Weekly goals self check: Ask yourself which way are you going?
Do you know how to make an exit? We’ve heard of making an entrance but I am curious to know if you know how to properly make an exit. How you leave says a lot about who you are and what you value. On the airplane there is a row called the exit row. You have a little more leg room in that row but you also have more responsibility that comes with that seat. Some people make quick exits and other s take a while to leave. Do you know how to exit a conversation loaded with gossip? Do you know how to exit a conversation filled with negativity? Do you know how to exit a restaurant serving unhealthy food when you’re watching what you eat? Here are two ways to make an exit.
- Practice. Like making an entrance you have to prepare for it. You must do it. Get up and go. Shut up and leave. Walk away silently or loudly.
- Pray. You have to pray about the decision you are making. Ask yourself what do I value most? What does God say about this situation?
Sometimes you have to say these words to yourself, I’m not staying here so you can move on. How do you get unstuck? You start verbally saying I’m not staying here. I’m not doing the same thing over and over. I’m not going to continue down the road of disappointment. I’m going to do better. You start walking in a different direction in your mind first. My prayer today is for us to live courageous lives and walk out in faith even when it seems hard to do so.
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Proverbs 18:15 (ESV)
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Well it’s Friday, Good Friday in fact. Spring break is here and we are preparing for Sunday church services, shopping and getting ready for our family brunch gathering. We are ready to take lots of pictures and remember the good news of the gospel message. Jesus died on the cross just for you and me. We have victory in a Risen Savior. That’s a good word for us all no matter how you choose to celebrate the Resurrection.
Happy Easter and keep living on pitch.
Sometimes friends come and go in our lives. I’ve learned to accept the fact that friends and family may unfollow me but goodness and mercy will never unfollow me. Thank God for His promises today. I am confident and I am never alone. When we focus on following God, no matter who comes in and out of our lives we can be assured of His presence which reminds us we are always in good company.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I hear a lot of people say you’re living your best life. It’s hard for me to comprehend my best life in a good conversation, good time with friends, a vacation photograph, a great seat at a concert, a new outfit, a dining experience at a restaurant, a surprise meeting of a celebrity or a bunch of likes and comments on social media. Maybe that’s just a snippet of some material blessings in life. I truly think it’s perfectly ok to live and really embrace life to the fullest, but I am certain the best is yet to come in eternity. Eternal life in Christ is a life of joy and peace. That’s when I will be living my best life! Until then, I encourage you to keep striving to live on pitch and count your many blessings.
One of my favorite hymns is What A Friend. When I heard about the passing of Aretha Franklin music began to play in my head of her greatest hits. I remembered hearing her voice on my dad’s 8-track. Precious Lord and What A friend were my favorites. My dad played that 8-track on many family road trips when I was a little girl. I know she sang RESPECT but I loved to hear her sing What A Friend mostly! She will definitely be missed and was a well known artist. I often wonder what song will I I be known for? I don’t sing regularly on a stage or travel the world in sold out concerts but I do have a voice. I can tell a story. Will the song of my life matter when I’m gone? I want to live for Christ and leave a legacy of notes about a loving God, a faithful friend, a forgiving Father, a blessed assurance and hope of salvation to all who accept and believe. Thank God for life songs and for the gift of life today. How do you celebrate life?
It’s almost time for students to go back to school and I’ve started to organize some of my books at home. I noticed I had a bevy of books growing as I started this project. I have always loved reading, so to have my own library collection makes me smile. While I’m no librarian, I do collect books. Now let me totally honest here, I haven’t read ALL of the books in my little collection so I think of it more as a resource center in progress. As a Bible student and disciple of Christ, I aim to keep learning and living. It’s time to get back at it. Hit the books, open God’s Word and apply it to my daily life. Let’s get back to living purposefully on pitch.
I’m learning to appreciate every season of life. I love the Fall season when the leaves change colors and time falls back an hour. I also love this season of giving thanks. I love the Winter season too. I am reminded of God’s gift of love and the nights I spent gathering around the warm fireplace with my family. The Spring season brings about a change with flowers blooming, rain falling and grass turning green. I recall spring cleaning out the garage and setting the clocks forward. Losing an hour of sleep is not the fondest memory I have but the Spring time walks in the park, hiking on beautiful mountain trails and celebrating a Risen Savior are fond memories. So here comes the Summer season. Time to have fun, be lazy by the pool, soak up the sun, ride bikes, play backyard games, write and slow down.
With that said Living On Pitch will be on a summer break hiatus for a month. I pray you all enjoy your Summer and I will be back posting here soon. Until we meet again I hope you keep living on pitch.
When you’re experiencing burnout it does not mean you leave God out. Resting in God is better than wrestling against Him. Philippians 4 reminds us to stand firm in the Lord, rejoice in the Lord, don’t worry about anything, think and dwell on praiseworthy things, let God’s peace guard our hearts, and allow Him to strengthen us in all we do. If you’re feeling tired, burnt out and need to take a break on the job, at school, in ministry, or even on your own personal mission don’t leave God out because I’ve learned that’s when you’ll really feel the burn.
Prayer: Lord I am nothing without you. Give me strength to continue in Jesus name and for His sake. Amen