If you didn't read my blog yesterday - you may want to start there. I'm going to write a series of articles about my discovery of how worn-out I've been, both spiritually and physically.
And you can't lead when you aren't where you need to be 'in Him'.
Some people may wonder what horrible mess I'm referring to, I hear all the time that I have the perfect family and life. They have nothing to do with my own self-care and abiding in Him. It's not that it has to be a terrible catastrophe to feel separated from the Lord, rather, it's not being as fully emerged in Him as I've been designed by Him to be, when I'm not surrounded by Him that's what leaves an unexplainable longing and other things fill my day.
When you get super busy it's easy to just 'stay' there because it's habit and somewhat rewarding, but you soon realize any satisfaction is temporary if you can't evan appreciate the journey - be fully in each moment.
I started each morning of vacation listening to this song (click on the HERE link). There's only one thing that draws my soul toward Him when I'm studying His Word more than nature, and that's music. I'm convinced that Kari wrote it just for me! Please listen to the words when you have time to really Hear them!
Before I studied each day on vacation, I would listen to this just to focus and get myself ready. You should try it each morning for a week! POWERFUL!
When my heart was focused and I stopped crying - I opened the book I will always love called "Soul Keeping". It is the most powerful - personal book I've read in years. I received it for attending the "STORY" conference a couple months ago. It was worth the cost of the conference to me.
Let me leave you with this today from John's book, he had the privilege to spend time with Dallas Willard a USC professor and a person believers that knew him referred to as a "soul curate". His deep understanding of the things of the Lord caused John to cry when he spoke of his relationship with God. When John asked Willard what he needed to do to stay spiritually healthy Willard said,
"You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. There's nothing else - hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day."
Sounds so simple. So that's my pursuit - to listen to the Lord. To be fully present when I have an opportunity to listen to and minister to others He places in my path. And to not feel one bit guilty for resting more then I have been for a very long time.
Will you join me in this seemingly simple move toward Him?