The Summer of 2013…Life Lessons

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 This summer, I did something I haven’t done in ages.  I took 7 weeks off from work.  The last time I had that much time off, I was teaching.  What an amazing summer!  The best part…REST!   Multi-tasking is SO overrated and having time to rest my body, mind and spirit did wonders for me.  Here is collection of some of the lessons I learned this summer.  Lessons that I hope to remember and practice throughout the year.

#1:  Trusting Jesus means leaving the choices with Him.  Proverbs 3:5-6

#2:  Waiting on God is a lifelong practice.  God isn’t in a hurryWait, trust Him and go do the next thing I      know to do.  Psalm 37:34; 62:5.

#3:  Be still before Him.  It’s amazing how clear things become when I am still…not complaining, insisting on quick answer…only seeking to hear His Word and see things in His lightPsalm 62

#4:  The higher view I have of His absolute sovereignty (God is Lord of all and free to work as He chooses), the greater will be the possibility to live in His victory.  My time, my life, my hopes and dreams are in His hands.  Ephesians 1:11;Psalm 89:6-8

#5:  Don’t allow self pity in my life.  God allows hard things so let them have their way so I can grow in Christlikeness.  Psalm 42:5

#6:  God’s way are mysterious.  I will not understand why God allows some things so trust Him (see #1).  Isaiah 55:8-9

#7:  See my strength from prayer, not people.  Be open, trustworthy, keep short accounts with God’s people and live in constant conversation with the Father1 Thessalonians 5:17

#8:  Learn how to expect great things from GodJohn 10:10

#9:  Don’t waste my life being stuck, dissatisfied, discontent, etc.  Life is short.  God’s ways are better than my fears, my hopes, and my very best dreams.  Psalm 144:3-4

#10:  Be willing to loseDie to self and follow Christ. This is the price of true discipleship and what I will have to pay to create a gospel culture wherever I go.  Luke 9:23.

As summer comes to a close, I hoping to stay in this place of reflection and seeking to know God and be known by Him.

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