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- "Goals for Goals": 5 Things To Remember This Year
Are you pressing reset on a few things this year like I am? There are 5 things that can really help us today: First Read: John 3:30 "He must become greater; I must become less" May every goal we set be a product of a heart desiring to be more like Jesus. We can ask the Lord to teach us about change and growth and to teach us HIS way. Here is a prayer to get us started: Father God, discern my heart today. What needs to reflect more of you? What talents and abilities need cultivating? Where can my hands and feet sere you best? Be not just my Savior, but Lord of my life. In Jesus' Name, Amen. Now let's look at each of these a little closer: God's Word reminds us that we can ask for wisdom in all things (James 1:5). This reminds us not to get a head of the Lord, but to match our purpose and pace to His. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 NIV It's so important to learn how you tick. We are most fruitful when we try not to be other people, but who God made us to be. For example, I know I recharge best and work most creatively in solitude. Are you an introvert like me? I have found the book The Powerful Purpose of Introverts, by Holly Gerth to be an inspiring resource. There is beauty and purpose in the processes of growth and change. We often want to rush through the process, but that is where God is often most at work in our heart. "And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians." 1:6 NLT Do you find yourself blowing past small wins on the way to bigger things? I do too. The big stuff grabs our attention, but these wins or even setbacks are a big part of our walk with God. Get with God today--talk, praise, laugh, cry, ask, wonder, dream, enjoy...let Jesus renew you with his perfect strength. "...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31 God is faithful to grow us in our pursuit to put Him first in our life. We don't have to have everything figured out or reach every goal in a day...just daily lean in to Jesus and he will show you (and me) the way to go. Join me in prayer today: Dear Lord, direct my steps today as I set goals and make plans for this year. Help me to give you this space to reign as Lord of my life. Amen
- 5 WAYS TO BATTLE CHRISTMAS BUSYNESS
UNHURRY HACK: Busyness is a sneaky attack of the enemy, and especially when our routines are altered, it can be hard to make time to rest in God’s presence each day, enjoy Him, and drink in His Word. FIRST READ: John chapter 1 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (ESV) How do you prepare for Christmas? In this season of Advent, it can be easy to let our focus get carried away with activity, traditions, and retail. And while celebration and gift giving are wonderful, it is good to pause for a moment each day and do a quick heart-check. Going forward in this busy Christmas season, it is good to ask ourselves each day, “who am I preparing for today?” The word “advent” comes from a Latin word that means “coming.” We celebrate Christmas because Jesus came into the world--"the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” And, the story doesn’t end when we take down the Christmas decorations-- “we have seen his glory!” Christmas reminds us not only to celebrate that Jesus came into the world as our Savior, but also reminds us to live daily preparing for His return as King. The story isn’t over yet! In John 15:4, Jesus invites us to abide in Him--do we dwell in His presence each day? That is our key to enjoying a growing relationship with God. Our Lord wants to spend time with us and teaches us daily through the gift of God’s Holy Spirit who indwells each believer (John 14:26). As a disciple of Christ we grow to be more like Jesus as we daily walk with Him. As a disciple maker, we can then tell others of His grace and truth and teach them how to walk with Jesus. Busyness is a sneaky attack of the enemy, and especially when our routines are altered, it can be hard to make time to rest in God’s presence each day, enjoy Him, and drink in His Word. And, without time in prayer and in God’s Word, precious opportunities to speak the Gospel message can get lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas activity. In the midst of Christmas celebration, we can blur right past Christ. This year try these 5 ways to seek Christ in the midst of Christmas busyness: 1. Do a heart-check each morning, ask yourself “who am I preparing for today?” 2. If you travel, pack your Bible-Bible apps are great, but seeing a Bible in your suitcase, is a great reminder to spend time with God. 3. Plan for distraction-intentions are good, but intentionality wins! just as you would pack the clothing and toiletries you will need, plan out your days with God, mark a passage or verse for each day to read and have an intentional strategy to walk with God when you are out of your normal routine. 4. Engage others-start up a conversation about what you read in God’s Word that day, pray together, and talk about the reason we celebrate Christmas. 5. Don’t over plan the day-down time is good for reflection, thankfulness, and enjoying quality time connecting with others. Join me in prayer today: Dear Lord, help me to battle busyness this Christmas season. In all of the festivities, let me not forget You are the one I am preparing to celebrate. Remind me to stop and spend time with you each day, and share the love and hope I have in you with others. In Jesus Name, Amen.
- Entrusting Our Efforts to God
UNHURRY HACK: God gives us unique talents and abilities as well as unique situations and relationships, and we can place each one of these under God’s care and protection as He works in us and through us for His glory. First Read: 2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV) That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. After meeting a friend recently for coffee, I walked away with shoulders slumped. For months I had tried to lead her to Christ, but to no avail. On the way home, I found myself praying, “Lord, I don’t see how I am really making any difference here.” Situations like these can leave us feeling like our efforts are small and dry in light of such a big need. It can feel a bit like we are leaving only breadcrumbs behind. What do we do with these people and frustrated efforts? God tells us to entrust each one to Him. Not a single “crumb” is wasted. With the mighty hand that fed 5000 from only a few loaves and fish, Jesus takes the seemingly small bits and He multiplies them for His glory. We don’t always see a fresh rising loaf from relationships we invest in or see the immediate conversion of a life changed. We don’t always see the heartiness of grains left behind from our efforts. Sometimes investing in people takes us out of our comfort zone. We long and hurt for the hearts of others to know Jesus. Investing in people always costs us something, even if it is just our time. These are pieces of suffering we do for Christ. These pieces are not scraps to be tossed away, but should be given to the Lord to guard and grow until Christ returns. Paul penned words that spurred on Timothy’s ministry and encourage ours today. We can have confidence in the message of the Gospel. Isaiah 55:11 reminds us that God’s word never returns void but instead prospers where God sends it. When we love others and open our mouths in the name of Jesus, we do so with the power of God’s Holy Spirit in us (2 Timothy 1:14). Like Paul, our confidence doesn’t come from evidence of our own performance, but from our intimate relationship with our God. We join Paul in saying, “I know whom I have believed.” God entrusts each of us with the message of the Good News, not only for our own heart but also to share with others. God gives us unique talents and abilities as well as unique situations and relationships, and we can place each one of these under God’s care and protection as He works in us and through us for His glory. This trust is beautifully woven together in Christ. God fills our life with people and situations in which we get to live out the gospel message that lives in us. And the very things God gives to us, He invites us to place under His care. They were never ours anyway. When we love and pray for someone or when we leave a situation at the foot of the cross we are entrusting them to Jesus. What safety, power, and hope for every situation or relationship today! Is there a person or circumstance in your life today that needs to be entrusted to God today? JOIN ME IN PRAYER: Dear Lord, you alone can take a situation that seems fruitless and grow it for your glory. You alone can change hearts. I trust you Lord, not in my visible efforts. When I entrust people and situations to you, they are safe under your watch and guard. Give me boldness and clarity as I share my faith and rest each crumb at your feet to care and grow in the power of your Holy Name, Jesus, Amen.
- About | Unhurry My Heart
Welcome, Thanks for stopping by! Let me introduce myself...My name is Megan Evans. I write for the hurried heart who struggles to be still before the Lord. I know the space of a busy heart well. I know first hand the challenges of a heart whose prone to run at the speed of the world around it. I've lived out seasons promising God that he was next on my list. One day after crumbling under the weight of everything I thought the world needed me to be, I cried out to God. "I can't be all of these things. Who am I Lord? Who do you want me to be?" His answer was simple, "you are mine." (Isaiah 43:1) An unhurried heart is more than paused physical activity, even the bed-bound can still have a busy heart. Step number one of an unhurried heart is to daily recognize that being a Child of God is our greatest calling & legacy (not superwoman, supermom, or super-whatever else). Step number two is to daily match our pace to the feet of Jesus so we can live life aware of God's presence and to grow in His grace and truth. Step number three is to daily enjoy an interactive relationship with God as he shapes, molds, & leads us to be more like Jesus. More than just a ticket to heaven, Christianity is a daily interactive relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus led us confidently into into the presence of God and invites us to dwell there in all circumstances. What an incredible gift that is to live life WITH God, yet we race past in complacency and lacking awe. We dwell instead in our schedules and our head and heart spins with distraction. Do you hear the call to unhurry your heart today? I fluently speak the language of a busy heart, yet leaning into Jesus taught me his. Through years of serving in women's ministry and through my own personal experience I have learned how to translate God's call for women everywhere to unhurry their heart. I dedicate this blog to my earthly father whose favorite verse was Psalm 46:10. He bought me my first NIV Study Bible in 1994. Dad was a thinker and a great listener. He taught me to do the same. Combining the study of God's Word and learning how to be still and listen, my passion for writing emerged over the years. I write from what I learn along the way. I share my writing with you the reader in the hope it will encourage, challenge, and help you deepen your walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dad has now "run into the arms of Jesus," and I look forward to the day when I can do the same. I seek to live the rest of my days growing in sweet friendship with Jesus, making memories, and even enjoying an inside joke or two with Him. I want to learn as much as I possibly can about following Jesus Christ, the One I have given my heart to and am learning to follow daily! I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ many years ago. I am a wife, mother, and friend, but I am most honored to be called a Child of God. Every day is a gift and I am learning to be still and listen to God's voice so that a single day is not wasted. The greatest plan we can have is total surrender! Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth"
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We spin with busyness & distraction, yet crave God's presence. Do you hear the call to unhurry your heart today? ENCOURAGEMENT FOR HURRIED HEARTS WHO WANT TO BE STILL UNHURRY MY HEART "Be still, and know that I am God..." Psalm 46:10 All Posts Search Megan Evans Apr 7 0 min 5 Questions for Easter Reflection Megan Evans Mar 30 3 min Loving the Hard to Love: What is Maundy Thursday Anyway? UNHURRY HACK: Being unlovable steals a lot of energy & room in our heart. Jesus leads us and empowers us to love even the unlovable... Megan Evans Mar 22 3 min Come Alive in Me UNHURRY HACK: Revival isn’t found in a mantra or a resolution. Lasting breath is found in Christ alone. FIRST READ: Psalm 143, Ezekiel... Megan Evans Mar 1 3 min Finding Hope Amidst the Headlines UNHURRY HACK: Every day we are inundated with news of the good, the bad, and the busy. Only when we filter today’s headlines through... Megan Evans Feb 16 3 min When I’m Hanging by a Thread UNURRY HACK: Google holds a lot of information, but there is only one resource that holds the breath of God. FIRST READ PSALM 94 Psalm... Megan Evans Jan 21 3 min Catching up on Spiritual Rest UNHURRY HACK: Rest is found in God's presence & He invites us to dwell there. FIRST READ: Psalm 91 DOES YOUR BODY FEEL RESTED? Rest is... 1 2 3 4 5 Subscribe Form Submit Thanks for subscribing! You will receieve an email shortly from unhurrymyheart.com Please leave this field empty. Have you joined the UNHURRY community yet? Sign up today to receive a monthly email which will notify you of my latest blog post and will include encouragement & freebies for you to use as you seek God in your busy day. No tags yet.