But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
Four ways we can enhance our spiritual life…
- Take a Sabbath rest
And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. Genesis 2:3 (NLT)
Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:30 (NIV)
- Reduce worry in your life
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34
- Seek to be restored
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NLT)
- Reflect on spiritual things
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
Six ways to take better care of yourself…
- Do less
- Rest more
- Work smart
- Choose an attitude of gratitude
- Plan ahead
- Get moving
Most of us have been involved in enough weddings to know that invitations go out and then an RSVP is sent back. Well in this case, all the RSVP’s have come back – the seating arrangement has been planned – but no one is turning up. How would you feel if that was your wedding?
So here are the three excuses that we need to be aware of in our own life…
Excuse #1: POSSESSIONS
“But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’” Luke 14:18
Excuse #2: WORK
“Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’” Luke 14:19
Excuse #3: FAMILY
“Another said, ‘I now have a wife, so I can’t come.’” Luke 14:20
God’s Answer to the Excuses…
The offer of GRACE to others
“The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’ After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’” Luke 14:21-24 (NLT)
Grief is the experience of deep sorrow caused by a significant loss in one’s life.
- Grief is different for everyone.
- Grief never goes away.
Take Care of Yourself by:
- feeling your loss
- attending to your physical needs
- expressing your feelings
- maintaining routine
- avoiding drinking
- avoiding major decisions
- giving yourself a break
- asking for help
3. Step into the journey with those who mourn.
When we see ourselves through God’s eyes we accept…
- Everything God created is good.
Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy. 1 Timothy 4:4-5 (The Message)
You created the deepest parts of my being. You put me together inside my mother’s body. How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIRV)
2. My body is a sacred place
Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you, and you have received the Spirit from God. You do not belong to yourselves. Christ has paid the price for you. So use your bodies in a way that honors God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIRV)