2. Read This Book: The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence. It's a collection of letters from a monk in the 17th century whose sole desire was to know God and continually be in His presence. At a time in my own life where I was fighting for promotion and position and getting nowhere, this book radically shifted my perspective and my priorities. Don't let the words "17th Century" and "monk" fool you--it's an easy read and the content is still relevant for us today! You can get it here.
3. You want to lead? Seek to serve. Fact: at its core, true leadership is all about serving others. Find someone(s) somewhere(s) to give yourself to. Don't forget to check your motives at the door! Serve not for the possibility of future opportunity, but because who God made you was meant to be shared with others. Dream Team, anyone?
4. Cut Your Social Media Time. The average person spends 1.72 hours/day on social media platforms. Raise your hand if you've ever gotten on Facebook/Instagram, seen pictures of everyone's cute kids/fun vacation/home-cooked dinner/designer outfit/clever caption/perfect life and felt a little down on yourself afterwards. If you didn't raise your hand, I don't believe you. The comparison game is dangerous. It makes resting and being in who God made you to be that much more difficult. If you're not into quitting social media cold-turkey, try shaving off half an hour or so of that time a day.
5. I Repeat, Check Your Motives At The Door. Are you doing that craft or spending weeks planning that birthday party because it brings you life, or because you want to prove you can hang with the Pinterest Joneses? Are you serving somewhere because you see a need and want to meet it, or because you're hoping someone will see you? Ask yourself these questions, and be honest in your answers! Then, refer back to your list from #1. See? I told you that would come in handy.
6. Plant Yourself. This is some of the best advice ever given to me, and I have applied it to almost every season of my life. What it means is this: wherever you are, be all there. Whether you are a stay-at-home momma, a Dream Team member serving in an area of the church, leading a Group, being a career woman, making a transition, or in a tough season, embrace it, be in it, and commit to it. It's easy when it's fun and hard when it's painful, but it's always beneficial.
7. Let God Speak to You. Ask Him what other actions resting and being are for you. He always comes up with the best ideas.
The bottom line for me is Psalm 27: 8, "You have said, 'Seek my face.' My heart says to you, "Your face, Lord, do I seek." When you are looking towards the Father and the Father alone, letting Him tell you who He is and who you are, I don't think you can miss the next thing.
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