Have you ever decided to do something new and the FIRST thing that happens is pushback? All you want is to find calm in the midst of your chaos, yet resistance rears its ugly head and appears as a test to your commitment.
Let me ask another question. Have you seen the StarTrek episode with the Borg? “Resistance is futile,” the Borg tell Captain Picard. The enemy appears unstoppable yet the victor proves them WRONG! So does the Word of God.
Resistance is designed to block your process & pursuit of progress.
Ever experienced that? Yep, me too. I decided to participate in the #Write31Days challenge. Each day in October, bloggers and writers from around the world write for 31 days. Many have a theme for their writing challenge. Since the tagline to what I do is helping others find calm in the chaos of life, the theme “Finding Calm in the Chaos” seems natural.
Until resistance arose! Why is that? Because testing comes…
Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Genesis 22:1 (NIV)
God tested Abraham. Have you ever thought about it that way – that we should anticipate testing?
Are we truly committed to our decisions? Or will we waiver, wallowing in indecision only to be distracted or diverted from our desires, decisions and destiny?
So I reply, “Here I am.”
Whether you are single with work pulling at you, a stay at home mom with littles pulling at you every.minute.of.the.day, a working mom with work AND home pulling at you, an empty nester with college kids AND aging parents pulling at you or a BUSY grandmother with ALL THAT pulling at you, this course is designed for YOU to be able to say to God, “Here I am.” And experience calm in the midst of all that pulls on and at you.
It’s a treasure hunt we get to go on to FIND something new each day. Are you ready to delve into scripture from His Holy Treasure Chest? We are going to take a condensed look for 7 days into finding calm – think of it as a challenge or a mini-course – and it is my free gift to you.
You will find it’s full of words that fill you with His hope and His calm – the peace that passes all understanding.
Finding = the act of a person or thing that finds; discovery, especially by scholars or scientists; the results of an investigation; a conclusion reached after examination or investigation; a statement or document containing an authoritative decision or conclusion.
Calm = the absence of violent or confrontational activity; tranquil, quiet, soothe, serene, peace, undisturbed, at rest, chilled out, steady, free from stress or worry.
Are you liking this treasure hunt already? Did you feel a sense of calm settling in?
Chaos = in disorder, confusion, disarray, disorganization, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commotion, disruption, upheaval, uproar, maelstrom, jumbled.
EEK! Evoking calm in the midst of our chaotic lives is the thread for this trek, not entering OR entertaining an environment of chaos.
These topical threads will weave a tapestry over the next few days representing our daily lives and the many things that pull on the ends, frequently splintering, splitting, and fraying our attention span…and our attitude.
Would you like to retool and refocus, rethinking your responses to so many things? I say yes to many things…
Family, Finances, Fun, Funky Stuff, Faith
Spouse, Kids, School, Homework, Sports, Cheer, Dance, Band
Work, Promotion, Part-time, full-time, overtime = no time
House, Health, Food, Walk, Workout
Wow, our list just goes on and on, endlessly…
So do the words from God’s Word…
Quiet, Be Still, Busyness, The Power of Prayer, In His Arms, Obey, Do Not Worry, Faith
These are a few of the threads we will loop through the loom as we begin finding truth and the calm that’s already there. We have simply overlooked it far to often.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2 (NIV)
As we settle in, may we allow God to soothe our souls abundantly with every word we see and say.
The first challenge is scheduled now to celebrate what would have been Kyle, my “forever 20” year old son’s, 30th birthday on August 27th. The challenge starts whenever you enroll.
Remember – this challenge is my free gift to you to celebrate the gift God gives each one of us – His peace.