I have entered a new season of my life. A season of change, of rest, of restoration. I am so grateful that God leads us with peace and He is a loving Father. I am enjoying the times of refreshing in Him as I wait for His direction.
A couple of months ago, I received a gift in the mail. First of all gifts rarely come for me and never in the mail. It was something that I treasure above all else…A BOOK! Two young friends of mine (very special to my heart) sent me a book they were reading, I had asked about the title because it looked so enticing. I opened the box and read the enclosed gift note (I love how those come in the box with the big smile) The note said, “We hope that you enjoy this–it has been inspirational and challenging for us!” So I began to thumb through the book, to feel the weight of the paper, to smell the pages. (okay that is just a shout out to my bookish self) and I started to explore the pages.
It is titled The Live Dead Journal. and it starts out by asking you to spend extravagant time with Jesus every day. This means tithe your day and just spend time with Him. I was so excited, felt so thrilled to start on this journey and then REALITY sank in. My life had become like a vortex, my work had consumed most of the good pieces from my life and there literally wasn,t time for extravagant time. I started the process of trying to find the time, but working 60+ hours a week and being away from home many days at a time, and sleeping 4 hours a night….you get the picture. I could barely find the time to talk with my family, spend a few stolen moments in prayer and read my Bible as I crashed in exhaustion in yet another hotel room. And in those weeks as I realized that the time just wasn’t there….the winds of change started to blow. They were ever so gentle, peaceful, but they started to stir up in me the need for something different.
So here I am, choosing not to allow that job to consume the important things, choosing to spend extravgant time with Jesus and having a peace that confirms that the choice was the right one.
Off we go……Day One The Live Dead Journal
“But together we declare that above all else we value Jesus. His person, His presence is everything to us, and we will demonstrate this by giving him extravagant time daily.”
In my Bible reading today I started in Isaiah and ran across this verse
“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks or of lambs, or of he goats.”
It seems that God is tired of all the things that we bring to Him, all of the apologies and excuses…He is waiting for us——–
A few words from Star Wars for the road
“Do or do not. there is no try.”