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  • Letting God's Love Motivate You

    UNHURRY HACK: God doesn’t just enable us to do something for Him--He changes our heart to do it with Him! FIRST READ: 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) The fresh start to a new year is often a time of reflection and goal setting, but also a time to restart good habits and spiritual disciplines in our life. January can feel a bit like a coach calling you back into the game after a sluggish season of sitting on the bench. Your mindset is ready to train hard and make plays. And while goals and discipline can be healthy, in order to stay in the game this year in your spiritual growth, love is essential. 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us to let God’s love motivate our attitudes and actions. We can do lots of really great things for God, but without love, they just become noisy things we do for our self instead. I can remember years of feeling frustrated with inconsistency in my daily quiet time with God. In all honesty, at that time reading my Bible felt more like a chore on my to-do list. And then, it donned on me one day that I was making this “chore” all about me and my schedule, instead of my love for God. I can remember asking God to change my heart and to help me want to read His Word. Out of that honest and simple prayer, has come many seasons of love and joy in consistently meeting with my Savior through the pages of His Word. That is the kind of God we serve! He doesn’t just enable us to do something for Him--He changes our heart to do it with Him! Want to develop a consistent time to meet with God daily? Try these 5 habit - building steps to develop routine: PRAY and ask God for help & desire- He wants to meet with you too! LOCATE a comfortable place with minimal distraction. GATHER the items that you will want to have with you ahead of time. For example, the night before set out your Bible, journal, pen, blanket, etc. PLAN your time. I like to begin by reading a Psalm, then a passage from the New and Old Testaments followed by a time of prayer. While God's Word always speaks to us, being intentional rather than random in reading the Bible helps build understanding & interest. ENJOY your time with God. Listen, love, and learn as the Holy Spirit guides you. Rather than a checklist, embrace the mindset of savoring this time. In the early Corinthian church, Paul had identified a lack of love in their motivation for serving God. They struggled with pride and felt certain spiritual gifts were better than others. Paul explained that their actions were empty because they lacked God’s kind of love, Agape love. Jesus embodied Agape love and calls us to put this love into action in our life today. Another word for this love in action is charity. In today’s language, we often limit the use of the word “charity” to our outward actions of doing goodwill, like giving money or donating canned goods or old clothes. But this passage calls us not only to serve, but to empty out our self and fill our attitudes and actions with Jesus. As a result, we begin to love and serve like Jesus did (even to our enemies), and our spiritual gifts begin to effectively build up the Church, the body of Christ. Spending intentional time with God daily and responding in obedience with love and action go hand in hand. Think of it as filling a pitcher and then pouring it out! Emptying out self and filling our attitudes and actions with Jesus helps us love and serve like He did. Are there areas in your spiritual life that are just noise? How do you want to grow this year? Don’t just set a goal, go to the source-God Himself! As believers, the Spirit of God indwells in us and empowers us to display His characteristics. Ask God to change your heart. Ask God to cultivate your spiritual gifts and use them for His glory! Seek God first in all areas of your life, and let Him show you how to actively live out His Agape love. Let love be your motivation! JOIN ME IN PRAYER: Father God, fill me with Your love. Reveal to me any attitudes or actions that are driven by myself rather active love for You and others. Empty me of selfishness and grow me more like Jesus each day. In Jesus Name, Amen.

  • INTENTIONAL ADVENT: Enjoying the Better Portion of Christmas

    UNHURRY HACK: Moments of worship scattered throughout our day can keep Jesus at the heart of our holiday worship this year. FIRST READ: Luke 10 Verse focus - (Luke 10:38-42) ENJOYING THE BETTER PORTION OF CHRISTMAS... I’m always amazed how quickly Christmas Day comes and goes each year. Shortly after August we begin to see red and green signal flares of retail reminding us to start getting ready for the big day. It seems like stores announce the start to the holiday season earlier and earlier each year. And yet, I routinely celebrate Christmas wondering if I am prepared. How is this possible? We have the ability to prepare for weeks if not months, and yet we can still feel a tug that something is lacking. Deep down I think our heart knows that no shiny décor, BOGO sale, or savory Pinterest recipe can ready us for worship. Have you been there too? It can leave us stuck somewhere between bows and boxes with a heart crying out for more. Something deeper. Something better... Perhaps somewhere along the way, have we let store shelves become our advent? While meaningful traditions and celebrations help us countdown to Christmas, they can also keep us preoccupied. By the time December 25th finally rolls around, sometimes we can hardly enjoy it. At my house, the many days of planning, shopping, wrapping, and baking can easily be consumed in a brief morning. Hours of planning often go into our celebrations of this blessed day, and while it is fun and memory-making, it can be easy to let details derail us from true purpose. Is there is a better portion of Christmas just behind the veil of our to-do lists? The Lord taught a woman named Martha about the heart of this kind of preparation while visiting her house one day. If we lean in and listen, we too will find rest and focus as we prepare for our Savior. Luke 10 tells of two excited sisters: "Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” (Luke 10:38-40). Mary was excited to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen as he taught. Mary was excited to serve. Both perhaps started with heart of worship, but distraction carried Mary away. When Mary confronted him about her sister’s lack of help, Jesus spoke to all of us. “But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42). I can certainly identify with Martha here, I mean, that Christmas dinner doesn’t cook itself. However, a few words catch my eye like my own reflection in a mirror. Jesus explains that Martha was anxious and troubled in her serving. She was fretting over the details and workload. Her serving had consumed her. Yikes! How many times have I let the details of preparation and hospitality consume me? Distraction is a subtle tactic of the enemy, and he uses anything he can to get our eyes off of God, even our recipes and serving platters. No one wants to be stuck at the sink while friends and family gather in the next room. Yet, with a heart focused on worship, these less glamorous moments of serving can become treasured moments to worship. Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us, “whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Perhaps both Mary and Martha both had the opportunity to serve the Lord in their own intentional ways, but Mary is the one who kept her heart focused on worship. This Christmas there will be treasured moments of sitting and listening, and there will be moments of service. We can do both at the feet of Jesus. Intentional advent is about a balance of activity and keeping our focus on Jesus. It is about following the star of Bethlehem. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (Luke 2:10-15). Like the shepherds, intentional advent is about letting the long awaited Savior of the world interrupt our daily routine. It’s about awe and wonder. It’s about purposeful, focused moments of worshipping God. This Christmas set aside time to remember who Jesus is and why he came to earth. Fully God and fully man, the long awaited Messiah still deserves our pause and presence in the big and small moments of our day. The word Advent means “Coming” in Latin and ushers in the celebration of the birth our Savior Jesus Christ. These four weeks leading up to Christmas Day are intended to prepare our hearts for worship and remembrance of the true meaning of Christmas—the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “…Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 Whether it is getting up 5 minutes earlier, keeping sticky notes with scripture in places around the home that we typically work, or setting aside a special coffee date alone with and Jesus, moments of worship scattered throughout our day can keep Jesus at the heart of our holiday worship this year. In addition, I have found that the tradition of the advent wreath is an excellent tradition to weekly reset my heart in the days leading up to Christmas. While advent wreaths can be purchased, a simple piece of garland or an evergreen bough can also do the trick. If you prefer freshly cut Christmas trees, this is a great way to use those branches that undoubtedly need trimming once the tree is brought inside. Sometimes tree farms will even trim them for you or sell bundles of boughs to use for decoration. The greenery symbolizes everlasting life and the ring points to God’s unending love. Great gift idea for this year! Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12). Five candles are then typically placed within the wreath. A large white candle is placed in the center of the wreath and is lit on Christmas Day to honor the birth of Jesus. Surrounding the white candle are four smaller candles (three purple and one pink candle) signifying hope, love, joy, and peace. Make time this advent season to pray over distraction and focus this season, using these verses as an opportunity to prepare your heart for the worship and celebration of the birth of Christ. On the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day, though variations exist, advent candles are often lit in this order: Week 1 – light a purple candle: Hope This candle reminds us of the promise of the Messiah foretold by the prophets. A verse to meditate: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6). Pause to pray: Thank you God that you keep your promises. I am reminded that your Word is always true and faithful. Every single day I can place my trust in your unchanging promises. Amen. Week 2 – light a purple candle: Love This candle reminds us of God’s great love. This candle reminds us of the work that Jesus did on earth preparing hearts to be reconciled with God by His love and grace. A verse to meditate: “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Pause to Pray: Dear God, thank you for sending Your One and Only Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Only by your great work on this cross am I made right with God. Thank you for saving me by your grace and love. Amen. Week 3 – light a pink candle: Joy This candle points us to praise and worship. Joy to the world! A verse to meditate: When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11). Pause to pray: God you are worthy of all my worship. You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Lord of my life, mold and shape me, and lead me in Your perfect way. Amen Week 4 – light a purple candle: peace This candle point us to the hope and promise of everlasting peace. A verse to meditate: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will among men. (Luke 2:14). Pause to pray: Dear God, only in Christ can I find perfect and everlasting peace. Thank you for the promise perfect eternal peace and daily peace as I dwell in your presence. Help me share the hope and peace of the gospel message to the world around me. Amen Christmas Day – light a white candle: Christ This candle reminds us of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A verse to meditate: 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). Pause to pray: Dear God let my heart worship you daily. Mold and shape me and teach me to walk daily with you Jesus. Amen. Join me in praying: A PRAYER FOR INTENTIONAL ADVENT: Dear Lord, like Mary I want to listen and sit at your feet, and like Mary I want a servant heart. Create in me a heart of worship to serve you in both. Make me aware of the moments of holiday bustle that I become distracted and anxious. I want to experience the better portion of Christmas. Bring me back to a heart focused on you Jesus. Amen.

  • Living Out Thankfulness

    UNHURRY HACK: It’s hard to grumble and give thanks to God at the same time. FIRST READ: Colossians 3 Featured passage: Colossians 3:15-17 (ESV) verse 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. verse 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. verse 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Don't rush those verses...linger with me here in the life-giving words of this passage: Let the peace of Christ rule in your thankful Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly...with thankfulness in your heart Let all you do be done in the name of thanks to God Thankfulness spills over and fills out our attitudes and actions when let Jesus be the center of our life. But sometimes the "letting" part is hard to do! In our fast-paced world today hurry often rules, distraction dwells, and we end up doing everything in the name of rushing to the next task. Oh that we would set our minds on the things above instead as it says in Colossians 3:3. Unhurry my heart Lord to dwell in your purpose and presence today Jesus. It’s hard to grumble and give thanks to God at the same time. There is something about thankfulness that changes our perspective and lifts our spirit. When we trust God and are grateful and appreciative of His ways - His character - and His promises, then thankfulness becomes the lens through which we view our world. Wise King Solomon said in Proverbs 12:22 that “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” The Message, by Eugene Peterson says it like this, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired” (Proverbs 12:22 MSG). Isn’t that so true? It only takes one look around our fast pace society to see the toll that stress, worry, anxiety, and constant striving takes on our bodies. In addition, we are plagued with information overload, a constant demand for our immediate attention, and an endless to-do list. People today are exhausted more now than ever! Getting to know God leaves us awestruck and overwhelmed with love instead! Daily, our mind, body, and spirit needs to focus on what God says for us. OUR PERSPECTIVE MATTERS: When we are focused on difficult circumstances or on the hustle and bustle of daily life, our perspective quickly shifts downward and we begin to wear down. In this state, it doesn’t take long to feel all dried up and bone-tired. We are wise to take Solomon’s advice and live with a joyful heart. And, thankfulness is a great way to put our eyes back on the joy of Christ in our life. But how? The best way to rehydrate our heart daily is with the Living Water of Jesus Christ. Do you spend time drinking from this well daily? Our bodies needs to drink water and daily our hearts needs to drink in God's Word. In both cases, when we don't our bodies begin to feel more and more thirsty. When we read our Bible we aren't just studying a book, we are getting to know God. The Bible is helpful, instructive, protective, nourishing, directing, comforting, encouraging, guiding...just to name a few! Billy Graham once said, "The very practice of reading [The Bible] will have a purifying effect upon your mind and heart. Let nothing take place of this daily exercise." I agree! When we make time to read the Bible, the Living Word of God literally hydrates and nourishes us. When we spend time just being still and enjoying time with God, His peace washes over us which leads to praise and thankfulness. Do you let the peace of Christ rule in your heart? Or do you let the stress of life call the shots for the day? "Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." Colossians 2:7 WHAT IF WE LIVED OUT THANKFULNESS EACH DAY? We are called in the body of Christ to live representative of Him. What if we lived out thankfulness each day? What if our words and conversation were rich in thoughtfulness and encouragement? What if we spoke with the wisdom and hope of Jesus? What a powerful body we would be in a dark world. As Solomon reminds us, gloom and doom has always been around, and the world still searches for hope. When we choose to focus on God rather than grumble, we offer hope to the world around us, not to mention the good medicine that joy brings to our own heart and well-being. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:16-17 (NLT) Are you worn down today? Drink in His Word. Sing praises. Tell God what you are thankful for. When the peace of Christ rules in our heart, every detail of what we do in word or action begins to overflow with God’s love and joy, because rather than circumstances, our joy is found in Jesus Christ. As we build our life on Him, our praise and thankfulness will overflow. Will your attitude speak a message of Jesus today? Will you choose to live out thankfulness? JOIN ME IN PRAYER TODAY: Dear Lord, You are worthy of all praise and glory. Thank you for loving me and for dying on the cross for my sins. Teach me to have a thankful heart and to be rooted in You alone. Remind me of Your Word and Your goodness, Your creation, Your promises and Your blessings. May this be my attitude today and every day. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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  • Free Resources | Unhurry My Heart

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  • 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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