Encouragement from Pastor James

Manic Mondays can really get us down. We may start the new week with great expectations, believing and hoping that this is going to be a good week. But then life does its thing. The Christian band MercyMe captures it well with their lyrics from “Hurry Up and Wait”…
90 miles a minute
Life’s a circus and you’re in it
Too afraid to admit it
You’re spinning out of control
A new school year is here. Deadlines are looming. Problems need solutions. AVALANCHE AHEAD! As hectic as your mind and schedule can be, please slow down, turn off the electronics, and sit in the presence of God. A very busy, pressured King David revealed the secret to his ability to keep going in Psalm 27…
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple (referring to God’s presence). 
Let King David’s lyrics challenge you to hurry up and wait on the Lord. To wait on the Lord is not just a matter of timing; it’s a matter of meditating on His promises and trusting that He will fulfill His promises at just the right time. It’s relinquishing controlling worry and believing that God is all your soul really needs for daily strength and steadfast love (Psalm 62). 
Almighty God knows our human strength is brittle and fleeting. That’s why He says through the prophet Isaiah, “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:30-31). Give your life and schedule to the everlasting God. He cares for you. He loves you. He wants you to enjoy Him. He gives sustaining strength to those who trust in Him. We can do no better than having God in our hearts and lives!