Rest In Him

Busy / Rest

I am in the midst of one of the busiest seasons of life I have ever had. It started in July and hasn’t relented. I am tired. I am worn out. I really don’t want to be adding things to my life like getting out of bed earlier so that I can collect my thoughts, pray and worship God, read His word, or write. I don’t want to tie up my runners and exacerbate the fatigue by going for a run.

But you know what?

At the beginning of the month I did just that. I recommitted myself to daily prayer and being in the Word, and I recommitted myself to daily physical activity. The results? I have felt more productive, more alert and surprisingly a little more refreshed.

(Full disclosure – I originally wrote that on November 7 and since that day, snow has fallen, work got even busier and I had to travel a bit – I’m not doing that great right now. Let’s just say that I’m taking a bit of my own medicine right now.)

It is the whole premise of first things first. The most important thing for me is to ensure that God gets first dibs on my time. I admit that there is nothing I cannot do without His strength and if I try to do it on my own strength it usually turns out second rate.

As we come into the busiest of seasons (the most wonderful time of the year), I ask you to consider hitting the reset button. I have put together a nine day devotional to help you do just that. It is titled, “Rest In Him.” To get it, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog to receive it by email and I will personally send it your way. And don’t worry, I hate spam and sales pitches, so you will never receive anything more than blog posts, and based on how often I’ve posted lately, that shouldn’t take up much room in your inbox.

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We have a winner + Survey results

I want to thank the six people who took the time to complete my survey. As Michael Hyatt said, “Your first survey may only get five or six responses but it will be more information than you had before.”

The results shaped up something like this:

  • 66.6% of my readers are younger than me
  • 66.6% of my readers are female (sorry guys)
  • 5 out of 6 are American (I guess I have spell labour and colour without the “u”)
  • 5 out of 6 prefer general thoughts as blog topics (I still love music and poetry, perhaps I will just find a different venue)
  • 50% have been impacted positively by my blog and 50% were new to the scene.
  • 4 out of  6 like coffee
  • and 100% of people would be interested if I wrote a free devotional.

Thank you again everybody who responded. For those that didn’t respond, you’ll get your turn in a few months.

Now The Important Part…

We have a winner…

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As a big thank you for taking time out to read and participate in the survey, Kristyn York of Kristyn York Photography is the winner of coffee and a mug from local Edmonton coffee roaster Transcend Coffee.

In the  interest of full disclosure, Kristyn is a fellow #NRTeam Member. But the random number generator picked her number.

Next steps for this space

Obviously I have to write a devotional, the people have spoken. I may make some tweeks to the site and of course I need to stop by a little more often and say hi.

I still need your help though…

What would be a topic for a devotional that would interest you? Leave a comment and let me know. Last but not least, why don’t you do yourself a favor (see spelled it like an American) and sign up to receive my posts in your email. Facebook buries posts deep in the netherworld now and if you miss the tweet about it then you may not know I even posted. It just makes sense.

 

 

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I Need Your Help

I’ve realized something…I don’t know you, my reader. So if you could do me a favor and fill out this short survey it would help me understand what you want to read.

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For filling out the survey and proving me with your email address, I will give one lucky reader a prize. Since I like coffee so much, it will probably be a bag of beans and a mug so that I can share something I really enjoy with you.

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Life Beyond The Lyrics – Speak

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“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew)


The first church I went to had an acronym for the word home. The four letters were Hallelujah, Outreach, Mobilize, Engage–which represented worship (loving God), loving others, moving out strategically and engaging or speaking to others. I never really gave it a second thought, but obviously it had an impact as I can remember it nearly eight years after I went to that church.

Who knew that a line from a children’s fantasy story would tie so neatly into what I thought was a cheesy, overplayed theme for a church.

The journey from “awake” to “speak” by way of “love” and “think” correlates directly to our growth as Christians. At the moment we receive salvation in Christ, we are woken up from what seems to be an eternal sleep if the Lion of Judah did not use His own voice to call us to Him.

Immediately, we begin to love the Lord. We love Him through our worship, worship that not only occurs on Sunday for the first 15 to 45 minutes of whatever church service we attend, but a worship that we live out. It’s a love that we live and display to all of those around us. 

However, our love of God can only go so deep through worship. At some point we have to go deeper, we have to begin to think and meditate on the Word of God and come to a full understanding of who He is and what He stands for. When our worship is grown through our understanding of Him and how His Holy Spirit moves in and through us, our senses are heightened and we are now more awake than ever.

This post was written for newreleasetuesday.com, you can read the rest here.

Life Beyond The Lyrics – Think

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Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan at the beginning of creation of Narnia (C.S. Lewis,The Magician’s Nephew)


I never thought a line out of children’s book would impact me so much, but I cannot get the line out of head. I cannot get the thought of God speaking over the Earth–to awake, love, think and speak–out of my mind. C.S. Lewis, with his allegory of Aslan as God the Father creating the world from nothingness with just His breath and His song, made Genesis 1 that much more real to me. 

Awake. Love. Think. Speak.” What do they mean? Why are they in that order? Why would four simple words out of a children’s fantasy book open my eyes so much? 

Now that I know how to love, that I have love, that I comprehend love, I can begin to think. If I thought before loving, I would never love because the moment fear of loving crept into those thoughts, then I would not have the understanding that perfect love casts out all fear.

I tend to overthink things. Even being redeemed and set free by the love of God I worry at times. If someone had just told me love was more important than thinking earlier in my life (like at creation perhaps). 

But now that I am learning to live I can begin to think. But rather than think about problems or potential problems or thinking the worst of a situation, I need to meditate on the word of the living God. One night as I worshiped and prayed in my living room I was struck by the lyrics of Misty Edwards‘ “Only a Shadow.” 

This post was written for newreleasetuesday.com, you can read the rest here.