Priorities · Work

Don’t Chill! Till!

What is on your agenda for this week? Do you feel like getting after it, or are you feeling more like “chilling” instead? That tendency is always there, isn’t it? We may be tempted to sleep a little longer, take a few more minutes scrolling on our phone, watching television, or reading a captivating book, but then we realize that so much time has passed and the opportunity to accomplish the said task is now either passed by, or is cut short.

Proverbs always motivates me and reminds me of the most practical steps to take each day. It is so applicable in regards to how I spend my time. Here’s what God says,

He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread, but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding
Proverbs 12:11

I seriously doubt that any of us are hitching up the plow to go till our land today, but when I read this verse recently, the Lord reminded me if we will till that land, we will have bread! There is a blessing of staying at the task at hand! The Lord brought to my mind that we all have “land to till” and it shows itself in many different ways. Consider…

  • Read the Word and you will be nourished.
  • Give out the Word and people will get saved.
  • Disciple someone and there will be spiritual fruit.
  • Pour time into your marriage and it will be rich.
  • Take time with your children and they will flourish.
  • Care for your home and it will be welcoming.
  • Plan for your meals and people will be satisfied.
  • Nurture relationships and your life will be full.
  • Feed your soul and you will grow.
  • Memorize the Word and you will be grounded.
  • Apply the word and you will be wise.

Nothing good ever “just happens.” It takes effort, discipline, planning, and hard work. The good news is that if you know Christ as your Savior, He is your Helper. Proverbs 16:3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established. He will prod you and strengthen you, but then it is our responsibility to get after it and actually DO the task or work.

This verse in Proverbs also reminds us that the one who follows vain persons is void of understanding. But when we cave to the temptation to follow vain things – sleep, idle moments, and the like, we again reveal our lack of understanding.

How much wiser it is for us to till, rather than chill. What responsibilities are lacking because you’ve not had the motivation to get moving? Why not stop and ask the Lord for His wisdom as to how to get busy and also the strength to do it?

If you need some motivation, here are some posts about prioritizing your days here, here, and here,

Refresh your life by staying busy at the plow!

Proverbs · Work

Who Wants To Work?!

Work…it is often called a “four-letter word.”  We run from it and avoid it, yet God has much to say in the Book of Proverbs about being a hard worker.  He uses a tiny insect to teach us how to be industrious.

Here’s today’s video lesson in Proverbs, Consider the Ant, found in chapter 6.


What tasks are most difficult for you to tackle?
What spiritual work will you attempt today?

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Christian Life

Get-Aways and Ordinary Days

Ministry life is busy.  Very busy. It is also draining.  Very draining. So, every now and then, we just need to take a couple of days and get out of town.  Going away helps recharge our batteries so we can keep serving with strength.

Last week my family took a couple of days to head to Dollywood, an amusement park in Pigeon Forge.  They were having their fall Gospel singing, and honestly, it’s my favorite time of the year to be at the park.

We had PERFECT weather.  It was in the 60’s by mid-day and it was sunny and gorgeous.  The leaves took on  spectacular colors in the sun’s light.  Alli and I rode several rides, but I just enjoy strolling through the park, looking at the fall arrangements and the trees, shopping in the stores, as well as hearing the Gospel groups sing. Here are some pictures of our time there:

When we came home, we got rack back into the saddle – it was like jumping onto a moving Merry-go-round.  Things were already in motion and we joined in its activity.  Our time away was so much fun and so beautiful that I found myself whining wishing we could stay longer.  But you know what?  Those two days away really were sufficient, and they refreshed us and made us ready to keep on laboring for the Lord.

This is Sour Dough Bread that I made yesterday. Yes, it’s on a heart shaped bread board!  =)  Maybe because I love bread!  

Not every day can be a Get-away Day.  Most days are ministry laden, laundry folding, bed-making, meal prepping, people-helping, bread-making kind of days.  They’re ordinary days, and that’s okay. They are familiar.  They are comforting.  They are the reason we exist.  We don’t live for the get-away’s – they simply help equip us and gird us so we’ll be ready to keep serving (and we all need to make sure we make time for rest!). Dollywood was fun, but it’s not why I exist.  The ordinary days?  Yeah, that’s why I’m here.  So then, I must put my heart to it, for God’s glory.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 

I Corinthians 10:31

Have you had a get-away recently?  I hope it helped you to return to your work/ministry!