#13 Discover the Delights of Poetry

I’ve never really LOVED poetry, per say. To some people poetry opens their soul up to a life that I’ve never quite understood. But books. I do love books.

Trusting in the Character of GodOne of the books that I’m currently reading is called The Holy Wild by Mark Buchanan (author of Your God is Too Safe and other GREAT books). It’s a book about trusting the character of the LORD so that we can venture in it and live by it.

“There are actually only three things God promises with a guarantee, and in these things God is always true to Himself. These three things are the bedrock of His faithfulness. They are the utterly trustworthy things that God promises on the basis of His own character. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. These three things are the aspects of God’s faithfulness in which, no matter what else goes amiss, we can rest completely. 




1. God is faithful to forgive our sins if we confess them. 
2. God is faithful to make us holy and blameless before Christ. 
3. God is faithful to get us home.  

None of it depends on you. 
It all depends on the God who promised. 
And he is always true to Himself.

Not poetry, but enriching just the same.
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#12 Focus on QUALITY, not quantity

Quality is something I always crave, probably because ‘quality time’ is one of my main love languages, and carries over into other areas of my life. Relationally I don’t like surface conversations. I don’t care about what people like or do as much as WHO they are. I think this can be weird for some people that I meet when off the bat I dig for the WHO instead of the WHAT.
Christ calls us to a higher standard, that is the ultimate quality we should strive towards, for ourselves, for our relationships, and even in smaller areas such as the items that clutter our lives.


Lord help me to seek quality in every area of my life, including who I am in you.

#11 Rescue discarded treasures

This day’s challenge is to go on a ‘treasure hunt’ for buried treasures (at goodwill, thrift stores, etc). It’s kind of a difficult subject to comment on though, as I look around my room and apartment and very few things were brought into my possession as a ‘new’ item.

New is always great, but I’ve always been a sucker for something old and used and making it better if necessary.

Finding treasure in the over looked and discarded. 

Beyond the simplicity of items, this is definitely something that holds true in many areas of our lives.

#10 Select wisely


Simplifying life by thinking first. 

 
I know, I know,… far fetched aye? But how many times have you sat down after the fact and wished you would have just thought through something a little more? I know I have, many times. And many more to come.


I’ve found that decisions are mostly about weighing options. Learning from not only your own experiences, but also the experiences of others. Asking the LORD for guidance, and seeking the council of those who have shown a good track record for wisdom in their own life. Often times you can also gain valuable lessons and discernment by listening to those that aren’t necessarily concerned about your good, even if it’s a lesson in “what not to do”. 


And always, weigh the source as well as the information, these things go hand in hand. I have found a quick mental check list that sometimes helps in messy life circumstances where decisions are crucial and opinions are everywhere.

Does the person giving you advice/opinions:
(1) know you or the situation
(2) have experience in this situation
(3) are they for or against you,
(4) are they seeking discernment from the LORD in their own life,
(5) are they seeking discernment from the LORD for your life/situation, etc.

In all council received we should be praying that we can recognize and accept the Truth, and then discard the rest. Now obviously these things of life cannot be plugged into an equation to reach a solution. Sometimes we think SO much that we complicate things.Best rule of thumb my dad always gave me for these situations…

“Keep it simple, stupid”

1 Kings 3:9-15:
“So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing. God said to him, “Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice, behold, I have done according to your words Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you. I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days. If you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father David walked, then I will prolong your days.” Then Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream And he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and made peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

 

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
-James 1:5
LORD let me seek your wisdom above all else.

#9 Take a deep breath

So this take a deep breath thing needed more than a day to resonate in my life, and there’s still not much I can say about it. It’s been almost two weeks of deep breathing, and needed so. There’s been so many things that can easily become stressful and myself, I internalize these things without having a healthy outlet. Today I took in and let out the deepest breaths of them all, a huge leap of faith. 

Exhale and let go of that which no longer serves you.

LORD let my every breath serve you only.