What is Holding You Back?

I took a month off podcasting to step back and breathe.

As you can see from the date of the last blog post that’s where I’m spending most of my time. You can find similar content to my blogs over at “Seek and Savor, ” on iTunes and other places you tune into your favorite podcasts.

That month was so necessary beloved and this is why. Seeking is hard work. It’s not some casual glance. It involves searching and digging for the treasure He promised us we would find in Him.

And savoring goes beyond ingesting something so we can produce energy for the journey. It’s a tasting, and relishing of every bit of the goodness God is and gives us.

In order to better seek and savor I needed to pause and refresh my heart in His presence, His word and my people. So much life has been happening over here in our little world and its easy to let the cares of this world wear your heart out, just by being  pulled in so many directions.  But He has such good news for us.  

Something happens when we seek first his kingdom beloved. It says in Matt. 6:33 that ” all these things” will be added unto you.  Can you guess who does the adding? Yes, dear ones, our Savior. He knows what we need and when we need it.

So if you find yourself in a weary place or stretched thin, my prayer is that you will press pause on some of the things… yes even the good things. Come away with Him and allow him to refresh you from the inside out.

Then when we hear this “calling” we won’t feel the weight of what we leave behind, instead we’ll feel the wings he gives us to leave behind what is weighing us down and strain toward what lies ahead.

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Phil. 3:13-14

Forgetting what lies behind us is a letting go of whatever is keeping us from a deeper walk with Jesus. It’s the letting go that releases us afresh into His presence. Dear ones, there is nothing like the voice of God to quicken my heart to strain toward what is ahead. I want all he has for me and I don’t want even my own weariness to keep me from it.

And if that word “ahead” is scary to you as it is so often to me, may we be reminded that He doesn’t send out us out into the great unknown alone. But, he leads us by the right hand, tenderly, eagerly and with love. Because he knows the plans He has for us beloved. Plans to prosper us and not to harm us to give us hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I’m asking you to join me. Yes, I know that this is typically the wind down season of the year. But I’m inviting you to not let the rest of the year fritter away in a mass of “busy activities.”

Let’s be intentional instead. Let’s make a date with Jesus and allow his spirit to show us what we need to leave behind so we can strain toward what lies ahead. Let’s seek him as the treasure He is and let’s savor that the God of the universe chooses to live in us. So maybe we need to move some things around a bit in us to give him more room. Those things probably need to go anyway and the less of us there is the more our eyes will see ” Christ in us ” the hope of glory.

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