Power to Prepare for a Busy Season

There are times when we realize we need to step back from some of our commitments because we sense ourselves getting overwhelmed with the busyness of it all.

There are also those times when even though we have a full schedule, there is still more to be done and no time to take a break. Sometimes that’s just the way it is. We’d like to say no, but in that busy season, we need to keep saying yes...at least for a little while.

In order to be ready for those busy seasons, we need to get our hearts and minds prepared. In the past, I’ve been known to say yes to things, but with the wrong attitude behind it. The yes that’s void of power and purpose.

My mouth says yes, but my heart stays in the no zone. I start off with negative thinking, which makes the whole job seem impossible.

 

No one is volunteering to help me. I guess I’m going to have to do it all myself - again.

I don’t know why I agreed to do this in the first place.

This is so much work, and I can’t get any help. What was I thinking? This will never work.

 

What I’ve realized (or learned the hard way) is that those negative thoughts snuff out the power of the Holy Spirit that God makes available to us. My words speak failure, but God says I’m…

 

More than a conqueror.

Victorious.

Highly favored.

Blessed.

 

In her book Anchored In, my friend Micah Maddox says this.

 

“Once we change the way we look at the power in our lives, we will change the way we look at everything.” (Tweet this.)

 

Micah’s words have inspired me to reclaim the power God so freely gives to me. As we continue for the rest of this month studying how to face battles in our lives, let’s begin with this lesson about our words and thoughts.

 

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Sometimes the answer needs to be no. But when the answer is yes, don’t let it be a yes with grumbling and doubtful thinking. Let it be a yes, knowing God’s power is with us.

One of my favorite quotes from the Anchored In book is this:

 

“When our hearts are filled with God’s Word, God’s Word flows from our mouths. When we speak His words, we experience His power in our lives.”

 

Let’s speak God’s Word today over every commitment on our schedules, no matter how seemingly overwhelming they may be. Let’s remind ourselves that we are victorious in Him and renew our connection with His unending power.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

 

Blessings,

 

Kristine

 

For more information about Anchored In by Micah Maddox, click the image below.

You Are YOU, Because of God's Grace

“For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.” (1 Corinthians 15:9-10a NIV)

The music blared from the cassette player.

I'm sure the lyrics brought tears to Jesus’ eyes. Not the good kind, either. In fact these band members spoke openly against faith. I knew that. I also knew they promoted a careless, disrespectful lifestyle.

But in my independent teenage mind, none of that mattered.

Looking back now, I realize the damage I was causing. I sometimes reminisce about the past and cringe at some of the choices I made.

I’m sure many of us have memories from the past that bring a heaping load of regret.

Sometimes when those shame-filled times pop into our minds, we quickly pray them away. We dig into God's Word to remind us who we are in Christ today. Because if we don’t, the enemy may try to grab onto those thoughts and consume us with feelings of defeat and discouragement.

Being able to take those thoughts captive is an important part of growing closer to God.

There are also times when the memories of past mistakes serve an important role in our lives.

Paul points this out in 1 Corinthians 15. Those sins of the past reveal God’s power and define our purpose.

“For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.” (1 Corinthians 15:9-10a NIV)

Because of where I was and who God is, I am what I am. (Tweet this.)

Paul points out he is not even worthy to be associated with the apostles. Even so, he realizes it is God’s plan to use him, and God is able to do more than Paul can imagine.

Matthew Henry’s commentary puts it this way, “When sinners are, by Divine Grace, turned into saints, God causes the remembrance of former sins to make them humble, diligent, and faithful.”

Have moments of your past been burdening you?

Are you haunted by thoughts of a lifestyle you’d honestly rather forget?

With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can take those thoughts captive. Then we can see them for what they are – a triumph for God’s goodness and grace.

Dear Lord, I am thankful to be rescued and renewed, yet still growing and learning with you each day. Help us today to see our past the way You see it, as a testimony of a life transformed. Allow our focus to be on the journey we are taking with You, and may others be changed by seeing the change in us. Amen.

Blessings,

Kristine

(This post originally appeared on morethanyourself.com February 28, 2015.)