July 23 2018

I remember, as I was growing up, my mom would get horrible migraine headaches. I found it kind of interesting when I figured out the pattern of when she would get them. They would happen after a big deadline. She would push and push hard to make deadlines of what she was working on, and then when the pressure was off, the headache would happen. All she could do was to close her eyes, and be in a dark room. Back then, there was limited prescription drugs available. Now, even more powerful over the counter medicines are available.

I think of the event that happened in 1 Kings 18. Elijah fought the prophets of Baal. He personally killed 100s of them. We can ridicule him for his complaining to God afterward, but God’s remedy to get over the emotional drain of that war becomes very clear.

In today’s society, we have all kinds of prescription drugs for depression, ADD (what?), ADHD, (Squirrel), and other disorders we have labeled. I know that these are real disorders. Clinical depression exists…no doubt. BUT! Sometimes we just need to do that thing I talk about often…..STOP!

That is exactly what Elijah did. God designed this method to get over those emotional drainages that we have.

Elijah started with food. Of course I like that…lol. Then he went to sleep. He was exhausted. He woke up to another meal. Then he slept some more. After that, he was ready to listen and hear God’s voice, and ultimately go into action based on what he heard from God. ESESLD: EAT, SLEEP, EAT, SLEEP, LISTEN, DO!

Yes, there are times that emotions take more than a simple formula, but I also see that often times we just need to rest and eat a good meal before we go on.

Think about it!

This week in worship, we are continuing in the parables. All good gifts come down from the Father of Lights. We begin with the song we have sung for years around here by Israel Houghton… “You Are Good”. We started singing a Tommy Walker song a few years ago titled “Make a Joyful Noise”. Recently introduced to us by the students and of course Christian radio is Chris Tomlin’s “God, You’re So Good”, and Tomlin’s “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)”. Ruthie Wilson is singing an incredible song you will want to go bask in for a while by Audrey Assad titled “Good to Me.” For the response time, we are going back to a long-time favorite of Wedgwood’s. It is another Tommy Walker song “He Knows My Name”.

Okay, I hope that you have a great rest of the week.

Love you,

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