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Debbie W. Wilson is an ordinary woman who has experienced an extraordinary God.
Drawing from her personal walk with Christ, twenty-four years as a Christian counselor,
and decades as a Bible teacher, Debbie speaks and writes to help others discover relevant faith.
She and her husband, Larry, founded Lighthouse Ministries in 1991.
They, along with their two grown children and two standard poodles,
enjoy calling North Carolina home. Share her journey to refreshing faith
at her blog: debbieWwilson.com.
Debbie is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday”.
Her newest Café exclusive “Are You Tired of the Rat Race?” can be found below . .
BUT FIRST . . the Café thought you just might want to know
how an Encouragement Leader like Debbie W. Wilson
has been encouraged in her own faith.
In her own words …
Don’t let anyone’s credentials or status cause you
to mistrust your Father’s love and involvement in your life.
Jesus loves you. He wants to guide you and supply your needs.
Bring your requests to Him, and release your faith by thanking Him for His involvement.
If you have Jesus, you are never alone.
Find It Only Here . .
“Are You Tired of the Rat Race?”
by Debbie W. Wilson
My grandmother often said …
“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” It took me a while to realize the devil’s toolbox also includes busyness and over-commitment.
Greg McKeown, author of the book Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, suggests two steps to protect us from over-commitment and bad decisions.
2 Easy Steps
1. Identify the important people in your life by considering who will gather around your deathbed. This pinpoints the relatively small group of important people in your life.
2. Evaluate your choices by how they affect these people.
I found McKeown’s thoughts to be a great clarifier. Too often, I’ve let the wrong people and activities absorb my time and focus.
When our children were young it was easy to let the wrong demands determine how we spent our time. The fear of missing out, disappointing someone, not doing my share, or depriving our kids taunted me when I considered cutting back.
One night after discussing with my husband a new opportunity that I was considering, he gently said, “When you’re over-committed the whole family suffers.”
Internally, I balked. If I could write it in my calendar, wouldn’t it work in life? But inside I knew he was right.
Life and relationships take time. Interruptions are normal, not exceptions. It takes time to tap into the deeper issues of the soul, to be in tune with my important people, and to just be. As someone observed, we’re human beings, not human doings.
One night after I’d enjoyed some meaningful conversation with Larry I realized how distractions had robbed me of companionship with my husband and best friend. Too often when we spent time together my to-do list clamored in the background of my mind.
Larry and I decided to review our family’s commitments. Each of us named our favorite activities. We dropped those that didn’t make the list. Ironically, we didn’t miss them. Choosing less helped us to choose better.
Building breathing room into our schedules allowed us to enjoy life and each other. We lingered over meals instead of swallowing them whole. Life wasn’t perfect. I still told our children, “Hurry up,” way too much, but we were on a better path.
The world never stops trying to press us into its mold. Let me suggest three habits to protect us from its influence.
Three Holy Habits
1. Refresh your mind. Ask God to speak to you each morning. Then listen as you do one or more of following:
- Read the next verses in a book of the Bible you’re studying.
- Read a devotional like Daily Light.
- Read a Bible Study book.
- Listen to the audio Bible at someplace like Biblegateway.com.
· Record a thought you gained from your Bible reading.
· Jot down a praise, a thanksgiving, and a request.
3. Practice God’s Presence
· Ask the Lord to make you conscience of His presence throughout the day.
· Converse with Him throughout the day.
These three simple habits make every day a holy-day. Use them to protect this holiday from becoming hectic.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matt. 6:33 NIV).
How is God encouraging you today?