“The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” Psalm 121:8
A favorite tradition of mine is finding fun (and safe!) places to have my quiet time when our family is on the road! The Lord and I have had time together on the beach, on the deck of a cabin, in a cozy loft, on a dock walkway in Maine, in the van :), with my Grandma at her house… I’ve realized it’s a reminder that even as my locations change, the Lord is always with me and is my ultimate foundation. Not to mention I need Himself and His Word wherever I happen to be! :)
Daughters of Decision was recently in North Carolina for a homeschool convention and it was fun to have my quiet time beside a window in the hotel! It had a mountain view and overlooked a small portion of the city. I was so touched that the Lord put me in a room that had a mountain view – He knows I love mountains. How abundantly kind He is to us! :)
Where have you enjoyed having your quiet time?
“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
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When the going gets tough, when we get sick, when trials or tests come our way, does our spiritual vitality disappear under the tissue box? Do we figure we just don’t have time or energy, skip our time with God and then wonder why we’re so miserable?
Or does having a regular habit of the ‘5 Decisions‘ make any difference?
Well, as someone who’s recently been hit with a cold – I can wave my hand high in a big ‘YES!’ :) Continuing to spend time with the Lord through His Word has helped point me to the Lord and helped make my days feel more normal, even if my body doesn’t feel so! And on a very practical note, the habit of spending time in prayer made it second nature to ask for and receive His grace on morning six of this cold, when I was worn down. He brought the smile back to my heart! :)
So, if you’re facing a time of sickness or challenge, let me urge you, don’t quit!! The practice of cultivating our relationship with Christ is often the very avenue through which He sends the spiritual strength we need.
And if you’re in a sunny season of life, let me urge you, build those habits like crazy. If you’re committed when you’re healthy and life is easy, you’re more likely to be committed when you’re sick and life feels like it’s straight uphill. And that commitment just might be a life raft for your soul someday!
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life…I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.” Psalm 119:50, 52
When people you know are flying the skies, this verse is a beautiful one to remember:
“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:9-10
Thanks for joining me in the discipleship series we started here on Lifestyle last year! (Can you believe it’s been a year?!) It’s been great to look together at what it means to be a disciple maker and to see how we can practically do so. It is a beautiful mission the Lord has given us!
As this particular series concludes, I’d like to share a few wise words from Robert E. Coleman, who studied Christ’s example of reaching the world through making disciples. I hope they are inspiring to you as well!
“Here is where we must begin just like Jesus. It will be slow, tedious, painful, and probably unnoticed by people at first, but the end result will be glorious, even if we don’t live to see it. Seen this way, though, it becomes a big decision in the ministry. We must decide where we want our ministry to count – in the momentary applause of popular recognition or in the reproduction of our lives in a few chosen people who will carry on our work after we have gone. Really it is a question of which generation we are living for.” Robert E. Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism, p.32
May the Lord help us to live with the next generation in mind!!
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Around ten years ago I read something that started me thinking.
A woman shared online about finding Christ to be the ‘Love of our Hearts’. Being the granddaughter of a man who said ‘What does the Bible say?’ to my mother when she was young, I wondered if such a concept was Biblical. :) It didn’t take long for me to discover there was a bit of spiritual backing to the concept.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37, emphasis mine)
That did it for me. I took it to the Lord in prayer. I already knew the Lord as my Savior, but I wanted to know Him as the greatest Love of my Heart.
That very simple application of Matthew 22:37 was a major milestone for me as a woman. As the years went on I identified verses on Who the Lord Is and was intentional about thanking/praising Him for those things. I even had the opportunity to see Him show Himself to be my Provider, Protector, Comfort, and Leader (to name a few) in real life situations. What started as a prayer request and an intentional pursuit, resulted in my heart being captivated by Jesus Christ!
It is so easy for us as young women to think that a certain job, marriage, adventure or friends will bring us satisfaction. But there is only One who can ultimately satisfy our hearts and souls: Jesus Christ. It takes intentional investment – and it will all our lives. Some moments, I live with a smile in the glorious adventure of life with Christ. Other moments I discover my heart needs a refresh. But when that happens, the good news is, I know right where to go! My Savior is always available for SOS calls and heart to heart talks. (The Word and prayer. :) Yes…He is absolutely wonderful!!
So, my question for you today is, who has your heart?
Let it be Christ. He’s the One Who satisfies.
“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.” Psalm 63:3-5
Leader’s Challenge: Focusing too much on the training (or ourselves) and forgetting Christ
Leader’s Solution: Training is essential, but the goal of training in discipleship is a deepening relationship with Christ that multiplies in the lives of others. Christ is the focus! I like to pray before a discipleship session that Christ would be the center of the conversation.
“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.” Hebrews 3:1
Leader’s Challenge: Overstepping our limits :)
Leader’s Solution: We are human with only so much spiritual, physical, mental and emotional strength! It’s okay to realize there are some ministry situations for which we aren’t qualified, and, as the Lord leads, to pass them on to someone else who has God’s wisdom in that area. Knowing our boundaries is a really good thing.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28
Whether you’re tired, excited, tested, contented, overwhelmed or – fighting a cold, here’s a few words for your soul this morning! :)
“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” Psalm 18:28
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
“O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136:1