1. He is the wind beneath our wings. Envision God as the power source. When we are going in his direction, He will sweep us along with him, it will not be difficult. Soar with Him.
- Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Gal 5:25
- The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.. John 8:29
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2. Visualize the path before me. When I am trying to decide how to act, it is helpful to picture a path before me going the right way. Then I take that path.
- “God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect. II Sam 22:33
- When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Ps 142>3
3. Butterflies need nectar, not leaves. We have been transformed into as a new creation, children of God, and as such, we need spiritual food. Just like a butterfly wouldn’t go back to eating leaves as it did when it was a caterpillar, we can’t try get our needs met by worldly things.
- It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods” Heb 13:9
- Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, Eph 5:18
- Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matt 4:4
4. My truest identity is God’s glory. It isn’t the talents I have, the way I look, the culture I’m from, or the way I was brought up. The truest thing about me is that I was created in the likeness of God. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.” Gen 1:27.
It was always God’s plan to transform us into our truest being.: “You were taught . . to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Eph 4:22,24.
As spiritual beings, we need God, like a fish needs water. “In him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28. Going back to the previous point, it isn’t just that we need spiritual food. We were created to thrive on spiritual food.
5. Feed the sheep. “Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.'” (John 21:16) I continue to seek wisdom on how much we should expect people to take the initiative. This verse helps me. People NEED shepherding. They need to be led. They need to be fed. But this is a maturing process. I help them to grow up into doing this for themselves, and others.
6. Adapt my dreams! I recently listened to the audio book of “Who Moved My Cheese?” Talking about dealing with change, it gave me the insight that as the ministry here goes through changes, not only does my behavior needs to adapt, my dreams need to evolve. I can’t keep my old patterns.
And then I need to practice visualizing my new dream. My new dream is to have a married Bible talk that reflects family and fun. I can see us sitting around laughing, loving, growing, being best of friends, making great memories.
7. It’s the God Show! Being performance oriented, I have to keep reminding myself that it’s about God, not about me!
- My soul rests quietly only when it looks to God; from him comes my deliverance. Ps 62:1
- I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother. . . From Ps 131
- Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Ps 127:1
8. Each moment has impact. Every prayer, each choice I make, can make a difference.. I tend to get overwhelmed by all that should be done. Or I find myself drifting, being distracted. It is very helpful for me to focus on each individual thing I do, each word of prayer (especially corporate prayer), and realizing that it has POWER!
Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” Mark 4:30-32