In the book, “The Good and Beautiful God”, the author suggests creating “margin” in your everyday life for living out wholeness and health. Smith says, “When we lack margin in our lives we become tired and lonely and joyless, which seems to invite temptation…Margin restores balance and our soul.” This week, get up 10 minutes earlier and create space for silence before you begin your day. Talk to God about helping you restore your soul for the day ahead.
“God cares deeply about sin because it destroys his precious children. And God longs for holiness in us because it is the way to wholeness” (page 125, “The Good and Beautiful God”). In an effort to create more margin in your life, cut out unnecessary entertainment activities.
- Majestic and Splendor
“The essence of God is holiness. Holiness is a divine attribute. God is pure. There is no sin, evil or darkness in God.” (page 122 “The Good and Beautiful God”). Write the following scripture in your journal today and reflect on the words, especially the words, majestic and splendor. Maybe define the words majestic and splendor. Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)
- Love Me Unto Purity
Pray this prayer today, “Holy and Just God, may your Spirit guide every word I speak today and every silence I share. May I come to understand more fully your holiness and how your very wrath is an expression of love for me. As I surrender my will to yours, may your love ‘love me unto purity,’ Amen.”
If God were unconcerned about sin, how might that harm us? Write this scripture in your journal, “For I am the Lord your God; sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44).
- Burning Love
If God’s love were to “burn” something out of your life that is holding you back, what would it be? Write those in your journal with a pencil and then immediately after your write them, erase them and rest in the knowledge that God’s grace is greater and Jesus’ blood wipes away those things that bind us.
- Sovereign Father
Write this poem by Charles Wesley in your journal today. Sovereign Father, heavenly King, Thee we now presume to sing; Glad thine attributes confess, Glorious all, and numberless. Written by Sarah Holbrook, Director of Connections at Cypress United Methodist Church