Once again, I go to Dale Wolyniak’s quote about a sabbatical, “A ministry sabbatical is ideally quite different from a traditional academic sabbatical or a sabbatical practiced in business. It is about the spirit and soul being refreshed, renewed, and redirected.” As time goes on, I feel my spirit and soul allowing itself to be more refreshed. I see God’s loving hand bringing renewal, the “replacing or repair of something that is worn out, run-down or broken” in my life.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13 NKJV
Our conduct will reveal the depths of our hearts. If our actions don't align with our words we are simply deceiving ourselves. We are called to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and do all things with wisdom. But it requires that we draw near to the Lord for strength. Because left to our own strength we will fail. But in Him we will be victorious.
What is becoming of our beloved America? This nation is crumbling to pieces due to abandoned morals, distorted values, and exaggerated feelings of entitlement. It is fueled by political correctness and a media profoundly exacerbating the issues by playing the blame game at every turn. Journalism is no longer journalism. It has become generating controversy for the sake of the almighty dollar and ratings. There is no concern in the very least for who or what is destroyed or maimed. It is revenge at all costs.
A few years ago during bible study, I learned of a book of the Psalms used by the Trappist Monks of Genesee Abbey, a convent and monastery in Piffard, New York. The Psalms are chanted in prayer in communion with God as a deepening of their walk with the Lord. A cover page before Psalm 1 relates a quote from St. Augustine: