My desk is littered with what looks like nuclear fallout from a paper bomb, 128 e-mail messages await reading, and documents are stacked on the floor by the shredder. To-do-lists sit next to my computer keyboard, laundry waits, and dishes are in the sink.
And inside, my soul churns from lack of Godly connection.
It’s my own fault. I woke, had a quick quiet-time, and hit the ground running. I have a tendency to want spiritual nutrition on the fly. Kind of like driving up to a gas pump, putting the hose in the tank, then driving off after receiving a few drops. No wonder I’m puttering down life’s highways.
Jesus tell us to, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33 NIV). When we focus on our problems more than we focus on God, overwhelming factors hit like tidal waves.
However if we filter through God’s hands each task and activity, there is a calming and a centering within our souls. We are promised grace for each moment, strength for every step, for nothing is impossible with God.
Sounds all fine and dandy on paper, but much harder to practice. Woof, life is often like a tight-rope walk while juggling fifty-two tasks. I want to know that everything will be good, everyone will be healthy, and money will be in the bank for today and tomorrow. I want assurance now, patience now, and happiness now, all while running through my day at top speed.
And in the quiet part of my soul God whispers, be still, cease striving, do not worry, I will provide all your needs, I will never leave or forsake you.
I hesitate. Still not totally convinced, my feet keep moving, because somebody has to get all these things done.
The words from Psalm 23 float by in wind. “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”
But God, have you seen the checkbook balance?
“He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”
I visualize myself a sheep running through the pasture, splashing in the water, acting like a toddler fighting against nap time.
“He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Restoration and guidance? Who has time for that?
“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.”
Life gets scary, and I run back to God’s arms looking for comfort.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Settling in prayer and praise, I seat myself at His banquet table. All the issues, problems, and tasks slough off and clunk to the floor.
“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Happy, contented, sigh. Thank you, Father.
C — Connecting
P — Praising
R — Restoring
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV).
By: Lisa Buffaloe, www.lisabuffaloe.blogspot.comLeave a Comment
Wow, what a blessed reminder, Lisa. He does give us all we need and more. Great post my friend.
Jami Kastner says
mmmmmm! I SO needed to read this today! I will be looking for a little CPR today too! Have a GREAT day!
Lee Carver says
Thanks, Lisa. This is exactly what I needed today.
Maggie Johnson says
This piece was awesome! and just the right prescription for me today and every day.
Hilarey Johnson says
Beautiful! I had to laugh about the gas tank. Perfect reminder.
Robin Prater says
Awesome Lisa, just awesome!! I really needed to hear this on this early morning with tasks at every corner. Thank you for the reminder to always seek Him first!!
Blessings sweet friend,
Ray Ellis says
How refreshing. It was one of those God moments where you said what my spirit needed to hear. Thank you for being sensitive to the Spirit of the Lord.
Betty Woods says
Thanks for the reminder. I needed this today. Only God knows how we’re going to make it, but He’s in control.
Julie Marx says
Good message, Lisa. 🙂
Great thoughts, Lisa! Makes me want to forget about the dirty laundry and go cozy up with God in a clean blanket of His goodness. Thanks.
Jo Ann Fore says
You nailed it. I am in desperate need of some Soul CPR today my friend. Thanks for the timely reminder!
Living the Balanced Life says
Great message a more than a little convicting, I have to say! Stop looking everywhere else and go to the SOURCE!
Begin again, each and every day
Marsha Clark says
This is very good!! I need to remind myself on a regular basis He is all I need. He will provide. I need to trust in Him 100%. Thank you for the reminder.
Janice Olson says
WOW! Spectacular! I can’t believe what wonderful insight you have, my friend. And the words are all so true and down to earth.
Love and miss you, girl. Keep up the good work of faith.
Your sister in blood–His, Janice
Lisa Buffaloe says
Thank you, Jackie. I’m so grateful He is always available for more!
Thank you, Jami. You have a GREAT day too!
Thank you, Lee!
Thank you, Maggie!
Thank you, Hilarey. Thank you for helping fill my tank today!
Thank you, Robin. Blessings to you!
Thank you, Ray!
Thank you, Betty. I’m sooo grateful God is always in control!
Thank you, Julie!
Thank you, Cheryl. Curling up in that clean blanket with God sounds wonderful!,
Thank you, Jo Ann. Praying you get that Soul CPR!
Thank you, Bernice. Amen on THE Source!!
Thank you, Marsha. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to trust Him 100%, 100% of the time!
Thank you, Janice! Love and miss you too!
I’m so grateful our God is always available for Soul CPR.
Lisa, once again you tell us a story about our faith that warms the heart and soul. Thanks for sharing:)
Amy Sullivan says
Soul CPR. . .love this idea.
“My soul churns from lack of Godly connection.” Me too! I’m so plugged in and so “connected” yet I yearn for the real connection.
Lisa Buffaloe says
Thank you, Beth!
Amy, I’ll pray for us both! 🙂
Donna Petersen says
Great job, Lisa!! I echo what Marsha wrote … I need to trust God 100% – 100% of the time!
Keep up the good work,
Lisa Buffaloe says
Thank you, Donna! I’ll join you in trying for the 100% trust. 😀
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