Pastor’s Message

Jun 1, 2019 by

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary, the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.”

1 Peter 5:7 – 9

Greetings!

How is it with your soul? These are the words John Wesley used in class meetings for all who would gather. Is it well with your soul? I find for myself; it takes intentionality to care for one’s soul. Spending time in the presence of the Lord is the best medicine, the Word, prayer, worship, studying, meditation, acts of kindness, and serving God.  
Life in general calls for balance. It’s not good to be overburdened, and we certainly have plenty of things that could overburden us if we allow it. Summer is a time of slowing down, vacations, and time with our families. The kids are out of school, and we live out of a whole different rhythm.
Our spiritual life needs to be in balance by doing all the things that nurture us in our relationship with the Lord. I gave you a few suggestions I use, but you may have some things that nurture your spirit, not on the list, like hiking and spending time in God’s beautiful creation. Maybe your garden and seeing how God brings flowers and vegetables out of tiny seeds are an amazing way to experience God. We can read of this cultivating activity throughout the scriptures. Sunday worship is a means of connection with God and with one another. If we allow ourselves to get into a summer slump or out of this rhythm, we can find ourselves out of balance spiritually.
Our physical life, again hiking, is great or some activity of movement benefits our bodies. Food that is healthy and beneficial and keeps our engines running is good. We need to expend energy to get energy and so whatever floats your boat in this area helps keep you in balance.
Our emotional life needs to be in balance, as well. How are you caring for yourself in growing in your understanding of how you see things, hear things, and react to things? Are you self-aware of when you are tense in your neck, your shoulders, your stomach, your chest, and anywhere else you tend to hold tension? What is causing this? I try to meet with a spiritual director once a month. This relationship has turned out to be one of my staples in working towards balance. The questions she can glean from my ramblings is amazing! She helps me see God in it all.
We have many tools available to us to help us balance our lives. You see, we need godly wisdom from those God places around us to help us. Otherwise, we will get caught up in the web the Adversary would like to wrap around us and steal our joy, our emotions, our physical health, and our spiritual foundations which in turn steals from our relationships—God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), our families, our church families, our friends, and the many other relationships. Don’t allow him to prowl around stealing who you are and the life God desires for you. Press into the One who can carry your cares, help you live a disciplined life, and nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Align yourself in a way that takes care of all of you spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
A great tool is the Armor of God (Ephesians 6). Put it on every day! Join us for a time of digging into what this really means on the first Tuesday of each month (see newsletter article).
I’m looking forward to shining up my armor and making sure everything is just where it needs to be. How about you!

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