Still Saturday::before you pray...

Before you pray, bow quietly before God, just to remember and realise 
who He is, 
how near He is, 
how certainly He can and will help. 

Just be still before Him, 
and allow His Holy Spirit to waken and stir up in your soul 
the child-like disposition of absolute dependence and confident expectation. 

Wait upon God as a Living Being, 
as the Living God, 
who notices you, 
and is just longing to fill you with His salvation. 

Wait on God till you know you have met Him;
 prayer will then become so different. 
 And when you are praying, 
let there be intervals of silence, 
reverent stillness of soul, 
in which you yield yourself to God, 
in case He may have aught He wishes to teach you or to work in you. 

Waiting on Him will become the most blessed part of prayer, 
and the blessing thus obtained will be doubly precious 
as the fruit or such fellowship with the Holy One, 

God has so ordained it, 
in harmony with His holy nature, 
and with ours, 
that waiting on Him should be the honour we give Him. 
Let us bring Him the service gladly and truthfully; 
He will reward it abundantly. 

Andrew Murray,Waiting on God

Sandra Heska King - Still Saturday

Still Saturday::ministry of the purest kind...

Ministry of the purest kind isn't about impressing unknown strangers with spotless presentations 
and a flawless life.

It's about exposing the hidden imperfections and giving others permission to do the same. 
Becoming a fellow struggler who delivers zero judgment but abundant grace.

~ Michele Cushatt
Undone - A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life

Sandra Heska King - Still Saturday


I {LOVE} Sunday::to receive grace upon grace...

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
John 1:14-17

With the Sunday Community at Lisha's #GiveMeGrace


Still Saturday::to bring honey to the hive of heaven...

Father, the redeemed are the treasure that populates heaven to Your glory.  

Please use me. Make gospel connections between me and others so that I might add some to that glorious hoard of people -- from every tongue, tribe, language, race -- who will bring You glory when we stand before You, redeemed, in heaven. 

Please express Your life through me that I might have a part in bringing honey to the hive of heaven.

Sandra Heska King - Still Saturday

Technology @ Work...

I can't believe I just did that. I groaned and covered my face in disbelief.

When my husband’s desktop computer, where most of my hi-res images were stored, began freezing up days before we were to leave for Louisiana over Christmas, I immediately began transferring photos onto disks while simultaneously working on my laptop to meet a magazine deadline.      

An hour into that multi-tasking between the desktop and laptop, I stood to answer the phone and stepped on the laptop I'd foolishly left closed on the floor. I opened it up to find dark purple lines spreading across the now broken screen.   

For months we'd been frustrated by poor cell phone service in our house. In an attempt to improve it, our carrier provided us with a signal booster that worked through wifi, but our rural internet service was unreliable. To add to the frustration, we had discontinued our land line years ago to justify purchasing cell service – a decision we now regretted. To make a phone call without our conversation breaking up or the call dropped, we had to leave the house.

Technology designed to improve communication was not working well for us, and we were locked into a family contract that would be costly to cancel early.  

In Louisiana, with family who shared that contract, we switched to a more reliable and expensive carrier, bought new phones, and negotiated with our former carrier to drop the early contract cancellation fees.

But our computer woes only worsened. When we returned home, the desktop computer had died completely while we were gone.  

My laptop was useable, but barely. Writing and editing photos with a distorted screen was a challenge I reserved for meeting important magazine deadlines, while other writing goals were put on hold until our finances following Christmas and the purchase of new cell phones would allow for new computers and the technical help I need to retrieve photos off the desktop. 

A month later, we’re making progress.  We replaced the laptop and desktop last week – this blog post is proof – but the process of recreating lost files, moving data off the damaged laptop and retrieving photos from the desktop will take time.

Our family’s recent technology woes have challenged our assumption that technology is a gift, but when it works and we make wise decisions to back-up data and avoid carelessness – technology assists our work in the world, in our home, in our relationships and in ministry.  

Some of the many benefits technology has provided our family without our ever leaving home include the opportunities to work, pay bills, manage our finances, earn college credit, conduct research before making major purchases, be better informed healthcare consumers, order prescriptions, communicate with healthcare providers, remain connected to family and friends, and shop from a variety of sources that often offer free shipping.

That challenge – as with all good things in life – is to use the benefits of technology wisely and with moderation. Online shopping can lead to impulse buying and overspending. Abusing access to friends and family can damage our relationships with false expectations and over-protection. Without disciplined work habits, including the time we make ourselves available to work and minimizing distractions, we can adopt unhealthy practices leading to either laziness to the detriment of our work or over-working that sacrifices our relationships. All of these can stunt our spiritual maturity, damage our witness, and lead us away from the abundant life in Christ for which we were created.

Of all the gifts of technology, our greatest joys can come from using it in the work of furthering the Gospel.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace….in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:10-11

How have you experienced technology at work in your life?

 This post is part of The HighCalling’s Technology @ Work Community Link-Up Technology @ Work Photo by Tim Miller. Design by Jennifer Dukes Lee.