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Reality Break

18 Jun

End of year exams…graduation…buying teachers gifts…picnics….the list went on and on.  The end of the school year “to do” list.  Your feet hit the floor running first thing in the morning and you drop into bed exhausted at the end of the day.  There is so much to do and not enough time to do it.  Can you relate?

With four out of five of my children still in school, this was my reality and I NEEDED A BREAK!  A break from reality.  So the minute the school bell rang, I packed up my children, their “stuff” and we headed for our condo in Big Bear.  We are in the midst of a 6 day sabbatical and it is awesome.  We have laughed, played, relaxed, taken naps, gone on walks but with ABSOLUTELY no schedule.  We have refused to think about “what we are going to do next” and have lived in the moment.  The result?  Well, I’ve learned a few things that I would like to share with you:

1.  It doesn’t matter where you are.  STOP!  Take a moment and listen to your Creator speak to you.  God is always speaking and you can hear Him. You just need to learn to recognize His voice. He speaks in many different ways, including nature and natural events. When you look at the stars or a sunset or experience a storm, if you look, you can see the fingerprints of God.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

Take a moment now.  Look around you and ask God to speak to you right where you are!

2.  It’s NOT where you are going.  It’s NOT how fast you get there.  It’s not what you are going to do once you get there.  The MOST IMPORTANT THING is who you go with!  In life you are going to travel down many paths.  You will begin and start many journey’s.  You will need to make several u-turns and take several detours.  Along the pathways of life, whats important is who is willing to travel with you.  Look around you.  Take inventory.  Who is willing to travel with you.  Who has committed to not bail even when they feel car sick?!?  That is your blessing!

TOMORROW, we will look at who your travelling companions are and how they are blessings to you!  Until then…

What Are You Listening To?

26 Feb

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” These words found in Romans 10:17 have become my latest challenge.  As I look at these words I evaluate how much time I actually spend “listening” to God’s Word.  Now PLEASE do not get me wrong, I am not saying that I am no longer going to read God’s Word, nor that it is unimportant – because it is.  But I am wondering why I don’t spend time literally listening to God’s Word, IN ADDITION to studying God’s Word.  Therefore I have committed to listening to God’s Word.  Earlier this week I downloaded the Bible.is app on my iPhone and each night this week I have listened to the Word of God all night long.

Several things have happened:

  1. My sleep is much deeper.  I have not once this week woke up in the middle of the night, as I usually do.
  2. I cannot remember any dreams.  Most days I can wake up and give you a brief rundown of something I either dreamt about and/or thought about during the night.
  3. I am happier each day.  I find that the little things don’t frustrate me – I am laughing more.
  4. I actually think more about Scripture and truth than I usually do.
  5. I have prayed more this week

Now I can’t say for sure that all of the above is a direct result of literally listening to God’s Word but it does give me cause to wonder.  I am going to continue this upcoming week as well.  I am also committing to listening to that app while I am walking each day this week.  Can’t guarantee anything earth shattering, but I look forward to fleshing out growing my faith – by listening to God’s Word – and hearing from Christ, who is the Word of God.

Really excited about this and if you want to join me on this journey; put on your walking shoes, grab your ipod and share your experiences with me!

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