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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

At church now we are going through a series that is inspired by the book Soul Detox by our pastor Craig Groeschel. The sermon last week was about a restless soul. Now if your like me I wasn’t completely sure what that would mean and I definitely didn’t feel like it would be something that I would need to worry with. But, Sunday was just another one of those days where you are sitting listening to the sermon and you feel like God is speaking directly to you, and rather loudly in fact.

There are so many things that I worry and stress about. I pray and ask God to take control and I believe that I have done what I was supposed to do because I have “given it to Him.” But, then I realized that I might have prayed about it, but then it’s still on my mind through out the day. The point that really spoke to me was when my pastor said that we can’t truly focus because our mind is elsewhere, worrying, stressing or just thinking about that to-do list. Wow did that make everything clear to me. Just because I pray and ask God to take control doesn’t give me the freedom to still sit and stress and worry. I have to be able to pray about things and leave them with God and not try to carry them back with me.

He challenged us to sit for five minutes a day and think about nothing but God. Here’s a hint, if you don’t think you have a restless soul just try the five-minute challenge… you’ll be surprised at how many things you think about other than God… like doing the dishes, cleaning the house, cooking, finances or anything else that is stressing you or just on your plate. I have done this challenge everyday since last week and some days are harder than others, but I have noticed a major difference in my focus, my attitude and just my day. We have to be able to turn off our spinning wheels in our heads and focus it on the things that matter… the dishes will be there later, it’s all okay!

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV) 

The worship song I picked for today by Gungor is You Have Me and not only is the song absolutely beautiful but so is the meaning behind it. Life can be a bumpy road sometimes but God never leaves us, He is always there holding onto us. I love the chorus how it talks about God is always faithful and good, we can always count on Him!

You Have Me by Gungor 

[verse:]
Out on the farthest edge
There in the silence you were there
My faith was torn to shreds
My heart out of balance
And you were there

[chorus:]
Always faithful
Always good
You still
Have me
You still have my heart

[verse:]
I thought I had seen the end everything broken
But you were there
I’ve wandered at Heaven’s gate
I’ve made my bed in Hell
But you were there still

[chorus]

You have me
You have me
You have my heart completely (6x)

Purposefully Listening

February 2, 2012 — Leave a comment

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV) 

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 (NIV) 

These two verses really say so much. God has plans for us, we may not know them but He has them. The hard part though is that it is easy to let the world, our own thoughts and opinions distract us from what God wants. The first verse really hits homes for me, we have to take the time to be still. If we are constantly moving, constantly giving God our “suggestions” how will we ever expect to hear His voice, we aren’t leaving any room for Him to talk. I know that I have been guilty of having the one-sided conversation with God. It’s a challenge for me since I am already such a talker to begin with, but it is something that I am continually striving to get better at. I know that God has plans for me, and I want to always be in His will, but one of the best ways for me to be sure that I am following His path is to trust His work and to do a little less “suggesting” and a lot more listening.

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Faith: Take a Moment

October 13, 2011 — Leave a comment

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV) 

This video is from Elevation Church. I don’t know exactly how they used the video, I’m guessing it might have been to introduce a sermon. But, I thought the video had such a great point. All of us get so busy and caught up with the day-to-day parts of our lives. It can be so easy to go through the week and not even take a moment just to talk to God or read His word. He wants our attention just as much as everything and everyone else does. He loves hearing from us, even just telling Him how our day is going. Sometimes it only takes a small reminder of that for us to make more of an effort to make God more a part of our life daily.