Clearing Stress Away

Born to Ride

This morning I sat down at my computer with a cup of coffee ignoring the pain in my knee (I twisted it pretty hard a few weeks ago.). I opened one of my book manuscripts to see where I left off. And, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t write.

I stared at the page and began to stress out, thinking, “What’s next?, How do I explain that? Is this clear, blah, blah, blah.”

So, I had to worship. I had to hear some music made for the Lord and clear the stress away. After two songs, I was ready to go!

I just want to encourage you that even though stress can come easily, it can be removed easily too.

P.S.: So, why the bike? I used to ride a motorcycle and I really miss it. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt the thrill of the open road, while screaming “Wahoooooo!” at the top of my lungs. Talk about clearing away stress! I pray one day I can ride again.

Photo by Harley-Davidson on Unsplash

Remember Verse 24?

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Photo by Edwin Andrade on Unsplash

 

Worship in All We Do

Yes, We Know. Now what?

Our goal must be to empower others to do what is right and good for them, and to bring them into spiritual maturity.” — Romans 15:2 The Passion Translation (TPT)

This verse is one that we take very seriously. It’s our song. It’s our cry to the world as we navigate God’s love in Worship. It resonates in our hearts as servants of the Highest God. We want so much for the Bride of Christ to be ready for His return.

We work, eat, sleep and pray in Worship. We sing we dance, and we cry as we keep our eyes on Him.

Is it enough?

Is it righteous? Is it my truth? Only you can answer these questions. Can you say, “yes”? Can I?

God does have expectations for us regarding Worship.

God wants our whole being to Worship Him. We have learned in church that we must do everything for and to the Lord. We have experienced renewed minds as we consciously remember to Worship Him in our day. This is good. But have we surrendered all we can?

Put your heart and soul into every activity you do, as though you are doing it for the Lord himself and not merely for others.  For we know that we will receive a reward, an inheritance from the Lord, as we serve the Lord Yahweh, the Anointed One!” — Colossians 3:23-24 (TPT)

The beauty of this verse and what it really means is knowing that we will receive a reward from Jesus. Personally, I can forget that.

I can easily fall into the trap of only remembering verse 23. 

 

† By God’s grace.

Writing & Sketchbooks

 

My Sketchbooks are Part of Me

These are a few pages from my current Sketchbook. I love to free write, brainstorm, do mind-maps, study and practice sketching for my next Sculpture.

I’ve written this way for over 20 years now. I’ll never forget the day I started. I was young and stressed about something happening at the Ad Agency where I was working. I took my lunch to an old park and sat under a huge tree.

I was journaling my morning when I heard God say that I needed to keep my journals and sketchbooks because someone would need them in the future. I listened but didn’t really understand. I now know that I need them.

Today I have tubs full of them and I occasionally go back to read or find some idea I had one day long ago. It always feels weird, I admit. It’s like I was a different person who wrote all of the words and sketched all of those drawings. Sometimes it feels surreal.

It feels that way because I change and grow. My perspective moves into different and newer places. So, when I hear that people don’t change, I know it’s a lie. I change. Jesus changes me.  And if He changes me He can change you too.

 

† By God’s grace.

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