(Day 30) Off My Square

Yesterday was a pretty non productive day for me. Wednesday I was on fire, my eating was going well, I got my exercise done, my spirit was ablaze for revival and I was part of a powerful prayer meeting. I had victories to rejoice in with my scale and non scale victories and then something just crashed into my day and it was all downhill from there. This morning as I shared with my accountability partner how my day went, she helped me pinpoint where my downfall started. Yesterday I tried to encourage someone close to me and basically got a stop sign in my face (not literally😊). It hurt me though and I took on this person’s emotional baggage and got weighed down for the rest of the day.

The story of Elijah in the book of 1 Kings came to me and he had a powerful showdown against the prophets of Baal and then Jezebel send word that she was going to kill him. Let’s read what happened, shall we?

“Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” I Kings 19:2-4 NKJV

Now I realize that Elijah’s response was a little more severe than mine as he told the Lord to take his life. But here’s what connected with my experience. It says:

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree.”

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That pretty much sums up my day yesterday. I had a day’s journey into the wilderness and I sat down and stared into space or stared at my phone quite a bit. There’s no broom tree in my house but if there was I would have been sitting under it. Haha!

How many of us do this? We have a great day of managing our time and working on our goals and then something happens. It can be a stressful phone call, a scathing text message, a devastating event, an argument with your spouse or children, a burnt piece of toast or stepping on a Lego. Something throws you off your “square”. (Which means “out of my usual routine; doing things I wouldn’t normally do.” – Source: urbandictionary.com) That’s basically what happened to me.

So if you follow Elijah’s story you find the Lord sending an angel to care for him and provide food and then after that the Lord gives him revelation by being found in the still small voice. Just go read the 1 Kings chapter 19 and get the whole story. It’s a really good story. Anyway, my still small voice was in many revelations that I had yesterday but I couldn’t receive them until I talked it through today with my accountability partner.

God is in the small details of our lives and constantly teaching us lessons but we have to really be intentional to bend our ears to hear the still small voice. God loves us so much. More than I think we realize. As for all those little things that cause us to be distracted from our goals, we just need to take them to Jesus and keep moving forward. Thank you Lord for revelation during this transformation journey.

Thank you for stopping by today!

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(Day 14) Distractions

Yesterday I talked about balance starting in the mind and applying the scriptures Philippians 4:4-8 to our lives which would result in Jesus guarding our hearts and minds.

Today I want to look at distractions and I’m sure this is a very familiar passage of scripture:

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:38-42‬ ‭ESV‬‬http://bible.com/59/luk.10.38-42.esv

Many times I’ve heard people talk about this passage of scripture and Martha gets a bad rap. They focus on Mary because Jesus defended her sitting at His feet to learn from Him. Well let’s think about this for a minute. The scripture tells us that Martha was distracted with much serving. You know what it’s like, right? You plan a Holiday at your place and invite let’s say 20 guests. You are responsible for getting the house cleaned, shopping for the meal prep, decorating, cooking, baking, serving, entertaining and on and on it goes. You know how it is, I’m sure. We have all been there at some point.

So Martha was just doing what she had to do to take care of her guests and apparently she did not plan well with Mary because Mary left her alone to do all the work. Martha was frustrated because she was doing all the work. I’m sure every wife, mother, grandmother totally gets that picture and says “been there, done that”, amen?

I checked the Thayer’s Greek Lexicon to see what is said about the word distracted from the verse above and it said “to draw away, to be driven mentally, to be over-occupied and too busy.” Hello! Welcome to my world and I’m willing to bet it’s your world too! We have so many things that distract us – good things, bad things, simple things, complicated things, work things, family things, recreational things, etc. We have technology that is great and provides us instant access to everything we could possibly want right at our fingertips. But if we are not careful all these things can take us away from the most important things.

This is what I believe Jesus was trying to get through to Martha. She was so busy taking care of the serving and the preparations that she allowed it to bring her anxiety. All the distractions were good and most were necessary. I’m reminded of the story where Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman at the well and his disciples had gone to get food and when they returned they urged Him to eat but His response was “But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”” ‭John‬ ‭4:32‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/jhn.4.32.esv

Could it be that He wanted Martha to take the position that Mary had chosen? To sit at His feet and soak up all the things He said and taught? I think so. I’m talking about distractions here but it still goes back to balance because we have to be intentional about spending time feeding ourselves with the Bread of Life and drinking of the Living Water. We cannot sit at Jesus literal feet today but as we dive deep into our Bibles and spend time in prayer and worship then everything else will fall into place.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/mat.6.33.esv

I’m convinced putting Jesus first will help us have balance and will also keep those distractions from causing us to have anxiety. It’s being intentional. Mary was intentional about sitting at the feet of Jesus. Martha was caught up in the serving. Both are necessary but truly there can be a balance where we can incorporate both of these things in our lives.  Let’s start now!

God Bless and thank you for reading today.