Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Shepastor: "Telltale Signs That You're Veering Off Purpose..."

1 You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. 2 You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. 3 That's right - you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. 4 You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. 5 Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; 6 Then I'd never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. 7 I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. 8 I'm going to do what you tell me to do; don't ever walk off and leave me. Psalm 119: 1-8, The Message Translation of the Bible

“Telltale Signs That You’re Veering Off Purpose”

Last Sunday during our church small group sessions, we studied the topic, “God is Always Good, but the Good is Not Always God.” As Christians, we may be clear about what we should and should not do regarding sinful behavior. However, we may not be so clear when it comes to “good and good.” In other words, there may be times when we must choose between two or more good options. We may also have it in our hearts to do a “good thing,” but it is not God’s will. We need the Holy Spirit to help us discern when even something “good” is not God’s will for our lives at a particular time or ever.

Even good things can become hindrances to staying on the course that the Lord has spoken for our lives. Some are stressed because of becoming involved in too many good things! Today, Shepastor considers this important topic to help us to get back on the track the Lord intends for us to follow…

“The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Stress When You Can’t Take a Holiday”
By Carolyn Matheson

1. Revisit your priorities.
Make a list of the top five priorities in your life now. Rank these in order of importance. When you're stressed and overwhelmed, revisit these priorities and remind yourself what's most important to you.

2. Put things in perspective.
Think about how important whatever is stressing you will be in a week, a month, or a year from now.

3. Look at the big picture.
Relax and take a step back. What's really important to you?

4. Simplify your life.
What do you put up with or take on? What annoys you? Let go of the things you have no control over. Deal with the things you can do something about, to the best of your ability. Look at areas of body/health, home, work, lifestyle, relationships and finance.

5. Listen to the Holy Spirit
You will start to notice the peace of God in everyday life and the support of the Lord ordering your steps.

6. Create a de-stressing toolbox.
Create a toolbox of things that can bring you back from stress. Your toolbox may include a favorite CD, poem, quote or beautiful picture. Find something to laugh about. Whatever helps calm your mind.

7. Change what you are doing.
If your job involves a lot of thinking and problem solving, do the opposite, try working with your hands, e.g., painting, gardening, clearing out a wardrobe or creating something. If you work with your hands, try learning something new, writing or investigating a subject on the Internet.

8. Listen to your body.
Eat the right foods for your body including lots of fruit and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. Stretch, meditate or go for a walk. Take a warm bath or shower. Talk to a positive friend. Do what your body needs and your brain will be rewarded. Get some rest, an early night or a quiet weekend.

9. Recognize fear of failure.
Look rationally at the situation; write down your worst possible fear and the worst possible outcome. It is not likely to be as bad as you think and you will survive. Have the courage to do things you are afraid of.

10. Do something you love.
Make time to do something you're passionate about. You will be surprised how it will change your outlook on life.
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Until Next Wednesday
In Faith, Hope and Perseverance,
Pastor Chris

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