All God’s creatures need to slow down sometime to gather nourishment for their soul and bodies. We slow down to eat, we slow down to catch our breath, it should not be any different for us to slow down and refresh our soul. Quiet time with God is a blessing in our lives. It is something we all need to gain wisdom, understanding and peace. It will calm our spirits. I chose the above photo, which I took several years ago, to illustrate a busy bee which most of us are but this bee slows down enough to gather nourishment for strength it needs to continue throughout its day. Take the time to gather nourishment for your soul.
No matter what we may be going through today. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you” 1 Peter 5:7. Releasing our stresses, worries, and struggles. Allow God to bear the weight for us because he cares.
Have you ever been told you can’t do something? The rebellious side comes out and you do everything in your power to prove them wrong or the fear sets in and you believe what they are saying. We have a dream to do something and we are excited about it so we tell someone our dream. We will get multiple responses from “that is fantastic, you can do it,” “hmm, that’s interesting (but no excitement in their voice),” “are you sure you want to do that,” to “I don’t think that is a good idea.” Emotions can really make our words ring encouragement or instill a slight fear or be a confidence breaker in others. Responses of others can either spark a fire in us or make us question ourselves. How many dreams do we have crushed because of what someone else has said?
Fear can stop us in our tracks. Stop us from moving forward and doing the things we were called to do in our lives. Encouragement is not second nature for some. They have to work at it while others it just comes naturally. We may struggle when we are faced with new challenges or dreams in our lives because we lack self-confidence or may feel we have inadequate ability, experience or training. Our lives are not measured as much by what we accomplish as by what we overcame in order to accomplish it.
There is one place we can always find the encouragement to move forward in our lives and accomplish many things. God has made promises to always be with us. If he gives us a job to do, he will provide everything we need to do it. We should not allow fear to stop us. (Jeremiah 1:6-8) If you are faced with a challenge or have a dream to do something, YOU CAN DO IT. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Setting goals in life and accomplishing them is great feeling.
Let us encourage and build each other up. Encouragement can change a person’s life.
Has life become a chore; wake up, go to work, eat, sleep and repeat? Many people feel dissatisfied and restless in their lives. Everything they pursue feels meaningless. Striving for worldly accomplishments that will one day disappear. Even when success is found, we will never be truly satisfied. We constantly long for meaning in our lives. Are we fulfilling our purpose on earth? If we feel we are, why are we so tired, unfilled and overwhelmed.
What do people get for all their hard work? Generations come and go, but nothing really changes. The sun rises and sets and hurries around to rise again. Ecclesiastes 1:3-4
Everything is so weary and tiresome! No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Ecclesiastes 1:8-9
Life is a journey and each step we take prepares us for the next one. Every step is preparation for what God has planned in our lives. Peace and happiness are choices as well as whining, grumbling and going through the motions.
Are you going through the motions having a robot kind of life? Are you searching for meaning? Do you have a listening heart to hear the precious whispers from God? True satisfaction is only found in him. Like David, our soul thirsts for God and our whole body longs for him. We find joy in the shadow of his protecting wings. (Psalm 63)