Archive for June, 2011

“He leads me beside the still and restful waters.”  Psalm 23:2

Summer is full of activity.  Vacations, camping, barbecues, yard work, etc.  It’s about fun and refreshment after the long winter season.

I never understood the wonder of being still and taking time outs to refocus and renew.  When I did, it was in the summer season.  I would sit outside in the sunshine, near some water and take time to journal and reflect.  It was during that time that the most personal growth of my life took place.

Here’s a few being still tips.

1. Find a quiet place and reflect on the things that are important to you at the core.  Journal about them and how you implement those things in your life.

2.  Find a place in the shade or sunshine that you can rest. Put on some quiet “soaking” music and clear your head.  Don’t think.  Just reflect on the music.  You might even fall asleep.  Let it take you where it takes you and you might be amazed at what you realize.

3.  Take your Bible and notebook and read outside.  Journal about how the verses you read apply to your life at this moment.

4.  Create a dream board.  Summer is the perfect time to be still and think about where you want to go in life.  Create a dream board with pictures and goals.  This will help you refocus on what is important.

5.  Don’t crowd out those quiet moments.  In the midst of activity, you can still “steal away” a moment or two of reflection.  While you are making a potato salad, “think” about Jesus.  While you are driving to the picnic, play a worship tape.  When you wake up take 5 minutes to meditate.

Hope you have many moments beside God’s still and restful waters!

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Psalm 23 is a great summer sip passage!   Can you picture a shepherd and his sheep on a summer day?

I love the analogy of Jesus being our shepherd.  Who better to feed, guide, and shield us from harm?   There is nothing we need or want that is not found in Him.

Verse 2 is our summer sip for today.  “He makes me lie down in fresh, tender green pastures:  He leads me beside the still and restful water.”

The first thing that caught my eye was that the pastures are fresh, tender, and green.   Left to our own ways, we often revisit the old, dry, stale places and things in life.   We look to the same old things to fill us or satisfy our hunger.  As one person put it, we do the same things over and over again, expecting a different result.

But our shepherd is different.  He understands the need for fresh places.  He knows the things that will really nourish and satisfy our souls.  His ways are new every morning.   He doesn’t feed us with stale bread.

When a sheep wanders away from the fold, they not only put themselves in danger but they risk not having the good food and restful places.

If you need a fresh start, the answer is clear.   Follow the Shepherd.   He’ll always take you to the fresh, green, tender grasses of life that will satisfy your hunger.   He’ll always lead you to the quiet, still, and restful water where you can center yourself again.

What can you do today to follow Jesus to fresh food and quiet water?

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Life is so rewarding and fulfilling when you are what I call in the flow.  There is really a place when you are moving being guided by the Spirit day in and day out.  Even when trials come at you, there’s a inner place of refuge and sometimes you don’t miss a beat.

There is also a place where every little thing can cause us to stop in our tracks or experience an uneven plane of emotions, up and down with every joy or every pain.

So what creates a life of flow?  John 7:38 says: He who believes, cleaves to, and trusts in Jesus will experience a continuous flow of living water from their innermost being.

If you aren’t experiencing the continuous out flow of a full life, from the inside out, you have to ask yourself:  What do I believe about Jesus?   Where am I not trusting and hanging on to Him?

A stopped up flow is the result of incorrect beliefs or who or what we are leaning on and trusting in.

Join me this summer in living in the the flow of the Spirit.   You won’t regret that kind of life.

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River Run Wild!

There are times when a sip of water just won’t do it.  When you are parched and dry it seems you just can’t get enough.

Life can be like that.  Sometimes we are so thirsty for something new or different, nothing seems to satisfy.   We have gone so long without hope, or used up all the strength we had in reserve and it seems like our lives are like a desert, barren, cracked, and dry.

One drop of water can’t wipe out the dryness of land or repair it’s cracks.  One glimmer of hope won’t help us quench our dry and barren places either.

That’s why God doesn’t give us just one drop.   HE POURS LIVING WATER on us!   Isaiah 44 :3:   “I will pour water upon him who is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground.   I will pour My Spirit on your offspring and blessing upon your descendants.”

God’s promise is to POUR out His Spirit.  He describes it as a river of living water.   It’s not only vast enough to quench our thirst but to spread to our kids and grandkids.   There is not just enough.  There is more than enough.

Summer is the time for river rafting.   It’s so refreshing and cool to feel the water and for the adventurous types to ride through and over the more rapid water waves as they envelope our bodies.

You have an open invitation to jump in the river of God’s Spirit.  It’s a river ride that is wild and free as you explore the promises of God and discover more of who He is.   It’s a river ride that will repair your dry places and quench your thirst for a fulfilled life.   And best of all it’s a river adventure that will never end.   There is a boundless supply of living water.

Lord, let this be a day when we jump into the river and let you pour your spirit on us!

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I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like something for free.  Summer is the time of garage sales, bargain hunting, and looking for free things to do.

Love today’s summer sip.  “Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty!   Come to the water.  You don’t need money.  Come buy and eat. Come and buy this priceless spiritual drink without money or price.  You simply need the self-surrender that accepts the blessings.”

It’s kind of like jumping in a pool on a hot summer day.  You have to take the plunge.  You have to get in the water.   Let go of everything….your will, your burdens, your past, your future……and jump into the water of self surrender where you will find the drink that really satisfies every thirst in your soul.

Awwwwwwwwwww!   Refreshing!

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Don’t know of a woman who doesn’t love romance. You know, flowers, candlelight dinners, a gallant prince, a walk in the moonlight, intimate conversation……the list goes on.  But as one guy said when asked, “Why don’t you ever act like that?” while he and his wife were watching a romantic movie: “I don’t have a script!”

God wrote the script on romance! Jesus, the lover of our souls, is the ultimate romancer.  Here’s today’s sip:  “Drink, yes drink abundantly of love, O precious one.  For now I know you are mine, irrevocably mine!”  Song of Solomon 5:1 (Amp)

When we give our WHOLE heart (mind, will, and emotions) to God, surrendering ourselves and our lives to Him, we enter a divine romance. He can share all of who He is with us because He knows we love Him too.

If you long for intimacy, you must drink deep of the love.  That means you look deep into the heart of God and allow Him to look deep into yours.

Drink deep of His love.  He doesn’t disappoint.

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Summer Sips

Nothing like a cold glass of iced tea or lemonade on a hot summer day.  Everyone is busy now that the sun is out including me.  We are switching it up for the summer.

I’ll post a summer sip (short ……blog or quote ) every day.   No long blogs for a while.  Hope they refresh you while you are on the run.  Enjoy the sunshine but don’t forget to add a little SON SHINE to your day.

Here’s today’s summer sip:”You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures.  For with You is the fountain of life. In Your light do we see light.”

I’m excited about this verse.  God delights in showing us His pleasures!   Try asking Him to show you what pleases Him.  Ask Him to give you a drink of His water.

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