I’m going to just jump right in with this blog. Growth with God for me seems to come in spurts and after about 7-8 months of silence, the teaching and lessons and circumstances to practice the lessons are coming in fast. Here’s 3 things I’m learning that I hope will help you as you grow closer to Jesus each day.
- Prayer is a conversation. I’ve heard this for years and honestly prayer for me has been me talking to God. And after I’m done I say “Thank you Lord, Amen.” And then, I go on with life. Recently, I’ve was inspired to pray a different way. I went to have quiet time to pray over a specific circumstance that I needed direction on and an answer to – time was of the essence. So, I got on my knees and prayed something like this, “Lord, you know all things – you know both sides. I’m wiping all my thoughts and everything off the whiteboard of this circumstance. I am completely open. Help me to see it your way and direct me to the right decision that is in agreement with your way.” When I handed the Lord a “whiteboard” for this – He handed me a clear understanding and a clear directive to take action on. Since then, I’m all about being a whiteboard and letting the Sovereign Lord tell me. There is an immense clarity, confidence and peace that comes from this approach – not the least of which is listening instead of just talking. Sometimes we do need to be heard and to bear our soul but more often than not we need to just come humbly and say, “what do I do?” and then when He tells us do it.
- “With”ness – it’s a new word I created – withness. It’s not a typo. Too often, as Christ followers we are compelled to “serve”, to do for Christ to be His hands and feet. In fact, many of us simply wear ourselves out in busyness – “holy” busyness. But, it is through our withness that we will naturally become a witness. Jesus wants us to BE WITH HIM. To simply spend time apart from everything else and BE WITH HIM. When we are filled with withness, we can truly, naturally and easily be a witness.
- Through the eyes of the Lion – this concept is really a few blogs long and was inspired by the book of the same name written by Levi Lusko. Jesus is the Lion of Judah. The Lion has dominion (rule, power) in his territory. Jesus is also Emmanuel – God with us. In fact He is IN you. So, look out at everything and learn to see through the eyes of the lion. What does the Lion see? A lion is calm, confident, sure of his position and his power. Is this how you see through your eyes? Or is it through fear and doubt and emotion? Be confident of your lion within. Trust the lion. Don’t trust what you see, trust what He sees. Ask to see what he sees and ask him what to do. Let the lion lead. There’s more to this…and I’ll blog on it when it has marinated and percolated..but..think on it and of course, check out Levi’s book, Through the eyes of the Lion. It is a worthy read.
May God bless you and show you truth.
Time IS on our side, when we invest our time wisely.
Newton’s third law says, “For everything there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Let me again, take a twist.
Time is NOT on our side. When we waste our time and squander our time we can not get that time back. It is gone, gone, gone.
I will bravely and boldly say that never in the history of humanity have we had more distractions and more opportunities to simply waste our time.
We often cry we wish we had more time. But, do we really need more time or do we just need to spend that time with greater intention and focus?
I don’t have time to_______.
You fill in the blank.
Here’s a sobering statistic.
According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV–watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.
And that is just TV. 28 hours per week. 28.
Let’s put more time ON our side. What about exchanging just 30 minutes/5 days per week from our various “screens” and putting that time towards something that we falsely don’t believe we have time for?
Yes, time IS on our side when we redirect it towards the important and don’t let it just slip through our proverbial hands.