STILL, FILL AND FLOW!
For those who follow Sunday’s Monday this blog may seem a little odd. However, from the beginning, it has always been my intent to share any new developments and revelations as God brings them into my view. That being said, I appreciate the compliments and criticism I receive. However, the truth is, I’m not smart enough to do this on my own. I merely apply what God has revealed to print. The nutshell version of Sunday’s Monday began as a personal learning tool to help me retain what I was learning about God. I found myself sitting in church attentively listening to great sermons, and yet when I got home, I could only remember a small portion of the message. When I confronted Pastor Joe Dillard with my dilemma, he suggested taking notes and today I consistently carry a notepad, in which I encourage everyone to take notes. Now with notes in hand, I could review the message throughout the week then God gave me the idea of research for a deeper level of understanding which brought growth. As I told others of my revelation, they became interested, and God nudged me to share His words through my writing. Ergo Sunday’s Monday came into existence and I’m still growing and sharing Him. Thank you, Lord Jesus!
Today, I’m sharing the first thing God taught me about Sunday’s Monday, “It’s all about Him!” “I am merely the pencil of His choice. He (God) “literally” supplies the subject, the words, and the timing, I just put it in print and send it out. God showed me upfront in Isaiah 55:11 (ESV), so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. As long as He is the author and editor it will succeed in enlightening and encouraging others. Then He told me about Still, Fill And Flow, and once He broke it down for me it is a life-changer when applied wholeheartedly.
Still, this is where we begin! Yes, I know, we’re taught to read first and then pray, and that is important but many times we rush through it out of habit. I know I used to jump out of bed, read a devotional, maybe a verse or two from the bible, throw in a short prayer, and off to start my busy day. I was a good Christian, a lousy follower but I did my due diligence. Insane right? How can I follow what I don’t understand? God introduced me to Psalm 46:10 (ESV), “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!” Keywords “Be Still”! Take time to hear what God is saying to you and then act upon it. The unhappy Christian is the Christian who reads and prays religiously and seldom hears from God because they fail to be still. An exhausted Christian is the one who’s settled for religion.
Fill always follows still,in that once I have cleared my mind of worldly thoughts and shut down all outside distractions, turning my complete focus to the grace, glory, and sovereignty of God. I will begin to receive thoughts; my mind will be taken into a peaceful state of meditation where God’s love freely flows. I become a hearer of His voice, a receiver of His direction, and a willing doer of His word. In this state, My nature changes from a clock to a calendar! Minutes cease to exist, I lose track of time and become completely absorbed in Him. It didn’t take long to figure out that some of my best times with Him, are when I say the least. Ephesians 3:19 (ESV), and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. What a wonderful pleasure it is to spend time with God to erase the cares and concerns of this world and just rest in His love and acknowledgment.
Flow is a very welcome side effect of Still and Fill. Where I flow or share what I receive from God. At first, I had a terrible fear of rejection and ridicule from people, but God convinced me that it was His writing and any backlash, harsh comments, and even compliments belong to Him. So, over time I’ve learned what is written in John 15:5 (ESV), I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. It is only when I’m connected to Him that I receive everything needed for life as well as Sunday’s Monday. Try it I’m sure it will work for you. The next time you enter into the presence of God, take notes, review them throughout your day and let me know what happens. God is the key to living a worthwhile life of satisfaction.
My prayer this week is from Psalm 143:8 (ESV), Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. May we learn to be still before you, get filled with your wisdom, and freely flow your love to all. I know it takes giving all of me, to receive all of you, to bring grace into all there is, through your love and mercy. Thank you, Lord. Amen
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!
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