Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


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How to Save Time and Energy {Trust}

We waste time and spin our wheels when we worry. By making small daily choices to draw near to God with our worries, we can learn to trust. 4 Steps to dealing with anxiety.

Worry! We worry about our finances, our jobs, and how we’re going to find time to get to the grocery store since it’s already 5:00 p.m., and the fridge is empty. We worry about our kids, our parents, and what we’re going to wear to the party this weekend. I ought to know. I’m an expert at it. I work myself up as if I could solve my problems by fretting.

But God’s Word tells us it’s useless to worry. Jesus asked his disciples, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matt. 6:27)

Now that you put it that way, Lord, I guess I’m wasting my time and spinning my wheels when I worry.

What if I could learn to channel that time and energy into trusting God?

David had plenty of problems. King Saul went on a manhunt for him. His own son rebelled against him. In Psalm 131, he reflects on the uselessness of getting stressed out over matters too big to solve on our own:

We waste time and spin our wheels when we worry. Psalm 131 and 4 steps to trusting God.

David also learned the discipline of calming and quieting his mind. Wouldn’t you love to learn that? Wouldn’t it be great to hand anxiety over to God in exchange for His peace? What if we trusted God like a child trusts a faithful father or mother?

Honestly, we probably can’t learn that today. (At least I can’t.) But we can make progress. By making small, daily choices to draw near to our Heavenly Father with our worries, we can learn over time to let Him calm and quiet our fears.

The next time you feel anxious, try these steps along with me:

1) Remember God’s Promises.
Read them in scripture and repeat them to yourself.

2) Praise Him for His greatness. Ask God to enlarge your picture of His power and love.

3) Pray. Ask God to provide what you need or to intervene in your situation. Ask Him for wisdom to understand if there’s anything you can do. If He shows you something, do it. If not, rest and put your hope in Him.

4) Choose to trust in His perfect love. He’s a good Father, always at work for our good. When doubts pop up in your mind, choose trust again and again.

We waste time and spin our wheels when we worry. By making small daily choices to draw near to God with our worries, we can learn to trust. 4 Steps to saving spiritual energy.

We don’t have to waste precious time and energy replaying worries in our minds. God has the solution to every problem and the power to meet every need. We’ll find renewed strength as we practice putting our hope and trust in Him.

Now it’s your turn: Are you a worrier, like me? What helps you to lay your fears to rest?

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I’m linking up with Arabah Joy’s Grace & Truth, Susan B. Mead’s Dance with Jesus, Faith Filled Friday, and Deb Wolf’s Faith ‘N Friends.


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Hope When You Need to Know God Loves You

The trials we face can cause us to forget or doubt God's love. Here's encouragement for growing our roots down deep into His love.

“Do you love me, God? I mean really, if you loved me, how could this be happening?”

Have you ever asked that question?

I was 28 when I asked it for the first time. I was young, yet unable to walk. Swollen, sore joints all over my body made it hard to lift a book or make a sandwich.  Even dressing myself was a challenge. The doctor said I had Rheumatoid Arthritis. I faced the possibility of living the rest of my life disabled and sick.

One day I hit rock bottom. I cried out to God, “I know you love me, but I just can’t believe it. If you do love me, please show me a sign.” Continue reading


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Waking Up to the Awesome Wonder of God

Rather than settling for a ho-hum life, I want to choose the wonder track. Here are 4 keys to living alive to the Wonder of God.

Can you imagine what the Wise Men felt when they saw that brand new star rise in the East? It must have been spectacular, but if I’d been there, I probably would have missed it. I’d have been too busy cooking on a wood fire or making sure my oil lamp was full.

Imagine the wonder those wise men felt as they followed that star to find Jesus. They had their very own supernatural GPS sent straight from God. If it had been me, I wouldn’t have made the trip. I’d have been too busy weaving clothes for my kids to go off on a wild goose chase to follow a star.

Many of us aren’t really looking for wonder. Continue reading


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5 Ways to Make Room in your Heart for Jesus

Acvent 5 Ways to Make Room in Your Heart

With Christmas nearly upon us, you may feel more panic over your to-do list than wonder at Christ’s coming. If Jesus knocked at my door today, I’d probably mutter, “There’s no room here,” just like the innkeeper at Bethlehem.  Then I’d get back to my mile-long list. Back in October, I read all about how you should prepare for Christmas early to enjoy a peaceful Advent season, but it must not have stuck, ‘cause I’m doing all my preparations NOW!

We can be knee deep in Christmas with our hearts far from Christ.

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When You Need a Promise of Hope

Jesus gives us a promise of hope for dark days, so let's stay close to the Light with these simple steps.

Back in the days when my children were small, an urgent voice would often wake me out of a dead sleep at night:

“Mom!”

I’d jolt up, wondering what emergency brought my 5 year old daughter into the room to wake up her poor, exhausted mother. Was she sick? Was the house on fire?

“I have to go to the bathroom.”

I wanted so badly to say, “You woke me up for this?” Instead, I’d zip my lip, crowbar myself out of bed, and stagger down the hall to turn on the bathroom light. I knew Camilla wanted the security of my presence. She also wanted me to turn on that light because she was scared of the dark. Continue reading


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When You Want to Hear God’s Voice

Advent In N Out Burger

Jesus said his sheep would hear His voice, and He spoke to me loud and clear at In-N-Out Burger last Sunday. Only I didn’t hear it because I was too wrapped up in trying animal fries for the first time.

Our family was taking a break from a dreary, rainy day road trip to get something quick to eat. Just as I doubtfully lifted an animal fry dripping with sauce and grilled onions, my son said, “Mom, look under your cup.”  And there it was printed plain as day in red letters: Continue reading


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When You Want More of Jesus for Christmas

Advent More of Jesus for Christmas

Instead of falling headlong into a frazzled holiday rush, how about if we take time to welcome Christ into our hearts and lives this December?

Advent means “arrival.”

Can you think of a time you got excited about the arrival of a special guest? Maybe it was someone you love greatly, but rarely get to see. When my son Andres was about 8 years old, one day I invited a close family friend to dinner. Andres got so excited that several hours before her arrival, he pulled a chair close to the front door to sit and wait. He adored our friend and wanted to make sure he was the one to open the door when she rang. Continue reading