Quiet Time

An important part of Spiritual growth  

Hey family, how are you all doing? How has your week been so far?  In all things, we can only give thanks and be grateful for how far God has brought us. I know some of us might have gone through or are still going through a tough season, I just want to encourage you to keep your trust in God for He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Meanwhile, did you miss me? Haha, I decided to take some time out to rest, reflect and introspect, it is very important to take some time out to reset and rest in God.  I certainly missed you guys and I am glad to be back! Have you listened to the new episode on the Revive Podcast on cracking Identity yet? If not, I really encourage you to go and listen to it, you will be blessed and the light that will come in is just amazing. For the podcast click HERE

Today I just want to come here and encourage you to take time out to think, journal and introspect. It can get hard to hear from God if there is too much noise going on. Being still is a discipline that we all need to learn. In our busy day to day lives, we need to take time out to have appraisals and check in with God to be sure we are on the right track. It could also mean to go offline media and social media so that you are not distracted by what is going on out there. Don’t just go by life on autopilot, make time to sit in silence and look within, ask questions and Journal. Journaling is such a powerful tool and writing down thoughts that come to you is a great way to open up portals in your spirit to hear from God. It can also be a great way to declutter your mind. A clear and clutter-free mind is likely to catch the sound waves of the spirit and hear clearly. 

The best example of someone that took quiet time seriously is Jesus. I like that Jesus used to get away from the noise to, to have quiet time and spend time communing with the father. He also needed to hear from God for steps to take towards the assignment that God had laid on Him, how then do you think He knew when it was the right time to do certain things. 

It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.” Matthew 1:35

If you notice through scripture you would realise that Jesus had a habit of going away to pray mostly alone, away from the crowds sometimes with just the closest people to Him. 

“After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone,” Matthew 14:23

Jesus was also showing His disciples how to take time out to reset and rest and how important it is to go to a solitary place … “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. 32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.” Mark 6:31-32

Brothers and sisters, I could show you tons of scriptures where Jesus went to be alone, it was His custom (habit & routine). It is important to create a habit of being alone with God in a quiet place. What did Jesus do in his quiet times alone, He prayed, sometimes He prayed all night … “In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God” Luke 6:12. I am not saying go and spend the entire night praying every day, what I am saying is make time out in your calendar to have night vigils with God. 

With that being said, I just want to ask you these questions. How do you wind down? Do you take time out to rest in God in a quiet and solitary place? Do you take time out to introspect and do self-appraisals? Do you journal and write down the thoughts, insights and visions that God is showing you? all these come with discipline and intention but are very vital activities for our spiritual growth. I would like you to commit to yourself to take out time whether it is every day for a few minutes, once a week, once a month, however, you want to do it, just start now! And you will see that the Holy Spirit will assist you and you will begin to gain clarity and direction as you hear clearly from God.  God bless you. 

With love always 

Lisa Maxwell – be blessed and be a blessing

Storing up Treasures

Hey family, how are you doing? Hope you are well and are not too overwhelmed by the world’s uncertainties and so on. It can be really daunting when you think about what is happening now, and if like me, you are probably wondering if things will ever go back to the way they were or go back to normal. But what is normal? I believe there is a shift happening in this period and we need to align ourselves with what God Is doing. We need to ask for foresight so we can see beyond our natural eyes, we need to hear right so that we don’t miss what God is saying in this season. Today I just really want to encourage you to fix your gaze on Jesus and live entirely for him. 

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”

Matthew 6:19

This scripture has never been so alive to me as it is today! where are you storing up your treasures? Why are you doing the things you are doing? What are you chasing after? When you continue to read to verses 20-21 Jesus tells us where, we should lay up our treasure and why: 

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:20-21 

You will see here that Jesus admonishes us to store our treasures in heaven for where our treasure is, our heart is there also! Are our hearts fixated on the things of heaven or are we storing up treasures on the earth?! Are we concerned about the things of heaven and our Father or are we concerned about making it big in this world?! It is easy to get carried away with the things of this world and get distracted, it is easy to fall in the trap of chasing after the things of this world and lose focus on what is important. 

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:31-33

It is easy for us to get swamped with the worries of this world, what we will eat, drink, wear, I mean they seem reasonable – right? But Jesus said do not worry about these things, don’t let these things consume you, don’t drown yourself in these things but trust God enough to provide the things you need, He is our father and He knows we need them! Instead, let us seek the kingdom and His righteousness FIRST– this is a keyword because it’s not that we are not seeking the kingdom and His righteousness, it’s just that many of us are not doing that FIRST. Is God first on your agenda? Is it your agenda or His Agenda? Do you consult him first before you make a decision about anything? One statement I always make is I don’t have a schedule, God is my schedule! A lot of us just slot God in our busy schedule to fulfil our religious act and tick a box. For some of us, God is like an app we use when we need to. Brothers and sisters let us not fixate ourselves on things that will perish, let us not live as though this is where it all starts and ends! Let us not forget that our Lord Jesus is coming back for His Bride. 

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

Colossians 3:1-4

I just really want to encourage us to set our hearts on things above, it is time for us to be awake and align ourselves with Gods agenda. Let these uncertain times draw you closer to God and question some of your priorities. When eventually our time comes to go be with our father, would we say we fought a good fight of faith? Would it all be worth it? will our Lord Jesus say to us, well done good and faithful servant? As long as you are still here, It Is not too late to live fully and truly for him. At the end of the day, He is the only one that really matters. 

With love always 

Lisa Maxwell – be blessed and be a blessing.  

The Journey to Purpose Part Seven

Success Stories

Hey, my lovelies, how has everyone been? How has your week been? Are you taking it easy? Are you on the grind? Are you getting tired? Frustrated maybe? Do you need a holiday? like me lol! I can only imagine what it has been like for you in the past week. I, on the other hand, is in need of a retreat just some time off to recharge, rest and refuel and I believe I will be doing that soon.

I just want to encourage you to take some time off to recharge, refuel and rest as well; it will do your entire being some good. I know a lot of us actually feel guilty for resting or taking time off, you’re probably like who is going to do this and that, how is my workplace going to cope? What if my workload piles? You are not alone! I used to feel incredibly guilty for resting, I felt guilty for sitting down and just chilling, I would be thinking about all the multiple things I have to do. Until one day I was convicted, the Holy Spirit said, it doesn’t do anyone any good if you don’t rest because you will end up pouring from your reserve or empty cup rather than your overflow! And that really hit me! I need to be full before I can pour out and serve others. I can’t serve you from my reserve, I have to serve you from my overflow. I cannot give what I don’t have basically. 

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The Journey to Purpose Part Four Understanding Opposition

Hey, my lovelies how has your week been? I hope you are enjoying the journey to purpose so far, and the series has been beneficial to you! I believe you have gained a different perspective on your ploughing and growth seasons and you are able to apply the knowledge you are learning. For those that are just reading this post welcome to the family and please do make yourself at home. We have been on the journey to purpose and this is part 4 which means you have some catching up to do! So, before you proceed ensure you read parts one, two and three.  I have been tremendously blessed doing this with you guys and I thank God for the opportunity! Meanwhile, can you guys see what I have done on the home page? Nice right? I have added more categories to help you navigate topics that are most relevant to you. 

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