Happy Monday family and friends…
I want to start off this Monday Moment by giving a special shout out to my wife, Cherelle, for receiving the first printed copy of her book: “IronDresses: Strength in Femininity”. I am very proud and excited for her. While many people may know what I do, she has equally been called to a great work, and in the words of one of our mentors: She is not called to live in my shadow! Check out the pictures, I think Chloe is excited to read the book too:). Also visit the IronDresses website by going to http://www.irondresses.com.
Psalm 27:4 One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.
As I approach this week I began to recognize that life has been moving 100mph for the past 2.5 months. 2014 has gotten off to a running start. Often times we equate busyness with productivity and righteousness, when in all actuality resting is held in high regard by God. So much so that it made God’s original plan in creating the world (Genesis 2:2-3), and His top 10 things to do as a child of God (Exodus 20:8-11). If I had to confess a sin in my life in this season it would not honoring the Sabbath. I am often preaching or teaching on the weekends, and back to bi vocational duties Monday- Friday. Sabbath is not simply about physical rest, it is about reconnecting and resting in the gift of Christ (His presence). My prayer is that my heart will be like David’s in Psalm 27- one thing desired, the presence of The Lord.
Visitation vs Habitation
We had a special guest minister to us this weekend DUCC, Pastor Jim Critcher (http://www.gracecov.org/from-the-mountain/?page=4) from Grace Covenant Chantilly. On Saturday he challenged us with a thought: “Are building our lives and our church as a place of visitation or habitation for God?” Visitation meaning that God comes by from time to time, and habitation meaning He dwells with us! The initial response often is “HABITATION” but as I thoroughly examined my calendars, bank accounts, and hobbies I started to see we have built lives and ministry that started as habitation but being busy started to tilt things towards visitation. So today I hit the pause button today to reestablish our lives, home, & ministry as a dwelling place for The Lord.
Question for you: When you look at your lifestyle, hobbies, finances, and calendar is it a place of visitation or habitation for The Lord?