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How Discipline Can Nourish Our Souls {Day 30}

The thing about discipline is it’s not about to-do lists or rules. In fact, Galatians 5 says if we let the Spirit lead us, we can follow Him right out from underneath the Law. Straight to food for our souls.

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Galatians 5:18)

When we walk in the Spirit, when we let Him invade our lives and lead our every step, He brings forth fruit in us that looks like love and joy and peace and patience. It tastes like kindness and goodness and faithfulness and gentleness and self-control. This fruit comes as we keep in step with His Spirit.

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And the keeping in step happens as we practice spiritual discipline. For, how can we hear the Spirit of God if we don’t listen in the quiet? How can we know His utter love for us if we don’t let Him know our whole hearts in worship and in private prayer? How can we truly trust Him for our every need if we don’t step out in faith through fasting?

When we live by the Spirit of God, when we trust Him for every next step, we become fully alive.

It means dying to ourselves on a regular basis.

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)

Practicing discipline requires death to our own desires and obedience to His. Seeking God’s way in the details of the every day. Finding Him inside the quiet of the private moments.

We get on our knees every day and ask the Lord of our lives to show us where to step.

Then we stand up, and we take the next step.

Because it’s one thing to say we live by the Spirit. But it’s an entirely different thing to actually stand up and walk in it.

Jesus’ Bounty {Nourish Your Soul: Day 25}

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Where To Find All You Need {Nourish Your Soul: Day 22}

God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from.

God My Shepherd

True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.

 You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.

 Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.

I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life.

Psalm 23, The Message

What Thirsty Souls Can Find in Jesus {Day 21}

If anyone thirsty quote

When Jesus said the words, He used the word dipsao to ask if we were thirsty. It means thirst for, desire earnestly.

Figuratively, those are said to thirst who painfully feel their want of, and eagerly long for, those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, strengthened.

When Jesus said drink, He used the Greek word pino. It means drink, imbibe.

Figuratively, to receive into the soul what serves to refresh, strengthen, nourish it unto eternal life.

Here’s why it matters . . .

Because if you and I drink what only Jesus offers, if we let Him and only Him quench the thirst in our souls, He will refresh, strengthen, nourish them unto eternal life. If we come to Jesus and drink, we will never again painfully feel want of and eagerly long for those things by which our souls are refreshed, supported, strengthened.

And we will find true living, real nourishment, genuine life in Jesus Christ.

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When Life is Loud and You Can’t Hear God {Nourish Your Soul: Day 20}

Nourishing our souls is a great idea. Except when life is loud and our minds overwhelm with demands that don’t end and schedules that never let up. So today let’s think through some ways to get quiet and intentionally place ourselves in a position to hear from God and let Him do the nourishing.

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Just three tips for when you just don’t know how to shut up and listen for the only One Who can actually bring the nourishment you know you need.

1. Stop. It takes time and strong intention, but just stopping what you’re doing for even five minutes is essential when it comes to nourishing your soul.

So stop right there. Stop the over-thinking, the second-guessing. Stop the self-doubt, the outside noise, the overhwhelmed lie that tells you it’s impossible to quiet your soul and rest, that you have too much to do.

Take a pen and some paper if you need to. Do a brain dump and write everything down that comes to your mind. Then hand it to God and ask Him to show up. Ask Him to quiet your mind so you can hear His whispers, feel His hand when it touches you.

2. Drop. Drop to your knees. Literally. Maybe even your face. Lay flat on the floor and remember.

Remember Who You’re listening for. He’s the King of the Universe, Maker of Life, the One Who thought this whole thing up — this living and breathing and being who you are. He is the One Who invented your dna, strung it together and put you into motion. And He whispers in quiet stillness and humble hearts.

3. Listen. Wait. Look. Keep watch for His hand. Turn your focus to the expectation of His whisper.

Pick up your Bible and turn to a Psalm or a chapter in John or maybe something that caught your ear from last time you listened. Maybe you have a devotional book or a blog you follow that keeps you on track with the study of God’s Word. Just pick up the Bible and listen for His voice right there in His Words.

Question for you: What would you add to this list? How do you find the quiet you need for nourishing your soul? Let’s talk in the comments or over at the Facebook page today.

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**We’ve been challenging ourselves to take care of our souls this month. Know someone who might need to find the quiet? Why not let them know about our challenge over here? I would be so grateful if you’d share it with them on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or Instagram or even through email. 🙂

Safe Places and Saving Strength {Nourish Your Soul: Day 19}

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How I Nourished My Soul This Week {Day 18}

Happy Saturday, my friend! Time to check in on how God’s been nourishing our souls.

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In all honesty, this week was a bit of a struggle. Last summer when I ended my great summer slowdown, I had some pretty clear directives about how to do each day . . .

  1. Nourish your soul.
  2. Nourish your family.
  3. Point to Jesus.

It sounds really great, even has a bit of a rhythm to it when I say it out loud. And it works great when I’m not busy.

But.

Things are getting busy, and it’s easy to get them out of order and forget that if I fail to nourish my soul, I will be ineffective to feed my family and to point to Jesus. Because I’ll be all dried up and hangry and unable to do it at all.

So, now that I’ve come clean, here are some of the tidbits of soul food I found this week…

  • I went to breakfast with my dear friend. She texted me in the middle of a rough moment this week and left me no room to back out and said We are going to breakfast this week. Which day can you go? And my soul took a deep breath because I knew she knew that I needed it badly. #sothankful
  • We went to my husband’s grandma’s house and watched the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat in their pre-season match up. How did that feed my soul, you ask? Well, we are Cleveland fans in this home, by virtue of the legacy that my husband’s family has ingrained in him. And we have LeBron back. ‘Nuff said.
  • A dear friend called on one of my bad days and prayed for me out loud after listening and understanding. #soulfood
  • In the quiet of my drive to pick up my daughter one day, God showed up and reminded me of what He wants. And He started changing the way I pray. (But I’ll tell you more about that next week.)

Question for you: How did God nourish your soul this week? Tell us in the comments…

Faith in Motion {Nourish Your Soul: Day 17}

When we come to Jesus, He gives us what we need for every next step. He gives us faith. He gives us His Spirit.

And that is how we move by faith into every next step. That is how He nourishes our souls. Somehow when we move, even when we feel like we don’t have it in us, He gives us what we need for every. next. step.

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But sometimes it feels like He forgot because the fog is thick, the steps are steep and we can’t see the other side. In fact, we can’t even imagine how we’ll get to the next step, much less the top of them.

That’s when we come back to Him and trust Him for that next move, look to Him for the energy and strength to take that next step.

And always. He shows up and strengthens us enough for it. Always and without fail.

Because when we trust Him as the Master of our lives, His Holy Spirit lives inside of us. He promised.

As you go into your weekend, look toward next week, is there something that looks too steep to climb? Fog that looks too thick to conquer?

Come to Jesus. Live. By faith. Soul nourished, Spirit alive, faith in motion.

Because, really, it’s the only way.

Question for you: I would count it a privilege to pray for you this weekend. Are you facing something that looks scary or too steep? How can I pray for you? Let me know in the comments? I promise I will pray.

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Remember This {Nourish Your Soul: Day 16}

Don’t forget to remember . . . 

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Because when we forget Who it is that gives breath and life and all we need, we grow weary of life, and our souls get hangry.

Because He is the One Who holds the world in His Sovereign hand, the One in Whose grasp is everything our souls need to survive and to thrive and to really truly live.

Don’t forget to remember.

Because when we forget Who God really is, we can’t find the nourishment that will satisfy our souls. And in our overwhelmed, we stop seeking Him and find ourselves looking only for what we think we need instead of finding the real food He offers.

Don’t forget to remember.

Question for you: What helps you remember that God is God and you are not Him? Tell us in the comments. Or join the conversation on my Facebook page. For me, it’s the pausing. It’s the intentional thought before I start talking to Him in prayer. It only take a breath of a moment, but it makes all the difference in the nourishing of my soul.

**Today is the sixteenth day in a 31-day series we are doing called Nourish Your Soul. You can catch up here if you’d like to join us in the challenge!

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When You Just Need to Pause {Nourish Your Soul: Day 15}

So we’re halfway through October. Halfway through those 31 days we committed to nourishing our souls.

I am loving the challenge while at the same time finding it hard to not just cross each day off my list and forget the actual nourishing part. It’s tempting to just write about it rather than actually doing it.

I wonder if all these posts are actually helping you nourish your soul or if they make you a little bit hangry. I wonder if they add to the overwhelmed and make you feel like you just. can’t. keep. up.

Well, my friend, there is good news!

Today, we shall pause. Just catch our breath and soak in the truth that no matter how much we have to do, no matter how far behind we fall in any area of our lives, the One True and Holy God is totally on our side.

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He wants to satisfy our souls with rest.

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Mt 11:28)

That means no more bearing the weight of the world (or our family or our neighbors or our friend’s sister’s dog) on our shoulders. No more worrying about if we’re screwing this up. 

All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. (Mt 11:29)

Just Jesus. Just grace.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Mt 11:30)

Today, we will find our rest in the trust. We will find our breath in the way of His Spirit. We will trust that He’ll lead us and show us every next step.

And we will trade in our large-and-in-charge attitudes for His easy and light hold.

So come and listen and wait and breathe and ask the God Who gives rest to let you bask in its comfort.

Come to Jesus. And rest.