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
Let’s be honest. Monday’s are hard but I don’t hate them. Monday’s have never done anything to me. They are hard on holidays when everyone, well not everyone, is actually off work. They are hard when I tell myself I’m getting up early to go the gym and my bed doesn’t want to let me go. I don’t blame Monday’s for that. That’s an issue I’m still working on. Pray saints. I love to sleep in but work duty usually calls after the weekend and it’s no surprise year after year Mondays keep showing up, just like every other day of the week. I view Monday’s as my focus days. I must push myself to focus on what’s ahead for the week at the same time look back on how I made it to another Monday. I love it when my Sunday worship prepares me for my Monday worship and the cycle continues. We have to find our fearless every Monday and make a point to take time to reflect on our attitudes about starting a new work week. For me I make adjustments as many times as necessary to choose love over hate. I must choose to stay positive and productive to keep moving along. I need that and others around our workplace and offices do too, especially on Mondays. Join me today and Thank God for Mondays!
I am looking forward to the weekend. It’s been a busy work week and I need to unwind. Just as I started thinking about where I want to go for my pedicure, I remembered I am supposed to be preparing for a marathon!!! Marathons require planning on the part of the participant. You have to first sign up to enter the race then find the right training action plan for you. I’ve only been in one 5k race and I think I did ok. I would have done a lot better had I prepared and trained a little more for it. Do you know how to spiritually prepare for a marathon? This Christian journey is a race. It’s not a quick jog or sprint to the heavenly gates once you accept Christ. This joyful journey is a marathon of ups and downs, certainty and uncertainty, questions and answers. We must train our minds for this marathon with the spiritual preparation of daily devotion, fasting, believing prayer and increase our mileage for long haul faith. We have to build up our endurance to stay in the race. I’m learning the more I prepare and train for the marathon, the more willing I am to keep on running the race. My next race is a 5 Day Prayer Marathon from January 28-February 3rd. I’m preparing now to finish strong.
Prayer: Lord help us stay in the race. Give us strength to go another mile.
What are you hoping for this year? We all need hope. Hope to keep going, hope to hang in there, hope to keep living day after day. I heard a sermon by a Pastor named Keelan Atkinson and he reminded me that “Hope is what you hang onto until your Help shows up.” Our help comes from God and only God. I am hoping and trusting God today as my Helper. I am hoping God gets the glory for all that He does. Whatever God allows me to accomplish this year, I hope God is the center of it all.
Prayer: Dear Lord help me to hang in there. Give me strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Amen
Every time I spend more time with God, He grants me more time in the day, more time to get things done and more time to rest instead of rush. Do you know who watches your clock? It’s God who sets the order of the day. The One who controls the time is the One to spend the most time with. Ask yourself “how much time do I have?” and you will find various answers to that question depending on schedules. Maybe you’re rushing to get a report done, to pick up family members, or get to an appointment on time. Why not slow down and ask God the same question? I’m sure He has all the time in the world.
Here’s a fruit of the Spirit lesson I’ve learned: The hardest part about self-control is controlling yourself enough to keep it to your self. Sometimes I speak before I think. I type before thinking about the tone of the message, I pre-judge before I know all the facts, I even assume a position before making a sound decision. I let my emotions have full control and my emoting can quickly lead to demotion, hurtful and sometimes broken relationships.
Living a life of discipline takes focus, intention and a whole lot of self-control. Our thoughts, our mindset, our speech, our attitudes, our social life are all a part of our Christian walk. When we allow God to be the editor in chief we can do better, live better, talk and walk better as ambassadors. How do you discipline yourself to be sure you are living on pitch and bearing good fruit?
How do you practice self-control when things are out of control?
Prayer: Dear Lord take control over my thoughts, my speech and attitude today. Let my outside actions show people You live on the inside. Help me to hold back when I want to lash out. Amen.
I will be featured as a guest blogger on the Parker J Cole show today, Saturday, August 26th at 11:00AM PST. Join in and listen to us discuss what it means to live purposefully on pitch!
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