It's a quiet place here.  I am sitting alone with my thoughts and my God.  Sometimes I have to withdraw from the chaos and mishmash out there!  My soul needs respite, and I have to be intentional about drawing away for a while so that my soul is renewed and refreshed.

3 John 1: 2 says, "Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."  I do love the Bible.  It is full of practical and great advice for living our lives well.  I want my soul to prosper, but I know that it is my responsibility to ensure that my soul is doing well.  There are probably countless things we can do to ensure our souls prosper.  I have considered merely a few.

  1. Daily disciplines - I have to be disciplined about the prosperity of my soul.  I need to ensure that I feed my soul and nourish it with sustainable nutrients.  I have found the best way to do this is to spend time reading God's Word.  
  2. Guarding my thoughts - I have found that if my thought life is unwholesome then my entire spiritual life unravels.  I have also realized that guarding my thoughts is a continual process.  I am paradoxical to say the least.  One moment I am filled with hope and the next one I am filled with despair.  One second I love someone, the next second I want to poison their drink...well maybe not actually poison it but... Oh well, you get my point!  I struggle with my thoughts.  I wish I could tell you how pure and clean my thoughts always were, but I would be lying to you.  So for my soul to prosper I need to work diligently at guarding my thoughts.
  3. Take time out - I do really need to draw aside for a while.  I find I can get overwhelmed with the challenges of life and I need to draw aside and be alone.  When I am alone with my beautiful God I can sit and reflect. I ponder!  I tell Him how I feel.  I never have to pretend with my God because He loves me as I am.  He helps me to get a fresh perspective on my circumstance and then it isn't quite so overwhelming.  Don't get me wrong!  The problem doesn't go away!  No!  He just helps me to see things from an eternal perspective, and then honestly my problem does seem rather trivial.

If you are anything like me you need those quiet moments.  That is because we are human.  So why not take a few moments before your day unravels.  Block out the noise and chaos and let God fill you with His peace for the day.  I am praying a blessing on everyone reading this blog today.  May your day be blessed abundantly.

I am and always will be,

Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,