FOUR WAYS TO FIND A SPRING IN YOUR STEP

Want a “spring” in your step before Spring actually arrives?

The Cambridge Dictionary describes “a spring in your step” as “walking energetically in a way that shows you are feeling happy and confident.” But with wintry weather keeping us from hopping cheerfully out of our warm beds each morning (let alone walking energetically!), many of us are battling the winter blues. Can you believe it’s even happening in Southern California? We’ve had an unseasonably cold and rainy winter! Who’s ready to feel “Spring-y” in this last (long) week of winter?

Let’s bask in the Son now! After all, Jesus is our “sun and shield” (Psalm 84:11), our “bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16), and “the light of the world” (John 8:12). I’m praying these truths over you right now!

Here are 4 ways we can rely on Jesus to put a spring in our step:

1) Turn your attention to what God is doing.

“Set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth." COLOSSIANS 3:2

There are many things to look at each day, most of which can slow our pace. A long scroll on social media can be discouraging. A too-close gaze at politics can be troubling. And a critical eye at those not like us can also be very damaging.

Yes, it’s natural to look every which way throughout the day. But like Moses, who “was amazed at the sight and went to take a closer look” after hearing God’s call from the burning bush, let’s also save our “closer looks” for the things God is doing around us and through us. And, open your Bible and see what He wants to share with you.

2) Focus on refreshing others first.

“. . . whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” PROVERBS 11:25B

There’s a lot of “take care of you” advice out there. It’s not a bad thing. After all, a handful of veggies and a mani-pedi can do wonders! But looking at Jesus, at how everything He did was to the benefit of those in need, we can trust His call to “wash another’s feet” and to “love our neighbors” will only refresh us, not deplete us and fill us, not empty us.

3-Spend time with Him.

“After sending them home, he [Jesus] went up into the hills by himself to pray.” MATTHEW 14:23A NLT

We need to be filled by God to function at our fullest capacity. I recently heard a pastor talk about where he gets refilled by God. For Him it’s a long drive while listening to worship music. For me it is sitting in silence with Him at the beach. Where do you go when you need God to settle your soul and fill you up? We talk a ton about being in God’s Word around here, but what about just “being” with Him?

4) Find your identity in Christ, not in what you do for Him.  

“Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." LUKE 10:20

Jesus had sent His disciples on a trainee mission of sorts. When they returned, they were overjoyed by everything they did for Him. Even though Jesus assured them—yes, I have given you all authority to do such things—He wanted their joy to flow from the fact their sins are forgiven and their names are written in heaven.  

We often wrap ourselves up so tightly in our successes—in our fruitfulness—we build our identity around what we do for Jesus, rather than who we are in Jesus. Instead of relying on our good deeds to keep that spring in our step, let’s rely on God’s goodness.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
COLOSSIANS 3:2

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Floret Flower

 

Empty Planner Pages Leaving you Empty?

When it comes to your Anchored Press planner, do you start-off like a rockstar in January, filling each page with scheduled appointments, meal plans, and dates-to-remember, only to find skipped pages—maybe even skipped weeks—once Fall rolls around? And since it’s designed to keep you in God's Word everyday, does the sight of blank pages make you feel guilty all the more?

Don’t be discouraged! Know that your God who created every season—some calm and still, some hustling and bustling—fully understands the ebb and flow of life. So give yourself grace, letting go of all “perfect planner” expectations, and feel free to jump back in at anytime!

And know this: empty planner pages do not mean your relationship with God is empty. Though you may not engage in all the ways your planner connects you to Jesus, He’s still reaching out and revealing Himself to you. Do you feel His loving gaze? Our prayer is you find Him being faithful even when you're not (2 Timothy 2:13), witness Him keeping no record of wrong even when you’ve got a tally (1 Corinthians 13:5), experience Him initiating connection with you even when you have a tendency to run (Genesis 3:8-9), and sense Him praying for you even when you don't know what to pray (Romans 8:26).

Friend, when God looks at you, He doesn't see commitments you've broken, goals you didn't reach, prayers you forgot to write down, and empty pages in your planner. He only sees the fullness of His daughter, a girl on her way home to Him.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly
about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s
power may rest on me.
2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 NIV

Finding Your Rhythm In Jesus

A lifestyle magazine recently published a Q&A session that explored a day in the life of a successful mommy blogger. Readers gathered tips on how she tackles homework, runs a business, fits in workouts, preps for meals, and romances her husband (Tuesday nights, 9:30 sharp!), doing all-the-things without ever skipping a beat, coming up for air, or losing control.

But when the magazine asked, “What is your one weakness?” she said, “I lack warmth. Friends and family say I’m distant.” How could this be? Here she keeps her life humming like a well-oiled machine, yet struggles to maintain healthy rhythms and meaningful connections.

Jesus understands more than anybody how quickly our efficiently-run lives—no matter how heroic, noble, and virtuous—can rob us of the one thing our soul craves: intimacy with others, but more importantly, intimacy with Him.

Yes in Mark 6:30-31, the apostles excitedly gathered around Jesus to fill Him in on all they’ve accomplished. Incredible things too, like healing sick people and casting out demons. And instead of replying, “Well done! Do more! Start again!” Jesus said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place . . .”

You see, Jesus was far more interested in redirecting their focus on Him, not on the day’s successes. He was far more concerned about setting into motion rhythms of intimacy with Him, affection for Him, total dependence on Him, and restoration only found in Him—not on what they could do for Him.

So as summer turns into fall and our Anchored Press Devotional Planners overflow with appointments and activities, let’s pause at the turn of each page and be women who fall into a daily rhythm of warming ourselves in the presence of Jesus. Then we’ll reflect His heart more effectively to the world around us and hear Him say, “Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway” (Proverbs 8:34).

What will your rhythm look like this season?

Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.
MARK 6:31B NIV