Day 20: antidote #3

This is antidote #3 to combatting CLUTTER (see Day 17).  After looking at laziness and procrastination, we will look at EXHAUSTION as part of the problem. How do we get ourselves to the brink of exhaustion?  Is it necessary to get to this point? Are we physically, mentally or emotionally drained? All of the above perhaps?

Exhaustion is real. Everyone is very busy doing so many things for various reasons. Even when we have time to rest, do we take it? Do we instead  find more things to exhaust ourselves with? If you are like me, you will keep going and going to who knows where until you finally realize you forgot to do a whole lot of important stuff but no longer have the energy to do it.

And it is a vicious cycle.

The Word says to Come to Jesus, all who are burdened and heavy laden and you will find rest for your souls. I know this. You know this. But when we succumb to distraction after distraction, not only are we faced with stuff left everywhere, but we miss the ONE who has everything we need. REST. The frenzy of busyness ends and what are we left with? He stands at the door knocking, waiting to be invited in, and we don’t have the strength left to answer. It happens to me far too often. Does it happen to you?

He asks us, “Come to me.” Okay Lord, in a minute.

He beckons to us, “Come to me.” Okay Lord, I will. I have to do this one thing, and then I will sit with You.

He pleads to us,”Come to me.” I will, I will. Soon.

He never stops asking. We don’t come. We miss out. We are exhausted. He had the rest we needed. This makes me so sad.

We know the antidote to exhaustion: Matthew 11:28.  How do we then find a way to answer the call? How do we make Him first?

It would be wisdom to sit with Jesus and spend time with him and let him energize us with His rest that He freely offers. And yet, we tend to be unwise in our choices.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

May we remember to ask You for wisdom to sit with you and to put you first, that we would find the rest we so desperately need. May we ask you to help us to make you our first priority. May we open the door you are knocking at before we even think about answering any other call that would keep us from you. May we see you as who you really are: LIFE. May we receive the rest you have for us. In the mighty name of Jesus we ask.

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Day 19: antidote #2

In Day 18: antidote #1, we took a look at what scripture has to say about “laziness”.

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. Proverbs 18:9.

Today, we are going to look at  PROCRASTINATION. I can’t help but think these two go hand in hand. Isn’t it being lazy to procrastinate? When we procrastinate, aren’t we too being “slack in our work”?

As we continue to chew on the Word regarding “laziness”, we can also learn of procrastination’s role in aiding the build up of Clutter (Day 17).

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17

MAKING THE BEST USE OF TIME

Procrastination is to put off something that you could do today, right? So we could rationalize that this is the best use of time because we believe we are exchanging the time we give to a certain, perhaps unpleasant task, with some task that we enjoy more or with something that doesn’t cost us anything.

Does sleeping late count as procrastination? When you plan to wake up early to say, PRAY or work-out or some other DISCIPLINE that would be best done in the early hours, then I’m going to say, “YES!”.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11

Praying is wise. Exercising is wise. Eating a nice breakfast is wise. Making the best use of time is wise. Why then do we choose foolishness? (at least I’ll speak for myself here).

The Word tells us to do a few things: 1) Look carefully how you walk, 2) Be wise and make the best use of time, 3) Do not be foolish, and 4) Understand what the will of the Lord is.

May you and I examine our lives. May we be wise and  make the best use of time. May we not be foolish, and instead understand what the will of the Lord is. May we truly understand the will of the Lord and seek to carry out all we need to do this very day. May we DO what needs to be done and not delay. In Jesus’ name!!

 Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own worries. The troubles we have in a day are enough for one day. Matthew 6:34

Day 18: antidote #1

We will start to combat Clutter (Day 17) by taking a look at “laziness”.  We want to kick this thing to the curb!! But how?

Let’s commit to meditate on these words day and night and to watch how God’s promises are applied to our problems. Marilyn Hickey says, “You take the promise to the problem, you don’t take the problem to God. You take the promise that goes with the problem because the promise doesn’t return void.” Makes perfect sense. There is POWER in the name of Jesus to break every chain. He is the Word and His Word is power!! Let’s begin.

First, being lazy is a trap many of us fall into.  Can we be so bold to admit that we are lazy and unfocused in our work? This may not seem like a big deal, but the Word tells it differently.  I find this to be particularly eye-opening:

Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys. Proverbs 18:9.  I picture someone coming in and taking a baseball bat to my home. A destroyer! By being slack in our work, we are CLOSELY RELATED to the Destroyer! Destroyers do not bring LIFE. Brothers of destroyers? What do you think?

There are many scriptures written on the subject of laziness or sloth. For a nice compilation, check out this site:

http://www.openbible.info/topics/laziness

I am going to pick one scripture that we can chew on together.  Being lazy. That is the problem. Now for the good news!! The promise.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Hebrews 12:11

The antidote to laziness: Discipline. Lazy people are un-disciplined. We don’t feeeeeel like doing what we know we are to do. Discipline tells us we must. It is not a choice. There are consequences to our behavior. Our things, our HOMES will be destroyed if we do not step up and do our part.

Ah, but in that discipline, though painful and unpleasant, will PRODUCE the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Not only will our homes be in order, but we will “yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness”.

May we meditate on these words day and night. May we be not only hearers, but also doers of the Word as they are written on my heart and yours. May we begin to let discipline train us that we would yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness.May your heart and mine not be discouraged by the painfulness of discipline!  May this peaceful fruit of righteousness reflect in every nook and cranny of our hearts and homes. Oh Jesus, it is in your name we pray. Thank YOU!

Now let’s get to work!! Mediate (read the Word again and again), pray (ask God and talk to Him), expect (He hears us and answers us) and believe (trust Him! He is not a man that He would lie): ACTION!! do what His Word says and receive every promise!!

Day 17: Clutter

How does clutter happen and how can it be avoided? Can it be avoided? I have tried, and as I look around, I see that at this moment in time, I have failed. Clutter is present. I see clothes without homes, a table covered (ok, I can’t really see the table for the stuff!),  and miscellaneous items I’m not sure I even need.

CLUTTER! It is sneaky. And it is a symptom. A symptom of: laziness, procrastination, exhaustion, hurry, greed, control, fear, being overwhelmed….let’s break this down.

Laziness: I don’t feel like putting that away.

Procrastination: I’ll put that away….later.

Exhaustion: I am too tired to put that away.

Hurry: I don’t have time to put that away.

Greed: I don’t need this, but it is mine. I want to keep it here with me. I don’t use it, need it, or wear it. But you can’t have what’s mine.

Control: It’s mine, and I will do what I wish with it. Even leave it on the floor.

Devalue: That used to mean a lot to me and I took really good care of it, once. But it is old now and it doesn’t mean as much so therefore I will no longer take good care of it.

Fear: I may need this one day, and then what. What if I don’t have it anymore?!

Being overwhelmed: I can’t keep up with all this stuff! It never ends!!! I give up!!

Clutter. Is it a losing battle? It may seem that way, but I am convinced there is an answer to each symptom. An answer that brings abundant LIFE. After all, clutter is a LIFE-drainer. It is a BIG distraction and waste of time. If we could take the time to do the right thing, clutter would be a thing of the past.

So what are the opposite behaviors for each of the above symptoms as they relate to clutter? Perhaps: Productiveness, Assertiveness, Being energized, Preparedness, Generosity, Freedom, Gratefulness, Love, Trust

Productiveness: I will put that away.

Assertiveness: I will put that away right now.

Being energized: I am filled with energy. I have the strength to do anything I need to.

Preparedness: I have not waited until the last minute. I have written out lists of what I need to do and I have prioritized the list. I will not be taken off-guard. No need to toss everything around in haste.

Generosity: I can freely give what I do not need or use.

Gratefulness: I am thankful for everything I have, regardless of how old it is.

Freedom: I don’t have to find freedom in controlling everything. It leads to a rebellion to do whatever I want. I am free, therefore I can make good choices.

Love: I am loved. I understand that if there is a need, a provision will be made. I don’t have to keep things I think I may need.

Trust: I trust that I will be cared for no matter what.

Not only are these great attributes to overcome clutter, but they are also great ways to live LIFE. They line up with the Word of God.  In the days ahead, we will look at what scripture has to say about each of these attributes.

In the meantime, may we seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

May your heart and home, and mine say goodbye to clutter as we seek God’s Word to combat it. May your day and mine be filled with LIFE abundant.

Day 15: It’s The Night Before Christmas

It’s The Night Before Christmas

by the Long Island Yak

It’s the night before Christmas and we can rejoice!  For up in the heavens sits God’s baby boy.

He sits at His right hand, no longer a child. But now He’s a King!  Somehow fierce, much less mild.

But oh how He love’s us, and sings with delight, and prays without ceasing that we may see His LIGHT!

And we know He is coming, like He did that day. So watch and be ready.  Please do not delay.

He’ll come like a thief in the midst of the night. He’ll come in the clouds and shine very BRIGHT!

Oh this is King Jesus, the angels proclaim, “Holy and Worthy is His Mighty Name!!”.

It’s the night before Christmas.  We remember His birth. The LIGHT for the darkness has entered this earth!

So let us rejoice in Him, your heart and mine! It’s the birth of our Savior!! Our True LOVE Divine!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!!  And to all: Eyes Open Wide!

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:1-5

Day 14: all is BRIGHT

Don’t you love a sunny day? Sunny and warm, even better. Days like these put an extra bounce in my step. How about yours?

I feel more alive on days like that. The weather is not a hindrance. The wind is calm. Precipitation is zero. Not a cloud in the sky. At least, no chance of rain or snow.  One less thing to combat, plus a gorgeous, blue sky for good measure. Love it!

All is BRIGHT!

It is usually very easy to be filled with  joy on days that are bright. Not so much if there are storms. When the wet, windy, weather ensues, it can be difficult. Even on the most gorgeous of days, we may be faced with the storms of life. And then what? How do we get through this?

Life is filled with battles. We do not like this. Who wants to fight?  Battles are real.  We can try to ignore them or numb them,  resent them, and/or ask someone else to fight them for us, but ultimately, we must fight our own battles.  And fight we must!  And they are truly a matter of LIFE and death.

What are you in a battle for? Your health? Your marriage? Your children? Your job? Your home? Your gifts and talents? Your purpose in this life?  What is being shaken? Stolen?

We have an enemy and he wants to destroy the very things God gives us in our lives. The very blessings He has given us. And we must fight and remember this.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

May we remember that we are in a daily battle, one in which you and I, through Jesus Christ, have the victory over every enemy and the authority to enforce that victory. May we fight in His authority for ourselves and for others. May we remember that Jesus is the bright, morning star. May we look to Him to light up even the most dreadful of days.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star.”  Revelation 22:16