What’s Enough?

I’ve just returned from a 10day trip to Cambodia & Bangladesh – an amazing trip with some intense ups & downs. Now that I’m home, I find myself struggling to keep up. I can’t seem to find enough energy, get enough sleep or have enough time to navigate through each day proficiently.
I suspect that maybe you’ve had a season like this & nothing seems to be enough.
Here’s some ideas that could help:

  • Let the Holy Spirit direct you rather than drive yourself to frantic burnout
  • Be mindful of those moments of rest the Holy Spirit provides & be content in this provision, even if it’s just a few minutes
  • God’s grace is sufficient & His strength is abundant – ask for more!
  • Remember that this is likely a season & not a lifestyle.

Fuel

I have a friend who often forgets to put gas in her car, so it’s not shocking that she runs out of fuel from time to time. We put fuel in our cars to help us get from point A to point B & the same principle applies to the journey of life. We do the things to give us what we need for our journey. But alas, even with our best planning, sometimes the journey can exceed our fuel plans. And there’s always the unexpected hiccups that take some extra energy. Then what?

Last week in Cambodia, there was a day when I hit the wall, ran out of energy & was entirely exhausted, but I didn’t have the luxury to take off a day to rest & rejuvenate, so what to do?
Rather than looking at the entire day for energy, I felt the Holy Spirit coach me to nestle into His presence in smaller increments. In this way, I found strength for one hour at a time. Indeed, not only did I find the energy I needed in smaller bite sized, but there were a few things that were unexpectedly eliminated from the day – go figure ūüôā
We can lean into the Holy Spirit for strength, comfort & wisdom for each step, not just for the long journey!

A Good Tired

Is there such a thing as a good tired? Often when I’m tired, I get cranky, impatient & selfish. So what kind of tired might be the good kind?
Here are a few good “tireds” for me:

  • exercise tired: when I’ve swum hard, run long or lifted well, my body is spent & there’s a euphoria that feels very satisfying
  • mission tired: sometimes when I come home from a Saving Moses trip, there’s a sense of rich fulfillment, seeing redemption in realtime for today & into the future
  • people tired: when I minister, it feels good to spend myself & let the Holy Spirit work, touch & talk through me. 

There’s also some bad “tireds” that I experience from time to time:

  • selfish tired: when I get self-absorbed, this can be very draining
  • abundance tired: there’s an interesting balance between being overfull versus starving; being overfull with activities, achievements, food, sleep, coffee, etc can make me very tired
  • stress tired: when I carry / hold lots of pressures, it drains me of energy

Seems to me that the good tired happens when I’m balanced & keeping my eyes on Jesus. The bad tired happens when I get my eyes off of Jesus & try to fill myself with other stuff. Jesus is always our best choice ūüôā

#heavenlyhelp

Waiting for Coffee

Coffee is important to me. I like the taste, it’s nice to have the little wake it gives me & sometimes it’s like a security blanket when I’m nervous or insecure. So waiting for coffee in the morning is kind of like a daily ritual, along with the exhale the accompanies my first sip ūüôā
Sometimes coffee reminds me of the Holy Spirit, who comforts me, gives me power / energy & whose flavor infuses my life with delightful taste & aroma. 

Because Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit is always with us, we don’t have to wait for supernatural Help. Rather, let’s pray to recognize & increase our sensitivity to Heavenly Help throughout today ūüôā

Just say NO!!!

There are lots of things in our lives that we should affirm. ¬†It’s super great to be positive and optimistic. ¬†It’s also really helpful to say, “yes” to job promotions, good grades at school, kind offers from friends and unexpected blessings from random sources.

There are, nevertheless, several things that need to always require a “NO” reply. ¬†Here are a few ideas:

  • doubt: ¬†pre-decide that doubt always gets a “no” answer and faith always gets a “yes” answer
  • unforgiveness: ¬†meditating about hurtful words and actions done by others should get a consistent “no”
  • mean actions & words: ¬†give yourself “no” permission to react hatefully or with snarky words to someone else’s mean behaviors or libel
  • insecurity: ¬†sometimes a simple mental “no” is enough to jolt us out of that destructive thinking pattern laced with the poison of insecurity
  • destructive behaviors: ¬†let’s be certain that we’re consistently saying “no” to addictive patterns, an undisciplined lifestyle, debilitating relationships, poor eating habits and unproductive usage of time, to name a few suggestions

What else should we be saying “no” to in our lives? ¬†I’d love to read your thoughts & wisdom ūüôā

drinking from a fire hydrant

Have you ever had seasons in your life where you feel very overwhelmed?  Sometimes we go through times where it seems like everything is broken & sometimes we go through seasons that just have lots of demands.  Last week, I had one of those weeks Рit was the kids last week of school, I had a couple of sermons to prepare, some work deadlines and a few other spinning plates.  I felt like I was drinking from a fire hydrant on full open :/

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Thankfully, this week has a little more breathing room. ¬†Regardless of the demands & pressures on our lives, it always helps me to remember that God is in charge & that I don’t have to be an “expert” on water pressure, time management, resource allocation, solution provision, energy distribution, etc. ¬†While I may have a few talents & skills, God is an expert at everything – most of all, God is an expert at loving us & helping us in our daily living, with or without fire hydrants ,)

futile things

Yesterday, I read 1 Sam 12:21,¬† “”You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.¬† NASU

This verse kind of floored me throughout the day & is lingering into today.¬† Futile things – what are the futile things that i chase after which have no profit or power to deliver?¬† There are many futile things in our lives – things that are unnecessary, frothy, frivolous, irrelevant & just plain nonsense.¬† And yet, how much time do we devote to “futile things”?¬† How much attention & energy do we give to “futile things”?¬† I wonder (saying this in a tongue & cheek fashion) if there’s a direct correlation to the lack of fulfillment we may¬†experience compared to the quantity of effort / time we spend pursuing “futile things”.¬†

If you think about it, what are some futile things that you may presently be pursuing & are such things / people mere vapors compared to the fulfillment you could experience in pursuing God?¬† Just something to consider on this beautiful spring day ūüėČ

investment strategies

This is a crazy time for investments, of particular interest is the stock market over the last 6-9 months! Yowzer!!¬† The stock market can be very unsettling if you’ve invested in it over the years & were relying on it to provide finances for you now!¬† OUCH!

heaven1Investment is deciding to not consume something now but rather to set it aside, so that it will be available to be useful in the future (hopefully, to have grown).  Investment kind of flies in the thinking of modern conventional thinking Рto our own demise.  From a macro-scopic viewpoint, I think that we rarely consider investments from an eternal point of view, even though Jesus encouraged us to do this in Matt 6:1-21.  In these verses, Jesus basically identifies 3 resources all of us have at least a little bit of Рmoney, relationships & appetites / desires (energy).  Some personal questions He asks us to consider:

  • what are we doing with these resources?
  • have we considered these resources from¬†the viewpoint of eternity?
  • will we have any resources¬†/ investments¬†set aside & ready for us when we cross over into eternity?¬†

In Matt 6:21, Jesus says that where our treasure is, you’ll find our heart there.¬† Something interesting to consider in connection with not only our finances, but our relationship w God & our appetites & energy.

Can you pls leave a comment w some ideas on how you can use your money, relationship w God & energy (appetites) for investments in eternity?