Practicing the Presence of God – Part 3

Life is busy, isn’t it? We have a list of things to do a mile long and we go from one thing to the next trying to get it all done. Then there are those things on our minds that we are not even aware at times. Seems someone always wants our attention: our kids, our bosses, our spouse, our friends. All this busyness can lead to anxiety, stress, fatigue and a host of other symptoms.

The mind and the body were not built to handle so much on a daily basis without regular periods of rest, relaxation, and solitude.

People in Jesus’ time had stresses of their own. They had no modern medicine or conveniences such as we have today, and were, for the most part, poor and uneducated. Jesus himself experienced people wanting his time and attention quite regularly. So when things got hectic and the crowds clamored for his attention, what did he do? He went away to be quiet and spend time with the Father in solitude, prayer, and meditation.

As I talked about last time, prayer is an important component to maintaining my peace and connection to God. Being alone with God is the third way to practice the presence of God.

When I make time to be alone and meditate, I clear my mind of all the clutter that has accumulated. I make space to hear God’s voice because I have shut down all the other voices. I’ve been told I think too fast and too much so it is even more imperative for me to slow stop and clear my mind.

How often you do make time alone with the Lord? Do you make it a priority? How has it helped you maintain your connection to Him? Drop me a note and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you and in the meantime, keep looking up!

What Are You Living For?

Life is so fast-paced these days, isn’t it? Everyone I talk to says the same thing. “I’m busy”.Regardless of whether one is married, single, working, or retired, the answer is still the same. “I’m busy.”

The question I want to pose today is “Busy with what?” What are we all so busy doing? Daily activities and chores such as cleaning house, laundry, washing the car can keep us plenty busy. Taking care of ourselves and others can keep us busy. Work, play, rest, and going to church take up more time. But at the end of the day, week, month, year can we look back and say “Well done, good and faithful servant?” What have we done that really matters for the Kingdom? For eternity? What have we done that makes a difference?

That’s my question for us all today. Today is really all we have. What have I done today to bring peace, show love, kindness, encouragement? Who or what have I served today? I guess it all boils down to “How have I emulated Jesus today?”

We will all have to account to the King, our Heavenly Father, some day and give an account for our lives. Woe to those who have forsaken Jesus, for they shall truly be judged, but that’s a message for another day.

Today, I want to encourage you to make time to do something that matters. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Perhaps call a sick friend, encourage a loved one, take dinner over to a neighbor, shovel their driveway. No one else has to know about it, for your Heavenly Father sees all. Make each day count, so that at the end of your life, you can look back and say “Well done!”

What Are You Living For?

Life is so fast-paced these days, isn’t it? Everyone I talk to says the same thing. “I’m busy”.Regardless of whether one is married, single, working, or retired, the answer is still the same. “I’m busy.”

The question I want to pose today is “Busy with what?” What are we all so busy doing? Daily activities and chores such as cleaning house, laundry, washing the car can keep us plenty busy. Taking care of ourselves and others can keep us busy. Work, play, rest, and going to church take up more time. But at the end of the day, week, month, year can we look back and say “Well done, good and faithful servant?” What have we done that really matters for the Kingdom? For eternity? What have we done that makes a difference?

That’s my question for us all today. Today is really all we have. What have I done today to bring peace, show love, kindness, encouragement? Who or what have I served today? I guess it all boils down to “How have I emulated Jesus today?”

We will all have to account to the King, our Heavenly Father, some day and give an account for our lives. Woe to those who have forsaken Jesus, for they shall truly be judged, but that’s a message for another day.

Today, I want to encourage you to make time to do something that matters. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Perhaps call a sick friend, encourage a loved one, take dinner over to a neighbor, shovel their driveway. No one else has to know about it, for your Heavenly Father sees all. Make each day count, so that at the end of your life, you can look back and say “Well done!”

Holiday Busyness

It is November and the holidays are fast approaching. Planning the Thanksgiving menu, Xmas gift list, and deciding on which activities to say yes or no to. I am starting to feel that pressure; you know the “too much to do” pressure. I know I am not alone in this and I am determined to not let it get to me this year.

Which means, some things have to change. But first, and more importantly is understanding where this feeling is coming from. Is it perhaps from some fear of “doing everything right” which is closely related to that P word – perfectionism? I wonder. I don’t consider myself a perfectionist but I do like to do the best I can at whatever I do. Is this a problem? Perhaps.

When I start to have too many things on my mind so that I feel stressed and pressured, maybe I need to ask myself that question “What would Jesus do?” Would He want me feeling stressed and pressured by a never ending To Do List? I think not. Jesus came to save us from ourselves and our constant feelings on inadequacy by showing us how much He loves us by dying on the cross, right?

There is nothing I can do to be more loved by Him or anyone else for that matter. I think my sons would rather have a healthy calm mom and fewer presents under the tree, than a mother who gets stressed out, don’t you think? Of course, I am not minimizing the fact that there is a lot more to do around the holidays and the brunt of the work does fall on the woman of the house, but being the woman, I need to take charge of what I do and don’t do. And replace the pressure I feel with a sense of peace and serenity, knowing and trusting that God will work everything out just as it is supposed to be.

Next time, I’ll talk about what I am going to change this season and share practical tips on what to do to avoid holiday stress. Until then, keep calm and keep looking up!

Holiday Busyness

It is November and the holidays are fast approaching. Planning the Thanksgiving menu, Xmas gift list, and deciding on which activities to say yes or no to. I am starting to feel that pressure; you know the “too much to do” pressure. I know I am not alone in this and I am determined to not let it get to me this year.

Which means, some things have to change. But first, and more importantly is understanding where this feeling is coming from. Is it perhaps from some fear of “doing everything right” which is closely related to that P word – perfectionism? I wonder. I don’t consider myself a perfectionist but I do like to do the best I can at whatever I do. Is this a problem? Perhaps.

When I start to have too many things on my mind so that I feel stressed and pressured, maybe I need to ask myself that question “What would Jesus do?” Would He want me feeling stressed and pressured by a never ending To Do List? I think not. Jesus came to save us from ourselves and our constant feelings on inadequacy by showing us how much He loves us by dying on the cross, right?

There is nothing I can do to be more loved by Him or anyone else for that matter. I think my sons would rather have a healthy calm mom and fewer presents under the tree, than a mother who gets stressed out, don’t you think? Of course, I am not minimizing the fact that there is a lot more to do around the holidays and the brunt of the work does fall on the woman of the house, but being the woman, I need to take charge of what I do and don’t do. And replace the pressure I feel with a sense of peace and serenity, knowing and trusting that God will work everything out just as it is supposed to be.

Next time, I’ll talk about what I am going to change this season and share practical tips on what to do to avoid holiday stress. Until then, keep calm and keep looking up!