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1 Nov – A Busy Heart

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There is a big difference between having a packed, busy schedule and having a busy heart. Busy in the sense of carrying a lot in our hearts which perhaps we shouldn’t be or that isn’t beneficial to our overall wellbeing.

The problem is not being busy in life; Jesus himself had a hectic ministry schedule where people were pressing all around him, following him out into the desert to hear him, crowding into houses where he was and barely leaving him alone for a second. The problem arises when our hearts become busy and full of stuff. Whether thats our own issues, hurts and fears or other all consuming pursuits or people that we end up having no room for Him and what He has planned for us. No room to hold people in our hearts in love and prayer, or to govern over those things which heaven has assigned for us to be involved in. Jesus said, “I only do what my Father is doing and what He says.” (John 5:19)

Jesus had absolute clarity in all He said and did because his life may have been busy, but His heart was not.

One of the things we would all benefit from is taking heed of what God says about our hearts. Proverbs in the bible is a book of wisdom and it teaches that we, “above all guard the affections of our heart, for they affect all that we are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23 TPT)

Guarding or watching over our hearts means we are careful and diligent to keep our hearts uncluttered. We can all be like sponges absorbing and dwelling upon both our own experiences and relationships and/or other people’s issues, attitudes and pain. However if we leave this absorption unchecked we can quickly find our hearts very full of things God never intended for us to be subjected to or to carry around within us. The result is a busy heart which even if we choose to still our bodies to rest does not allow our hearts to be still. They have become busy; weighed down and cluttered with so many cares, thoughts and desires that we struggle to stop, to hear God’s voice and to be still.

Busy people get things done as long as they know how to rest regularly, but busy hearts  limit what God can do in and through us. Have a busy schedule and make the most of your day and every opportunity, but take care to guard your heart with all diligence so that you don’t end up having a busy heart.

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Jesus said, “ 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path…….. 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13) 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼

Prayer: Lord thank you that everyday is a fresh opportunity to live my best life and to experience and fulfil all that you have for planned for me.  Please help me to measure my schedule wisely so I can be busy but not stressed, but most of all help me not to have a busy heart. In Jesus name Amen.

31 Oct – We’re Surrounded

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It’s Halloween today in Australia, which traditionally is to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” or the night when pagans believe that the boundary between the realms of the dead and earth are thinner and so more easily accessible. As a result people dressed in scary costumes to masquerade as one of the dead so that the dead and any demonic creatures wouldn’t come near them.

Instead of celebrating the dead and the fear of death, I like to instead honour and acknowledge that today and tomorrow are All Saints Day or All Hallows Day, which celebrates and honours the men and women of faith who have gone before us. In remembering their lives we honour those ordinary people who had overcoming, mountain moving, world changing faith. They inspire, encourage and remind me of what is possible if we have faith and that it’s now our turn to make a mark in the history books. Their stories and lives testify that we are not alone but, “surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” who are cheering us on to run our race well. They’re  encouraging each one of us to rise to the challenge to make a difference just as they did (Hebrews 12:1-2).

People like Moses who by faith stretched out his staff at God’s command and the waters of the Red Sea were parted freeing millions from imminent slavery and death. By faith Joshua and the people of Israel marched around the great walls of Jericho and they came crashing down. It was by faith Daniel escaped the lions den unharmed, David the teenager won the victory over the giant Goliath and Esther silenced the wicked Haman and rescued her people from certain death.

It was by faith that men like George Muller, trusting only in God cared for and fed thousands of orphans every day without requesting aid or money from any man for over forty years. By faith Hudson Taylor, John and Charles Wesley, Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Amy Carmichael, Dwight L. Moody, Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, Billy Sunday and Jacquie Pullinger crossed land and sea, stepped out in faith and often chose to forgo security, family and support to share what Jesus had done for them. (I encourage you to check out their stories)

They shared not about the fear of death but about Jesus’ love, goodness and grace extended to all mankind and how He cares for each and every one of us.

Today, just as those great men and women of faith lived and shared their life with others, I encourage you to celebrate the fact that you are not alone and that Jesus has overcome all evil, sickness and fear. Therefore there is no reason to fear death or the dead. Instead you can determine to step out with Jesus, to make your mark and fulfil your purpose too. Plus Jesus is no “Skinny Jesus” so you can freely go and eat all the chocolate you want.

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”(Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)

Prayer: Lord thank you for those who have gone before us and remind us of the difference one person can make if they put their hand in the hand of God and step out in faith. Please use me Lord to make an impact in the world and to be used by you too. In Jesus name Amen.

30 Oct – As We Think We Change!

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Our life today is a result of our thinking yesterday and our life tomorrow is a result of our thinking today. Plus what occupies our thoughts will also be contained in the words we speak.

If you don’t like where you are today, you struggle  in your thought life and with the words that come out of your mouth then here are some tips to help you to make some changes….

  1. Walk in Forgiveness – forgiveness of sin and forgiveness of others removes heartache and guilt from the past. Unforgiveness and holding grudges hurts others, but mostly it hurts us and steals our joy and peace.
  2. Do a mental spring clean of your thought life. Keep an inventory of what you are thinking about. It may shock you when you consider what you spend your day thinking upon. We literally can change our lives by beginning to think different thoughts. I recommend as a starting place in your spring clean is to begin think on God’s word and His thoughts.
  3. Check the environment in which you live and who and what you surround yourself with. We are each a product of our environment. as it affects our values, priorities and lifestyles. What are you allowing in your life?
  4. Ask yourself, “what am I doing with my spare time?” How we spend our time will greatly determine what we are thinking about. The devil brings his greatest temptation to people when they have time on their hands. King David is a good example. He made one of the greatest errors of judgement of his life when he was meant to be fulfilling his role as King and leading His army into battle. Instead he stayed at home and in his spare time slept with another man’s wife, whom he got pregnant, which then led to the death of an innocent man. (2 Samuel 11). It takes discipline of character, focus and goals in life to correctly handle extra hours given in our day. One of the best things we can do for ourselves is to learn to have a healthy productive thought life, and to understand the importance of filling our free time with those things and people who will help us think right and encourage us to grow and achieve our goals.
  5. Who  are your closest friends? The people we associate with will greatly determine how we think. A person’s character and values are often revealed to others by knowing a person’s closest friends. Peer pressure and the desire to belong can be one of the greatest influences upon our lives. Choose your friends well!

The simple exhortation from God’s Word to only think on those things that are pure and noble and praise worthy can be used as an easy guideline for our thought life. It can become our standard as to who and what we associate closely with, how we fill our free time and any changes we may need to make in our surroundings.

As we think we change. What are you thinking about?

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect”. (Romans 12:2) 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼

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”. (Philippians 4:8) 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼

Prayer: Lord please help me to honestly examine my thought life and give me wisdom to see where I need to make changes and the strength to be a person who chooses well. Please surround me with people who will help me to be the best I can be. In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

29 Oct – Soul Satisfaction

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One of the things I’ve discovered is that when I am tired, discouraged, disappointed or carrying some other weight in my heart and soul is that I will usually be more easily tempted…tempted to not do the things I know to do; tempted to snap at people, be impatient and to worry. To fall into old negative habits and becoming more vulnerable to getting off track and losing focus.

When we have a clear vision, focus and reason to get up in the morning many people tend to sleep and eat less. Our minds and bodies become primed and ready for action, instead of feeling sluggish, tired and vulnerable to attack both physically and spiritually.

However if our souls are dissatisfied or we have become heart – sick we can often over eat and crave more sleep. Plus we become more vulnerable to temptation. For the more our souls are dissatisfied with our present circumstances or we have hopes and dreams that have constantly being deferred, the deeper our soul dissatisfaction. And unfortunately it’s in this dissatisfaction that we will search for something, anything to feed and bring joy to our soul.  For,“When we are hungry, anything on the menu looks good. When our soul is dissatisfied, sin begins to look tempting, and even become addicted to that source because it feeds our soul.” (J. Ortberg)

Which is why it is wisdom to regularly ask ourselves, “How is my soul doing?” Am I satisfied or simply existing from day to day, feeding the emptiness in my soul with whatever is at hand and which makes me feel good in the moment?

Have you been working, waiting and being patient for a long time and now your heart feels sick?  It’s important to know what our level of soul satisfaction is because other wise we leave ourselves vulnerable to temptation, discouragement and merely existing in life rather than truly living. For, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov 13:12)
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Thankfully this is where God comes in, for He desires our souls to be fully satisfied and our lives to be overflowing and filled with good things. He wants to bless us so much that every desire we have is fulfilled. Whatever we dream and hope for He actually says He wants to bless and provide the answer for us, with far more than we could possibly ask for – exceedingly more (Ephesians 3:20). But firstly He wants to meet our desire to be loved, accepted and connected to someone, because deep down that’s what we not only long for, but all need.

Today I encourage you to let God into every area of your life so that He can minister to your soul. Let Him heal the hurts, fill the deep voids and direct you to those places, people and things that He’s planned for you to bless your life with.

Then determine from now on not to settle any longer for any cheap thrills and quick fix to satisfy your soul, when you can have so much more. Let God begin to satisfy you with the very best today.

“He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” (Psalms 103:3‭-‬5 NLT)

“For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalms 107:9 NKJV)

“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼

Prayer: Lord thank you that you desire to satisfy my soul. Please help me to be honest and to see where I may be settling for a quick fix to satisfy my wants and needs rather than trusting and leaning into you to satisfy and grant me the desires of my heart.  Would you please feed my soul and fill my life with good things today. In Jesus name Amen.

28 Oct – The Me I Want To Be

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The battle against not doing what we often want to do but know is not the best course of action is a real thing. Some would call that the battle of the spirit over the flesh. We know what we should do, but we struggle and are tempted to do what we ought not to do.

If we simply try and suppress and push aside a temptation that is within us it will eventually wear us out.  However a helpful key to not slipping into what we know is not beneficial for our lives is to have a clear vision of the person we want to become. To know what kind of person we want to be and what sort of life we want to lead and then be able to articulate and write it down and list the reasons why we’ll choose to take a particular course of action, refrain from certain behaviours and determine to develop various areas of our lives.  Without a why and knowing the reasons to walk away from temptation, the energy to suppress those desires because exhausting and more often than not, futile.

For me to control my natural desires to lash out at those who threaten and annoy me or to give into fear or some other weakness I have to have a reason; a vision for who I want to be, so that the force of that desire and vision is more powerful in my life than a moment of weakness and temptation to give in to the gratification gained by the immediate thrill. 무료웹툰|웹툰 미리보기|뉴토끼

John Ortberg in his book “The me I want to be” said, “Temptation promises as much as we want. It promises freedom, but it makes us a slave. There is always a hook. Real freedom is not the external freedom to gratify every appetite; it is the internal freedom not to be enslaved by our appetites, to have a place to stand so that we are not mastered by them.”

I’ve made a covenant or promise to God and myself that I will seek to become all that He says I am, whilst also endeavouring not to bring his name into disrepute by my words or behaviour. It’s why I choose to remain silent when I really might to give people a piece of my mind, why I ignore or look the other way when someone of the opposite sex notices me, why I seek to be honest and true to my calling and continually seek to grow as a person.

A clear vision and commitment to become the best version of ourselves will help keep us from wandering off track and motivates us to continually be developing and allowing God to shape our characters and lives, even when that hurts or is frustrating.

Today I encourage you to take some time to think carefully about the person you want to become – the best version of what that person looks like. What are your deepest values, dreams and goals; who and what sort of man or woman do you want to become? Then write down what that means and looks like with regard to the choices, places and people you associate with, the decisions you make and the life you lead both in public and private. God wants us to be the best version of ourselves and if we allow His hand to guide and direct our lives He will strengthen and help us even in our weakest moments to walk away from temptation and to keep the vision before us.

Who are you becoming today?

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ( Joshua 1:9)

So be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people. Make good use of every opportunity you have, because these are evil days. (Ephesians 5:15-16)
Prayer: Lord please empower me to become the best version of myself – the me I want to be. That you would help me to walk away from temptation and that my life would become so full of all that I am becoming that I don’t even miss the pursuits, attitudes and behaviours that I may have to forgo to become the best version of me. In Jesus Name Amen.

27 Oct – You Won’t Miss Out

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There is an interesting modern day term and condition called Fomo, which by definition is “the fear of missing out”. Fomo causes anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere and is often created or increased by social media. The other side of Fomo is that we can watch and listen to those around us and fear that the great life they seem to be having in their relationships, the holidays they take, their work, family life or whatever else is displayed on social media or talked about in your presence will never happen for or to you.

This “fear of missing out” is designed to drive and push us, and if we are not careful it will cause us to take our eyes off our own dreams and the plans God has specifically for us to instead focus on having what someone else has got.

When we start to do that we step into a dangerous place as the “fear of missing out” often encourages us to settle for less than what is God’s best for us. People can very easily choose to settle for a spouse or partner who doesn’t actually help them to be all that God created them to be. They can settle for the job that doesn’t fulfil them because they are too busy looking at what everyone has or is doing and so they settle for short-term gains instead of having a long-term view.

Most unfortunate of all in the “fear of missing out” mindset is the view of “I want to have fun and to do my own thing – God can wait.” That thought sadly can cause us to make  decisions that lead us down a path we were never meant to travel on, with people or to places that only cause  a “whole world of confusion and pain”. At worst it can lead to us spending an eternity separated from God.

But God didn’t ever plan for us to live someone else’s life or to be governed by fear and doubt. He made us to live out our dreams, aspirations and desires with the people, places and things that will bring us the most joy, fruitfulness and fulfillment.

When we trust and follow Him He will never allow us to miss out and therefore there is no need for fear and doubt. We need only to choose everyday to follow His ways and the directions that He gives us in His Word and through His guiding presence in our lives.

Life won’t pass us by, the person we are meant to spend the rest of our lives with won’t go to someone else and the job, promotion, holiday etc. that we dream about will come into our hands. If we focus our attention, not upon the “fear of missing out”, but on the goodness of God and His love for us then we are far more inclined to seek Him and His ways first. God promises in His Word that even if He has to move mountains, override the natural order of things, or organize divine appointments and opportunities so that we can step into our our destiny and meet the right people at exactly the right time He will do it, because that is how God operates, and that’s how much He loves us.

Today don’t settle for less than God’s best for you. Don’t allow fear to dictate your next steps or the course of the rest of your life. Instead choose to trust that He has a perfectly orchestrated plan for your life and that He will bring it to pass as you choose to let go of fear and to take hold of His hand as He leads you in the right way to go.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”(Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”(Matthew 6:33)

 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”(James 1:5)

 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” (Lamentations 3:25 NIV)

Prayer: Lord please help me to live free from the fear of missing out as I learn to trust in you. Thank you that I can rely on your promises that you will direct my steps and that your plans for me are ones filled with hope and a future. I trust you today that I won’t miss out on your best for me and that you are turning things around in my favour today.  In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 Oct – Confronting Fear

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Fear is a sneak…. It comes to steal our peace, feelings of security, rest and our hopes for the future. Instead of living expecting the best, excited for the future and living in confidence, fear attempts to limit and diminish our lives.

I guess that’s why Jesus said “fear not” so many times and to cast all our worries, fears and insecurities onto Him because He cares for us. That we aren’t to worry about anything but instead to bring everything to Him in prayer and be anxious for nothing. (1 Peter 5:7 Philippians 4:6-7)

This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?

Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? 27 So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27 TPT)

Fear is the opposite of love and when we fear we become afraid and hesitant to step out of our comfort zone. We see others courageously living; travelling, in healthy relationships, successful and full of vitality and quietly we wish we could be like them…yet often our fears and insecurities hold us back and limit our potential. Regardless as to how many podcasts, self help books, sermons, discussions and information we may consume the fact is that information alone will not bring about the transformation within us that we need. We can even know every verse in the bible regarding not being afraid and still live in perpetual anxiety.

A few years ago our family went through a really tough time and my husband was especially affected. He went from being a confident, outspoken, resourceful person to someone who suffered the physical, emotional and mental effects of severe anxiety. Just going to a new location or facing something different would cause his pulse to accelerate, for him to break into a sweat and to struggle with nausea and dizziness. As he rested, spent time in God’s Word, started being more intentional with his diet and exercise and worked through the root causes of his anxiety and the trauma he’d experienced he started to stepping out to do hard things again. At first that was just going to a new coffee shop, meeting new people or pushing himself out of his comfort zone.  I watched with admiration as we took five of our children on holiday to the USA. Driving on the opposite side of the road on country roads and then through the major cities of Chicago, Washington DC, New York City and Dallas caused him to push past his anxiety and stress as he trusted both himself and God to look after his family. By the end of our five-week trip around the USA my husband came home knowing that he was going to be okay. He’d had a huge win and struck a deathblow to fear and anxiety. He now has a new well paid, executive level job, is studying to upgrade his qualifications and has fresh vision for the future. He is also is very determined, wiser, strategic and more self aware than ever before. He discovered that, “there is no way to get the peace of God from our head to the rest of our body besides trusting God enough to confront our greatest fear.” (John Ortberg)

Anytime we avoid doing something out of fear we die a little on the inside, yet when we choose to take a risk; trust God, give our worries and concerns to Him and step out we open up our lives for something amazing to happen.

Fear paralyses but love and faith sets us free, and it is for this reason that Jesus came, to give us freedom and life more abundantly. As we push past fear eventually our thoughts start to line up with the fact that we are okay, and each time we face a fear it gives way to confidence.

Wherever you are today, know that with God’s help you can overcome fear…”perfect love casts out all fear”. I encourage you to talk to Him about your fears and any concerns; give them over to him in prayer and then determine to start to do things that push you out of your comfort zone (even if it’s just something small).

Seek to do things that lift the limits on your life and that help you to face rather than avoid your fears. We need to understand that there are going to be times in our lives when we will experience pain, disappointment and problems. Things happen. But there will also be wonderful, exciting things that we can and will experience…our dreams coming true…

The choice is ours whether we will go through life in fear or step out with God, trusting that He will be right there giving us strength in the valley moments and declaring victory alongside us on the mountaintops.

There is no fear in love, but perfect love drive out fear..”(1 John 4:18 NIV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”(John 14:27)

25 Oct – Taking Care Of Business

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There is always something or someone who is talking or doing things that will no doubt push against our values, what we believe and who we are. Social media is often plastered with the latest ridiculous thing someone has said or done, family, friends and acquaintances can behave badly and the world feels at times like it might have been tipped on its head. However that is not the time to be “sucked” into everyone else’s drama or the noise of the world around us.

Instead of allowing things to get us off focus, because let’s face it there is a lot of silliness often going on around us, this is the time to brush off the cares of the world, the worries that so easily crowd our thoughts and heart, the opinions of others and the people or circumstances that attempt to take us off track and away from our purpose and destiny. Set your mind on heavenly things and who God says you are. Don’t allow yourself to be concerned with anything that God hasn’t asked you to be involved in or to engage over and trust that He will work out everything for your good in the long run.

Jesus himself didn’t allow himself to get distracted or taken down by the noise, attitudes or nonsense that often went on around him or was said about him. Even when people were trying to silence and do him harm he simply walked through the masses and got on with the business of what he was here for. When it was time to speak he spoke up and when it was time to act He did, but never did He allow himself to be distracted or sidelined by circumstances or other people’s opinions or comments.

Jumping up, they mobbed him and forced him to the edge of the hill on which the town was built. They intended to push him over the cliff. But He (Jesus) walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” (Luke 4:29-30 NLT)

Today I encourage you to follow Jesus’s example and don’t allow everyone else’s “silliness” to take you away from the business at hand and what you are here for. Choose to get on and focus on what you are doing and with those people and places that bring you joy and leave the rest to God to sort out. 

“Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.” (1 Thess 4:11)

“It is an honour for a person to cease from strife, but every fool quarrels.”(Proverbs 20:3

So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” (Matt:33-34 TPT)

Prayer: Lord thank you that I have a destiny and purpose in you. Please help me to remain steadfast and focused; that regardless of everyone else’s opinions and the noise around me that I would continue to go about the “business” you have called me to today. In Jesus name Amen

 

24 Oct – Set Your Course

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Today on my run I was reminded of how important it is to set our course and to just keep running. Because when we do we will eventually establish our rhythm and when we find our rhythm it means we can far better run a lot longer and further.

I think life is generally like that.  If we set our course and just keep moving forward we will discover our pace and rhythm and be able to run our race in life more consistently, healthily and with more joy in the journey.

As I ran kilometre after kilometre on my run today I knew I had found my rhythm. I forgot about any tiredness, my sore legs from yesterday’s exercise or what and who was around me and I focused on the course I’d set and just kept running. I’d found my running groove and I stayed there. Setting my course meant I didn’t have to wonder where I was going or how far I would run. I’d decided that before I started and determined that I would not look to the left or the right, to the people driving past, the neighbours walking their dogs, the kids going to school on their bikes or the noise around me. No I kept focused and stayed my course. I kept running even when I was tempted to turn onto my street towards home early because my course was set, my focus firm and my rhythm in place.

Today I encourage you to spend some time with Jesus and determine what your course is to be so that you can then start moving forward in that direction. Then no matter what happens around you, what family or work drama’s there may be or how tired or hesitant you can feel at times, you will know where to look and which direction to take. With Jesus running alongside you – a bit like your running coach you will be able to last the distance, win the prize and finish victoriously.

And remember that on those days where your muscles ache, your heart may have been beaten about and you’re wondering if you have the strength, know that you are not alone. Jesus is right there alongside you and will strengthen and help you to keep going.

Set your course today, keep your focus and determine to find your rhythm as you keep moving forward into all that God has for you.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”.(Hebrews 12:1)

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”(Isaiah 40:31)

Prayer: Lord thank you that with you I can do all things because you give me strength. Please help me to set my course, remain focused and to run my race well today. In Jesus name Amen.

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