Peace In Storms (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 9)

This blog has been temporarily overtaken by my Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge.  You can find out more by checking out the Introduction.

My default mode is one of activity.  I like to be doing something to make something better, even if it kills me.  Sometimes this works out well for me.  It gives me the ability to lay down my life for others frequently.  Other times, it can be a hindrance to my walk.  I will seldom slow down to take care of myself, even if taking care of myself would be a better use of time.

And it just so happens that now I find myself in a season where I could make myself really busy.  Things are moving and changing quickly in our house church.  There are a couple of situations that are screaming for attention, none of which I initiated, and I would be perfectly justified in trying to spend a lot of time and emotional energy trying to bring resolution to these issues.

But for the first time in a long time, I’m not.  I’m resting in Jesus and doing what He says.  Is this the right thing to do?  Possibly.  But here’s what I know.  In my flesh I would run around getting opinions about both of the situations that I’m facing.  Then I would set around, stew, and try and make the best decision.  Today, that’s not what I’m doing.  Today I’m waiting for the Lord to speak into the situation and not moving until He does.

Why is this fruit?  Well, here’s my take.  When I get into busy seasons where the Lord is moving, I’ve tried to make things happen before.  Inevitably things slow down, most likely because I begin to operate on my natural resources.  What happens when I abandon my natural resources and wait for God’s?  Well, only time will tell…but that’s why we’re in this challenge…

Have you experienced the peace of Christ in the midst of storms since we started?  How has that changed things for you? Leave a comment and let us know.

Join us on the “Thirty Days to Greater Fruitfulness” experiment.  For the rest of September we are spending 30 minutes in silent prayer listening to Jesus and then acting on what He asks us to do.  Then we blog about the changes that are occurring in our lives through the marriage of listening and obedience.  It’s not too late.  If you’re just checking out that experiment feel free to jump in.  And if you want more information, you can check it out here.

Photo Credit: September WallPaper Calendar by DewDreams


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About traviskolder

Travis Kolder is a follower of Jesus, a husband, a father of five, an organic church planter, and a writer. He lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he serves as part of the Cedar Rapids House Church Network.

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