Pregnancy and I just aren't friends. Morning sickness is all day sickness for me, while my thyroid spirals out of control making it seem like sitting up is a chore. I feel like I've had more quality time with the couch and toilet bowl than with my sweet kiddos, making this picture seem like a great idea! For someone who thrives when trying to do it all, feeling only half capable of accomplishing the daily is discouraging.
But the Lord reminds me that it is temporary and there this present suffering is not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed. (Rom. 8:18) But more on that tomorrow! (Which let me tell you that I am sooo excited to share with you what the Lord has shown me.)
Trying to do it all. I don't think I'm alone in that quest. Sometimes it's so hard to tell the good from the best. And sometimes it's so hard to not get caught up in the tyranny of the urgent and focus on what the Lord has instead of what every other person in life wants you to do. And sometimes it's so easy to let the one thing that's desperately needed slip. The one thing that the Lord desires above all else. The one thing that will enable us to be radically changed from the inside out. Quality time with Him. Time to be still. Time to quiet our busy minds and fill our brains with His thoughts given through His Word.
Maybe you're like me and don't miss your time with the Lord very often. If so, maybe you're also like me where distractions can easily creep in and take over and quality ceases. Your time with the Lord morfs into a time to think and plan instead of really pressing into the Lord.
Oh how desperate we are for Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Lisa Chan, co-founder of Cornerstone Community Church in California and wife of best selling author Francis Chan, sees this temptation too and was inspired to make a teaching video. Lisa knows firsthand what it means to be overwhelmed, overcommitted, and out of time and desires more for women.
In the first film of her new series, True Beauty: Finding Your Identity in Jesus, she focuses on what it means to be still. Be Still addresses the issues that confront women when they forget to spend time with Jesus—something that, like most women, Chan struggled with herself. She has seen firsthand that women in the church are suffering from depression, anxiety, and stress at alarming rates—and recognizes that women need to make the choice to find hope and healing and truth from God's presence and through His Word.
Be Still, which weaves Lisa’s teaching with the story of Susan, an amazing woman who found that being still with God was what she needed in order to overcome her struggle with a broken marriage, is intended to challenge women who are struggling and help them to find power and strength in just being quiet and listening. With this film, Chan comes alongside women in their walk with the Lord to give them the tools they need to be the person God intends them to be. True Beauty: Be Still is foundational and can be life-changing as women are convicted to take stock of their own reasons for not spending time with Jesus."
Here's a free little clip for ya. Why not take a minute and head on over to check it out. http://youtu.be/BhVLFBewykU
Photo taken from original post.