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“Stuff” (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 16)

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

Today was one of those days that was filled with lots of “stuff.”  You know what I mean by “stuff.”  “Stuff” is the sort of life events that eat away at your time, money, and energy without returning much, if any benefit.  And though “stuff” takes a lot and gives you nothing back, there is nothing virtuous about you giving your life to it.  You aren’t built up on the inside by “stuff” either.

Unfortunately “stuff” has been side-tracking me as of late.  It’s kept me from waiting on the Lord earlier in the day (either in the morning or by lunch time) and it has consumed much of my attention throughout the day.  This has made my times of listening weak.  I’ve been tired and fallen asleep during it. It’s also made my times not listening hurried and I haven’t had time to even hear the Lord’s heart when I’m not praying, let alone respond.

The good news is that I had a chance to sit down with Dick Speight this afternoon.  He encouraged me in my journey and encouraged me not to worry about the “should’s” or the “have to’s” and continue to focus on listening and obeying.  He’s right.  And in addition to that, I also need to not be consumed with things other than the Lord right now.

So, officially tonight, I’m getting back on the wagon. I’m signing back up.  Tomorrow, more waiting and hearing and obeying and less worry and care and distraction and amusement.  Jesus, may obedience to your voice trump every other subject and object in my life.

Have you found that other things have taken your time away from listening and obeying?  What helped you realize that?  How have you corrected that?  Tell us in the comment section.

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

Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Week Two

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

The following posts were from the second week of our Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness Challenge:

Day 8 Hearing His Voice

Day 9 Peace In Storms

Day 10 Humility

Day 11 I’m Being Heard

Day 12 Some Thoughts On Priests

Day 13 Focus

Day 14 Highs and Lows

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: Calendar by Adreanna Moyer Photography

Highs and Lows (Thirty Days To Greater Fruitfulness, Day 14)

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

Here I am again today listening to Jesus and doing what He says.  It’s so very obvious to me that this is both a great exercise and very difficult all at the same time.  I have to restrain myself from trying to make things happen by my own power and yet still walk through very high highs and very low lows.

Lets start with the highs. Today it became pretty clear that Jesus is using me to pour into the lives of a few friends.  This is just beginning to happen because I’ve been able to listen and obey.  I’m finding doors open that weren’t open before.  We even had friends randomly stop over with a gift (truly from the Lord) that totally blew our minds.

On the flip side we caught news that some very dear friends are going through a very difficult season.  The hardest part about the news (for me, at least) is my total inability to change the situation.  Jesus gave me a couple of key pieces of wisdom in my conversation with my friend and my hope is they helped.  But now all I can do is trust Him and follow.

So what do you do when you’re following a God who remains present through all of life’s highs and lows, yet transcends them?  He weeps over Lazarus but He still waits four days to show up.  He’s thrilled over His disciples’ ministry success but still has warnings to give.  He’s totally engaged in what is happening yet He sees another level that never lets you quite be comfortable with where you’re at.  Through the highs and the lows, He is the constant. Him, and Him alone. I guess in the end that makes Him the only safe place to take refuge.

Has listening and obeying changed how you experience the highs and lows of life? Tell us how in the comment section.

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