February Update

February 28, 2015

Humans are born with a gift.

The ability to create.

Today there’s nothing more than some tubes of paint, a few brushes and a blank canvas. Tomorrow there’s a picture. Today there’s nothing coming from the piano. Tomorrow there’s a song. Today there’s nothing in the spare room. Tomorrow it’s a nursery.

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Stop Striving

February 6, 2015

It can be relentless, can’t it?

The daily grind, paying the bills, moving forward, keeping your ‘chin up’.

The joy and wonder of life can dissolve into a murky puddle of unending effort; the kind of effort that leaves you drained and running on empty. I’ve discovered in others and in myself a curious thing; the harder life becomes, the harder I strain to make it all work. In other words, I strive.

We strive when we fall for the idea that it is all up to us. If life is going to work, if my children are going to behave, if my finances are going to last long enough, if my ministry is going to be fruitful, then it’s up to me to make it so. The world (as I experience it) is depending on me to be super-human and to keep it spinning.

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A lot of people spend their lives waiting for something to happen. Waiting for their numbers to come up, waiting for their ship to come in, waiting for an opportunity to arise. There’s nothing wrong with waiting per se. In fact, many people in the scriptures went through seasons of waiting. Waiting can be good, even necessary at times.

However, not all waiting is good…

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Seek first God’s Kingdom, and his right way of living, and everything else will be taken care of. (Matt 6:33) 

Still true for me after all these years.

Most of us find that praying can be difficult at times.

We know it’s important, but finding a way to make prayer a regular part of our lives can be challenging. Over the years I’ve tried all sorts of strategies to keep my prayer life on track, with varying levels of success. But no matter whether I’m in a season where prayer is easy, or a season where it’s difficult, I’ve found that these five keys help me to stay on track.

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