From within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you
(Mark 7:20-23; NLT).
My hands are soiled.
My tongue has lied.
My feet have followed
My heart is cold;
My judgments, harsh.
My thoughts betray you
All my days.
My faith is weak.
My hope has gone.
My love for you, and all,
Lord, rescue me! Forgive my sins,
And lead me on
The way you taught.
I have suffered from Chronic Fatigue since 2005. This means that my energy is always very limited. Exhaustion often forces me to rest, regardless of what I want, or need, to do.
Until today, I have always understood ‘rest’ as time spent sitting down, or being in bed.
However, to my astonishment, God has now shown me that rest can also be a state of mind, and even a way of life.
With this approach, whether or not I am active, living restfully means noticing my sensations, thoughts, and emotions as they occur, acknowledging their reality without judgement, then sharing them simply and honestly with God.
Hopefully, this process will teach me how I need to change in order to live more restfully, so I can be at peace with myself, with God, with others, and the world.
Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires
(James 1:20; NLT).
1. Anger is so dangerous:
It makes me think I should proceed
To voice my hasty judgements,
Though I crush the weakest reed.
2. Anger is so damaging:
It makes me feel I have a right
To vent my heedless blame,
Though I put out a dying light.
3. Help me, Lord, to curb my tongue,
My rash assumptions, too,
Then I’ll treat everyone with love,
And grow much more like you.
1. Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: you must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires (James 1:19-20; NLT).
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).
He will not crush the weakest reed (Matthew 12:20; NLT).
2. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).
He will not […] put out a flickering candle (Matthew 12:20, NLT).
3. If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless (James 1:26; NLT).
Fools base their thoughts on foolish assumptions (Ecclesiastes 10:13; NLT).
We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).
Love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:39; NLT).
Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).
The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).