A lot of people have trouble with meditation due to monkey mind(when your mind can’t seem to sit still). Today God asks us to sit with Him quietly in meditation and prayer. If this sounds easier said than done, just strive for one minute. I know I say this a lot but we really do have to start somewhere. I think one minute is a good start.
Most of the time, my mind races due to fear and anxiety(deadlines, dates, worries). When I remember that God is with me through it all, I can begin to focus on one fear/worry at a time. When I take the time to be patient with myself and focus on what I am doing right, God helps me continue on.
Shalom and Blessings
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6(NIV)
Oh yes, I am still learning this lesson. I think in order to do this effectively, I have to slow down and take each moment at a time rather than launching straight into the future like I usually do. This requires self control and thought. Which can be hard at times for a person whose brain is always on the go and goes straight to impulse mode at the snap of a finger.
When I remember that God has not left me at any point in my life, only then can I begin to relax and reflect on His goodness and the hard lessons that I am learning. I have to learn the same lessons over and over because I didn’t get them the first time they were presented to me. I believe a lot of believers have this idea as a part of their belief systems.
When I look back on my most difficult moments(or what I considered to be difficult at the time), I can only praise and thank God for bringing me through. He truly has brought me through some dark times. Faith is what has helped me to be so resilient. I also believe that determination is just a nice word for stubbornness. Which I have droves of.
So, if you are going through a difficult time(like a reflective essay final, or on the hunt for a job, or your life purpose) just keep pushing forward. God’s got you more than you know. Take time to slow down because God may be using your donkey to speak to you(see Numbers 22).
Shalom and Blessings
“So do not fear, for I am with you;do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10(NIV)
What would your day look like if you made the choice to seek God first? I know we say it a lot but actually putting it into practice is a whole different story. The third step prayer simply says “Thy will be done”. Even taking the time to take a deep breathe to see where God is in a given situation is helpful.
When I take time to focus on God and His plan for me moment by moment, I take my eyes off of myself. My focus changes. I can be a help to others instead of a hindrance. So today I am going to choose to seek out God in all situations. I believe this will make my day go better and guide me.
“Take delight in the Lord,and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4(NIV)
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. In case you were wondering, for this devotional, I have been summarizing my thoughts on the Jesus Calling devotional. I think I am getting used to it. It takes an idea and makes it simple. Basically more God less me.
We as believers strive to be content with our present circumstances. But some of us super special believers(me included) just aren’t quite happy until we have everything under control. Yes I said we. It is a total delusion, but we live and die by it daily. We think that God is in control of the big stuff and that he gives us control over everything else. Until we find out that’s not quite true. He wants control of it all. God promises to give us peace and contentment when we give everything over to Him. So why is it so hard(every other hour?). Obviously, I still haven’t figured it out, otherwise I would be a very wise and rich woman. You know what the Bible says about being wise in our own eyes(yep, not good).
The solution is more prayer time and more listening. Yes, you know meditation. Where I am quiet for a time and let God speak to me. My life has never gone wrong when I spent more time in prayer and meditation. The pastor challenged us at church to spend more time in prayer. I know that is never bad, but my reaction was “Um, hello I have been doing that forever”. Yeah I have stuff to work on. So my plan is to have my stopwatch on so I can actually see how long it takes me.
I hope you have a blessed day today 🙂
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12(NIV)
When we go through a test or a trial, that is a moment to talk to God. He wants to hear from us in good and bad times but especially in the bad times. It doesn’t matter if you think that what you are going through is major(and it actually isn’t), God still wants to hear about it.
In those times of communication, God gives us comfort and peace. I know my days always feel better when I spend time talking to God. It does not matter if I am laughing, crying, screaming, or silent from confusion. God always has time to listen to us.
How are you communicating today?
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Happy November! Distraction can attack at any time. Don’t be discouraged by it. It may take time to make peace with it but it will happen. Whenever distraction hits, take a moment to take a deep breath and pray for God’s will to be done. Thank goodness God sees through all of the distraction that we may be consumed with. Every moment you take back from distraction and give to God is a reward of peace.
“Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” Romans 8:33-34(NIV)
Today was the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church doors in Wittenberg. I think that is so cool. To me that shows an example of listening to God while listening to the things that others say. We are all going to have times in our lives when people are telling us about ourselves or giving opinions on what we are doing. In these moments it is vital to listen to God and what He is saying to you.
This is one reason why it is important to memorize scripture, so that you can quickly recall God’s awesome promises for your life. Its also the best defense when someone is trying to tear you down. When you are confident in who you are in Christ, other peoples’ opinions don’t quite seem to hold the same value.
I know this may seem like its easier said than done, but take it from me, a super sensitive, super confident person. God says I’m awesome, so I have to live my life in the most awesome way I can. If someone can’t see how awesome I am it is truly their loss.
I hope you have a blessed day. I hope that I don’t eat too much candy 🙂
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
Oh what a glorious idea. God is always with us. Thank you Lord. Sometimes in order to feel God’s presence we have to be silent. Other times when we are so happy we feel like we are going to burst, we can feel it too. Knowing that God is with me on this journey called life helps me get through to see another day. When I am frustrated or worried, knowing that God is with me helps me feel secure.
Know that God is with you.
“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:12-13(NIV)
Some say the first thing you should do when you wake up is pray. If you are a believer, you will feel energized and encouraged after prayer. If you are not, prayer can open up a new communication for you. There are tons of reasons to pray and a ton of excuses not to. But the Bible says that the Holy Spirit works through our moaning and groaning. So technically, even if all you can do is sigh or wince in pain or discouragement, God hears you.
Prayer is just like meditation(except I would say you talk to God is prayer, while you listen to God in meditation). To do both you have to get still. Even if its just for five minutes, it can be the best five minutes you have ever taken out of your day. I love how the Jewish faith has a variety of different prayers(Baruch Atah Adonai Eloheinu always sings in my head). I love how the Muslim faith requires prayer throughout the day. I often wonder why we as Christians don’t have a ritual of prayer but the Bible says to pray without ceasing. So technically, as soon as you have a thought, you can pray.
I plan on staying in prayer a little longer each day(it helps keep me calm and puts life into a better view). Sometimes I just find myself saying “God, forgive me for being so snarky” or “God I need you right now”. Because when I let me get in the way of what God is teaching me, I get so off track, The good thing is God has grace and mercy for even the snarkiest of Christians.
Hope you have a day filled with prayer 🙂
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
When we are confused and don’t know what to do next, we can have faith that God will lead us. When we take time to communicate with God, He takes time to hear us and comfort us. It is important not to focus so much on the future or the past at the expense of today.
Which way is God leading you today?
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1(NIV)