Burnout…

                                     … you need a change!

 
Stress and the resultant burnout, are real
… and are becoming more and more prevalent,
because we are trying to do too much for too long.

      Constantly being busy, making a living,
      … trying to achieve more and more all the time
      … may well be called life,
      but it is like having the same dream every night,
      … caught in a maze
      from which you can’t see a way of escape.

If you keep working and working,
… eventually your brain goes into neutral,
with the result that your mind stops functioning.
Why?
Because it is NOT being stimulated,
… being not only used, but actually abused.

      Your brain, your mind, your emotions – need breathing space,
      … they need a rest, a break, a holiday,
      They NEED a CHANGE!
      It is not about what you change,
      … but that you open yourself up to change.

Make ‘taking a break’ part of your life, a regular practice,
… time to breathe, and to see life from a different perspective.
It will help you deal with what you have to do,
… and show you the way to a new step in your life!

      As the saying goes,
      … a change is as good as a holiday!

 

Why is God …

                                          … not answering?

I am talking to God and I am asking of God,
… but God does not seem to be hearing
because God does not seem to be responding!

      Actually, God is talking,
      … but not with an audible voice as we may expect
      because God speaks to our inner being,
      … to our hearts, to our minds.

      We therefore need to be expectant
      because as soon as we ask … God answers!

But, how will we know that it was God?
Well, normally it is something that we need to do,
… and never really a surprise to us,
but as it is mostly something we don’t want to do,
… we so easily reject it,
even though we usually know that it needs to be done!

      So …
      Ask again …
      … and this time listen and expect to hear.

      Then,
      … go do what God said to do!

Remember,
God will not nag you to obey.
But,
God WILL help you to obey
… as soon as you are ready to obey.

      My grace is sufficient for you,
      for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
      2 Corinthians 12 9

 

Setting Priorities

                                       … and stop negativity!

Time to stop being double minded!

For instance…
If you want or need a new smart phone,
… what do you do?

      You go online and surf the net,
      … to find out all you can about what is available,
      … to find which one will benefit you the most!
      Then you will find the best place and the best deal,
      … and get yourself the best for you!

However when a personal issue comes up,
… a strained relationship or health issue,
… sudden pain somewhere in your body,
what do you do?

      You take your super new smart phone,
      … and do the dumbest thing ever,
      You go surf the internet for hours,
      to find whatever could in any way be wrong,
      … looking for every possible negative cause,
      … with serious or life threatening results
      when more than likely there is no real cause!

Stop surfing hell – start surfing heaven!
– Google God –
Open His App – and enter Jer 33 3

      Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you
      great and mighty things, which you do not know.
      Jeremiah 33 3

And get real smart answers on your smart phone,
… that will give you the smart solution to your every situation.
 

God does not …

                                              … push!

      Try as we may (and we do) …
      we can’t really make things happen in our lives
      … the way we want or need them to happen.

      We can however ALLOW them to happen
      … in the way they should happen,
      by letting God do His will in our lives!

Truth is …
God does not do things in our lives
… just because something is wrong or we have a need.
No!
For God to do something in our lives
we need to go to Him and open our lives to Him,
before He will make things happen in our lives!

      Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
      James 4 8

In other words,
… God does not push you,
God wants to lead you!
For then He can do in your life
… those things that you need in your life.

      The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
      He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
      He leads me beside the still waters.
      Psalms 23 1-2

 

It’s up to …

                                              … YOU!

God wants to give you more than you ask!
God wants to bless you more than you expect!
However, whether that happens
is up to you, not God!

What does that mean?

      Is God real enough to you,
      … that He can get through to you?
      Are you wanting a personal relationship with Him,
      … a relationship that’s real to you?

If you want your life to be all that you would like it to be,
… blessed, prosperous and full of wisdom,
… then first of all you need to be real … the real YOU.
That special you God created you to be,
… created in His image with a free will,
free to choose who you want to be,
… and free to choose what happens to you!

      Unless you use your free will,
      … allowing God into your life,
      … and to take the lead in your life,
      He will not be able to do in your life
      … all that He planned and prepared for your life,
      that you may be …

      … totally saved
      … wholly healed
      … fully prosperous, in Him!

      I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;
      therefore choose life,
      Deut 30 19

 

Want to change?

                                         … get connected!

Do you want things to change in your life?
Life to become better
… and to be all the Bible says that it should be?

Then get connected.

Getting connected with God
… is not about having your needs or wants met,
but it is about a relationship with Him.

      I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
      Heb 8 10

God wants to be your God,
not primarily to do what you can’t do in your own strength,
… but to change your life from the inside out.

      God not only wants to hear your voice,
      … He wants to see your face.

God wants you to come into His presence,
… to be close,
… to enjoy fellowship together,
to be your ‘Daddy’.

      You will show me the path of life;
      In Your presence is fullness of joy;
      At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
      Psalm 16 11

Get connected!
 

Thoughts…

                                         … now what?

Life is full of questions…

      Don’t analyse thoughts with thoughts,
      … you will get lost in a maze,
      and lose where you started in the first place!

Analyse thoughts with words,
… that is the dynamics of a Think-tank!
In fact the Bible encourages us to go even further…

      bringing every thought into captivity
      to the obedience of Christ.
      2Cor. 10 5

Don’t counter thoughts with thoughts!
… Counter thoughts with words!
Always make sure that you are using a filter,
… a standard that you know and can trust!

      In other words,
      … do not allow pressure to drive you,
      … do not allow need to push you,
      and most of all,
      … do not make gain your standard
      but make the benefit of others your standard.

 

Need an answer?

                                         … ask!

Life is full of questions…

      We need many answers about our future,
      … our work, relationships, family, etc.
      We need wisdom and clarity,
      … to set our goals and direction to reach our goals!

Where can we go with our questions?
And, where will we get those answers?

      Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you
      great and mighty things, which you do not know.
      Jer 33 3

Now don’t go asking God to take care of your problem,
… to give or provide what you need!
BUT … ask God what you need to do,
… so that what He has already prepared for you,
will be released and be manifest in your life!

How does that work?
      If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.
      Mark 9 23

If you believe God has the answer, and if you believe
… that it is His will for you to succeed where you are,
THEN act on what you believe!

Ask God what you must DO,
… and go DO that, in faith, believing that it will work as He said.
If you have heard from God about your future,
… then you WILL also hear His voice about what to do!

      And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
      because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:
      Deut 28 2

Don’t limit yourself by limiting God in your life!
 

Don’t switch off

                                         … switch over!

Don’t try to switch off your mind,
… to stop thinking about what may be bothering you!
It is impossible because your mind never switches off!

      If all you are doing is switching off,
      … you are still exactly where you were,
      … in a state of negativity and under pressure!

But you can switch your thinking to something else,
and put your mind on the positive,
… leaving no place for those negative thoughts!

      Finally, brethren, whatever things are true,
      …noble …just …pure …lovely …of good report,
      if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy
      meditate on these things.
      Phil 4 8

If you switch your thinking to what is positive,
where you decide what you meditate on,
those negative influences will no longer dominate your thinking.

      Set your imagination free.
      Lift your eyes up and see
      … the beauty and perfection in nature
      … that God created all around you.
      Think on these things,
      … and let His love set you FREE!

      But above all these things put on love,
      which is the bond of perfection.
      And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
      Col 3 14-15

 

Life Kit

                                      … get connected!

      To live you need to learn,
      … and apply what you have learnt, in life!

      To prosper, and be successful,
      … you need more than just knowledge or application.
      You need an objective,
      … a plan, a purpose and a goal!

The question is, how do you learn?
… Where do you find out how to live?
… Where do you find out how to apply what you have learnt?
And most of all,
… how do you determine what the goal of your life is!
In other words,
… how do you get that plan, that purpose,
… that will lead you to your goal?

Read the manual …

      The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
      He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
      He leads me beside the still waters.
      He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness
      for His name’s sake.
      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I will fear no evil; For You are with me;
      Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
      You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
      You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
      and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
      Psalm 23