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The words caught my attention. Ambient Stress. Stress that swirls around with no place to go for conclusion. Uncertainty with no certainty in sight.

Some stress we can take hold of and manage. Things within our control such as:

  • Stress about our body – we can take concrete steps towards health.
  • Stress about our finances – we can do the math and make different choices, or talk to someone who can guide us.
  • Stress about our time or commitments or relationships – we can take stock and put in one small change at a time to move things forward.

 Ambient stress is different. It swirls around us, out of our control, and we have no way to input or bring change to the actual circumstances. Uncertainty becomes normal.

  • When will this virus let up and let us move on again?
  • Will I have a job to go back to? Will my retirement savings be gone?
  • Will we be able to go camping this summer?

There are some things we can do for ourselves in the midst of this swirling ambient stress.

  • We can stop to breathe. Our breath of life is calming as we stop to breathe deeply.
  • We can choose where we will focus. On uncertainty, or on thankfulness in this moment.
  • We can take care to eat well, rest, and talk to someone when things feel overwhelming.
  • We can make a plan just for today. Not to simply ‘get through’, but to enjoy the day, and to reach out beyond ourselves in some small way.

Still, there are some things we can’t do for ourselves. When our needs overwhelm us and the ambient stress swirls us along toward more uncertainty and fear, there is a place to find peace for our souls. Even before the downward pull comes, we can reach out and meet the day in God’s strength.

The Lord says,

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

 Our weak places can be the very entry point of the Lord’s power. He is the anchor for our souls. He reaches much deeper and holds us more securely than our own power and strength ever can.

Lord, Thank you that You are the Source of my strength. I don’t want to wait for the ambient stress to swirl me downward into the whirlwind of anxiety and unanswered uncertainty today.  I am reaching out in faith for the anchor of Jesus. I offer my weak places of worry to You right now. (Name them) Thank you that Your strength can be the power I need beyond myself. When I feel that downward pull today, even before I feel it, help me to reach for Your hand of strength. I pray this with thanksgiving in Jesus’ name, amen.

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Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green and they never stop producing fruit.Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT)

As we release our cares to the Lord and as we continue to grow in trusting Him daily, we can expect results.

God’s Word is clear about what happens when we trust Him. When our roots go down deep, when we believe He is our hope, and when we put our confidence in His strength to carry us, He promises that we will remain fruitful and green — even when there is drought all around us. What a picture!

As we walk through our days with confident expectation in the Lord, we will feel His blessing and His calm in our hearts. Our circumstances may remain challenging, yet…

His strength will steady us,
His comfort will touch us,
His peace will wash over us,
His presence will encase us,
His wisdom will guide us,
And His love will surround us.

Feast your heart and mind on all He is today. Your roots will draw water from a deep place and you will be blessed and refreshed.

Father God, life is full of cares and around me. There is drought of many kinds. Thank You that You are all I need. Thank You that You will guide me and shepherd me through the maze of life as I trust You with my whole heart. Increase my faith today as I trust You in and with the cares of my life. (Name them specifically). I thank You and pray this in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.

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Little irritations can seem so big at times. The backup in traffic; the spilled milk; we all have our own list of little things that grate on us as we go through our day.

“How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!”  Proverbs 16:16

Stress experts tell us that the little stresses, which are short term and temporary, need to be managed and put behind us. If we let them become front and center in our minds they will accumulate and leave us unable to handle the larger stresses of life that come to us all from time to time.

It’s an emotional banking system really. Don’t spend your emotional energy on things that don’t matter in the long haul. Let them go. Listen to music during the traffic jam, just wipe up the milk, and give yourself a margin of time in your schedule so you aren’t always running to the max.

A friend asked me one day how I was doing. I sighed and said,  “Really busy“. Her reply startled me. She said, “I guess that’s what you’re choosing“.

I didn’t like her reply but I thought about it. There was a lot in my life I didn’t have the final say on, but there was also a lot I was choosing. So I simply began to choose differently and it made a world of difference.

Try changing some small choices in your life:

–  Give yourself an extra 5-10 minutes in travel time to appointments.

–  Eliminate some activities outside of home that are unnecessary. Do you really need to be there?

–  Take time to look into the eyes of the people in your home when you speak to them.

–  Identify the little stresses and determine to keep them to size.

–  Say a prayer for strength as you need it.

Spend your emotional energy wisely. Don’t waste it on non-essentials.

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I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:17b-19

God’s Word is powerful.

Pray it into your life.

Father in Heaven, What wonderful understanding Your word gives. Today I ask that You would give me strength in my inner being. Sometimes I feel so fragile and weak. Those around me may not know or see but You do and You reach out to strengthen me.

Help me to remember that today I have the living Christ dwelling within me. Remind me that this is my Source today in all I need to face or do.
Lord God, help me to grasp how very much You love me. Help me to see how I am grounded by that love and rooted in it as a  anchor for my life. Help me to believe it….. this wonder of Your equipping love in my life that I have access to through Your Spirit.

Remind me of this rich love that You pour over and into my life. Remind me, by Your Spirit, that it is wider and longer and higher and deeper than I can ever imagine. Let me feel wrapped and encased in that love today.

Help me to grasp this truth when I am tempted to despair over my own limited abilities and resources.
Fill me up with a fullness and a completeness that can come from nothing else.

Set me on a journey today to reply on You in every detail of my life. Let me live in the fullness of Your love today like never before. I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus, amen.

Thought: Read the above scripture through every day for 5 days. Let the truth of God’s love steep into your soul.

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Her faith felt weak as she faced this new challenge. Her husband just lost his job. Inwardly shaky yet outwardly strong she said all the right and reassuring things. She only wished she could believe them.

Faith is easy when the way is well lit. Yet when you walk in the dim light of struggles, faith must be a decision. God knows we will sometimes feel shaky in our faith. He puts promises in His Word to become a lifeline in those “rock your world” moments that surprise all of us at times.

If you are in one of those times right now then know this, “GOD IS ABLE”! Listen to the promise of His Word to you, His child…

And GOD IS ABLE to make all grace abound (overflow!) to you so that in all things at all times having all that you need you WILL abound (overflow) in every good work.2 Corinthians 9:8

Take your eyes off of your circumstance right now just for a moment. Turn your focus to this verse and say out loud, “God is able!”.

He can give you what you need as you face your particular challenge. His grace will extend to your emotions too so that you will be able to overflow even to the point of touching others.

This is more than just surviving; more than simply getting by… this is tapping into the divine help and strength of our God who is able!

Choose to have faith in His desire and ability to help you. Determine to trust Him today. Ask Him to increase your faith. Write “GOD IS ABLE” on a scrap of paper and put it on your computer screen, your mirror or the dash of your car.
Look for His grace to be extended to you in your circumstances and in your emotions.

As you focus on God, rather than on your current challenge, you will be made new in the attitude of your mind. (Ephesians 4:23)

Prayer: Father God, You alone know how shaky I feel on the inside. I ask You today to strengthen my faith. Help me to focus on You, my God who is able. Give me an expectant heart and an attitude of true confidence that You will be all I need. In Jesus’ strong name I pray, amen.

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“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Today will come with its challenges. That is simply part of life. Some days have more challenges than others but each day we find opportunities to grow forward in our faith or to shrink back in frustration.

When you stop to Intentionally put into your heart and mind just who your great God is – and all the resources He offers you, you will feel a shift happen in your soul.

Choosing this focus will cause your heart to rejoice and will lead you to pray in greater faith and trust that He is able to do immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine.

This focus will cause thanksgiving in your heart. Thankfulness changes the way we see and the way we walk.

Father God, Today I want to go step by step through my day with my heart rejoicing because You are in my life. I want to pray with complete trust that You will guide me. I want to walk with gratitude and thanksgiving. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit and enable me to grow through my challenges today. Thank you for Your constant love and presence in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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I was talking with a young woman about worry. She said, “Sometimes you just can’t help it”. And we would tend to agree. Sometimes things seem big. Sometimes things are big! Yet God tells us to worry about nothing! It seems impossible to us.

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything: tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.” Philippians 4:6 (Living Bible).

This same verse that tells us not to worry actually tells us how to accomplish it.

God actually gives us the formula against worry. There are three steps:

Pray about everything

Nothing is too big or too small for God to handle.

If it concerns you, it concerns Him.

Tell God your needs – take the time to talk things over with God. Don’t just plead for help, tell Him what you need. Ask for His guidance and His supply.

Don’t forget to thank Him for His answers

Start thanking in advance. Exercise your faith. Offer praise as a sacrifice to a faithful God, believing He will be faithful beyond the fog and the worry you now feel.

And then there’s the promise! The amazing thing God does… because He loves you!

If you do this you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 7 (Living Bible)

Try it today. Take what is worrying you and talk to God about it. Begin to thank Him for His faithfulness and the help, insight and guidance He will bring to you. And experience Him quieting your thoughts and your heart and bringing you His peace. It’s amazing and it’s unexplainable. Experience it today!

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for Your Word that tells me how to deal with the worries that crowd in upon my heart and mind today. Father, I just want to tell You about them right now…I ask for Your help and Your guidance in each concern. Thank you that You are a faithful God and that You see beyond the fog that clouds my view right now. Thank you that You are able to do what I can’t even imagine right now. I declare my trust in You and I ask You to fill me with Your peace. Quiet my heart and mind today. Help me to see each worry that creeps in as a call to prayer. I praise You that You are my strength and my help, my God in whom I trust! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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It was Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, and I was greeting women at the back of the church. First one took my hand and blinked back a tear as she told me how hard this day is for her. She never could have a baby of her own.

Another hugged me and thanked me for praying for those who hurt on this day. Her grown kids never call and her heart aches. Another missed her Mom who had died. Another longed for her child who is gone.

One was not there at all. She had told me she wouldn’t be. She believes she has failed as a mother and the feelings are too hard to face, so she ignores the day.

Still another gave me a long silent hug… no words. We had walked together for a piece on the road of post abortion.

Mother’s Day is heralded far and wide and it is a wonderful celebration. Sunday brunches, roses by the dozen, spa day specials and breakfast in bed all help set aside the day to honor mothers.

Yet for so many it is a day of unspoken pain.

But there is a place for you when the roses don’t come and there is no seat at the brunch. There is a special invitation just for you… listen… it comes from the heart of your Father God, spoken by His son Jesus…

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest… rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29

The invitation is for those who have pain within their soul; those who are burdened down and weary; those for whom Mother’s Day hurts.

How do you claim this rest when your soul is in pain? You reply to His invitation.

If your heart hurts this Mother’s Day, there are some things you can do as you look to God to bring rest to your soul.

Symbolic gestures can be helpful in bringing healing. As you have asked God to bring you comfort, consider some tangible action as you focus on Him, your helper and your healer.

If you have lost a child by miscarriage, death or abortion, consider planting a rose bush or a flower bed in memory of that special little life.

If you are missing your own Mom who is gone, or filled with regret for what you did not have with her when she was alive, take a potted plant to a nursing home. Brighten some elderly mother’s lonely day and let her know she is cared about.

If your arms long for the child you never had, ask God to begin to heal your heart and to help you reach out to some child who is starved for the love you have to give. This takes time. Be gentle with yourself and run often to the Father for His continued healing.

If relationships are strained or cut off, ask God to show you how to begin rebuilding. Go slow and ask for His direction. It may be time to think about sending a simple, “I’m thinking of you” card.

If you can, invite a friend to a picnic in the park or to sit on your deck and drink iced tea on Mother’s Day.

Our Father God desires for your heart to be whole and healed and to give you rest for your soul. He always pulls us upward and onward. It will take time, but with your hand in His, He will enable you to move forward.

If you are stuck on inward and downward, talk to a trusted friend, pray together, get counsel if necessary.

God waits with open arms to comfort you. His desire for you is to heal your broken heart. Let this Mother’s Day be different. Accept His invitation and begin the journey from pain to promise and find rest for your soul.

Father God, My heart hurts with unspoken pain. I need Your help to just get through today. I need Your comfort, Your strength and even Your forgiveness for the times I have blamed You for my hurt. Today I give you the empty spaces in my soul. I give you my pain and I ask You to bring Your healing to my damaged emotions and to my life. Thank you for the promise of rest for my weary soul. I lean on you today.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all who call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Romans 10:12-13

She didn’t feel worthy of praying to God herself, so she came to my office for prayer. The potholes on her road in life were numerous and she knew she needed God’s help. Many of her problems had been of her own making so she felt unqualified to go to him. She wanted me to ask for her. She felt God would hear me better than he would hear her. But she was wrong.

She didn’t know that God had already made a statement through Paul in Romans 10:12-13 about this very thing.

God does not meet our needs because of who we are, but because of who He is. The Lord is rich unto all who call upon Him. What a promise! His wealth of love, compassion, forgiveness, help, strength, wisdom, and all his riches are available to those who call upon him.

Don’t waste another minute thinking you somehow don’t qualify for God’s help because of the messes in your life. The same Lord over all” includes you! You are invited today to call on him. He waits to hear your voice and to come and save you and meet your needs out of his riches.

Father God, thank you that I can come to you and call upon you, not because of who I am but because of who you are. Thank you that you are the same Lord over all of us and you will show yourself to those who call on you. I cry out to you today to come into my life and my circumstances. Forgive me for messes I have made and meet my needs today out of your rich supply of strength and wisdom. You know what I need today, Lord. Thank you that I can ask because of who you are. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

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So many Christians that I’ve talked to recently are not experiencing the power of God in their lives. In different ways they share how life has become dull and grey and their days tend to ebb away with busy activity. Several have used the word “frenzied”. Oh, their faith is still intact, yet their lives lack that dynamic sense of energy and enthusiasm and purposefulness that is the birthright of God’s children.

I’ve thought and prayed about it lately because some days I feel it too. God nudged me to look again at the Holy Spirit; the Helper He gives every believer. The Holy Spirit in our lives offers us the power to be able to live above the frenzy with purpose and enthusiasm and divine energy.

Let’s encourage one another to tap into the enabling power the Lord intended for us to live in.

Let’s become people more dynamic in our faith and victorious in our walk.

The role of the Holy Spirit is to transform us to become more like Jesus; to be filled with the fresh dynamic of His power, willing to undergo the changes He may ask us to make; ready to grapple with our part in spreading the Gospel with energy and purposefulness.

Paul, that dedicated world changing follower of Jesus, understood this and was led by the Holy Spirit to urge others to offer themselves to God as an act of worship. The invitation and instruction remains for you and I today.

Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2

Peter was another follower who understood the dynamic of following Jesus. He talks to those of the faith and encourages us in much the same way.

Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. …For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ…” 1 Peter 1: 13-18

The first step in our journey of exploring the Holy Spirit in our lives is to allow our minds to be transformed and our hope set fully on the grace that redeemed us from an empty way of life. Join me as we remind one another that it all begins with the way we think.

Prayer & reflection: Holy Father, I need You. Teach me more about Your Holy Spirit. I offer myself to You as my act of worship. Transform my mind. Help me to be self-controlled. Enable me to look beyond the distractions of this life. Show me afresh the dynamics of life filled with Your power as I grow in understanding my part in Your work.  In Jesus’ powerful name I ask this, amen.

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Kelly locked her door and hurried to the car. Easing into the morning traffic her thoughts went several directions. She began to breathe a prayer for the needs in her life. She needed God’s wisdom in her relationship with Bob. She needed His help in stretching her finances. She needed strength to get through her day and deal with the politics at work. She needed… oh, so much. She needed the Lord to pour out His help and strength to her.

We all need that. We are all invited to come to God and ask for mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. Yet there is more. God wants to pour into us so He can pour out through us.

Today don’t just stop at asking God for His help and strength for your own needs. The God of Peace longs to come into your day and equip you for what you need, but He also wants to equip you for what He needs you to do. Ask Him to give to you so that He can give through you to those you will touch today. All around you are people who need to know God cares. He wants to show them His love through you. You were made to do this in unique ways only you can do.

Inviting God to give TO you and then THROUGH you will energize you in a way that will surprise you. It doesn’t add more to an already too long “to do” list. Instead as we allow His Spirit to work through us, it brings the process full circle and again we find He works in us. Not just meeting the urgent needs of our day but refining who we are.

Listen to this blessing for you today from God’s Word

May the God of Peace… equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. AmenHebrews 13:20 & 21

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank you that You, the God of Peace who raised Jesus from the dead, will equip me… with all my faults and failings. Please pour out to me what I need today… and then pour through me to touch others. What an amazing process. As You work through me You will also work in me to refine and smooth my rugged edges. Thank you for caring enough about me not to leave me as I am. I pray this in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

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“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.” .Ephesians 1:17

There are places and times when we feel we need extra wisdom, insight, guidance and strength. We long for understanding in situations that feel chaotic. We need revelation where confusion reigns and our peace has fled.

God provides all these things to His children through the Holy Spirit. Paul the apostle, prayed for believers to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so they could know God better. This prayer is still for us today. It reflects what is available to believers… to you and me. Wisdom and revelation to know God better, to receive His strength and guidance, His wisdom and insight right where we walk. This is still our prayer for one another today; especially today.

Confusion and chaos are often part of life. Some external circumstances we have no control over. Yet, internally, we can be equipped by the Holy Spirit of God!  Do we miss the wisdom and revelation we can have from God because we drown out that quiet voice of the Spirit by our noisy lives? In so doing are we actually fanning the chaos and confusion? God waits to equip us to walk in wisdom, revelation, strength and power right where we are. He wants us to know Him better and experience His peace in a greater way, even in the middle of turmoil. Choose to step aside from the noise today. Whether it’s only for a couple of minutes, or longer, invite His hope and His power to give you His wisdom and revelation to know Him better, and to better know how to help demonstrate His peace to those around you.

Heavenly Father, Thank you that Your Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Thank you that Your Spirit will lead me to know You better. Fill my spirit afresh today with the wisdom and revelation, the strength and comfort I need to walk in the areas that perplex me. Quiet my heart to hear Your Spirit specifically in (name your own perplexing circumstance) . Thank you that You equip me by Your Spirit. I pray these things in the name of Jesus, amen.

Think of one area where you are experiencing perplexity, confusion or chaos and invite God right now to begin to show You His wisdom in this situation. Let Him quiet your heart with His peace now.

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“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” Habakkuk 3:19

This morning I opened the curtains just as the sun was coming up. The movement startled a deer eating the seeds that had fallen from the bird feeder.

With remarkable agility, she sprang into action; white tail in the air, she gracefully bounded over the snow bank and bushes as if she had springs in her legs! It was beautiful to see.

This reminded me of a great statement in God’s word. Listen again to these encouraging words: “The Sovereign LORD is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” (Habakkuk 3:19)

What a lovely word picture! With the Lord as our strength, we can have sure-footed confidence as we navigate the challenges and obstacles of today. He enables!

Lord God, You give amazing strength to keep me sure-footed in places and days that are difficult to navigate. Thank you for this promise of the strength of the Sovereign Lord enabling me to go to the heights. Thank you that I do not need to be hemmed in by today’s challenges. Thank you that You alone can enable me to move forward, to bound gracefully through this day. I praise Your name, and I ask this in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.

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Learning to put on the armour of God can change the way you begin your day. Walking in the image of God means many things. One of those things is learning to walk as a Victor in life and not a victim.

In the morning simply pray through the symbolic pieces of armour and invite the Holy Spirit, the one the Lord sent to be your help, comfort and  strength to walk with you through your day.

Ephesians 6:10-18  Put on the full armour 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… “Stand firm then with the Belt of Truth buckled around your waist.

Lord, please give me understanding today of what is true in every situation I walk in.

With the Breastplate of Righteousness in place,

Lord, I thank You that I am covered in Your righteousness and because of that I can go boldly before God, my own sin and doubt covered.

and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace.

Lord, remind me today to be open to what You want me to do for Your kingdom, may I be ready to go to anyone You ask me to with Your message of love and peace.

In addition to all this, take up the Shield of Faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Lord, I thank you that by faith in Your power I can be protected from temptation and wrong desires today. Protect me physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally today.

Take up the Helmet of Salvation

Lord, I celebrate the fact that I am under Your umbrella, that because of salvation I am Your child!

and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

Lord, may I today make Your Word a priority and read it, meditate on it and obey it.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

Lord, thank you that I can pray at any time, in any place. May I daily bring all my activities and requests to You.

With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

Lord, keep me alert and focused on You today for You are my hope!  May I walk in Your image, the image of Victory, in everything I encounter today.  In the strong name of Jesus I pray, amen.

Taking Action:
1. Name where it is you need to see truth today.
2. Is there something in your life that is working in opposition to God? An attitude perhaps? Confess it to Him and be covered afresh in His righteousness.)
3. Is there a particular challenge that you need to invite Jesus into?
4. Is there a need around you that the Lord might have you respond to?

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“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” Ecclesiastes 3:11

Restlessness is not always a bad thing. The sense that there is something better somewhere, that the grass is greener elsewhere, is part of the eternal call of God on our hearts.

As believers we know that we are just passing through this world. Our restless spirit is often the call to focus on more eternal things.

Faith is the steadfast refusal to seek ultimate things – ultimate pleasure, ultimate fulfillment, ultimate purpose, ultimate understanding – where God has not laid them. (The Rest of God Chapter 14 by Mark Buchanan)

We know God calls us to a greater value system, to His ultimate purposes for us. Let that realization anchor your heart with hope.

Rest is mixed with restlessness. Vacations are always too short and sometimes less than ideal. Dream homes have problems. Good health is hard to maintain and can be snatched away suddenly by mishap or stray virus. Community is fragile and even amid close friends we can feel a little lonely.

Today find delight in the rich things that the Lord has blessed your life with. And know that when they cannot satisfy you entirely, it is His call upon your heart to look upward. Look homeward to Him and know that the richest treasures are not kept in an earthly bank. Find time to be in His presence where true rest is found.

Heavenly Father, Today I ask You to train my restlessness in Your ways and help me find the deep treasures of Your Kingdom as I walk. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Thought: Pay attention today to any restlessness within you and use it to train your heart and mind to look beyond to the source of real rest in His presence.

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