The Feathered Reminder

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

God knows we worry. He thought of us when He created the birds. The birds are our constant reminder that God will take care of us. They sing a song everyday that is a reminder that your Heavenly Father loves you and will provide for your every need.

Next time you get caught in a worry trap, stop and listen. Listen for the birds. If you can’t hear their song you are too busy or too worried. When you do hear one, focus in and let the tune calm your worry. The birds sing the same song each and every day. The words go something like this, “I love you, I love you, I love you, don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry”.

He told me to tell you.

Finding Rest by Cealia Athanason

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Life has a way of creeping up on us, doesn’t it? All of a sudden our weekly schedules, commitments and must-dos are more than we would like to handle. I’m in the middle of Holy Yoga training, and the concept of living and acting with a sense of peace keeps coming up. God continues to speak, “Be still,” into my life. Rest in Me; I will take care of you.

When we know we are in His plan, He works out the details. We don’t have to worry or strive to make things happen faster. We just have to follow Him in the interim. This can be the uncomfortable space He uses to shape us for what comes next. And in the meantime, we let our emotions and actions fall under what brings our souls peace.

This idea of only saying, thinking and acting in a way that maintains the peace within us is an incredible tool for staying centered. When feelings of overwhelm invade your heart space, breath in the assurance of Psalm 46:10.

Uninterrupted by Dave Scott

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I was out with my wife one evening. Picture the setting of a warmly lit restaurant and the silent chatter of couples connecting over dinner. What happens next is a bit embarrassing. I looked down at my phone in mid conversation, put my hand in the air to call a conversation time-out and responded to a text message. Instant mood killer!

Have you ever been there? Look around next time you are out with your spouse, check to see how often we allow ourselves to be pulled away with text messages or phone distraction. We know this is a mood killer yet we do it anyways!

Here’s my challenge to you and to me:

When you are out with your spouse, make it a policy to put the phone away and listen. That’s it! Guys, I’m calling you out! Ladies, step-up and put the phone away!

Imagine with me, what it might look like to spend an uninterrupted evening with your spouse listening intently to their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. One of the most valuable behaviors today is listening because it is so scarce.

Will you accept the challenge of being a better listener?

Practice:

  1. This evening take your cell phones and turn the ringer off and put them in a basket by the door.
  2. Spend 10 minutes in uninterrupted conversation with your spouse.