God Rested. Why aren’t you?

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Welcome to our mini-series on fear, anxiety, and control. Last week’s post was entitled Remember Follow the Leader? Go back and read it, if you’d like.

In last week’s post, I wrote about how I had to learn to follow God’s plans and be willing to put aside my own ideas of how things needed to go. We reviewed how smart the ducklings are who follow their mother so they stay safe. We need to be as smart as they are and follow our leader–God. He is our creator and He knows best.

One thing I had to learn during my time of panic attacks and over scheduling was how to say no. No is such a small word, but I had such a difficult time saying it.

Before God revealed to me why I couldn’t seem to say no, I felt pretty good about how much I could handle. You’ve heard it said, “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” I took pride in how much I could get done. I’m a list maker and a lover of checking things off my list.

Our culture has made us so connected via technology, we can get even more done. We’re never really clocked out at work. We’re never really out of touch because we live with our phone attached to us. We even get anxious if it isn’t. I wrote in Put Up A Fence how we need to fence off our personal lives from the web and to decrease our interest in other people’s lives.

Yes, I know we can’t completely disconnect from our fast-paced culture. But, we can control our schedule and say no to some things.  Let’s review what God has to say about rest. Sometimes to find the truth, one has to go back to the beginning. So, we’ll review Genesis 2:2

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”

God, the creator of the universe, found it wise to rest. He even commanded us in Exodus 20: 9

“Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not work…”

Why would God rest? Did He need to? Or, did He pattern for us what He knew would be best for our physical, mental, and spiritual health?

Does it matter? Not to me. Here’s what I know:

He rested, He commanded us to rest and I do much better when I rest.

All things in creation have a season and I learned not all activities needed to occur in the same season. For example, when my children were involved in band and tennis, both requiring a lot of driving on my part, that wasn’t the correct season for me to be president of the neighborhood watch. That could occur in another season of life.

This week look at your schedule and take control of it. Pray over every item and ask God what you need to say no to. I encourage you to learn to embrace the power of saying no–it is very freeing.

I’m praying for you this week.

Love y’all,

Ginny

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Let Go and Let God

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Welcome to week #2 of our quick study on making your life easier!

You want an easier life, don’t you? Of course, you do.

Last week’s blog post, “Build A Fence” gave you some hints on minimizing outside distraction and, more importantly, following the biblical wisdom of minding your own business. Trust me, your business will be enough to deal with.

This week, we’re discussing morning devotional time–the best way to begin your day.

Yes, I know. You don’t have time. But, once you make the time, you’ll wonder how you ever made it without this precious time with God.

Those morning minutes, while you sip your coffee and let the children sleep a bit longer, are YOUR time.

David wrote in Psalms 5: 3

“In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay down my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

I learned to do this the hard way. When my children were in middle and high school, busy was killing me. I began to have panic attacks and, for a while, could barely leave the house. During that time, I began to journal and do a morning devotion time.

It saved me. Not only did I begin to uncover things I needed to let go, things I needed to restructure (like my mornings) and things I needed to stop trying to control.

During the early-morning quiet, God began to show me ways to “let go and let God.” Some days I would fill entire pages with the recurring phrase, let go and let God. It was calming and freeing, in a strange way.

My prayer for you this week is for you to:

  • keep doing a daily walk
  • begin a morning devotion time. No excuses, begin.
  • write out your requests to God
  • learn to wait expectantly for His guidance
  • check the fences you put up last week. Maybe put up a few more.

God has much to tell you. Carve out a few minutes every morning to read the Bible, write out your requests, and wait expectantly for His guidance.

When you hear His guidance, do not argue with what He tells you.

Trust me, do what He says.

Love y’all,

Ginny

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Still Mad?

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I have a short fuse. And, I’ve always been that way.
What about you?

Are you quick to pop off and say something you shouldn’t?

Are you prone to cursing?

Or, are do you get your feelings hurt very easily?

I answered ‘yes’ to each of the above questions. What were your answers?

Even if you answered ‘no’ to some or most of the above questions, you still get angry. It may take you longer to get hot under the collar, but you eventually get to your tipping point. Everyone does.

This week please remember to take your walks. When I am angry, I need a minimum of thirty minutes, and usually, upwards of an hour to ‘walk it off.’

Here on The Boot, we promote building your life on old truths. Well, here’s one you need to learn– the old adage of ‘walking it off.’ It works. But, do not take your cell phone when you go.

God will provide everything you need and what you need is the sound of the waves, the smell of the salt air, the cawing of the seagulls, or the sand between your toes. Nature is what you need.

I also encourage you to memorize this week’s Scripture and pray over it as you take your steps. God will give you insights as you do.

Finally, take note we are instructed to take charge of our anger and let it go.

No one can do that for you–not even God. He can give you the strength and the grace, but you have to make the decision to move on.

Abundance and peace are on the other side of anger. I pray you find it this week.

Love y’all,

Ginny
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Do You Believe?

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The very first verse in the Bible is, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

And, that is where the faith begins.

When I was growing up in the 1960’s, basically everyone believed this. It was not discounted in the public school curriculum where I attended. But by the time I was entering high school, and certainly, by my college years, this basic belief was under attack by the scientific community.

We have the Big Bang theory trying to describe the beginnings of our world. We have Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution discounting the concept of God’s original design of each plant and creature in its proper form. According to Darwin, Adam and Eve evolved from a lower life form, IF they actually existed.

I’ll not argue these theories in this post. That’s not my purpose and there is no reason. No one really knows. But, we all believe something.

What do you believe? Do you believe you are a distant relative of a prehistoric man, an ape-like creature? Do you believe the earth and the universe were created from a cosmic explosion?

Maybe you’ve taken a little bit of this belief and a smidgen of another. You can’t even explain it to yourself, you’re so confused.

God is not the author of confusion. The devil is. If you are confused, then maybe you’ve gotten off track with God’s divine plan and order.

Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Are your beliefs holding together into a cohesive idea? Can they withstand spirited debate?

No? Then, I invite you to start at the beginning with Genesis 1:1. Decide today if you truly believe what it says.

Love y’all,

Ginny

 

 

 

What’s Your Job?

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We spend most of our lives working or preparing for work. From middle school to adulthood, we’re figuring out what we want to be when we grow up. What are our interests? What are our talents? What do we love?

 2 Thessalonians 3: 10 says, “…’If a man will not work, he shall not eat.'” We are clearly instructed as followers of Jesus to work and feed our families. To put it more conversationally, we are to pull our own weight. We are not to rely on the charity of others when we are capable of taking care of our own needs.

But, children of God are also called for other jobs. We are workers in the kingdom and we have God-given gifts.

Romans 12:6-8 tells us “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

Which of those descriptions are you? Don’t know? Maybe you’ve never thought about it.

I hope you’ll be prompted by the Spirit to take the time to discover your talents or God-given gifts. Once you’ve got a prompting, Pray for God to show you how to use that gift to build up His kingdom.

There are no jobs more important than God’s jobs. Sunday school teachers, deacons, preachers, volunteers at the food kitchen, visitors of the sick and infirmed are always needed. The work is vital and never-ending. You are needed!

What is your job going to be? Let today be the day you say, “Yes, God. I’ll help.”

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Love y’all,

Ginny

Starting to Crack?

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I grew up on construction sites. Daddy and Grandaddy were builders, and I loved hanging out with them. With a hammer in my hand, I’d tag along to watch and learn.

Take the picture to the left, for example. There’s a good chance this crack in the brick wall is a sign of a sinking foundation.

The bottom bricks were laid on a level run of concrete, the foundation. Then, brick by brick the wall was built. But someday, if the foundation shifts or sinks, the wall of bricks will show cracks. It may eventually crumble and fall.

Same is true of our lives. Your life is built on something and, if your foundation isn’t stable, your life will begin to crack. It may eventually fail completely and crash.

What foundation are you built on?

Are you practicing a lifestyle or following habits God frowns on?

God’s ways have proven to be solid, stable, and blessed. His teachings are best to build your life on, and…it is never too late to start.

You may not be able to reverse all the current cracks or stop some imminent ones, but God is the only one who can completely firm up your foundation from the bottom up. Jesus is the only one who can heal the cracks. Anything man dreams up to do is nothing more than a band-aid or a facade designed to patch or cover up the damage.

Jesus said, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7: 24-27

Love y’all,

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Feeling Stressed?

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I know how you feel. Many days, especially when I was raising my sons, I felt like I was running on a treadmill. The speed kept increasing and I couldn’t slow it down.

 

But, you can find some peace amidst the stress.

Try this:

While you’re standing in the grocery line or sitting in the school pick up line, briefly close your eyes and pray these words, “Dear Lord Jesus, help me focus on your face and your grace. I do not have the strength or the capacity to accomplish all I have on my plate, but with your strength and your provision, I can. Help me, Jesus.”

Open your eyes, take a deep breath, and in your mind and spirit, receive His peace and assistance.

Here’s a Scripture verse I find helpful:

“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

I hope this helps you. It did me. And, I’ll tell you something else that helps–become a master in delegation 🙂

May God bless you today and every day,

Ginny

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