Motivational Check-UP

How does one check their motives?

Words are cheap when actions are deceit. Words are valuable when actions of good are added. I have come to believe that words with action equals motivation. What is our motivation on any and every issue? How do we communicate our faith? How do we communicate our good deeds?

James says even Faith without good works is a valueless commodity. James being precise with his words repeats, “good works without faith is also valueless.” (James 2:14-19)

It takes faith with good works to show a valuable faith. James 2:19, “you say you have faith and have not good deeds to equal your faith but say ‘we believe there is one God, OK, even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” What do we do? Do we believe and say as the demons? Or does our communication give a portrait of faith and good deeds that speaks loud and clear with power and authority over the demons that we are Faith showing and doing good deeds. Therefore, we have no fellowship with their ways.

We don’t like valueless commodities. House sticker prices are going down and the house we live in is just that “a house.” When sticker prices start to inch back up our house becomes our home. We love value!

James (2:22) gives a raving motivational speech by saying, “Faith creates works and works perfects faith.” Herein-lies the motives of our motivational check-up. What does our motives say about our being?

Would we say ‘motives’ is the sleek sticker price on things we do and say? As I listened to Senator Hillary Clinton give a speech at the Democratic Convention in support of Senator Barack Obama, I thought I am not sure who this speech is for? Was she truly backing Senator Obama, or was she positioning herself to benefit herself and her future job desires? Then, I heard some of her staunch supporters express the same kind of thoughts. Although, some I sure believed her motives and will follow her lead. Many times our words and actions send mix messages. Maybe we want to send mix messages in order to deceive? Maybe we do it because we have lack of communication for various reasons, sickness, emotional pain, lack of knowledge and the list could go on and on.

At times like this we can always remember “The Anchor Still Hold!” Read the words of this song and click below and sing with Donnie Sumner and me as we reach and hold on to our anchor.

YouTube – “The Anchor Holds” By Donnie Sumner

I have journeyed through the long, dark night
Out on the open sea,
By faith alone, sight unknown,
And yet His eyes were watching me.

The Anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The Anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
Well I have fallen on my knees,
as I faced the raging sea,
But the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm.

I’ve had visions and I’ve had dreams;
Well I’ve even held them in my hands,
But I never knew those dreams could slip right through
Like they were only grains of sand.

O, the Anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The Anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
Well I have fallen on my knees,
as I faced the raging seas.
O, the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm.

Now I have been young, but I am older now.
O and there has been beauty these eyes have seen;
But it was in the night, when I faced the storms of my life.
Oh, that’s where God proved His love to me.

The Anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The Anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
I have fallen, fallen down on my knees
as I faced the raging seas.
But the Anchor holds; O, in spite of the storm.

I said I’ve fallen, fallen down on my knees
as I faced the raging seas;
But the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm.
Remember Donnie was one of Elvis’ best friends and back up singers. He knows the storms and he knows what to do, reach up and hold on to the Anchor..Let us check our motives together with our faith and deeds and hold on to the Anchor, Jesus. Yes, Jesus, He is my anchor. Let Him be yours! “Faith creates works and works perfects faith.”

And, remember to show mercy and grace filled with love and hope and good deeds to others that need to find an anchor. We can find the anchor and they can too. I want this to be my motivation!

Blessings, Sara

28 thoughts on “Motivational Check-UP

  1. For more inspiration and encouragement listen to Donnie’s short testimony. Click below.

    If this touches your heart, listen to and sing and pray with Donnie again,

  2. Wow, Sara, what an “in depth” study here! This blog caused me to turn to “good old Webster”, for an accurate definition of “motive, action, and faith”.

    motive – “an inner drive, impulse, etc. that causes one to act; incentive.”

    action – “1) the doing of something 2) a thing done 3) the way of working, as of a machine 3) the moving parts, as of a gun 4) the sequence of events, as in a story 5) a lawsuit 6) military combat 7) activity”

    faith -” 1) unquestioning belief, specif. in God, a religion etc. 2) a particular religion 3) complete trust or confidence 4) loyalty”

    Sara, has already explained here in James 2:14-19 that “good works without faith is valueless”. I’d like to add some scripture in James also. Read with me: James 3: 13-18 ” If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For whereever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”
    Now, here are the footnotes for these scriptures: “Have you ever known anyone who claimed to be wise but who acted foolishly? True wisdom can be measured by a person’s character. Just as you can identify a tree by the type of fruit it produces, you can evaluate your wisdom by the way you act. Foolishness leads to disorder, but wisdom leads to peace and goodness. Are you tempted to escalate the conflict, pass on the gossip, or fan the fire of discord? Careful, winsome speech and wise, loving words are the seeds of peace. God loves peacemakers.” And James 4: 1-3 says: “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. An even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong- you want only what will give you pleasure.” (I encourage you to read all of chapter 4)

  3. I’d like to add the footnotes for the scriptures in James 4: 1-3. Read with me: ” Quarrels and fights among believers are always harmful. James explains that these conflicts result from evil desires battling within us: We want more possessions, more money, higher status, more recognition. When we don’t get what we want, we fight in order to have it. Instead of aggressively grabbing what we want, we should submit ourselves to God, ask God to help us get rid of our selfish desires, and trust him to give us what we really need.”

  4. Good ‘works & deeds’ is the FRUIT of GOOD FAITH It is the outcome of a faithful, believing heart toward God.
    Another Word quoted in the Scripturs says, ” when I return, will I find faith in the earth?”
    How will Jesus find FAITH in the earth when He comes back for us? How will HE know there is Faith in the earth? Will He see a bunch of Christians huddled up their church pews, across the globe, eyes closed, fists clenched muttering…I have faith, I have faith! See? I’m in church. I have faith!” Or will He see the fruit of dedicated lives, outreaching to the poor, the destitute, the possessed, the dispossessed, little children, orphans, abused, forsaken, neglected, being ministered to and filling the houses of faith and worship with souls that have found the Lord Jesus Christ through your (OUR) good will and works? Will He find institutions run by His people, caring for the sick and desperate, preaching the power of love, the Gospel of Christ? Will He find myriads of ministries like Mother Theresa’s selfless giving and sacrifice? Will there be organizations like THE COMMUNITY CARING CENTER of BOYNTON BEACH, FL. where zealous workers for the Lord volunteer much time and effort and dedicate their lives to acquiring food and help for the homeless in the name of Christ?
    He WILL know WHERE and HOW to find the FAITH-ful when He returns.
    By our fruit He will know us. And He will identify us, the faithful, by the koininea….the charitable and gracious giving of self to others for and in the Name of Christ Jesus the greatest DEED-DOER of ETERNITY!

  5. It is an amazing thing to look into our own hearts to discern the attitudes, intentions, motives and hidden agendas that we harbor there… in our “heart’s pocket”, to quote a phrase from Sara’s book, The FOUR BEES. Many times we are decieved by our own selves as to our real intents and even if we had an inkling (which we often do) we probably would deny it. It is the proverbial onion, peeling, peeling, peeling, layer after layer of deception, misunderstanding, incommunication, emotions, desires, layers of junk with which we have to deal.
    Jesus said that only the pure in heart will see His Kingdom. So, as the question was asked above, how DO we check up on the motives of the heart? I think one question to ask one’s self is…..Is this motivated by self aggrandizement, self-gratification….or anything else having to do with that sometimes unholy trinity, ME, MYSELF & I. Many of the qotes given for THOUGHT FOR THE DAY concern successful humanitarains who preached giving and reaching out to others. Sounds like faith and good works to me.

  6. Thank you for this blog and for directing us to the songs and testimony on utube that do minister because the singer is not just singing words. He has walked it, experienced it and knows (not just knows about) the power of Jesus our anchor. He has been transformed and therefore can communicate truth.
    Phil 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death”.

  7. MG, thank you for mentioned “heart’s pocket” from my work book, “Finding your spiritual gifts, Four Bees.” I have thought about this often since the summer retreat as well. ‘ Heart’s pocket vs. Heart pocket’…I believe Jesus gave me a new heart and the pocket of my heart has either my way or His way. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). I think the motives( Needles gave this def. motive – “an inner drive, impulse, etc. that causes one to act; incentive.”) reveals itself through words and actions as James says.

    When we focus on Jesus and His ways from His Word and live it in our words and actions He promised us perfect peace. When we trust Him in all things He has promised us love and not fear. His perfect love will drive out all fear. Again, in the book of James we have what we need to open our heart’s pocket and fill it with His thoughts and ways and enjoy daily Higher thoughts and thoughts will lead us to where we want to go and what we want to be.

    I think of a tape measure and measuring my waist, (scary) and that measure works the same with my mind and heart when I put character with conduct.

    Thanks to all for an interesting Bible Study on this blog. It takes time but remember where your focus is to be. On Him that is His Word and His ways. Not the daily stress and pressures of life in the world. So if we focus on work, or one another, etc. then the promise of perfect peace is not there. Or, that is the way I understand God to convey peace. Maybe I should say here my motive is to focus on Jesus and have perfect peace and my action show it because I am writing it, praying it and doing good deeds. I think at times we need to jog our memory and begin again with the good, the positive, the hope, love and joy and run with it and leave the old ways behind. “Run with endurance the race that God has set before you”(Hebrews 12:1)

  8. Thank you for this blog and this website…trumpeting faith…this particular blog sounded a blast from the trumpet which indeed jogs ones memory to keep on running….sometimes one just needs a blast along with the jog…..and like you wrote Sara one needs to remember where our focus is to be…Him…the Anchor……dj

  9. What drivel could we possibly put in that pocket that can be more paramount to thoughts and ideas that are pure, not contaminated by feelings, not besmirched by attitudes, (unless it’s attitude of gratitude), not fouled by the fleshly desires. I have been reading that Jesus wants us to have patience, self-control and more patience. Those that wait show by their waiting that they have faith and believe. They do not faint or give up. But wait patiently, not giriping and complaining, but waiting, waiting, waiting until the promise is manifested. And during that waiting and praying time, therein lie the TESTINGS. Testing to see if we will quit. Testing to see if we will faint. Testing to see if we will turn our hand back from the plow. Testing to see if we will return to our previous style that we have denounced and rejected. Waiting and testing and testing and waiting…all the while character is being built into our souls….character and integrity and virtue. Patience pleases the Lord. Patience is having faith that HE Who promised is faithful and will fulfill the promise, though we do not yet see it….yet He is faithful and it WILL Manifest!!
    So put that in your Heart Pocket and treasure it there….cleanness of heart and purity and guiless motives and PATIENCE. And as we wait, THE ANCHOR HOLDS.

  10. This week I attended a class on behavior management for students. Sara is right we need to focus on His, Jesus’s perfect peace. The instructor was telling us that when we or students are not at peace, full of worry and fear it is as our minds, our cognitive thinking is cut off. She said that she had done some relaxation techniques with her third grade students and that their test scores went way up. God’s directive of peace and holding onto the Anchor of Jesus will enable us to run the race God has set before us with a clear mind.

    I also like to think of Jesus not only as the Anchor that Holds but as someone I can always run to as in the song On Eagles Wings.

    On Eagles Wings
    Written by Michael Joncas
    Isaiah 40:31
    “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
    they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,
    and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”

    You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
    Who abide in His shadow for life,
    Say to the Lord, “My Refuge,
    My Rock in Whom I trust.”
    And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings,
    Bear you on the breath of dawn,
    Make you to shine like the sun,
    And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
    The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
    And famine will bring you no fear;
    Under His Wings your refuge,
    His faithfulness your shield.

  11. I found that Rev. C. H. Spurgeon – Sermon 40 – Referenced Titus 2:14 He gave himself for us so he might pay the price to free us from all evil and to make us pure people who belong only to him – people who are always wanted to do good deeds.”

    Rev. Spurgeon in his 1856 sermon … when we have faith in God, and perform all our works with the best of motives, even then we have not so much as a solitary good work, until the blood of Christ is sprinkled thereon. Looking on all that we have ever done in our lives, can we find a solitary thing which we dare call good until Christ’s blood is put upon it? Grant there is something good about it, for the Spirit wrought it in our souls; there is much also that is evil about it, for even our best exercises are so terribly spoiled, marred, and ruined by the sins and imperfections that are in them, that we dare not call them good, until Jesus Christ hath sprinkled them with his blood, and taken the stain away. Max Lucado says only ‘(Christ stain-remover works).

  12. Rena, sounds like a great and very helpful class you attended. “a class on behavior management for students….The instructor was telling us that when we our students are not at peace, full of worry and fear it is as our minds, our cognitive thinking is cut off.”

    Matthew 6:27 “Anxiety (worry, fear) will not add even the smallest unit of time to one’s life.” “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” and the amp writes it like this 27 “And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the [w]span of his life?”

    Seems like worry, stress, fear is at a high for many. Lots of things going on with wars, economy, and many other things to bring stress. So a great big hooray for teachers, parents, friends and family that work together to help relieve stress for themselves and our children. A big thank you to all the teachers that read and write on this blog as you are headed back to school and looking for and finding ways to meet the needs of all the precious children that will be in your care. Good JOB! Go teachers!

  13. As a teacher, a required on-line course I had to take for this year’s staff devlopment was ‘Web Literacy”. One of the components of the course was a section on blogging for students where the instructor pointed out many positives to appropriately managed and directed student blogging. With appreciation, thankfully The Daily Lily has been a great instructional and learning tool for me in this area which prepared and enabled me to listen to the instructor’s viewpoints with an open mind and a clearer understanding.
    Additionally, I find that participating online at The Daily Lily brings a focus to my life and helps reduce stress by getting my mind involved in reading healthy issues and searching the scriptures for responses.

  14. WHOA Debi, sounds like you have a well appointed class for this time in history. Can’t wait to see here @thedailylily your new ideas put into action for the work of goodness and mercy that will follow us all the days of our lives.

    I just love how God had all these classes just waiting to propel all his teachers forward in a new and exciting way. I am so thankful that I can learn some of these techniques from all of you. Thanks!

  15. I just had an opportunity to click on another link given on Sara’s comment above, and was so very touched by Donnie Sumner’s testimony. It is a modern day “Prodigal Son” scenario and I cried along with Donnie and the rest of the Gaither Assembly, at the mercy and tenderhearted pity that the LORD had upon him. And not on him only, but on his preacher/praying daddy. And it calls to mind the great grace that GOD the Father has bestowed upon us through His Son, Jesus Christ. With Jesus there can be a new beginning. He casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness and remembers them no more. What lovingkindness God truly is. Oh. that we could be as He is (and we are commanded to be holy for He is holy) and that we could forgive one another our faults and petty mishaps and misdeeds when we ask for forgiveness. Our great and mighty God humbled Himself and came down on the Cross of Calvary. He left His home and a kingly throne to come down to humiliation and wrongful death for Donnie and for you and me. It reminds me of the words to a hymn by Dottie Rambo

    If that isn’t love, the ocean is dry
    There’s no star in the sky
    And the sparrow can’t fly
    If that isn’t love
    Then Heaven’s a myth
    There’s no feeling like this
    If that isn’t love.

    God has instituted forgiveness and He practices what He preaches. All praise to the Lord God Almighty and Jesus Christ His Son for their uspeakable Goodness and for forgiveness.

  16. As I was re-reading some of the comments I paid particular attention to this sentence of Sara’s ..”Again, in the book of James we have what we need to open our heart’s pocket and fill it with His thoughts and ways and enjoy daily Higher thoughts and thoughts will lead us to where we want to go and what we want to be.”
    Now this speaks to me of important advice for how to have good mental health. Be as disciplined with feeding my mind His word as I should be feeding my body…the right amount of nourishment is critical for good function of both and cannot be neglected. We can probably all agree that good health is where we want to go. And reading and participating on The Daily Lily is a great multi-vitamin.
    This scripture also came to mind from Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.”

  17. Speaking of trumpet blasts, I am reading several books by authentic Christian authors & writers and many seem to be saying, that the political and economical and spiritual climate indicates and signals that Jesus is coming sooner than we think. In one book Jesus is speaking to His saints and saying that He is coming sooner than His people think and that WE THE PEOPLE OF GOD ARE NOT READY. Heaven is ready. It’s all prepared for whosoever will prepare himself to enter in. BUT…if “whosoever ” is not ready, it won’t make any difference when that trumpet blows…because He’s not waiting. If we’re not ready we’re NOT going and will have to go thru the tribulation. He pleads with His children to clean up their lives that have made nicey, nicey with the world, the flesh and the devil and to repent and get ready. Remember the ten virgins. Five were wise and had their lamps trimmed and extra oil and the five foolish virgins who thought they could get in on someone else’s preparedness. No dice. Each of us has to prepare herself/himself and listen for the BLAST. If we hear the blast, we will have a “blast” when we get to the Kingdom.

  18. How do we check our motives? What is our inner drive? What causes us to act? Matthew tells us how to check our motives in chapter six.

    Matthew 6: 3-4 “But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

    If we let our everyone know how we are helping others, then we get our reward from them and not God. We need to be motivated by God. We should not look to other people for our inner drive. Those people may have a day that they are down and if we are driven by them we could get down as well. Remember they are flawed human beings just as we are. God is not flawed and he is never down. It makes sense to look to our Father to receive our “push” our “inner drive”. God didn’t put us on this earth to try to impress one another. He put us on this earth for us to have a relationship with him. If we go to God before we take action and ask if this is the right thing to do, we will never get a wrong answer. He is flawless and perfect. So why do we go to other humans to for our motivation. If we are going to flawed humans for answers, then the answers will be flawed unless they seek God before helping us. We may think we are in the right but how will we truly know unless we seek council from God.
    Proverbs 16: 1-3 “1 We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives us the right answer. 2 People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. 3 Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
    Jeremiah 17:10 But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
    So if we are going around trying to look good for people on earth and not really thinking about how God sees us, we better be careful. We may make everyone around us think we are a saint, but God knows our inner hearts. God knows what our inner drive is. We can’t make him believe something that isn’t true, He knows us better than we know ourselves. If our motives are not of God than they are of Satan. If they aren’t good than they are evil.
    1 Corinthians 4:5 “So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time-before the Lord returns. For He will bring our darkest secrets to light and reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.”
    So, what is our motive? Is it God or flawed human beings? Why do we do what we do? Do we go to God first? Who are we trying to impress MAN or GOD??

  19. Chickenfarmer, those are some get up and go words!

    I love these words from James, “Faith creates works and works perfects faith.” Our works, deeds, actions, example, modeling and words show our inner motives. It takes a brave person to look at and admit their motives. Chickenfarmer, you say (quote) ‘that God will bring our darkest secrets to light and reveal our private motives.’ Do you think this one of the ways He does this is through our actions which I believe I understand to be our deeds?

  20. Chickenfarmer, you make it clear to us and give a precise wake-up call that there are no gray areas to motivation…”If our motives are not of God than they are of Satan. ”
    II Cor 5:11-15 in my Bible is sub-headed as “Motivation of the Love of Christ”. It reads: “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God and I also trust are well known in your consciences. For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves it is for God; or if we are of sound mind it is for you. For the love of God compels us because we judge thus: that if One died for all then all died and He died for all that those who live should live no longer for themselves but for Him who died for them and rose again”.
    Clearly…the love of God compelled (motivated,drove)the author of this book and what great ‘success’ they had in walking in the Spirit and leading multitudes to Christ.

  21. Yes, I believe if our motives are of God then you will see this in our actions or deeds. If our motives are of Satan, you will see this in our actions as well. If our motives are evil, we may be able to mislead others for a while. They may think we have good motives. Eventually, our motives will surface and be revealed through our actions. People will think the anti-christ has good motives for the first 3 1/2 years. The last 3 1/2 his evil motives will surface and people will see Satan face to face. Lord please help our motives to be driven by you.

  22. Chickenfarmer, your above comment on evil motives motives reminds me of Jesus warning in Matt 7:15 :”Beware of the false teachers–men who come to you in sheep’s fleeces, but beneath that disguise they are ravenous wolves.”

  23. Self-deception is a great motivational crusher. Just an example: choosing or making a decision to run a red light because you don’t want to slow down or slam brakes and then saying to God….”oh! I didn’t mean to do that, Lord” when all the time you knew you had chosen NOT to stop.
    And we deceive ourselves into thinking that God does not know we did it on purpose. We might fool our buddy sitting in the passenger seat, that it was an (excuse the expression ) accident, running the light…But,HEAVENLY DAYS…GOD KNOWS and YOU LIED to Him and yourself. This is simplistic but we do this on many counts.
    Another motivational crusher is what Wendy spoke of above…man pleasing. And when “man” (good ol’ mortal man or woman) fails to be pleased with us we are devastated or dejected or shun fellowship with the Body or that particular BODY . What is that??

  24. Discouragement can be a crusher. It robs you of your joy and strength. When we feel discouraged we can remember Hebrews 10:35 as a promise to us: ‘So do not give up your hope (or confidence)which will be greatly rewarded.’

    Losing focus on God’s goals for us can also be a crusher. It’s like running over a nail with your tire. Either the tire blows and you may possibly crash or else it slowly leaks. Either way you’ve got a flat which slows you down on your journey to your destination.
    Hebrews 12:1-2 may help us avoid nails, stay in the race and finish our course.
    “1THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
    2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.(A)”

  25. I think exhaustion is a motivational crusher. Many times when we have had a mountaintop experience, tired and exhausted we give up. Eliijah was just such a man. He had a mountain top experience on the peak of Mount Carmel. He had called down fire from heaven and watched his enemies fall to the ground. Then he prayed for rain and rain he got. Then he sits beneath a broom tree and prays, I have had enough Lord, take my life. Elijah went from the height of the mount to the depth of the valley.

    I have felt this and watched this many times. We have a great retreat, meetings and God shows up big time. We suffer from exhaustion and think we have had enough of that and we want something more, comfort for our flesh and all its desires and we cry “No more mountain top experiences for me, I quit.”

    These are the times to sing march on O my soul with courage, march on! Take a rest and march on!

  26. Sara you are absolutely right about exhaustion. I have felt this many times as well after attending glorious retreats. Mountain tops are wonderful but the valleys are stressful after a week long of all highs. We hit the real world and as teachers or any profession but mine being a teacher we gradually overextend ourselves with work. We then find ourselves walking around in circles due to being totally exhausted, faced with much more to do but within us not really wanting to do anything. One lady told me all she wanted to do was sit in the hall and cry. Perhaps we want to get in our cars and drive away. My son told me that a friend of his works in the church and she absolutely loves it or the people and wants to meet the needs of everyone but like Elijah she is overwhelmed and wants to sit under a broom tree and call it quits to everything. These thoughts come with exhaustion. Our motivation is crushed – our minds can’t think. We are on the treadmill of life. Of course this is not the time to give up but stand up. We need to examine our lives and see where we can use our time more effectively and if we have set healthy boundaries for our jobs. There is nothing more Satan wants than to have you so consumed with your work that there is no time for GOD. Or you are so consumed doing God’s work that you forgot that God needs time with you. We should then stand and say to the one who would love to rob us of our time, energy, creativity, joy – NO Satan – Enough – In Jesus name I’m stealing away with my God – I’m resting and marching on.

  27. Both comments above reminded my of a poem that Sara pasted on the title page of Jesse Penn Lewis’s book ‘Life in the Spirit’ and gave me many years ago. I seem to find it as jsut the right time and read it aloud.It helps me march on. It is titled ‘Don’t Quit’.

    Don’t Quit
    When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit –
    Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

    Success is failure turned inside out,
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so afar.
    So, stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
    It’s when things go wrong that you mustn’t quit.
    (Author Unknown)

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