Day 99: stand

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

Why would anyone prepare for battle and put every piece of armor on to engage in warfare, and then run or faint?

Could it be fear of pain? Fear of death? Perhaps it is just fear of being ill-prepared. This word from Paul to the Ephesians says that you must put on the full armor of God and STAND YOUR GROUND.

May we become experts of suiting up with Your armor Lord. May we train often and prepare that we may stand in the midst of the evil day. Thank you Jesus.


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.