Welcome to Day #15 of the Restoration Project.
Thank you for joining me on this month-long journey as we learn to unwind through rest and prayer.
When I was getting ready to attend the Speak Up Conference, my friend Lee, encouraged me to connect with a friend of hers—a dynamic, hospitable and grounded speaker, Cindy Bultema. I am so grateful that God crossed our paths—with Lee’s help. What a joy it has been to get to know Cindy and to learn from her. Checkout “Coffee Chat with Cindy” on Periscope at 2pm EST and be inspired to grow closer to the Lord.
With nearly 20 years of ministry experience, Cindy Bultema is a dynamic women’s speaker, author, and Bible teacher. But don’t let her cheerful smile fool you—Cindy has endured single parenting, overcome bondage to addiction, and survived tragic loss. Cindy’s popular Bible study, Red Hot Faith: Lessons from a Lukewarm Church, was released in July 2014. Cindy lives in Michigan with her husband and their four kids. Visit Cindy at www.cindybultema.com.
5 Strategies for a Season of Sanity and Peace
True confession, friends.
I over-committed last year. Big time.
Our full school calendar + countless family commitments + numerous ministry opportunities equaled one stressed out, overly strained mama. I get jittery thinking about my overloaded days and restless nights.
But no more. Instead I’ve been intentional about creating different choices and habits. As I prayerfully reflect on the life of Jesus, I’ve noticed 5 things that Jesus didn’t do, and maybe I—maybe we—shouldn’t either.
WJDD – What Jesus Didn’t Do
- Jesus didn’t worry about what everyone else would think.
We don’t see Him wrestling with people pleasing. Jesus was never like, “Oh no, they’re going to be disappointed if I don’t have coffee with them, volunteer to help, or bring a meal.”
In fact, Jesus made choices He knew would not please others. He was so intimately aware of His specific purpose and calling, focusing on His specific Kingdom assignment, He didn’t need the approval and admiration of others.
- Jesus didn’t compare Himself with others.
Jesus wasn’t on FB or Pinterest thinking – “I wish I looked more like Peter (built like a rock), or had fast running legs like John.” Nope. His days were not filled comparing or competing, but only completing the work God assigned to Him.
- Jesus didn’t overfill His days.
We don’t see Jesus running from need to need, demand to demand, sun up to sun down with too much to do and no space even to take a breath. Instead, His pace was one of purpose, not persistently hurried and rushed.
Jesus took time to rest, pray, celebrate, breathe, and enjoy the company of those closest to Him.
- Jesus didn’t fill His days with “should’s.”
Isn’t this good news? I couldn’t find even one “should” in the Gospels. Never did Jesus say….
- I should serve since no one else is willing.
- I should check in and see how they are doing.
- I should send out one more email.
Jesus was closely connected to His heavenly Father, and He knew what assignments were His to complete. He did so joyfully—letting go of all unrealistic expectations and “should’s.”
- Jesus didn’t do everything Himself.
In the Bible, we observe Jesus training and equipping others to help Him complete His work. Would it be perfect? No. Clearly His disciples were still learning. Yet Jesus saw the value of involving others to help, and experienced the joy of watching His disciples use their gifts and talents for His Kingdom work.
Ok friends, your turn.
As you look over the WJDD list, are there any surprises?
Which is the hardest for you to carry out in your everyday life?
What one strategy could you implement in your life this season? I’d love to hear from you!
Let’s pray: Oh God, thank You for Your love and grace in our lives. Thank You for Jesus and His perfect example. Help us, Lord, to learn from His pace of purpose, and pursue a life of intention and peace. For Your glory alone. In Jesus’ Powerful Name. Amen.
P.S. Get caught up on Days 1-14 of the Restoration Project.
P.P.S Cindy and I scoped together last month. One dear viewer told us we were better than The View– ha! You can catch the replay here and decide for yourself. 🙂
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