Organizing the Inside 365 Days

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Organizing the Inside – Day 304 Waiting For Perfect Conditions?

Whoever watches the wind will never plant. Whoever looks at the clouds will never harvest. Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NIV)

It’s difficult to find contentment when so much time is spent determining which obstacles justify not starting today. If you want to live a simpler life, it’s important to organize your environment to support your success. If you have things around the house or office that irritate you every time you glance at them, address them right away. Getting rid of those irritants is another step forward in the right direction.

First, put your intentions on notice that procrastination is no longer an option. If you feel stuck and lack motivation, part of the reason could be those energy sucking little irritants that you keep putting off until tomorrow. Don’t allow these things to go undone. These small miscellaneous undone projects are a source of discouragement and drain your energy.

Eliminate excuses, get rid of irritants and push forward.  Stop watching the sky, and start planting so you can one day reap your harvest.  No matter what direction the wind is blowing or how many clouds are in the sky, start making progress by conquering the little things; it will give you encouragement to start tackling the big things.

 

Organzing the Inside – Day 301 Where is Your Faith When the Storm is Raging?

22One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. 23As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. 24The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. 25Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” Luke 8:22-25 (NLT)

Have you feared the worst when God told you to do something?  Although you knew it was the Lord who told you to do this, somehow when the storm came you began to doubt. You looked at the winds, and the waves which represent all the opposition you’ve been experiencing, and have almost given in to the fear. Your mind is telling you to give up. Your head is suggesting that you never heard from God to begin with.  You’ve often thought it sure would be easier to just give up and forget about it.

Jesus told His disciples the plan. The scriptures point out that He was specific about what they were to do. He said they were going to the other side of the lake. Jesus was with them the entire time, but the disciples forgot all about what the Lord said in the midst of the storm. In fact, what He said no longer mattered, because they were preoccupied with the storm. In frantic fear about all that was happening around them they spoke in unbelief and cried out, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

Do not doubt if God has told you what He wanted. When God tells you where to go, you should have absolute certainty that you will reach your destination. The Lord’s objectives will be met. He never suggested that the disciples should try to see if perhaps they could get to the other side.  Jesus told them, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”

7 Things You Need To Know To Get Through The Storm
When God gives you something to do, eventually opposition will come, but you can have total peace.

1. Know where your faith is. Believe in the LORD your God, and you will be able to stand firm. 2 Chronicles 20:20c (NLT)

2. The Lord is with you and He will never leave you alone. So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)

3. When the storm is raging and calamity seems inevitable, you will not fail because you have the Word of the Lord. He will uphold you and give you complete victory. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

4. Even if you stand completely alone you and God together are the majority. What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31(NIV)

5. Never cry out in unbelief, but ask for what you need (in faith) according to His will. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6 (NLT) The LORD will work out his plans for my life–for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Psalm 138:8 (NLT)

6. You can make your mind obey and submit to what you know is God’s will. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV)

7. You have the peace of God. Don’t get distracted by confusion and opposition. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (KJV)

Organizing the Inside – Day 294 It’s Time To Renew Your Mind

Collect your thoughts, yes, unbend yourselves.  Zephaniah 2:1 (NLT)

Do you have the mind of Christ?
Your thought life can be one of the most difficult challenges to overcome.  If your mind is not right, I’d dare suggest the rest of you is probably not doing too well either. Confusion and clutter of the mind is a common problem. When your schedule is busy you may not have time to collect your thoughts.  Be cautious, hurrying from one task  or event to another will result in burnout, without you knowing it’s coming. Growing up as a teenager my Dad would tell me, ” You’d better slow down before you run into a brick wall.”  Trust me, brick walls hurt, but they can be avoided by slowing down and taking time to simply think. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5 (KJV)

Taking time out for what’s important must include time for you.
You may be so busy that you haven’t stopped to take a temperature check.  You certainly want to nurture those relationships that are important; family, friends and associates,  but in doing so you must remember to take time out for you.  How are you doing?  Is your mind at peace? Sometimes the accumulation of thoughts can be very stressful, especially when you fail to stop and really clear your head.

Schedule time for yourself and make it count.
Do something that is completely stress free, obligation free and hassle free.  Do something just for you,  have a cup of your favorite tea in your favorite corner. Unbend yourself and allow your strength and mind to be renewed.  You and the people around you will be happy you did. Organizing the inside is organizing the mind. Make time for you!!

Organizing the Inside – Day 283 Embrace the Truth, Even If It Hurts

2Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God. 3He removed the foreign altars and the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. 4He commanded Judah to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, and to obey his laws and commands. 5He removed the high places and incense altars in every town in Judah, and the kingdom was at peace under him. 6He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the Lord gave him rest. 2 Chronicles 13:2-6 (NIV)

When you are trusting God, His Word is encouraging. Asa knew the Lord and had sought Him in the past. He entered into battle against the Ethiopians and because he’d turned to God for help first, God defeated the Ethiopians and gave Asa and his army complete victory. Asa took heart when the man of God brought a word from the Lord. He then became even more determined to rid the land of detestable idols. Asa established a system around the things of God. He was also open to receive the counsel of godly men; for a time he chose to honor God. When we surround ourselves with a support system of godly people who know how to pray and hear from God, we will be more productive and at peace. As a result of his willingness to obey God, Asa and the people of Judah experienced many years of peace. God looks for committed people who will do things His way. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chronicles 16:9a (KJV)

When you aren’t trusting God, His Word (the truth) makes you angry. Asa made a huge error after trusting God for many years. He reasoned within himself and decided to form an alliance with an ungodly king. He took the riches from the temple to use as bargaining power to get what he wanted. He no longer went to God as his source. It is never a good idea to seek alliances with the ungodly. Sure there are ungodly people who may seem successful and by the world’s standards perhaps they are. Look at Asa, he knew the Lord and had experienced great success when he followed God’s ways and trusted Him. Once he began to reason within himself and go outside of God’s plan, the word from the Lord which exposed his sin made him very angry. (2 Chronicles 15:8 and 16:7) Many Christians make the same mistake by not putting God first; then they get angry when God sends the uncompromising message of truth and exposes their sin.

God uses His Word to discipline us.
God uses His Word and His people to send us the truth. When He disciplines us we must yield and not get angry. Joyful are those you discipline, LORD, those you teach with your instructions. Psalm 94:12 (NLT)  His Word not only guides us (staff) it also disciplines us (rod), which brings comfort because we find confidence in knowing God is there with His Word. Even 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. Psalm 23:4 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

Always embrace the truth it’s there to help us grow. When God tells us the truth and exposes our mistakes we should be grateful instead of getting angry or rebelling.  Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good. Deuteronomy 8:5 (NLT) Surely God sees the “big picture” and knows us better than we know ourselves. He also has our best interest at heart. We must develop a greater sensitivity to the things of God. Be quick to seek Him before making decisions and be humble enough to admit when we’ve messed up. Remember what it says: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.” Hebrews 3:15 (NLT)

Organizing the Inside – Day 254 Honor The Only Wise, True and Living God

5“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? 6Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it! 7They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It can’t even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It can’t rescue anyone from trouble. 8“Do not forget this! Keep it in mind! Remember this, you guilty ones. 9Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me. 10Only I can tell you the future before it even happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish. Isaiah 46:5-10 (NLT)

Where does wisdom come from?
Many seek answers from meaningless sources. Consulting the dead and fortune tellers they will never find true direction. Only God can give direction for life, happiness and hope. Any other direction is false and misleading, causing unsuspecting victims to go even further astray. Our God is the only wise and loving God. No one holds Him up or sustains Him with bread. 1This is what the Lord says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you build me a temple as good as that? Could you build me such a resting place? 2My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine.I, the Lord, have spoken! “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. Isaiah 66:1, 2 (NLT)

Who has the answers that man searches for?
Quick solutions are the way to go, at least that’s what many think who want their lives to change instantly. Lottery tickets line the drawers of those who look for quick answers to resolve the hurt and ease the pain. Their many tickets represent broken dreams left in ruins by a god that never did have any answers. So many are lost in desperation, they reach out to gods that cannot move and have no power. Made of silver and gold so shiny and bright, bringing thoughts that seem to whisper obscurities in the darkness, yet not one living word will come forth from its mouth. Don’t allow yourself to be tempted to pursue anything other than God for direction and security. You must remember He who carried you in the past. Remember there is nothing or no one who can compare to our God, the only living and truly all-wise God. 4At his command the oceans dry up, and the rivers disappear… 5In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, Nahum 1:4a, 5 (NLT) Give honor to God, and worship only Him.

Organizing the Inside – Day 252 Set Aside Time For Fun

9What do people really get for all their hard work? 10I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 12So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 (NLT)

Are you driven?
If you are like many entrepreneurs, leaders and busy women I know, you understand the importance of cutting loose from time to time. However, if you’re driven and end up working late into the night, often unintentionally, here’s a quick word about having fun. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Proverbs 10:4 (KJV) Surely there is nothing wrong with having drive and hard work has its rewards – agreed.  Since you are so driven and goal oriented, perhaps you’ll need to pencil in your fun time.

Having fun is important to your overall sense of well-being.
The intense on-going stress cause by a heavy workload will eventually take its toll, unless you learn to lighten your load. Sometimes acting silly or cracking a joke with coworkers is all that is needed to relieve some tension. Consider those things that make you laugh and find ways to merge them into your every-day-life. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 (NLT) Studies show that laughter helps decrease stress hormone levels, strengthen the immune system, and lower blood pressure. There is a long list of health benefits associated with laughing and having fun.

Make a list of at least seven things that are fun for you.
Some activities on your list will be with family and friends, and some will be things for you to do alone. Make sure that at least a few times a week if not daily you are having fun. The best fun to have is spontaneous, but hey, if that’s not your thing, “having fun” the list will support your efforts to change. Some people are just naturally funny and having fun is second nature, great for them they likely take themselves a lot less seriously. Those of us who are just a bit more stiff under the collar ought to spend time with those friends who really know how to make us laugh. You know your own work/life habits and you know whether you need to schedule fun time or if it will spontaneously occur throughout the day. Whichever works, the important thing to remember is to make time to have fun. For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)

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Organizing the Inside – Day 236 Take Time to Listen

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 (NLT)

Slow down and listen.
It’s late Friday evening and you’re frustrated that you haven’t been able to head home from work yet. Your boss has now set you off with a comment he made about your schedule. You are all fired up and decide to not let him out of the office until he clarifies what he meant. Once you’ve calmed down you take time to listen to what he was trying to communicate earlier. Now you realize that the offensive comment (you thought you heard) was a complete misunderstanding.

The Holy Spirit is the Master Communicator.
Keeping the lines of communication with God open will help eliminate misunderstandings before they happen. The Holy Spirit really is our attitude regulator. As long as we keep our hearts in tune, we won’t unknowingly override His gentle promptings. O LORD, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you. Psalm 125:4 (NLT) Misunderstandings often occur when we are too busy to pay full attention to what’s being said. The stress and tension that miscommunication can create may put a strain on even the strongest relationships. When you are feeling overwhelmed or agitated from the daily demands of your responsibilities, take a quick moment of reflection before engaging in a conversation you expect may be frustrating. By reflecting on God’s Word, you will be better prepared to resist the temptation to “jump to conclusions.” Don’t allow your day to be hijacked by a would-be joy robber, when God has given you the mind of Christ. The minute you start to feel your peace slip away, take a minute to ask the Holy Spirit to help you pull yourself together. Don’t wait until you’ve responded inappropriately before you consider correcting your disposition.

Be fully present and always show respect for others by caring enough to listen.
Life was not meant to be lived on autopilot. Heighten your sensitivity to the plight of the lost. View almost every conversation as a possible opportunity for ministry, especially when dealing with the unsaved. Your anger or unkind disposition will never achieve God’s righteous purpose, so keep defensive attitudes at bay. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. James 1:20 (NLT) Inspire someone today by caring enough to take time to attentively listen.

Organizing the Inside – Day 235 I Changed My Mind Again and Again

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Allow God to change your heart and your mind will follow.
You have taken your problem to a completely new level. You have analyzed it, broken it down, turned it sideways and the flipped it over again. You can’t seem to stop thinking about it, and now you feel you are closing in on obsessive behavior. It is keeping you up at night, and when you do finally fall asleep this problem shows up in your dreams. You often feel worried and overwhelmed. It’s time to invite God to change your heart.

Let’s face it worrying is SINFUL behavior.
If you are going over your problems that much, stop kidding yourself, that is not your analytical mind, that’s worry. Be honest, if you’re worried, you are not trusting God. Trusting God leads to a peace that assures me, He will never leave or forsake me. There is a change coming to your situation; so why are you looking down as though you’ve been defeated? Look up!!  1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.  3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Turning toward God is the key to getting unstuck!
To know Him is to love Him.
To love Him is to trust Him.
To trust Him is to serve Him.

One minute we trust Him, the next minute, maybe not so much. You want to fix it yourself. Then you realize you can’t, and you are only making things worse. Now you’ve become even more overwhelmed. So you give your problem to Him, oops you forgot (God had it) and you picked it up again. (I have been there, more than a few times) Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 (NIV) God is calling us today to “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

Make a conscious decision today that you are going to take that problem to God and leave it there. Here are a few steps to help you through the process:
1. Write down what’s troubling you.
2. Find a scripture that speaks to your problem or concern, write that down next to the problem.
3. Make time for prayer.
4. Go BOLDLY before the throne of grace.
5. Acknowledge your guilt; you’ve been holding on to this issue, far too long.
6. Tell God exactly how you feel and bring God’s Word before Him.
7. Let it GO! Stay in prayer until you have completely handed it over and are done trying to handle things your own way.

Once you have completely let go, praise God.
Now that you have released your burdens to God, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. Ask for direction on how to trust Him and walk by faith. What should your next steps be? Get a notebook and pen and take notes as the Holy Spirit speaks to you about what to do. Create the “TO DO LIST” that God wants you to have and get started now, don’t wait. Faith is about action, but worrying keeps you stuck. Get unstuck and allow God to be in charge of your “LISTS”. Start now!

Organizing the Inside – Day 233 It’s Worship Time!

1Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—3who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)

Declare worship time.
There are times when we must demand that our entire being find that place of worship.  David told his soul what to do, then he repeated the message to his soul and reminded himself  that God was worthy of this high level praise. Forget not all of his benefits – David deemed it important that his entire being recognize God for all that He is and all that He has done. When organizing the inner also make sure that (all that is within) the mind and body also follow along and agree when it’s time to worship.

Live a life of true worship.
A goal for every Christian is to live a life of true worship. Everything we say and do should give honor and praise to God. God is worthy of our praise and daily worshiping Him is non-negotiable if we want to stay in tune with the Spirit. Especially if feeling tired, defeated or worn-out, this is the time when we have to demand worship.  On good days and during tough times, speak to your soul and all that is within you. Let your soul know when it’s “worship time” and acknowledge His sovereignty. As you enter that place of true worship, may the Holy Spirit renew your strength  and empower you to carry out His will each new day.

Organizing the Inside – Day 231 When I Don’t Feel Like Giving Thanks

15So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 20And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NLT)

When I don’t feel like thanking God.
Paul encourages us to give thanks to God for everything.  When I first read this, I thought, I could think of a few things that I had no desire to thank God for. I know God’s Word is 100% true, it is absolutely infallible, yet Paul seemed to have missed the mark on this one. Yet, I am reminded, And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT) In all things, the conclusion of the matter is that God will be glorified. Feelings do have a place, but our feelings cannot set the direction for our lives, nor regulate when or why we worship God.

Make the most of every opportunity.
God must be gloried. He is worthy to receive all honor and glory in every situation. We should have a sense of urgency to respond to everything in a way that acknowledges and yields to the power and purpose of God. When those around us are faced with difficult trials, our arrival on the scene should bring the power, the blessing, the love, the truth, the hope, the joy, and the wisdom of God. Whether it’s through prayer, encouragement or rebuke as children of God we bring God’s glory.

The world does not understand.
We however, do understand that there is a power resting within us that transcends the present circumstances. Apart from Christ we can do nothing and without Him we are nothing. The world cannot understand the calming comfort of the Lord you experience while in mourning. The world cannot comprehend the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Even in our suffering and pain the world will see that there is One who is greater than any sorrow.

So why should we give thanks to God for everything?
He alone is worthy of all honor, majesty, dominion and power. He is worthy of all GLORY!