1 COR 10:23  Someone may say, "I'm allowed to do anything", but not everything is helpful. I'm allowed to do anything, but not everything encourages growth.

There are so many things that crowd our lives. Not necessarily bad things, but nevertheless, things that are literally crowding God OUT of our lives. This year I'm so challenged to make more room for Him, and as a result, some sacrifices are needed. We may need to lay some things aside. Like this scripture says, not everything is helpful for our walk with Him. Not everything encourages growth. There are many things in our lives that we feel are ok, but can we ask ourselves "does this draw me closer to Him? Is this just 'filling the gaps in my life’?"

So come away from the noise. He is not in the noise. He is in the whisper.

Jesus withdrew to the wilderness and fasted for 40 days. He went hungry so he could be "bread" for others. He didn’t eat so we could "eat" of Him. He always took time away from the craziness to get alone with the Father.

So take a step towards him. Turn off the TV, turn off the radio, step away from your phone and draw near to Him. He’s waiting for you!

Joy Starling / Connect Groups Pastor

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