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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are you like me?

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Pam Roth
Are you like me – relieved when a task is finished?  Saturday, I was distributing my parents’ weekly prescriptions into their pillboxes.  Small as the task may seem, it’s always so good to have the counter cleared of all the pills, the prescriptions all in their right compartments in the pillboxes, and packed up to deliver to my parents some time later that day.

As I finished the task, I heard myself say out loud, “Wow, that feels good to have that accomplished.  And then, I wiped the counter with my hands as though to say, “That task is complete. What’s next?”

So, are you like me - running from one task to another, never stopping long enough to write down a thought that popped into your head while you were doing the task?  Maybe it was to drop a note to a friend, or send a “thinking of you” card to someone who is ill in your congregation or neighborhood.  Or perhaps the Lord is speaking to you about something you read in your devotions this morning, and you need to write it down, so you can begin to deal with it later.

Are you a list maker, or do you rely on your memory to help you get all those tasks done?  Do you relish in the thought that you accomplished everything on your to-do list and then become discouraged with all you have to do tomorrow?

Listen to this from God’s Word, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they are?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his (or her) life?” Matthew 6:25

Matthew goes on to say, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

So, are you like me – needing to be reminded that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me deeply and wants to walk with me throughout the day to accomplish each task that is set before me?  The Lord knows everything about today and tomorrow; it is my responsibility to put my trust in that truth and to commit to listen to Him.  How can I do that practically?  May I give you a couple of suggestions that work for me?
  • Commit your day to the Lord by spending some time with Him before your day begins. 
  • Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit by noticing people and things in your environment that may need your attention. 
  • Listen to the whispers of God speaking truth into you. 
  • And then stop long enough to join Him, realizing how valuable you are to the Heavenly Father.

Father,
Thank you for this opportunity to stop and reflect on You.  You are such a loving Father.  One who desires to see His children walking in truth and light.  A Father who delights in seeing His children enjoying life and the fullness of it. Help me to remember that I may have tasks at hand today, but you will be with me.  When I call on you, you will guide me through my day, so at the end of the day I can rest knowing that I have truly accomplished all that was planned for me. I love you, Lord. Amen.  

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The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.
 

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry



At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 



5 comments:

  1. I feel very pulled by the many tasks I have to complete each day. I often end up feeling drained and like I am barely able to keep my head above water, so to speak. I know God is in the midst of it all, but I find it hard to truly give Him my burdens. I want to, but sometimes I am unsure how.
    This was quite timely for me. Thank you for a great word. God is using you in a mighty way!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your heart. Like most of us, resting in God and trusting him completely is something that we are continually learning. I often wonder why we think that we have a better plan or way of doing things when in reality, he is God and ultimately has the very best for us. So, how might applying the four suggestions listed above in the article be beneficial to you?

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  2. I think I have the opposite problem... my brain never shuts off … I am always thinking about stuff that has happened or prayers for people .. so much so that It affects my work or any task that I may have unless it is directly related to helping someone.

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    1. Kim...How exciting to hear of your passion for God. He has designed you to love him first and to love others. Continue to serve him and he will direct your path.

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