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May
22

Finding Balance in a Busy World

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My life has been busy, very busy, the last few weeks. I seem to have hit one of those whirlwind seasons when all the hats that I wear are asking to be worn at the same time. I am trying to keep the balance but the demands of being a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, friend, pastor, counselor, etc., consume me at times.

One of the most difficult lessons of my life has been how to live well, fully, and stayed anchored to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit who teaches me when to say yes and when to say no. I find that this ‘lesson’ requires constant revisiting.

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To be human is to be limited.

Yet we often find ourselves living as if we are unlimited, stretched emotionally, financially, mentally, physically.  We become restless, sleepless, nervous, irritable, frustrated, anxious, tired, and/or depressed. Many of us ignore these sources of information that come from our onboard equipment God gave us and view them as things to overcome instead of signals to heed. With Superman and Superwoman capes securely tied on, we determine to push on, push past, and shove our way on through life.

Throwing one more ball into our juggling act happens almost mindlessly. We don’t even question whether or not we can or should add something else to the act. We live from the presupposition that there is always room for one more thing. One more responsibility. One more hobby. One more activity. One more conference. One more committee meeting. One more lunch with a friend.

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 “You can’t please everyone, so you gotta please yourself.” The lyrics to Ricky Nelson’s Garden Party were looping through my brain as I awakened.

Why were the words to a hit song from 1972 playing in my head? Was it too many Cheerios at bedtime? Maybe I heard it on the TV or radio??

Knowing that God, who never sleeps, often speaks to me “in the night season” (Psalm 16:7, Psalm 17:3, Job 33:14-18), I paused and to check in with the Holy Spirit to see if it was than just a random coincidence. Now that may sound weird, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve awakened to a song or a dream or a thought or some communication from God who sometimes bypasses my thinking mind, which darts to and fro and can be prone to ignore his quiet promptings, and speaks to my spirit when my mind is quiet.

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Nov
12

Navigating Uncomfortable Waters

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Ship_StormI like comfort. My personal choice is easy, painless, risk-free, non-confrontational living. God, however, seems quite at peace with asking me to be uncomfortable. In fact, He is somewhat insistent on stretching me, requiring me to face my own unhealed stuff, and gently reminding me that comfort does not always equal His will or purposes in my life or in the life of those I love.

I have found that God is not hesitant to ask me to walk through wilderness, desert, north winds, and mountainous terrains of my soul and spirit. The lessons I have learned as I have faced the uncomfortable places have greatly transformed me.

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talkingNew studies indicate that most of us speak around 16,000 words a day with some folks speaking up to 47,000 words every day! That’s lots of talking! 

It stands to reason that we have the potential to misuse some of those 16,000 words.  Proverbs 10:19 tells us that there is always sin in the multitude of words and the wise person restrains his or her tongue. 

Wow, in the day of Twitter, facebook, and social media when many folks don’t have an unpublished thought, I have to wonder about our potential to harm others.  If we can reach others exponentially with our positive life-giving messages through social media, we also may find ourselves harming others and our own testimony. 

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