Posted on August 22, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
By now I guess you have figured out from the way I write, that I am a plain and practical person. Many times when I read the works from other writers I feel like meat and potatoes and they are either a chocolate covered dessert or filet mignon.
Well, for those of you who feel a hamburger on a bun….guess what ….it is the number one favorite of many people in America. With life spinning out of control, the stock market going up and down and just feeling like everything is out of whack, I need some simple burger bites daily…how about you?
For years, my husband, when things go crazy in our home, reminds me that the Bible says….God is not the author of confusion. We need to take a minute and remind ourselves of this very principle. The Lord knew there would be times and days like these; and that these little bites of wisdom would be just what we would need to remind ourselves of. He is not the author of confusion, disorganization or fear, AMEN!
The discussion I hear from people across the board is the cost of living, the rising cost of everything, the fear of disease, the fear of what is to come and so on.
Let’s take a minute and think about a few things the Lord tells us….Cast all your cares upon Him; God has not given us the spirit of fear; God is not the author of confusion; the Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want.
So what has changed in your life that makes you feel anxious, fearful, confused? We are at a time in our country and lives where we need to rethink how we do things, some practical changes are in order. A new budget might be needed, a look at how and what we spend, update our schedules, take some time to reorganize. These little things seem so small but in the big picture they can make a huge difference.
I find that when things are crazy I need to take the time and reflect on what changed and then come up with a new fresh game plan. Change in life is not easy for most people. It makes us feel unsettled and fearful. I like all my ducks in a row, but in my life with 2 boys at opposite ages, one being in his thirties and one in high school and with disabilities, and a husband with a disability, and working full time and still trying to retain a life for Lynn as well…a new game plan is sometimes a daily task that needs to be done.
Looking at some practical things such as, having twenty four hours in each day and making sure we are using it wisely can make a difference. Many days it does not seem to be enough time….on those days I decide what is really important in life and what is not. Dishes can wait but spending time with our kids or taking time for the Lord is important and cannot wait. Reorganizing our homes, our cars, even our pocketbooks can make life a little simpler. I find that just by clearing out a closet and putting things in place… makes it easier each time I need to go into it. It saves time, keep things organized and less stress.
How about your spending, do you need to have a fresh game plan? At times we have complained that the cost of gas was at $4.00 per gallon but yet we spend $4.00 on a cup of coffee at the coffee shop that we don’t even finish. We complain we have no money since the cost of living is so much. But if you watch the home shopping channels, people spend $1500 on a ring or another items and they sell out of these things before the show ends. Again, what is important? The Lord tells us in Proverbs to figure the cost and to see if we have enough money. Money is tight for every one of us and will continue to be….so refresh your budget and decide what is really important.
We are fearful when we watch the spread of the flu, etc….across the world. We worry that this could affect us. Again, take the time to prepare the best you can. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, eating correctly, taking vitamins, etc….keeping up with your health and not getting run down is not fool-proof that you will not get sick, but it can prevent many situations. Again, the Lord tells us to take care of ourselves.
These little bites or practical reminders might just be as simple as a burger on a bun and not filet mignon, but today is a good day to get practical. Take some time to reflect on God’s practical verses and simplify your life.
Remember, He did not create confusion, fear and crazy life styles in our lives, we did. Yet the Lord is there to help take these feelings away and provide for us in so many ways. Ask Him today to be part of your practical life and to help show you the changes you need to make.
Written by Lynn Wilson: Lynn Wilson has served on staff at America’s Keswick for the past 20 years. She has been involved in her local church in women’s ministries as well as speaking for other churches and retreats. Her mission statement would be to touch one life so in turn they can touch a life for eternity. Her greatest joy is to go home at the end of her work day and spend time with her family and enjoy her first ministry which is being a wife and mother. She has one teenage son at home, and one married son and daughter-in-law.
Think About This: “He is not a God of confusion, of discordance, or accidental, random, private courses in the execution of His will, but of determinate, regulated, prescribed action.” – John Henry Newman
The Daily Bible Reading: Psalms 110-112, 2 Corinthians 1| You can download our 2018 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. – Psalm 139:7-8
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