Simple but not easy - Monday Ministry



Monday Ministry is about linking up and taking Sunday into the rest of the week
Too often as the service ends and the closing hymn plays my mind has already turned to who I need to speak to or my plans for the day. Even though I make notes I rarely come back to them.
What if I'm missing what God is trying to speak into my week?
So, whether you go to Church or not if there is a word that speaks to you, a prayer that touches your heart or a hymn or song that makes your Spirit soar; I want to encourage you to join me into bringing Sunday into the rest of your week and letting it minister to you (and others) from Monday.
                                                                                   


"Following Jesus is simple, but it's not easy" - These words came from a teenager and related to us during our youth led service yesterday. 
And do you know, that about sums up Christianity, but sometimes I make it so complicated.

And it is easy, if only we'd read the manual before we realise we don't know how to put it together!

  • If you are in trouble - pray about it James 5:13
  • If you are sick - call others to pray for you James 5:14
  • If you feel dry and empty - drink John 4:14
  • If you feel alone - remember God is with you Deuteronomy 31:6
  • If you feel weak - God will strengthen you Isaiah 41:10
  • If you're worn out - rest Matthew 11:28
  • If you don't know the answer - read the Bible 2 Timothy 3:16
  • If someone is hungry - feed them Matthew 25:35
  • If someone is sick - care for them Matthew 25:36


Whatever struggle or problem you face, whatever difficulties you come across, whatever needs are around you - the Bible tells us how to deal with them and how to meet the needs.

I read lots of books and articles and have been both encouraged by the words written and discouraged by feelings of inadequacy. I often forget that these words are merely written by people and it is their interpretation. The only words that I should be following and the only goal I should be trying to reach are those given by God.

God gives us all that we need to know in this one book and if we stuck to just this one, adding nothing and taking nothing away we would see the simplicity of how Jesus did life. Simple is less stressful, but simple is not easy and even that he tells us through his word.
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" 
John 16:33

Easy is what the comforts, gadgets and gimmicks of this world try to give us - but life wasn't meant to be easy, it was meant to be simple and somewhere along the way we got these two words mixed up. Often the things we do or buy to make life easier make life less simple.

I have half a dozen gadgets to be able to read my Bible or do a devotion or to pray. And yet, when I really need God, when it all gets too much I still just take time in quiet and pick up my Bible (the paper version) and read his word and pray to him. No noise, no gimmick, no help from gadgets. 

This week I want to do it simple and let it be just me, God and his word. What can you do to simplify your life this week? Share with me and encourage others below.

4 comments:

  1. Tania, this is such a needful reminder. What it appears to come down to is our individual walk with God, remembering that He is the answer to our every need, turning to Him continually and living in active obedience to His word. Simple? Maybe. But, oh so hard to practice. I think my life would be simpler (though probably less interesting) if I spent less time on computers! Thank you for this insightful word. Blessings :) xx

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    1. Joy, thank you for your faithful encouragement. I'm not sure being PC free would make life simpler - the hardest part is not allowing it to be a distraction ;)

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  2. Loved your list, especially. The Christian life IS really simple: get to know God and trust in Him daily. But, we all complicate our lives and our spiritual lives. Thank you for your idea for taking Sunday into Monday and beyond. This is the first time I've read your blog, but I'll be back.

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    1. Hi Lou Ann, thank you for your comment and encouragement I look forward to seeing you here again.

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