Finding Tracks and Making Time

Today’s blog by Yvonne

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Busy schedules made for a fast-paced summer for my family. Relaxation called to me, and I longed for some quiet time. I planned a short weekend away in one of our nearby state parks. Cabins, cookouts and s’mores beckoned me with the perfect cure from hectic lifestyles. We packed games for evening fun and comfortable shoes for a daytime hike. Just what this worn out soul needed to reconnect with nature and with God.

My two-year-old granddaughter tagged along on the short hike. “Look, tracks in the mud,” I exclaimed as I pointed them out to her. We walked closer to examine the muddy print. A raccoon made the tracks in the mud, my husband offered. Excitement danced in her young eyes as she spent the rest of the walk looking for other footprints.

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Seeing the impression left by the animal caused me to ponder my daily steps. How much time do I spend looking at my tracks as I walk this road of life? I glance back on my path to assure myself I am making progress. I strain my eyes looking for clues on the road ahead especially when life is uneven. Many times, the path before me bumps, twists and turns as I proceed cautiously forward. My steps were tentative as I slip along some parts and fall at others.  The road laid out is not an easy one.

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No matter how much I try to plan my route, detours force me to redirect. Sometimes, the changes are from my actions, but sometimes I feel God take charge and guide me on His path. The key verse today, from Proverbs 16:9, reminds me that I am not in charge of this journey. I make my plans, but ultimately God directs my path. His route will not be easy. However, it always gets me where He wants me to go. Looking back over my life showed me that God’s way is always best.

Blessing,
Yvonne, author and blogger.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

 

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Prayers for Orphans

Dear Lord Jesus, so many children around the world have become orphaned or abandoned for many different reasons and have never known the love of a mother or father for them – Lord we know that You care for all people – but have a special heart for little children and orphans.

Watch over these children and young people, we pray. Comfort them in their trials and provide for them when they are in need. Educate them when they are abandoned, protect them from those that would take advantage of their vulnerabilities and heal the physical and emotional hurt that so many have had to face in their young lives.

And Father we ask that in Your grace that You would draw near to each one and bring them into a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus – Meet each one at their point of need we pray and cover them with Your grace. Amen

Blessing,
Yvonne, author and blogger.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Too Much To Do

Today’s blog by Yvonne

Do you suffer from “Hurry Sickness?” I found out that it is a real condition as shown in the definition from Psychology Today. They define it as “a behavior pattern characterized by continual rushing and anxiousness; an overwhelming and constant sense of urgency.” Feb 9, 2013, from Psychology Today

I think many of us suffer from this sickness and don’t even realize it. In our 24/7 world, life never stops or never slows down enough for us to rest or to connect with those around us. Hurry sickness robs us of our most important relationships. We become too busy for our friends, our family, and even our God. What do you sacrifice on the altar of busyness in hopes of getting ahead in life?

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Take heart; we can overcome our need always to be busy and in always in a hurry. Tom Stuart provides us some great ways to combat this disease. His advice is a good reminder that God never intended for us to be so busy that we cannot hear God speak to us. Slow down. Be still. Make room for your relationships, especially the relationship with God.

Inspired by Jesus, here are five things Tom Stuart found that are antidotes in combating the hurry disease.

1.  Practice solitude!  Jesus did! (Mark 1:35)  Like Jesus, I love the early morning hours, to take time to commune with God and prepare my heart for the day. Uninterrupted silence is like manna, a person needs to savor it before the sun comes up and the to do’s of the day melt it away.

2.  Sit down!  Jesus did!  When Jesus was tired and wanted to conserve energy, He sat down to rest. Whether He was at a well, on the Mount of Olives, in the temple or on a mountainside (John 4:6, Mark 12:41, 13:3, John 6:3)   What better prescription for hurry sickness than to take a well-deserved break and sit down.  The important thing is letting your mind sit in addition to your body.  Studies show those who take regular work breaks are more productive than those who don’t.  That alone should be sufficient incentive to stop hurrying.

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3.  Take a nap!  Jesus did! (Luke 8:23)  He could sleep anywhere, even in the midst of a storm on the Sea of Galilee.  I’ve found that nothing refreshes me more when the storms of life are pressing in upon me, then taking a nap.  Invariably I wake up with a renewed energy and resolve to face the challenges that are before me calmly.

4.  Take a road trip!  Jesus did!  His times with His disciples traveling from village to village were times to think, talk, listen and learn.  I love road trips.  The longer the distance, the better and the less traveled the road, the more leisurely it seems.  Nothing beats time in the car, alone or with a worthy companion, to commune with God or one another and to recharge the soul.  And avoid hurry when you can by getting off the freeway and taking the scenic route.

5.  Set your agenda!  Jesus did!  People all around Jesus including his family members were urging Him to do all manner of things. (John 7:1-9)  But He always called His shots and set His own pace, even in life or death situations. (Mark 5:25 & John 11:1-7)  It takes conviction and courage to say “Wait” or “No” to the myriad demands of life and to refuse to be a people pleaser.  And few things keep hurrying at bay more than setting your agenda and keeping your timetable.

Blessing,
Yvonne, author and blogger.

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”