For days I’ve been trying to figure out what we are going to dig deeper into for the tree and the branches, for the fruits of the Spirit. And for days, every time I’ve tried to sit down to do this, I keep thinking about something else. So, I deeply apologize, since I do have more things to discuss concerning this previous week’s topic, but apparently someone needs to hear this.
Loves the ones you’re with. I’m sure we’ve all heard it. We’ve all read items about getting so busy that we’re not paying attention to what’s happening right in front of our eyes. We get so caught up in getting this done and that, that we don’t slow down and just enjoy life. We need to do that more. Abundantly more. It’s one of the few regrets I can guarantee you will have a some point. At some point, someone will no longer be around, and you will regret not having shared more time with them. You, on the other hand, will not regret-not getting the laundry put away. We get so busy fussing over the smallest stuff that it steals our joy of the now. It takes away from the blessing that God has given us with the people that he has put in our lives. Or the blessing you are to someone else.
In my ladies’ bible study, way in the beginning, one of the ladies quoted someone (I cannot find the quote online right now). “Jesus never did 3 things. He never worried, never hurried, and he lived in the solution, not in the problem.” And, whenever I have felt life trying to catch me up, felt Satan trying to steal my joy. I have remembered that quote, because Satan trying to rush us into everything, is one of his tricks. There’s a reason Jesus took time to be an example of patience and calm, because he knew that it was one of the greatest things that would catch us.
I’ll give you some examples:
When blind Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, and Jesus calls back to him to come over. Jesus asks what he wants, and when blind Bartimaeus says he wants to see, Jesus very casually bends over and spits on the ground, slowly makes some mud, and pastes it to Bartimaeus’s eyes. Then, tells him to go wash and he’ll be healed. Now, we know in other texts that Jesus could have just as easily touched blind Bartimaeus and healed him instantly, but he didn’t. In this moment, he took his time, and performed the miracle another way, nice and slowly.
When Jesus chatted with the Woman at the Well. They were on their way some where else. They were in the middle of something else. And, Jesus purposefully took the time to give us this excerpt that we have pulled so much meaning from in so many sermons. Right in the middle of everything else. We get the story of the Woman at the Well.
When Lazarus was dying, one of Jesus’s close friends, he did not drop everything he was doing and run to him. Nope. He took his time. Continued to perform miracles. And, slowly made his way to Lazarus.
I mean, the lists go on and on, those are just some of the ones I remind myself of, when I’m getting ahead of myself. Satan hates us, he hates everything God creates, and if keeping you busy, so busy that you don’t have time to look around you, and appreciate the life in front of you – and you let him, he’ll keep you busy to the grave.
As I was trying to find the quote, I did find another one that I had never seen, that really spoke to me.
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”Charles Spurgeon.
Take time to read your Bible. Take time to be with your family and friends. Take time to pray. Carve the time out. Don’t let Satan steal your joy. Don’t let him trick in being so busy that you’re not enjoying your life.
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.* ”John 10:10 (emphasis mine)
Dear Heavenly Father, I’m praying today that we slow down. I’m praying that you put your peace upon us. That we may breathe in your everlasting peace, and breathe out the busy-ness of the world. That we may reclaim our Joy in you Father. That we can rest assured that you sent your Son that we may have Life. Lives to the fullest. Lives full of Love and Joy and Peace. That we may live in each moment, and not get so ahead of ourselves. That we see Satan’s attacks for what they are. That we know who we are dealing with but that you will make our eyes open. That you will reveal your love and peace and joy in our lives. That we are the victors in you, Father. That you may wash over us with the peace that surpasses all understanding. That you help us to be still. Help us to live our lives how You want us to live them. In the now. Please watch over us, guide us, and protect us. Guide our footsteps that we may not falter. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!!
I’m continuing to focus on Kid’s Night Out! June 11th!
Sponsored by my local church. They advertise in the papers and invite the whole community to a night filled with games for kids, and FREE BIKE GIVEAWAYS. They do this via Raffle. We’ve given away hundreds of bikes over the years, and while we’re raffling, we also share THE GOOD NEWS with everyone in attendance.
Article here from last year’s: https://brookingsregister.com/article/kids-have-their-night-at-holy-life
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