4.17.2011

Sunday Devotional

I was so excited to go to church today. I have been needing it with everything that I have been feeling lately. Plus, Punkin really enjoys her Sunday school class. We were also able to pray with one of the pastors at the end of the service and it was very nice. The series we have been working on lately is titled "Clarity". Today's message was centered around re-constructing our lives to be true followers of Christ. We talked about how we keep ourselves so busy and doing so much and try to fill every moment of our lives with activities...yet, somehow we are actually missing out on life by doing this! A lot of us know somewhere within us, that there is a part of life and the joy that comes with it, that we are not experiencing. Then there are those of us that are going through struggles...financial hardships, relationship/marital issues, etc. We are hurt, bitter, depressed, lonely and broken. Many church leaders will have us believe that we can fix this by simply ADDING the things that God wants us to do to our already-hectic lives. They will tell us that all we need to do is go to church MORE or pray MORE...but the fact of the matter is that we need to re-construct our entire way of living. God said in the bible that man shall work for 6 days and then have a day of rest, also known as the Sabbath. I don't know about all of you, but this isn't the case for me or anyone that I know. We work, work, work and throw in a couple of activities in between. We keep ourselves busy. Many of us do this because we are afraid. We are afraid of having that quiet, alone time with God because then we are forced to think about our troubles and pray. The same reason that most of us have televisions in our bedrooms. We fall asleep to the TV so we don't have to lay there in the silence. If we do that, then we are forced to think about the reality of ourselves and the way we live. The truth is that God created order and everything has a pattern. The seasons, night and day, etc. When we don't live the way he has planned, we mess up this order and only create chaos in our own lives.

In church today we talked about how to start walking away from the "insane, life-sucking pace that most of us live, and begin experiencing the fullness that God intends us to know." One of the ways to do this is to take a day of rest {not necessarily on Sunday}. Just a day to hang out with friends and family and REALLY experience the joy of it. Listen to the birds chirp, take time to smell the early morning dew and thank God for giving us another day. Take time with our families. Our kids grow so fast and many of us spend more time at our job {or just commuting to and from our job!} than we do with our spouse and children. So with that in mind, we spent the rest of our day enjoying the sunshine and taking time to "stop and smell the flowers".


















~xoxo~


5 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS pictures!! and lovely blog :) amen to that sista! i can totally relate! thank you xoxo

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  2. Awesome post! I'm guilty of a lot of what you wrote. I do make a habit of starting & ending my day with prayer. Regardless of how tired I am, I always take time to thank God for all the blessings I have in my life. I've been working on letting go of the worry I have too. God has a plan for us & worrying about things isn't going to alter the plan. I can honestly say that I can tell a HUGE difference in how I feel.

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  3. Great Post! It's so hard for me to set aside time for "nothing" But every time I do, I am happier and more relaxed.

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  4. Followed from the hop and now following on Networked Blogs. Sounds like you received some sound wisdom in Church. The pictures are beautiful as well!

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