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By Carolyn Dale Newell

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

Psalm 23:2 NKJV

I vividly remember my parents relaxing on the front porch every summer evening. They did their yard work, and Mom tenderly cared for her flowers. They didn’t have the conveniences of a microwave or computer, so where did they find the time to relax?

Perhaps you are on vacation this week, but the days leading up to your departure were chaotic. Once you return home, if you are like us, you will hit the ground running. It’s so easy to slip into bed at night and remember you never opened the pages of your Bible today. Except for the blessing, you never had time to pray. Friend, I hate to admit it, but I have had those days.

We make sure our gas tanks are full before embarking on our travels, but what about our spiritual tanks? If we are not diligent about our time with God, our spiritual lives will begin to sputter, running on empty.

Our Good Shepherd knows exactly what we need. Time to rest in the green pasture. Time to graze upon God’s Word, savoring each morsel. Like the Apostle John, we need to rest upon the chest of Christ. We need to designate a specific time to spend beside the still waters, not rushing in and out of prayer. We need to take a mini vacation every day to talk with our heavenly Father who desires time with us. Yes, the God of the universe wants to spend time with us. That is hard to believe, but it’s true, and we must set aside time to do it.

I don’t have a plan to stop the rush, but I do know our quality time with God is something we cannot skip out on. Every aspect of our lives will be enriched when we spend time beside the still waters with Jesus. Will you make time for Him today?

Lord, we are honored and humbled because You desire time with us. Help us schedule our quiet time, and guard it from interruptions. Stop the rush that has become the daily pattern of our lives, so we may enjoy time with You and our families. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Read John 10:7-11.


In John 10:10, the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus gives abundant life. Meditate on this verse, considering your busy schedule. How can you shield your quiet time from Satan’s clever attempts to steal it?

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.


Frazzled by Frustration



By Carolyn Dale Newell

But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

Luke 10:40 NKJV

We all have those days when one thing after another goes wrong, and beware to anyone who has the bad timing to be nearby. I think Martha was having one of those days. She had nicked her finger peeling potatoes, the macaroni had boiled over, and the sweet potatoes were burning in the oven. To make it worse, nobody had let the dog out, and now there was a mess to clean up. She must have reached her boiling point to ask Jesus for help. If Jesus was in your house, would you ask for help in the kitchen? Only if you were frustrated.

However, Jesus lovingly rebuked Martha. In verses 41-42, Jesus said, “…you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Scripture does not give us Martha’s reaction, but I imagine she joined Mary at the feet of Jesus.

Friend, that is exactly what we need to do. No matter how rushed we are, we need a few minutes alone with Jesus. That is where we can gather restraint when we want to scream. ”Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint” (Prov. 29:18). When I learned that the Hebrew word translated “revelation” means “divine communication”. this verse really spoke to me. We can have divine communication when we pray or read Scripture.

Your “everything went wrong” morning can ruin your day. Remember, the devil seeks to devour us (1 Pet. 5:8). He cleverly trips us up where we will say something we later regret. Resist the devil. Let it go and give it to God. Seek His restraint and His peace. Will you join me for “that good part” at the feet of Jesus today?

 Heavenly Father, please surround us with a hedge of protection from the devil’s ploys. Help us be restrained when frustrations come before they start to snowball into an emotion that we cannot handle. Thank You always for grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Read Luke 10:38-42 and meditate on this passage.


Be prepared for your next frustrating moment. Have a few Bible verses handy on your phone so you can gather restraint quickly. Some good ones are: Ps. 142:3, Phil. 4:5-7, and 1 Pet. 5:7-8.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.