We are hard-pressed on all sides, but never in despair. We are persecuted, but are never deserted; we may be knocked down but we are never knocked out! Everyday we experience something of the death of Jesus, so that we may also show the power of the life of Jesus in these bodies of ours. Yes, we who are living are always being exposed to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be plainly seen in our mortal lives. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (Phillips)
As with most people, my life is often full of stress and activity. Many days I find myself coming and going and not even remembering what has just happened. Life comes at us hard and fast. Yet each day is given to us by God to celebrate to its fullest.
Not to long ago I decided I needed to spend some time with no agenda. No computer to type at, no book to read, no pen and paper to jot down an idea, just relaxing, refocusing, without the weight of the whole world salvation on my mind.
So I went for a walk. On my stroll I saw many wonderful creatures; squirrels, birds, bugs, spiders, dogs, and cats. It was great fun. Upon returning back to my house I sad down and just listened. It was amazing what I heard. I heard the sounds of nature, dogs barking, birds singing, leaves rustling. It was so peaceful and relaxing.
In your faith walk is it time to take some time without any structure or plan. Take a simple faith break. Mix up your spiritual routine. Try reading a different version of the Bible, try another time or spot for your devotions, possible listening to a new minister on audio.
What are some things you can do to relax and refocus on your faith walk:
1. De-clutter your faith walk. There are some things in your life that need to be gone. Bad habits, bad people, bad thoughts and actions. Get these things gone. Do not let these pollute your time.
2. Tidy up your spiritual life. Finish reading all the Christian books left unfinished - catch up on your reading through the Bible plan.
3. Make a Christian To-Do list. Make a simple list of two to five things you really want God to help you work on in your Christian life. Possibly begin to have a real devotional time, start reading through the Bible, signing up for and attending a Bible Study class, increasing your faith promise giving to missions, or sharing your faith with one person each day.
4. Relax and let God work. Living by faith is really living by faith. It requires only God and you. Nothing else. With your total abandonment to Christ you have the potential to see God work in so many wonderful ways.
Now is the perfect time to take a Faith Break and see what good God can do in your life.
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On The Go Daily Devotion for August 9, 2017
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