I’m taking a short break from writing this blog. I have been blogging at least once a week for over 3 years.
I have some projects that will demand a lot of my free time and energy in the upcoming months.
I am taking the time to create margin in my life.
I will occasionally post here but not as frequently or consistently as in the past.
Having to write every week has been a great discipline. Thank you for reading and your words of encouragement.
1. Refresh. We all need down time to recover and replenish our souls. When we run on empty for to long we cease to move forward and become an obstacle to others and our own progress.
2. Energize. Some activities stir our souls and give us a boost. We need to make room for these activities in our schedule on a regular basis.
3. Lighten up. Sometimes we take ourselves to seriously. The best thing we can do is to be a little silly and pursue fun.
4. Act. Indecision can drain us. Sometimes we need to make the best choice we can and move forward.
5. eXamine. We need to ask why we are doing what we are doing. Are we stressing over something that will not matter in the long run?
1. The pastor’s messages are significantly shorter on Sundays with a noon kickoff.
2. At work you see football jerseys worn by employees prior to the game and after a victory.
3. Fantasy leagues are taking as seriously as the actual games.
4. Tailgating before and after the game.
5. Man caves are given a thorough cleaning.
6. Big screen TVs are on sale everywhere.
7. Football widows.
8. Instant replay controversies.
10. Marching bands.
My usual morning ritual begins with black coffee and reading a passage from the Bible. This is followed by a brisk walk where I meditate on the passage and pray.
A few weeks ago, I had read 1 Samuel chapter 7. In this passage, Israel earnestly sought God in repentance and cast down their idols. As the enemy approached them, God spoke in the storm, and Israel was encouraged and routed their enemies.
I was thinking about this as I began my morning walk in darkness. As I walked I noticed the storm clouds on the horizon and it began to lightly mist.
The coming storm reminded me of my morning reading and I began to think about my stubborn resistance to God’s grace and lordship. I cried out for forgiveness and cleansing for my lack of trust in Him.
The mist turned into a light rain and then a steady rain.
As I continued to walk the words of Psalms 51 began to dance through my mind. In the driving rain I felt God’s presence, provision, and protection as I shouted the words of Psalms 51 over the storm. (Create in me a clean heart. Restore to me the joy of your salvation.)
By the time I reached the house I was soaking wet but acutely aware that I had met God in the midst of the storm.
7 Things I’ve learned about installing deadbolts.
1. The cheaper the cost of the deadbolt the more difficult it is to install.
2. You can’t install a deadbolt in the dark. You have to have a lot of light to see to line things up.
3. You have to have the right tools. And they are never what you have on hand.
4. That once you start the process your obligated to finish it. Otherwise you have a drafty insecure door.
5. Sometimes it takes two sets of hands to finish the job.
6. That a person with a recent neck surgery probably shouldn’t be tackling the task.
7. That if the installation instructions are incomprehensible you should return the set immediately.
When living out my Christian faith is hard I remind myself that:
1. I’m not called to walk naked like the prophet Isaiah among the people of Israel.
2. I’m not called to marry an unfaithful wife like the prophet Hosea.
3. I’m not called to be a mime or play with tinker toys like Ezekiel.
4. Unlike the Apostle Paul I’ve not been beaten in defense of my faith.
All I’m called to do is live out my faith day by day in a relationship with God. It’s the least I can do.
When you reach a dead end, remember that God does allow u-turns.