Thursday, November 12, 2015

Take a "Time Out" from Being Busy: Encouragment from His Word

I’m technically recycling an old post for this week’s Transparent Thursday, but I genuinely feel like God put it on my heart to re-share these truths from His word.

There’s something about this time of year. We are entering the holiday season with Thanksgiving and then Christmas, and there’s so much rush, rush, rush that seems to start from now until January. I was looking at my calendar for November, and there are maybe 1 or 2 days that don’t have any social events written on them—for the whole month. And I believe that’s true for most in this season of the year.

I love sunsets—especially out here in West Texas. They remind me of Hebrews 13:8—“Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” When I pause and take a "time out" to watch a sunset like the one I watched last week (below), I'm reminded of His faithfulness.


So, friend, I invite you to take a "time out"—even if just for a few minutes. Read through these ten words from the Lord and drive them into your heart as truth. We serve a good God; He is our Father; He loves us unconditionally. We never have to perform or please to gain His attention or His affection. He is already for us; His love is immeasurable and complete. It already is.

Just ‘be’ in His presence today. Let your weary heart find peace and rest in His word:

  1. Those who expect/wait/hope/trust in me will not be disappointed/ashamed/kept waiting. (Psalm 25:3)
  2. I have not forgotten you; you are not passed by. I am El Roi—and I see you. (Gen 16:13)
  3. I am 100% for you—so nothing and no one can stand against you. You are more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:31, 37)
  4. I am good, and I give good gifts. (James 1:17)
  5. I am not withholding blessing from you. I only have your best interest at heart. (Psalm 24:5; Psalm 37:25-26; Psalm 84:11)
  6. Everything I do is because I love you. (Deut 7:9; Zeph 3:17; 1 John 3:1)
  7. I am with you always; I will never leave you nor forsake you. You are not alone. (Deut 31:6; Joshua 1:5)
  8. I have a plan for you—and you can trust that it is good. I order your steps perfectly. (Jeremiah 29:11; Psalm 37:23)
  9. I will perfect that which concerns you. I am the author and finisher for your faith. (Psalm 138:8; Hebrews 12:2)
  10. I am your protector, provider, healer, and comforter. In me, you are complete, made whole, satisfied, filled, and secure. 

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