In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word. (Psalm 119:14-16)
A simple way to connect with God in the middle of your busy day. From John Eldredge, the New York Times Best Selling Author of Wild at Heart and Captivating.
Based on the One Minute Pause chapter of his new book Get Your Life Back, this app invites you into the simple practice of releasing everything to God, restoring your union with God and inviting him to fill you. Go to the link below to download to your iPhone or Android.
"Trouble is one of God’s great servants because it reminds us how much we continually need the Lord." -Jim Cymbala
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. -Isaiah 12:2
Year by year the complexities of this spinning world grow more bewildering and so each year we need all the more to seek peace and comfort in the joyful simplicities.
-Woman’s Home Companion, 1935
The World Says:
Nearly One-Third of US 'Losing Sleep' Over Coronavirus Worries
But God says:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen
Are your thoughts holding you captive? I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. God couldn’t really love me. Jennie Allen knows what it’s like to swirl in a spiral of destructive thoughts, but she also knows we don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns.
As she discovered in her own life, God built a way for us to escape that downward spiral. Freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts and realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds.
In Get Out of Your Head, Jennie inspires and equips us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways.
It starts in your head. And from there, the possibilities are endless.
Simple Unplugging | Ransomed Heart Podcast | John Eldredge
To celebrate the release of John Eldridge's new book, Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices For a World Gone Mad, this series reveals everyday practices to care for your soul in a world gone mad. Part 1 begins with a look at technology's assault on our attention.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
I like this guy a lot! Very practical applications of the Word for modern life.
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
You will truly want to "kiss the thorn" in your side when you hear Dr. Tony Evans preaching on this subject. Your Christian life will never be the same once you stop resisting the thorns God has seen fit to allow in your life. Let's start thanking the Lord for His sovereign control in how He deals with us. His inscrutable methods and ways of transforming us into the image of Jesus are on awesome display through the difficult circumstances and people that He (yes, He!) puts along our life's path.
The Amplified Bible has a really special rendering of these verses!
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted. Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious [careful] for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.