Birthday Month Reflections - Day 7!
Chosen by God!
Today is the seventh day of my birthday month, my New Year.
My focus today is on Sabbath Rest.
I can’t mistake walking in my purpose, doing things for God, as a license to not take care of myself because I’m busy doing ministry!
In 2016, the Lord gave me a sermon called, “You Need a Nap and a Timeout.” For the first time ever, God gave me the sermon on Tuesday for the following Sunday. So I was able to rest physically, and in Him, for the rest of the week. Imagine my excitement!
Then on Friday night He changed the sermon all together, and I mean He changed everything! So you know for a type “A,” wants to be in control, recovering professional, I told you about in my sixth day post, this was traumatic! I asked Him, what about “You Need a Nap and a Timeout,” that He given me earlier in the week? His answer was, you (Leisa) needed the nap and a timeout, not My people. They need, “How Bad Do You Want It?” Wow! God interrupted my sermon prep for His people to give me a sermon! That’s love! It’s also the power of rest!
I realized today, May 7th, 2018 that a need that “nap and a timeout,” again, right now. I think I’m going to meditate on the notes from the sermon I didn’t preach and see what God is saying to me today! There’s so many things pulling at me emotionally and spiritually. I just need to press into Jesus. I’m going to have a “Spiritual Spa Day” today, just me and Jesus and the treadmill, at some point! LOL! There will be soaking in His Presence, His Word, and a lot of praise and worship!
Reflection Nugget – When we do it God’s way we get God’s results. I’ve learned that being busy does not mean being productive.
As busy as Jesus was on earth He always took time alone to pray:
"After He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When it was evening, He was there alone." (Matthew 14:23 AMPC)
He also took time to rest:
He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a little while”—for there were many [people who were continually] coming and going, and they could not even find time to eat. (Mark 6:31 AMPC)
If Jesus needed daily time of rest and pray I know I need it even more!
Today I am taking time for self-care! I’m embracing a day of rest and refreshing. I’m unplugging and disconnecting from everything and just chilling with God! I have come to realize that I am no good to anyone when I am depleted! As a matter of fact if I minister, or interact, from my depletion then I can do more harm than good. I owe it to myself, and to others, to take good care of me, mind, body and spirit!
Stay tuned, because God isn't finished with me yet!
Be Encouraged! ❤
Leisa Wilkins Ministries
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