Take a Break

1 Sep

God’s Word: John 21

God’s message to me:

When your life has taken a different direction and you don’t know what to do—take a break and do something that you enjoy.  In this chapter the disciples were dazed, wondering what to do next, after Jesus death and resurrection.  Instead of just sitting around, in a daze, they went fishing.  They gave it their best shot, fished all night with their nets, but caught nothing.  Physical exercise is good for a person going through major life changes.  Often, that exercise helps you look at your life from a renewed vantage point of hope.

The disciples saw Jesus—standing on the shore.  They followed His instruction and caught a huge net of fish.  Then He fixed breakfast for them on an open fire and gave them some new direction through lessons in how to love others.  But before the new direction dawned, they needed exercise for their lethargic bodies—then success in something they enjoyed, then food for nourishment.

Everyone faces challenges in life and this is a good pattern for you to follow to receive new direction that I am eager to share with you.

  1. Take a break–get out and exercise doing something you enjoy—even fishing. The diversion gives the brain a break and the physical exercise gets your blood flowing better.
  2. From this renewed vantage point you can see your future in a different light.  The disciples saw Jesus—but you can see him too through the Words of the Bible.  Don’t ignore His direction He is eager to share with you.
  3. Eat the healthy foods I have created to nourish your body.  My best advice—if it can be eaten raw—don’t cook it.  Every day eat raw foods.  Jesus cooked the fish and bread because it needed to be cooked.  But My healthy fruits and vegetables don’t need cooking.

The result will be a renewed vantage point of hope bathed in peace that passes understanding.

God’s Question for me: Can I help you reach a new vantage point of hope today?

God’s Promise to me: I will never leave you nor forsake you.  You can count on Me.

My prayer to God:

Adoration—Oh, how I have experienced your renewed hope, day after day.  Sometime just a slight twist to what I am thinking opens up a huge new opportunity that You are eager to share with me.  I am so blest.

Confession—How sorry I am that I too often sit around in a mope instead of following Your pattern for renewed direction.

Thanksgiving—Thank you for the many times You have given me renewed hope just when I thought things just couldn’t get worse.  Your hope gives a sparkle to the eye and a spring to the step.  It gives new enthusiasm for living.

Confession—I need to exercise more—look to Your Word of guidance more—and eat more raw and healthy foods for the health of my body.  A sick body can’t support an active mind.  You have created us so wonderfully.

My Song to God: My Hope is Built

1. My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain:

On Christ the solid rock I stand,

all other ground is sinking sand;

all other ground is sinking sand.

2. When Darkness veils his lovely face,

I rest on his unchanging grace.

In every high and stormy gale,

my anchor holds within the veil.

(Refrain)

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood

supports me in the whelming flood.

When all around my soul gives way,

he then is all my hope and stay.

(Refrain)

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,

O may I then in him be found!

Dressed in his righteousness alone,

faultless to stand before the throne!

(Refrain)

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