up for the week. I am not sure where I will “land” this week. My ultimate goal is to be steadily in the Word of God, so I am “tuned in” with what the Lord God has to say. So often, I get distracted or feel too unwell to read my Bible. Even though I don’t feel well, I need to make sure I stay in the Word of God.

So, that’s my goals for this week. Nothing too big. This new week requires recovering from Thanksgiving break on my end. How about you? What are your goals for this week? Share with me in the comment section below, and I look forward to hearing from you. Also: Feel free to share any prayer requests you have, so we can pray for one another.

Image by Naomi Suzuki.

Seeking Christ,

The Sanctification Process

Ohhh my friends, I have missed you all so much!!! While I am still on my break, or Sabbath if you will, I wanted to just take a few moments to write you all.

This time away is needed, yet difficult. While difficult, this is the season of life where I will reap the greatest of spiritual blessings.

It is a time of deepening the relationship I have with my heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ – my Savior – the One who rescues me and keeps me safe regardless of my outward circumstances.

My Own Testimony

Today, I have been thinking on a transformative piece of Scripture from the book of Titus. I wanted to share just a bit of that with you all.

Once we, too, were foolish and disobedient; we were misled by others and became slaves to many evil pleasures and wicked desires. Our lives were full of resentment and envy. We hated others and they hated us.

But when the time came for the kindness and love of God our Savior to appear, then he saved us—not because we were good enough to be saved but because of his kindness and pity—by washing away our sins and giving us the new joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit. . .

In this passage, I am reminded of the amazing change I am given through our Rescuer Jesus the Christ. The Lord has taken me so far from the person I used to be. It has been a long journey. But, it is one declaring His glory, goodness, and power.

As I think back over my life, I can honestly say I was the “Poster Girl” for Titus 3:3b – where it says:

“We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.”

I don’t know the specifics of how the Lord did it, but I do know He absolutely did a mighty work – taking me from this person with much hate and anger

. . . to someone who is learning she has been handpicked and profoundly loved by the God of the universe. Which changes everything for my life.

Solely God’s Work

As I continue to walk with my Jesus – with our Savior Jesus, I am able to surrender more and more of me to my gracious Father so my soul has room for the eternally good gifts of God!

This is God’s work, and nothing we can claim as our own. He is working out everything for His ultimate good – and showing me the abundant life He wants to give His people. And it all starts with drawing near to our King Jesus Christ!

He is very generous and able to transform our entire lives – as we make the choice to follow Jesus for ourselves and see what He has in store for our lives. He has a beautiful life in store for us, but the key is willfully seeking to know Jesus Christ for ourselves.

Blog Sabbath-ing

Stay joined to me, and I will stay joined to you. Just as a branch cannot produce fruit unless it stays joined to the vine, you cannot produce fruit unless you stay joined to me (John 15:4).

And as I think on these truths, this time of Sabbath makes the most sense. This is a season of deepening the relationship I have with God through His Son Jesus Christ. This is a season of meeting and walking with Jesus for myself. This is a season of being sanctified and even “pruned” for His glory.

God is doing so much in this season of my life. While the time away is difficult, it has eternal purposes. I just need to keep remembering the undeniable sacredness of this time with Jesus.

If lacking in the blogging department means a more intimate relationship with Jesus without distractions, then, it is forever worth it. As I focus on intimacy with Christ, I am being amazingly changed!

The difficulties of taking this time away, are eased by knowing the good eternal work our Lord Jesus is doing inside of me. As I learn to enjoy this time, He is preparing me for whatever the future has in store.

Image by Roger Burkhard.

Forever His,

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Sabbatical 2017 –

Hi friends!

I am currently on a sabbatical from the blogging world for the next few months (well, aside from book reviews). Honestly as resistant as I can be, this season of life is more needed than I could say.

Ways to stay connected, while I am away –

  • Gracefully Overcoming’s Facebook page is going through a study of its own. From now until Christmas, we are studying Psalm 119. Yes, that extremely long Psalm, you might have meant to study at some point.
  • And if that doesn’t grab your attention, Indoor Outreach is going through the book of Luke.

Feel free to pray for me, as I go through this season. I am loving my time away, but miss you all tremendously! Maybe, we can stay semi-connected on Facebook. =)

Image by Jordan Hile.

In Christ,

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Five Minute Friday – Focus

Five-Minute-Friday-4-300x300Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Minute Friday!
This week’s theme is “focus. To learn more about Five Minute Friday,
please visit Kate’s
blog for more details… Each week, a community
of bloggers come together with the common goal is to spend
five unedited minutes to write on a topic.

The idea behind focusing, is that one won’t become so-easily-distracted. I must confess. I am one who is easily distracted.

By mostly anything.

Then, I have days like today…

Amazing Focus.
(Days like these are too rare…)

I love days like today – where I can focus and solely pursue writing. Today, that meant editing a manuscript from an older blog series andd writing for this blog. There was nothing else to do, but it’s my chosen day of rest. But, just the opportunity to write without added pressures.

What helps you to focus?

There are things we all must do to help you focus, and would love to hear about them below.

In focusing, there are some things I must do –

  1. Soul Position: Get quiet before the Lord. This means, focusing on my Savior Jesus. Willingly go into my secret place, and begin to process things I have encountered over the week.
  2. Distractions: Limit outside distractions, so this might include putting on low music that will support me seeking after God and pursuing this next step.
  3. Rest: I must rest. When I am well-rested, I am far more capable of focusing than if I am unrested. This makes my rest time even more important.

If I hope to become a person who is productive in her life, I must devote myself to rest. When I come out of my rest day focused, it will set me up to succeed through the new week – as I seek after my God and discern His will for my life.

“[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith [the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work] (Heb. 12:2, AMP).”

Rest Assured (A BookLook Review)

Looking For Rest?

rest assuredRest Assured is a book designed to help the weary find rest. As one in need of rest, I have picked up different books on the topic. Rest. Busyness. Eliminating Social Media. Sabbath. _________ (Fill in the blank, and quite possibly I have considered reading it). I know my need for rest, but like the rest of the world: Knowing I need rest, isn’t always followed by decluttering my life – so that I might find it.

Shear Honesty

I love Vicki Courtney, and her style of writing coupled with shear honesty. Not only does she write on how we can experience rest, she shares the struggle to simply rest herself. Together – we move toward a life of rest and “doing less”. Busyness catches us all at some point in our lives, but we can heed good advice and find joyous rest. We don’t need to keep enduring the “burnt out” stage in every area of our lives.

Real Rest

Through Jesus Christ and the Word of God, we can find rest! The kind of rest that we have only dreamed about. Courtney welcomes us into the reality that we, too, can explore our lives and truth found in Christ alone – and find our own peace and rest. Rest Assured offers us an opportunity to find examples and tips that shine guiding us toward rest.

Highly Recommend!

I invite you all to find soul refreshing rest alongside me!

I would recommend this book, based on what I have read from the book. She guides us into the truth of God’s Word, real life, and how we can begin to find true rest that our souls crave.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.