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- When Our Sheep-Like Hearts Need To Be Found
Unhurry Hack: Human emotions and desires will lead us to follow the wrong voice, but there is rescue and rest in God’s Truth and Hope. First Read John 10 Feature verse: John 10:11 “ I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Are you prone to wander like I am? Oh how we like to wander off to follow worry, rebellion, hurt, and confusion…even laziness. One of the scariest experiences I ever had as a small child was the moment I realized I was lost. I can remember standing in the middle of our local shopping mall paralyzed somewhere between a large fountain and the food court. Alone and vulnerable, I realized that I had followed the wrong yellow skirt out of the department store where my parents and I had been shopping. Moments later, I began to hear my name called and saw my mother in her brightly colored skirt and my father running towards me. I was finally back in the arms of safety. Though I am an adult now and no longer in my parents full care and watch, I am reminded often that I am still prone to wander. We have a Shepherd who knows our name (John 10:3) Praise be to God that we have a Good Shepherd! We have sheep-like hearts that need regular guidance and protection. Oh how we like to wander off to follow worry, rebellion, hurt, and confusion…even laziness. It’s scary to look up and realize we’ve strayed or find ourselves in a landscape of thoughts that lack any sight of Jesus. In these moments our Great Shepherd feels distant, but He’s not. He’s calling us back to His side even now. Our Good Shepherd loves us, sees us, and cares for us every single day, and no one but Jesus Christ could ever fill that perfect role. Just think of some of the shepherds listed in the Bible: Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and even the prophet Amos. While they were all great at leading flocks and following God’s call, they were fallible and susceptible to sin. They broke promises, they doubted and lost their temper, and they acted selfishly and foolishly at times. Ultimately, their understanding was only human sized. They could never fully rescue and redeem, nor could they love with God-sized grace and mercy. Jesus says of himself in John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd.” Praise be to God, our Lord and Savior not only came to this earth fully man; He came fully God ready to lay down His life for the sheep. He is still the Shepherd who leads us beside still waters (Psalm 23) and the One who braves the wild to rescue the lost (Matthew 18:12). Do you have a wandering heart today? There is no substitute for Christ’s life-giving call. Human emotions and desires will lead us to follow the wrong voice, but there is rescue and rest in God’s Truth and Hope. It is so good to be found by Jesus. How will you respond to His voice today? JOIN ME IN PRAYER TODAY: Father God, lead me back to your side today. In my moments of pain, feelings, or despair, help me hear Your voice and listen to Your Truth. You alone are the balm and care my spirit needs today. In Jesus Name, Amen. “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost? --Matthew 18:12
- When It's Hard to Let Go
Unhurry Hack: We can rest in the peace of trusting God daily. First Read Isaiah 41, verse focus: Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. --Isaiah 41:10 (CSB) My head may know things, but sometimes my heart lags behind. In the emotion and worry that come with new seasons of life and new experiences, I find that I need constant reminders that God is near—that He is near to me and near to the people in my prayers. Back to school time is fun and exciting, but also a little weary as we send our kids out the door and into the world. With two children heading off to college this week and a high schooler that’s a new driver, my mama heart has needed reassurance that God is with them. Isaiah 41:10 tells us why we can rest in the peace of trust. I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand. What a safe place to live out our days! Your Word tells me that, · You are with me. · You are my God. · You strengthen me. · You are my help. · You hold on to me. Thank you Jesus. We can pray these truths over the people in our life as well. When my children were young, the safest place for them to be in unfamiliar or unsafe surroundings was holding mom or dad’s hand. This verse is a beautiful reminder that they still have a protective hand leading them even when their mother and father aren’t present. I find that I need constant reminders that God is near—that He is near to me and near to the people in my prayers. If you are like me, I can easily concoct 100 what-ifs and worst-case scenarios when I let my mind wander into the wilderness of worry. Yet God tells us, Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. This verse is a wonderful reminder that it is God himself who helps us. He really hears. He really responds. He really helps. The letting go is hard for a lot of things in life, and this visible image of God’s mighty and victorious grip is reassuring. It helps us to both trust and entrust. God is not telling us to ignore reality or to avoid our concerns, but to be wise and direct these thoughts straight to prayer and into His care. Praying scripture is a powerful way to disempower the enemy, both in the world around us and in our own thought-life. The Bible tells us to take our thoughts captive to obey Christ and when stray thoughts enter our mind we can speak God’s Word over each one in prayer. I often have to ask God to remind me to do this, and that is a powerful place to start when we are having trouble letting go. "We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ." -- 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (New Living Translation) Does your mind ever wander in the wilderness of worry? God is faithful to counsel and remind us through the Holy Spirit. Are you experiencing any fear or anxiety today? What is one area of your life that needs more trust in God? Who does your heart need to entrust in God’s care today? JOIN ME IN PRAYER TODAY: Father God, you are my refuge and mighty to save. In obedience, I surrender my fear and worry at the cross today. You tell me not to be afraid and so choosing to sit in my fear and worry is disobedience. Today, I surrender my thoughts about _______. Instead, I put my trust in you Jesus. Thank you for your faithful care, watch, and protective hand. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
- When You Are Running Out of Steam
Unhurry Hack: God’s armor readies us for every battle—the uphill battle, the daily battle, and even the infamous battle of a lifetime. First Read Ephesians 6 Focus verse: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10 (CSB) Are you in need of mighty strength today? Do you ever find yourself running out of steam? Like a small little engine chugging along life’s uphill battles, we fear at any moment that we could run out of our last drop of strength and slide all the way back down. The fall might be hard, but so is the climb. Life is just plain hard at times, but there is hope for us today. Lord I am weak, but you are strong. Meet me here today. It’s easy to listen to the world when we feel ourselves running on empty. “Experts” are quick to tell us to be strong and sell us on self-help and self-care. So we look down at our tired little locomotive and decide that we just need a fresh coat of paint or a shiny new whistle. And while some of these things might be helpful, they are temporary at best. True soul-nourishing strength comes from the Lord. It is easy to tell ourselves (and others) to stay strong, but this is only possible with God’s might. We can’t forget to tell of the best part--our staying strong is really more about our standing firm on Christ’s victorious ground. For too long we have believed the lie that “I can be strong in myself by the strength of my own might.” However, the promise of this mentality is as earth-bound as a gym membership. We need to tackle more than what we can see. We can grit our teeth and hold on for dear life, but nothing changes until we let go—in Christ. Oh, but God! In beautiful surrender He meets us in our weakness. Yes, in the Name of Jesus, by His blood, in His authority, according to His Word, in the power of His Spirit, we are strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Paul reminds the Ephesians (and us) that our struggles are less about what is seen, and more about what is taking place in the spiritual realm. The enemy wants to defeat us and build strongholds of counterfeit rule in any area of our life that he can. The only sure way to stay strong is to seek the Lord. God’s armor readies us for every battle—the uphill battle, the daily battle, and even the infamous battle of a lifetime. Nothing takes God by surprise. God is always combat ready and Ephesians 6:10-20 invites us to slip on His victorious complete armor so that we can stand firm against all the strategies of the devil. Only then are we able to stand up under the crushing weight of attack. As a Child of God, strength is not measured by our human ability to bear weight. Thank goodness, because the pressures of life are often more than we can lift and hold. But daily as we write God’s Word on our heart and learn His promises and truth; as we pray, as we live out the gospel and admonish others, we are strengthened and remain standing in the strength of His might. What area of weakness do you need to surrender to God’s mighty strength today? JOIN ME IN PRAYER TODAY: Father God, I am weak, but you are strong. Meet me here today. I ask that you would: Open my eyes and help me surrender my struggle and the battle of this day. Tie your belt of truth tightly around my waist. Cover my body with the breastplate of your righteousness. Fasten sandals of your gospel peace upon my feet. Ready me with your shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit which is the mighty weapon of your Word. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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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"