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5 Ways to Simplify your Work Life

To Simplify isn’t Easy, you know

Today on Five Minute Friday the prompt is SIMPLIFY.

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I totally agree with Kate when she wrote about over doing it. I have done that before. I think there are 5 major things we can do to simplify our lives.

Start with God

Always start with God in the morning. Sit down with Him. He is your coach. See what He says about the day. Read His Word. Pray. Listen.

Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Review your Life

Look at your life every once in a while. Check that what you are doing is what God has planned for you. Say NO to things that are not on His path.

 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.” Psalm 118:8

Watch your Time While You Work

Use your time wisely. I podcasted this week about social media as a trap for me (it will be available next Tuesday on Hope Stream radio). I recently uploaded an app called Pomadoro, which is a timer with breaks. I have set it for 30 minute work sessions and then a couple of 5 minute breaks and then a 15 minute break. So far it is working very well to simplify my writing and my art.

Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”

Where are you spending that Time?

Look at activities that you do. Are you watching TV that is not uplifting? Are they time wasters? I have watched much TV for the last 5 years.  Are you going to things that you feel you have to go to but really are not benefiting your heart and soul? Choose wisely.

Isaiah 40:31 The Message “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind.”

Are you Cluttering Your Mind with your Stuff?

Look around you. Are you looking at too much stuff? Is that making your head not clear? Cleaning up my desk is something that really frees my mind. Clutter can cloud our thinking. Gett rid of stuff routinely.

Romans 12:2 ESV  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Those are the 5 ways I have learned to simplify my life (at least that  I can get down in 5 minutes.)

What about you? What do you do to simplify your life?

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Sunday Stillness – If it looks good is it good for you?

Sunday Stillness – If it looks good is it good for you?

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Lately I have started reading Genesis. I read and read. When I see something that catches my attention I stop, and using my SIMPLE Bible Study Method, I work through the verse.

I read Genesis 3:5-6. The serpent tells Eve.

For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.

Tempting isn’t it? Would you have been tempted? I think I would have.

We read her thoughts:

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. (My emphasis)

Before the serpent said this – she didn’t see him as evil. She only saw good. All was good in Eden. All animals ate plants. And this apple was pleasing to the eye. And she saw more than she needed. She saw it as desirable for gaining wisdom. Oh my do we see things that are desirable for getting better, being better.

In my Bible “gaining wisdom” is in italics. I am not sure why but it got my attention. We think learning is a good thing. Is that true?

I read 1 John 2:16.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

So the desirableness of what seems good does not come from God – but from Satan.

I think I need to think about this more.

What do I do that seems good but really isn’t of God?

More time is needed for me to figure this out. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Today is Sunday Stillness – take time to relax in God’s presence.

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Do You Pray for Wisdom?

Do You Pray for Wisdom?

by Violet Nesdoly (reprinted in part – with permission)

TODAY’S SPECIAL: James 1:1-27

TO CHEW ON: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5

If you’re like me you know this verse, have it memorized, and claim it often as you go through life. Let’s take a close look at its various parts.

Wisdom is the thing we feel we lack and are after here. My Bible commenter explains this request in the context of the book of James:

The wisdom which may be had by asking ‘in faith’ is not intellectual knowledge or philosophical speculation but spiritual understanding of the purpose of trials – John Mark Ruthven, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible notes on James, p. 1751.

Personally I have claimed this promise as one that encompasses more than only the understanding of trials. The meaning of wisdom gives us an idea of its scope:

Wisdom – sophia  means “practical wisdom, prudence, skill, comprehensive insight, Christian enlightenment, insight into the true nature of things” – Dick Mills,  Word Wealth, NSFLB, p. 1501.

Read the rest of Violet’s post in which she cautions us about asking for wisdom. There are some things we need to be careful of. Read her post at Violet Nesdoly.

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Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications.

Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

ASK! WHAT SHALL I GIVE YOU?

“Ask! What shall I give you?”

by Violet Nesdoly (used with permission from January 28, 2013)

Solomon's Dream - 1 Kings 3:5-15

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Kings 3:1-15


TO CHEW ON:
 “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?'” 1 Kings 3:5

I love this story! How can one help but be drawn to a king who has the humility to admit, ‘I don’t know how to do this’? How many times hasn’t a similar cry come from my lips, perhaps yours too?

We can learn some lessons for our lives from Solomon’s encounter with God.

To read the rest of Violet’s post – please continue here.

 

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

3 WAYS HOW TO GO AND LEARN MERCY – Sermon

3 Ways how to Go and Learn Mercy

by Harry Morgan

King Solomon - which baby?

What is mercy? Whose baby is this?

Harry started his sermon reminding us of the story of the argument over a baby – who was the rightful mother; how Solomon knew that the real mother would show mercy and not let her child die.

“The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” (1 Kings 3:26 NIV).

Mercy is:

“compassionate or kindly forbearance towards an enemy or someone under one’s power”

In other words, mercy is “cutting you some slack”.

Jesus says:

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:12-13 NIV).

Then the message hit home with these words:

Do you say? “I am glad I am not like that Pharisee.”

Do you compare yourself to others? Do we compete? Jobs? Money? Homes? Do we like to feel better than others? Am I smarter? better behaved? have a higher education? understand Scripture better?

Oh I have – I do. Instead Harry said we need to all be in the same boat because we are all equal in God’s eyes.

Do we do the same at church? Are we mediators for God? Are we helping others into the mercy of God? Or do we say what is she doing in “my pew”? Or why is that baby crying? Or what is that long-haired kid doing in my church?

So Harry gave us 3 ways to Go and Learn mercy:

1. Review the Mercy of God:

      • we are fallen, needy and sinful
      • we have arrogance, selfishness and pride
      • God is love
      • Christ died for all of us so we could be totally forgiven
      • God hates the “sin” but loves the “sinner”

2. To Understand that we are not here to Control other People’s Lives:

      • there is a long history of this control in the church
      • we tend to put glory into our flesh (our power, our wisdom)
      • instead we need to worship the Spirit of God
      • we need to meditate on the mercy of our God

3. Pray that we might Discern the Difference between Mercy and Sacrifice:

      • this will help us not burn out
      • it will get us back to Jesus, the well of life – our Saviour
      • don’t get caught up in “busyness” – instead draw from the well of God and use mercy
      • pray you can “pay it forward”

 

 

SIMPLY SATURDAY – Backwards

Simply Saturday

Backwards

The other day I read a devotional by Oswald Chambers. I read the Scripture, Luke 11:10. I had always interpreted that as being: if I am in His will and I ask, seek and knock He will answer me. I still believe that to be true but Oswald told me that I had that backwards.

He says that we need to ask, seek and knock in a different way. We need to knock on the door of Christ and ask Him to reveal more of Himself to us. It is my desire to grow in Him and that is what I need to seek.

I tried what He said. I prayed for God to show me what He wanted me to know. I prayed for wisdom. He revealed Himself in a marvelous way by taking me to 2 Timothy 2:7 which told me that He would reveal Himself to me and give me insight.

Since most of what I have learned from God is backwards to the world that shouldn’t have surprised me. I believe that this Scripture could be looked at through a different lens.

Maybe all Scripture could be looked at backwards (that is from God’s point of view).

What do you think?

Time is up.

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