Bible Verse of the Day: ” Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the Nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

I have suffered greatly in my life by having an incredible way of putting the proverbial cart before the horse. I can try to force an outcome through my own impatience that can get me outside of the will of God. When this happens, I am left tired and weak from my own misguided efforts. Likewise, I believe many of us also get burnt out along our path by making the mistake of prioritizing service for Jesus above just spending time with Jesus. Make no mistake, there is a time and a place for effectively serving our King to grow His earthly kingdom. But the order of things matters greatly in this universe. We benefit greatly when he first spend time with Him before being sent out. In Acts 1:4-5 Jesus commands the Disciples to wait in Jerusalem and not to leave until the Holy Spirit comes upon them in power. Why should it be different for us? Sometimes we just need to wait in His presence,  being still in His presence and just trusting in His wisdom for our lives can help us feel renewed, refreshed and refocused for the plan that He has for our lives. This order of things helps us to get in alignment with Him, and that leads to a more fruitful pursuit of whatever it is we are being called to do. It is hard to be effective at anything if we are tired and lack a sense of purpose and conviction. However, when we are energized by the stream of living water,  an unremitting stream of water for our souls found only in Jesus Christ, then we are purposeful and highly effective. The most important thing we can do as Christians is to spend time alone with our savior, in prayer and conversation. I crave these times of peace in this hectic world, when I can let go of all of the busyness around me and in me, and just find rest in His presence. Even if it is for just a few minutes, I find this time alone with Him is invaluable in my day. I find that when I seek Him, I find Him, and He usually has the perfect answer for whatever is weighing on my heart, soul or mind. All I have to do is be still before Him and be present in my intentions, and He will guide my path, sending me out reinvigorated for the challenges ahead.

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