"Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her"
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 10:41 & 42
Jesus knows all about that Hamster Wheel we put ourselves on.
We say things like" If I just work harder, I'll be more successful" "If I just loose a few more pounds, people will like me” "If i just, if I just" then off we busying ourselves with our conclusions.
Often I feel I could be dubbed queen of the Hamster Wheel. I sure know how to "get busy" with things. I often felt like Martha - wanted Jesus to take note of hat I am doing, wondering why everyone else seemed to get what I wanted without doing what I believed was...
Choose wisely. Choose life in Him
Ahh, the hamster wheel. I'm mesmerized by the little creatures endlessly running on their wheel as a never ending treadmill when I go into pet shops.
They seem to enjoy the exercise and jump off when they tire of it. I've noticed for us humans, we too, can easily find ourselves on the "hamster wheel" of life, an endless treadmill of activity going nowhere.
However, we don't seem to figure out how to get off that never-ending cycle of hyper activity.
Watching myself and others over the years it appears that there are several factors that determine our need to stay on "the wheel." I want to address only one of them in this blog. It becomes addictive. We may not enjoy it any longer but now we are addicted to the cycle of continuous chaos and activity. It has become our new normal. We unconsciously or consciously choose to remain irregardless of the detriment to our health,...
Don’t get caught on the hamster wheel. A better future is in front of you.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
It’s just another Monday until you realize that this moment has never happened, will never happen again, and anything is possible.
“The meeting of two eternities, the past and the future... is precisely the present moment.” – Henry David Thoreau
So often we get stuck on the hamster wheel, doing the same thing every day, yet we are believing for a different reality or outcome. Rather than getting caught up in the hamster wheel syndrome, learn to lean into the mystery of the moment, connecting the lessons of your past to the potential of your future. Embrace the joy of breath and life and opportunity. God is with us,...
Its our season of celebration as we approach the end of the year and the end of a decade. In this episode Judy shares on Psalm 115 and has a special message at the end of the episode
."His constant, tender love lasts forever!" Psalm 118 is like a shout of praise and thanksgiving. Mama J reads this powerful Psalm and we have a special Message from Priscilla Zarinelli at the end.
It is so enjoyable to praise our King of Kings. Mama J continues to share Psalms of thanksgiving, this time sharing Psalm 92 from The Passion translation. Listen to end to hear a special message from Chad. Visit www.epicwin4u.com to get links and shownotes.
A Song of Wisdom
(The Passion Translation)
37 Poetic praise, by King David
1 Don’t follow after the wicked ones or be jealous of their wealth. Don’t think for a moment they’re better off than you.
2 They and their short-lived success will soon shrivel up and quickly fade away like grass clippings in the hot sun.
3 Keep trusting in the Lord and do what is right in his eyes. Fix your heart on the promises of God and you will be secure, feasting on his faithfulness.
4 Make God the utmost delight and pleasure of your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most.
5 Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust him along the way you’ll find he pulled it off perfectly!
6 He will appear as your righteousness, as sure as the dawning of a new day. He will manifest...
When the Lord looks at our hearts, what do you think He sees?
According to Psychology Today, breaking unhealthy habits requires identifying behavioral patterns and developing a plan for success.How many people, after a difficult day, head for the refrigerator, or to happy hour, instead of going for a walk, listening to good music or doing some deep breathing?Our behaviors can quickly develop into habits. To come up with a solution for change requires some investigation and digging, mostly into the depth of our hearts, to see the bigger picture.The unhealthy habit I want to talk about today is not taking time to carefully examine our hearts with the Lord. If our heart is full of gunk, we are likely to make many poor decisions. "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23Who can truly know the human heart, but the One Who...
"The benefits are too amazing."
One devastating life habit concerns our financial health and well-being. It's easy to extend ourselves beyond our means in this world of easy pay and instant credit.An unhealthy financial life usually comes from a lack of self-control. Self-control is one of the fruit (evidences) of a Spirit-filled life; a life managed by the Lordship of Jesus rather than our flesh or carnal mind and emotions.In my lifetime of ministry walking with 1000's of people through various situations, one of the most devastating unhealthy life habits I've observed (next to lack of integrity) is in the area of personal finances. They often go and in hand. Fix one and the other begins to fall into line. How can we align ourselves to develop a healthy financial lifestyle?
- First things first. Be a tither. Pay God what He says belongs to Him. You may disagree with Him but this...
Sometimes the best thing was to speak to someone about it, to get the load off my shoulder.
I don’t think there’s anyone, saved or unsaved, that doesn't have a few unhealthy habits in their lives. I know I do. Fortunately, I don’t have as many as I used to. For me, this blog is a very personal one. I’ve seen the effects unhealthy habits can have in my own life. I’ve seen it in the lives of family and friends, and in the lives of people I don’t even know.There are so many possible unhealthy habits. Like many other things they can be physical, mental or spiritual. Sometimes we’re aware of them and sometimes we only realize it when someone points it out to us. The ones we know about, we kind of sweep under the rug and continue with. The ones that are pointed out to us, we get upset and jump into defensive mode. But the fact remains.They are...
...your word is you...you are your word
"Johnny, I want you to take the trash out now." "OK, mom, I will." Two hours later mom walks by the trash and it still sits there. "Johnny, I asked you two hours ago to take out the trash, get up and do it now." "OK, mom, I will in just a minute..." Two hours later...trash still hasn't been removed."I'm going to get this job done for you in the next 24 hours." "Ok, that's great, as it's really important." Two days later, the job isn't done. The frustration compounds."Tomorrow I'm going to start eating healthy," we say to ourselves. Two weeks later, oops, it never happened."I'll be there at 2:00pm to pick you up." "Ok." "Where are you, it's 2:30pm?" "Oh, sorry, I was running late and then an important call came in and then traffic...I'm on my way.""I ordered this product but can I pay for it later?" All these scenarios and many more play out...
Hear and obey Jesus today. REST.
"There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience."Hebrews 4:9-11The entire chapter of Hebrews 4 is about rest. REST is vital! Since I can remember, there has been this view point that rest equals unproductive laziness. It was enforced during school through academics and sports, into college and then my working career.It became amplified in my life personally when I entered full time ministry. There was a drive to "show your worth" and justify your income by going above and beyond. The result was my marriage suffered, my children suffered, my walk with
Jesus suffered and I lost who I was, spirit, soul and...