GEAR UP: LOVE

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on LOVE!

The word LOVE and its various forms (loved, lover, etc.) are mentioned over 700 times in the Bible.

That alone should state its significance to the Lord.

But remember, God is no respector of persons. He doesn’t give us a list of who is worthy of being loved or of who deserves our love more. He wants us to love everyone.

From the person who wronged you to the man holding a sign on the street corner. From your best friend to that one co-worker who really rubs you the wrong way.

It’s easy to love those who love us back. But what about the rest?

We are supposed to love them too!

Focus on three people this week who you have a tough time feeling compassion and love toward. Pray daily for each one and if you cross paths this week, give a genuine smile. Ask the Lord to open your heart and help you feel love toward these three people.

John 13:34-35 King James Version (KJV)

34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

GEAR UP: SILENCE

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on SILENCE!

The world gets a little noisier at Christmastime and most of us love the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But, ironically, in the season in which we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we often stop hearing Him.

There’s just too much noise.

Work on finding pockets of silence this week.

Carve out 10-15 minutes each day to not be distracted by phones, radios, or television. Just sit in the absolute silence and relish being one with the Creator.

GEAR UP: YOUR HEALTH

It’s Sunday night! Time to gear up for a new week. As always, the best way to do that is to PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:10-18) but we also will focus on ONE area to strengthen our walk with the Lord. Just one focus to help us grow a faith that cannot fade with the demands of life and the pressures of this world. This week we will focus on OUR HEALTH!

What a perfect time to focus on our health! With the holidays approaching there is an abundance of sweet treats AND stress to be had by all. We aren’t looking to get rid of either, just to make healthy choices so that we still maintain control over our bodies, our sanctuaries.

I love to bake. And I’m not going to make star-shaped cut-outs of tofu either. So my oven will be on from now until New Year’s and there will be steady stream of delectable cooling on my counter. I will taste; I will nibble; I will enjoy.

But I will also walk a few extra laps or take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.

As for stress, there’s always going to be some amount of stress around the holidays. Maybe it’s a financial strain. Maybe it’s the sheer volume of cooking and preparations that overwhelm you. Maybe it’s the family dynamic that always leaves someone in tears.

Whatever your holiday stressors are, begin working them out now. Set a schedule or enlist helpers so you aren’t overworked. Set a budget and stick to it, not feeling guilty but instead putting the focus on memories over material things. Look at past patterns to see how you change outcomes.

Make sure to include time this week to take care of yourself. A de-stressing soak in the tub, a quiet walk for a time of meditation and prayer, a 30-minute show that makes you laugh.

Laughter IS the best medicine!

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22