Renewal

The Daily Pause

January 2009 | Published in Spiritual Exercises

Sometimes we get so busy rushing through life that we fail to take time to reflect and get in touch and in tune with our Maker. As a result, we can miss the point of it all. Life is about the journey, what we learn and experience along the way. The journey is also where we find Jesus and learn about Him.

Make the most of your journey this year by making a resolution to spend at least 10 or 15 minutes daily in prayer and reflection, alone with Jesus. Try to establish a regular time each day. Find what works best for you. Some people like to take their quiet time first thing, while others find it helpful to step back from their work at midday for spiritual refreshing, and others find it easiest in the evening.

Getting Ahead Without Getting Behind

April 2008 | Published in Stress

How can you maintain peace of mind in today’s fast-paced world without falling behind or getting run over by the pack? Here are some ideas.

Set priorities and goals.

Without meaningful goals you will never be truly successful in life, no matter how much money you earn or how great a name you make for yourself.

The Upward Look

April 2008 | Published in Nature and the Environment

There was once a university professor who sprinkled his lectures with personal reflections that invariably began with, “As I was walking in my garden, it occurred to me that…” Over and over he passed on to his students thoughts that his garden had inspired.

One day he invited two of his most promising students to visit him at home, and over a cup of coffee the students asked to see his garden. To their amazement it was only a narrow strip, barely wider than the walkway, with the house on one side and a high wall on the other.

Finding Rest of Spirit

March 2008 | Published in Spiritual Exercises

“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7).

Any weight, no matter how light it may seem at first, will wear you down if you carry it long enough. This is true physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. That’s why it’s so important to learn to take a few minutes on a regular basis to rest and renew your spirit. Even Jesus needed that. When the demands of His ministry to the multitudes became too much, He would escape to a private place and commune with His Father in prayer (Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35, 6:46; Luke 6:12). He instructs us to do the same, and He promises unparalleled results. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden … and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28–29).

The Truest Strength

February 2008 | Published in Getting Through

I cannot look, I cannot see,
I cannot understand.
I lay myself down helplessly
In the hollow of Your hand.
The clouds that now encompass me
And seem to block my view,
Are sent by You, unfailing Love,
To draw me close to You.

Resting in the Lord

January 2006 | Published in Bible Studies

The Lord promises His people spiritual rest.

Exodus 33:14: And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

1 Kings 8:56a: Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised.

Hebrews 4:9: There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.

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