Looking to God on Crazy Days

God on Crazy Days

We all have crazy days. Crazy in every sense of the word. Sometimes, the crazy comes from within us – this morning was a peaceful morning but I decided to go crazy around the house, tidying and packing and cleaning etc, so much so that my husband asked me what I’m doing. Sometimes, the crazy is beyond our control. In those moments of crazy, do you go crazy with the craziness of it all? Or do you just stop and gather yourself and just calmly deal with it coz afterall, the craziness happens alot of the time?

Just last night, my hubs and I were reading this devotional (The Power of a Changed Life) on the power of humble prayer in our lives and it made us think about when and how often we turn to God. Do we only turn to him in difficult times or all the time? How does prayer help us? Would devoting more time to prayer change our lives in any way?

Well, this article covers all my hubs and I discussed, and possibly more.

I personally believe this :

You will be a better spouse and parent and friend and employee and child and neighbor if your soul is being routinely shaped and sustained by a real relationship with God in his word and prayer.

 


 

How to Commune with Christ on a Crazy Day

A guest post by David Mathis, author of Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines.

A Common Experience
We’ve all been there. Maybe even today is one of those days for you.

The crazy day. At least spiritually speaking.

Hopefully you have your regular routine and go-to “habits of grace,” your own when and where and hows for seeking daily communion with God. Perhaps you’ve been at this long enough that when the alarm goes off on a normal day, you have your patterns and rhythms for how getting up and getting breakfast and getting ready all come together in relation to some short but substantive season of “getting in the Word” and prayer—to hear from God, reset your mind, refill your heart, recalibrate your perspective before diving into the day, and respond to God in prayer.

But then comes those crazy days. And they seem to pop up more frequently than we’re expecting. It may be the late-night conversation, important but tiring, that has you hitting the snooze over and over the next morning. Or maybe it’s staying over with relatives, or having them squatting at your place.

Or for young parents, it’s the child (or the children) who was up during the night, or rolled out of bed way too early wanting breakfast and your attention. Or maybe it’s just this season of life, and honestly every morning seems to have its own craziness. The Enemy seems to have some new, creative scheme with each new day to keep you from finding any focused “time alone with God.”

Whatever the circumstances that throw a wrench into your routine, your crazy mornings raise the question, How should you think about, and engage in (if at all), the “spiritual disciplines”—or better yet, “the means of grace”—of Bible meditation and prayer when God’s good, but often inconvenient, sovereignty has you reeling without your routine?

1. Remember what your “habits of grace” are about to begin with.

A good place to begin is with the big picture about your morning spiritual routines. Bible meditation is not about checking boxes, but communion with the risen Christ in and through his revealed word. Walking in his grace today is not dependent on you going through your full devotional routine, or any particular routine for that matter. And it is the regular pattern of communion with Christ that is vital, not extended time on one particular day.

You could read all the passages, give time to extensive journaling in meditation and prayer, work at length on memorizing Scripture, and easily move right into a day of walking in your own strength and not dying to selfish interests to anticipate and act to meet the needs of others. In fact, it is precisely the days when you feel strongest personally, and most spiritually accomplished, that you’re most prone to walk in your own strength, rather than by the strength that God supplies (1 Peter 4:11).

2. Consider the path of love.

It is loving (to others) to regularly commune with God. There are countless good horizontal effects to having our souls established and flourishing vertically. You will be a better spouse and parent and friend and employee and child and neighbor if your soul is being routinely shaped and sustained by a real relationship with God in his word and prayer.

Sometimes, the most loving thing we can do is get away from people for a few minutes, feed our souls on God and his goodness, and come back to our families and communities reenergized for anticipating and meeting others’ needs. But at other times, the path of love is dying to our desires for personal time alone—even in such good things as Bible meditation and prayer—to give attention to the toddler who is sick or woke up early, or to prepare and serve breakfast to family from out of town, or to assist a spouse or friend who is having their own crazy morning.

3. Develop a morning routine that is adaptable.

Taking the crazy mornings into account, knowing that they will come and trying to be ready for them, may mean that you develop morning habits that are flexible. Try to create a routine that can expand into more than an hour if you have it, or collapse into just ten minutes, or even less, when love requires it.

For example, you might consider a simple pattern like this: Begin with Bible reading, move into meditation, polish with prayer. On days when you have extended time, you can read and meditate on God’s word longer, and include journaling, and take time to put some rich passage to memory, and linger in prayer, from adoration to confession to thanksgiving to supplication. But on a crazy morning, you can get through the reading-meditation-prayer sequence in just a few brief minutes if needed.

Instead of reading all the assigned passages in your Bible-reading plan, just take one short psalm or little Gospel account or small section of an epistle. Look for one manifestation of God’s goodness in the passage, and meditate on that goodness being for you in Jesus and try to press the truth into your heart. Then pray that truth in light of your day and the needs at hand, along with any other spontaneous requests on your mind that morning.

If time is really tight, at least pause briefly to pray, and seek to carry a spirit of prayer and dependence into the day. Christ can meet you on the move. Express to God that it seems circumstances and the call of love are leading you right into life today. Acknowledge that you can’t earn his help with a long season of meditation and prayer, and ask that he would show himself strong today by being your strength when you feel spiritually weak.

Actually, it’s often the crazy days when we feel most dependent, and our sense of weakness is good for God showing us his strength. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

4. Look for God’s provision through others.

The means of grace aren’t simply personal. They are profoundly corporate. Even our personal Bible meditation and prayer are deeply shaped by our lives in community, and by those who have taught us intentionally. Personal Bible intake and prayer can be powerful—and they are habits of grace worth pursuing daily—but so can a reminder of God’s grace from a spouse or friend or fellow believer. Don’t neglect the power of fellowship as a means of God’s grace.

If time alone with Jesus just isn’t happening on this crazy morning, be on special lookout for some morsel of gospel food from conversation with someone who loves Jesus. If it’s a crazy day for both of you, perhaps some quick conversation, pointing each other to Christ and his goodness toward us, would produce some food for you both that you otherwise wouldn’t have had.

5. Evaluate later what you might learn for next time.

When the crazy morning and day has passed, seek to learn how you can grow in anticipating and tackling these in the future. If you stayed up too late to watch some show or movie needlessly, the lesson may be, very simply, to plan ahead better next time. (Often the biggest battle is merely getting to sleep on time.) But sometimes there’s really nothing to learn. This is just life in this age.

The crazy days will come. And there are seasons of life, like with a newborn at home, where all bets are off, and it’s just a crazy season. But with a little intentionality, and with a modest plan in place, you can learn to navigate these days, and even walk with greater dependence on God, knowing full well that it’s not the ideal execution of our morning habits of grace that secures his favor and blessing.

You can commune with Christ in the crazy days.

Current Obsession : Oh My Venus & So Ji Sub

Oh My Venus

Sorry hubs, but I have found a new love – actor So Ji Sub. hahaha! My hubs can’t quite keep up with my new “loves”. A few weeks ago, it was Joo Sang-Wook from Birth of a Beauty and now, it’s So Ji Sub.

Can you see the trend? I’m looking at myself from outside my body and thinking, “what’s with the slit-eyed macho men?” *lol* Especially since I was crazy about Lee Min Ho for such a long time! Btw, my hubs even bought me Lee Min Ho fan collectibles then!

Anyhow, So Ji Sub has certainly made an impression this time (on me) with Oh My Venus! *drool* And I do love the Oh My Venus story. It is unexpectedly funny and heartwarming and So Ji Sub’s hard face just lights up the screen when he does smile. And it only dawned on me after watching the Oh My Venus press conference, that the story is “healing” and positive in so many ways. It makes you believe in true love (hahaha, forgive the fairytale believer in me.) and is also all about the “if you believe it, you can do it”.

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness by Robert Waldinger

ChooseHappy

I love Ted. It’s really great stuff. And the stuff that they talk about … *thumbs up*
I haven’t watched many but the few that I have, have always swept me off my feet.

So here’s one I watched a couple of minutes ago. One that resounds in me. One that makes me look at my life now and feel thankful.
Life is all about relationships. That’s what Landmark taught me and helped me make right, even if I had always made them my priority.
But the bit on loneliness and quality relationships … that’s something that I pray for, for my loved ones and friends.

Misconceptions of Working from Home

Current Work Situation

For all the times I have been misunderstood. And for all the times I have just kept mum and decided to not launch into a whole long explanation of the “luxuries of working from home”, lest I be thought of as not knowing how fortunate I am.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining or saying that I hate working from home. I actually love working from home and wouldn’t choose any other way now. But working from home comes with pros and cons too, just a different set of these as compared to the many of you who work in an office. For one, I sometimes become so much of a hermit that I stammer and stumble on my words when I do get into a conversation with anyone. I also get my sleep times all messed up.

This is also for all of my friends who think I have it made and working from home is easy. Hell no, it isn’t. Yes, I can go shopping when everyone else is at work. I have flexibility of time. I also don’t have a boss to answer to or work for promotions. But really, no one sees the hours and hard work you put in here (read: at home) at the “office”. There is no one to bear witness to you being hardworking. Trust me, my husband thinks I’m having the life at home, at least most of the time. In his more sober moments, he’ll say “yeah he knows I work hard”. Most of the time, he conveniently forgets.

And hell no, working from home isn’t for everyone. Discipline is important. Distractions are everywhere. You name it. There are a ton of household chores to do about the house. I even feel guilty for a messy house even if I didn’t have the time to clean up because I was too busy at the “office”. Moral of the story: You’ve got to be quite regimental. No kidding.

So yeah, this blog post articulates my thoughts. Those I’m always too lazy to explain. But most of all, working from home is a choice, one that anyone of us can choose to make. So why not try it and see if there’s any truth (and luxury) to all of this?

“Here I am, just sitting on my laptop, waiting for emails whilst watching TV. Well, not really. But people get these ideas that working from home means lounging about at home whilst finding stuff to do. Either that or we are all doing sales jobs from the moment we are awake or working in pyramid sale schemes. But that isn’t the case!

There are a few misconceptions about people who work from home. Here are just some of them!

WE WORK WHEN WE LIKE – It’s assumed that those who work at home can work any hours they please. Not entirely the case. Although working from home makes everything more flexible, hours can extend into the evenings or start from early mornings. Many who work from home do have to set guidelines and set work hours just like if they were to be working in an office. It really depends on the job.

WE HAVE LOTS OF FREE TIME – During work hours, you have to create deadlines, time boundaries and organise your life around your work. The problem is that you are never really leaving your workspace. Even when closing the door to the home office at the end of your day, there’s always a temptation to pop in there to work into the late hours of the night. Really, working from home can be just as demanding as any other job. While working digitally enables you to create a flexible schedule, there is still work that needs to be done.

WE DO A JOB THAT IS ALSO OUR HOBBY – Although working from home is more beneficial than going to an office (for many!) it’s not necessarily our hobby. Although I enjoy marketing and writing the topic of my job isn’t something I find interesting at all really. But that’s good. I never want my job to be my hobby otherwise it will become a chore as opposed to something I enjoy.

WE DON’T HAVE TO GET READY FOR WORK – When I’m travelling and working, it’s a different situation. I feel much more laid back due to time differences and an overall awareness that I am out of the country. But when I’m in the UK, based at home I like to have a routine. It’s thought that if you don’t have to leave the house you also don’t have to get it ready but in reality getting ready for work helps productivity.

WE ALL DO HOME SALES – Almost any job that requires an office can be done at home. With the use of Skype, Dropbox, wi-fi, email and also telephone it’s a pretty good set up, Small businesses could save a lot of money by using this method:

  • Customer service
  • Data entry
  • Marketing
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Web design
  • Graphic design

EVERYONE CAN WORK FROM HOME – There’s a certain discipline you must have to be able to work from home. You have to be able to work… from home. Without distraction. That can be tricky (believe me)! Again, it depends on your line of work and what you’re expected to do. But not everyone enjoys working in their house and prefer to work in offices.”

Reposting from the original article by LFTN.

Heart of Worship by Hillsong United

This song has been on repeat for a while now. Always quietens my heart.
 

 

When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless your heart

I’ll bring you more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what you have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

Chorus
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you
It’s all about you, Jesus
I’m sorry Lord for the things I’ve made it
When it’s all about you
It’s all about you, Jesus

King of endless worth
No one could express
How much you deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is yours
Every single breath