Day 29: Calming the Wind and Waves (January 29)

The last couple of days have been so full of life and activity that they’ve felt like a blur.  Those who know me well, know I prefer quiet and plenty of time to sit and process and meet with Jesus.  But sometimes busyness is a necessity.

Yesterday, I led two worship services.  One for my high school worship class at my kid’s school, and another for our church’s Youth Prayer and Praise Night.  Both times of worship were AMAZING! But at the end, I felt so drained that I could barely stay awake.

These are the dangerous times.  The times when you have given your all, not in vain pursuits, but in walking out your calling in life.  Times when the anointing has been flowing so powerfully and you feel so near to God, but when you reach exhaustion…..you must purposefully guard your heart.

This morning when I got up, I spent some time connecting with God, but it was hard because I was just so tired.  Then the flurry of waking kids, getting everyone dressed, lunches made, breakfast eaten, and out the door early because I had school commitments this morning happened.  As I wrapped up my time at school and headed out to the office for my “real” job, I felt the wind and waves around me.  It was literally as if I had been rushing so much that I was having trouble slowing it back down.  I felt something stir in my spirit and I saw the wind and waves and began to remember the story of Jesus rebuking the storm and it calming.  Immediately, I told my storm to be still.  Instantly, it was.

All of the sudden, my mind stopped racing and I felt my breathing become calm and my whole body began to relax.  I will NOT allow life to take me for a ride.  I am aboard a God-fearing vessel, whose Captain is the King of kings, and I will not be hijacked.

Being able to live in peace is a promise and I WILL live that out.

Today, as you press into the day ahead of you, what will you do to determine your course?  Will you let the waves sweep you out to sea?  Will you lie like a beached whale on the shore determined not to be bothered by the needs of others or the whisper of God.  Today, I will find a balance.  Will you?

God, I admit that it’s so hard not to get carried away by life sometimes.  Other times, I admit that I can pull back so much, I become unwilling to move for You.  Please forgive me.  God, I pray that from this day forward, You would release Your plan for my day over me and I will only say, “Yes”. You are my best “Yes”.  I love you Abba. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion.  The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  Mark 4:38-39

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

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