Tag : time
Tag : time
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8)
Summer should be a time of rest. A time when we grow spiritually because we have more leisure time to stick our nose in an inspirational book or expand our quiet time in the morning. But what I’ve found is that the summer can be one of the driest times both weather-wise and spiritually.
I’m not sure why this happens, but it may be because we travel during the summer and we get out of our patterns of connecting with God. For myself, over the past few weeks, I was immersed in a convention, spent a week in Hawaii, and I’m now speaking out of town this weekend. Quiet times can be rushed—one-on-one conversations with God can be timed and brief.
So it’s during these stretches that we have to be more intentional about connecting. We have to trust God even in the dry seasons. Trust can be a discipline.
I’m still personally struggling with the fact that I thought I was hearing God correctly about a recent scenario, but discovered I was wrong. Instead of retreating into even drier land when I am disappointed that I did not hear His voice correctly, I have to trust that God sees the bigger picture, that He is a good God and there is purpose in everything. Sometimes the answers will come much later.
We also have to pray that the Holy Spirit will refresh us during the dry times spiritually. This morning, I prayed that He would fill me and that I would experience His presence today. Although I don’t feel as connected, on faith I am certain the LORD will answer my prayer. I also know that I need a day totally immersed in God’s word and prayer in order to saturate the dry land. I am looking for an opening on my calendar and will book an all-day appointment with God.
So if you are also feeling a bit dry on your spiritual journey, be intentional about reconnecting. Don’t pull away further. Be sure to trust God even though He seems very far away. I promise—the dry season will come to an end.
My study is a mess.
It’s the staging area for all of the stuff we have to take to the National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB) next week—books, pens, flyers, our Level Up Conference marketing cards, more books and some décor for our POP Talk television/radio exhibit booth at the NRB expo.
Our NRB schedule is packed. I have a tendency to squeeze in as much as possible because I am people person who wants to learn from, and interact with many, whether it’s through our POP Talk interviews or meetings.
Some things don’t change. As a sportscaster, I also loved covering the big events like the Super Bowl or the Olympics. I probably did my best work at those premiere sporting events, and I consider NRB the crème de la crème of broadcasting conventions because scores of Christian broadcasters and authors who make a difference for the Lord will come together in one place. It’s exciting.
But it can also be stressful, as there’s still more to prepare. However, I was reminded this morning that I cannot proceed in my own strength. My prayer is the Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14: “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.”
I may not have unlimited resources, energy, or strength, but God does, and now is the time to tap into that reservoir.
Paul closes out Ephesians 3 by giving glory to God for this mighty power at work within us because we are able to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. The definition of infinite is: “limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate. ‘the infinite mercy of God.'”
I am wondering. Do you need a vat of God’s limitless power right now?
It’s available. Just ask Him for it. He’ll give you infinitely more than you imagined.