I stare out the window into the backyard. From my breakfast table I can see a summer robin fluffing out her feathers. The trees reach up to the sky with new leaves that wave good morning. A chubby squirrel gathers a few acorns to save for later. As I look, I realize the pace beyond my windows is so different than the one within them. We, as humans, are tempted to hurry. And yet it seems God is intent on slowing us down.
He gives us a Sabbath and we work through the weekend.
He gives us three meals a day to let us slow down and we pick fast food.
He gives us eight hours of sleep a night and we try to squeak by on far less.
We hurry when we’re afraid that we’ll be late, miss out on something, or disappoint someone. God doesn’t need to hurry because he has all the time in eternity. This is good news for us, friends. It means…
God will not rush your healing.
And God will not rush your growth.
God is okay with where you are right now. He’s not tapping his toe impatiently. He’s not looking at his watch with a sigh. He’s not trying to get you out the door a few minutes sooner. The God who loves you is willing to give you the time you need. All of time belongs to him and he is generous with it. He gives it freely to fluffy birds and friendly trees and chubby squirrels. And he’ll give it to you.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God:
that if we ask anything according to His will,
He hears us.
And if we know that He hears us—
whatever we ask—
we know that we have what we asked of Him.”
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test
and approve what God’s will is—
His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
So Jesus said,
“When you have lifted up the Son of Man,
then you will know that I am He
and that I do nothing on My own
but speak just what the Father has taught Me.
The One who sent Me is with Me;
He has not left Me alone,
for I always do what pleases Him.”
“When a man’s ways please the Lord,
He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Trying to do it all???
Ask in prayer and obey!!
Jesus will give you joy for the things He wants you to do!
Let Jesus take your burdens to lighten your load!
Don’t be pressured by the world!
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”
You’re confidence is in Christ!!
The opinion that matters is His!
1 Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God
and one mediator between God and mankind,
the man Christ Jesus…”
Simplify your life!
Listen to One Voice!
The world doesn’t dictate…
The culture doesn’t define…
God’s voice is the loudest…
At all times!!
Before you take a new job…
Take on a new volunteer position…
Do another chore…
Let go of things God says are not yours!!
Kingdom Man by Tony Evans
Kingdom Woman-Embracing Your Purpose, Power, and Possibilitiesby Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst
“…your life flows through different seasons. Each of these seasons carries with it different time constraints, blessings, and demands. To try to do all things without being cognizant of the season you are in is the surest way to burnout and even bitterness…Yet God never said that you would receive praise for trying to please others….Place what God says and what God requires as the highest priority in your life.” Chrystal Evans Hurst
For many years, freedom sat like an unopened present on the shelf of my heart. I looked at it a bit suspiciously. From time to time, I’d pick it up and shake it so I could try to figure out what was inside. But I never had the courage to open it.
Then God said it was time. He placed my hands on that box, helped me untie the ribbon, peel back the paper, and lift the lid.
And here’s what freedom looks like to me this summer:
Being able to laugh out loud.
Friends who accept me as I am, mess and all.
Sitting on the back porch watching fireflies.
Knowing I can make mistakes and then try again.
Grace spread out like a picnic and God handing me a paper plate.
Freedom given is not complete. It’s only when we receive it, enjoy it, give thanks for it that becomes fully ours.
The fourth of July in America is a day for celebrating freedom–please do.
And let’s also celebrate the freedom God has given us every other day too.
Open the gift and enjoy what has always been yours, friend!
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