Learn as you go along what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless pleasures of evil and darkness, but instead, rebuke and expose them. It would be shameful even to mention here those pleasures of darkness that the ungodly do. But when you expose them, the light shines in upon their sin and shows it up, and when they see how wrong they really are, some of them may even become children of light! That is why God says in the Scriptures,
“Awake, O sleeper, and rise up from the dead; and Christ shall give you light.”
So be careful how you act; these are difficult days. Don’t be fools; be wise: make the most of every opportunity you have for doing good. ~Ephesians 5:10-16 (Living Translation)
This page is dedicated to presenting ideas about cultivating daily embodied spiritual practices, activities, and routines that can help to shape our hearts and minds in kingdom ways. We seek to redeem our every day minutes to be fully present for His purposes to be accomplished in us and in those around us.
This week’s Featured Sources for Redeeming the Time:
Listen to the tone of your prayers. Do you hear mostly complaints or spontaneous declarations of praise?
Read Chip Ingram’s blog on “Why Thanksgiving in Prayer is So Important”: https://livingontheedge.org/read-blog/blog/2018/04/26/why-is-thanksgiving-in-prayer-so-important/
Recently, when I was out on a prayer walk talking to God about all the things I would like to see changed in my family and in my current living situation. On and on I went about all the things that seemed to be lacking – how I didn’t have a strong Christian community, how I didn’t have opportunities to get to know the neighbors, how I needed to have clear direction on what was next, how I thought my parents make decisions more quickly… Somewhere in the middle of my ranting, the Holy Spirit stopped me with one question – “Are the stories you are telling yourself about these situations impoverished stories or stories of abundance?” The word “impoverished” caught my attention. I stopped to consider where my focus was… and I realized with a start that I had been focusing on God at all. I had seen myself as being “in want” or lacking even though God had given me Psalm 23, “He is my Shepherd, I shall not want…”
In order for my prayer to be more than a venting session, I need to take time to reflect on His truth, His character, and His perspective. One book that really challenged me to do this was the book “1,000 Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. From this book I began to see simple ways I could begin to say “Thank you” to God throughout the day and begin to see the abundance of life and grace that God was showering on me every moment of every day. It really changed the way I saw my situation and how I brought my needs and requests to God in prayer. (https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1890390.Ann_Voskamp)
Commute Like Jesus: 5 Steps to Redeeming Travel Time http://www.lifeofasteward.com/commute-like-jesus/