Friday, November 13, 2020

Be Still

 

Be Still
By Andy Petry, National Landing Director, November 9, 2020


"Be still and know that [He is] God..." Psalm 46:10


"You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life."

A man named Dallas Willard once said that to a friend of his that found himself in the midst of a crazy season of life. His friend was exhausted, and in the midst of the unknown, the chaos, and the many responsibilities that were on his plate, his soul was shriveling up. Can you relate? I know I can.

Living a hurried life drains us and distracts us from what God is doing right in front of us. And living hurried has much more to do with the condition of my heart than how full my calendar is. Seeking to live without hurry does not necessarily mean that we don't have a full schedule, it means that we allow ourselves to be present, we understand our boundaries, and we live with a deep dependence on God in the midst of the moment. Kind of like living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time...

Maybe, like me, you've noticed an excessive amount of hurry in your life these days. This week, we have a chance to come before our Heavenly Father and rest in Him. We have a chance to "Be still and know that [He is] God..." (Psalm 46:10)  And by doing so, we invite others to do the same.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Facing Distress

 

Facing Distress
By Rodney Holmstrom


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:4-9
 

What an incredible model Paul gives us in Philippians 4:4-9 in how to deal with distress in our lives.

Some key takeaways for me:

1. Gratitude must always be our lead foot regardless.

2. In thanksgiving and gratitude we present any and all worries to the Father.

3. Then...we will be able to focus on what is true and noble. But we must make a conscious effort to focus on things praiseworthy and noble throughout the day.

 

Here are some great promises of God to think on that are noble, praiseworthy and lovely. These are just some of the promises of God for you and me.

 

Philippians 4:19

Jeremiah 29:11

2 Peter 1:4

Isaiah 41:10

2 Corinthians 1:20

Romans 8:28

John 3:16

1 John 1:9

Psalm 37:4

Joshua 23:14

Philippians 4:6-9

Isaiah 43:2

 

Have a great day forever family!