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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 3.19.18 ♥

I heard a great tune the other night heading home from work. Many of you know I have on average 350 hours in my commute to work and back. Most ask “don’t that drive get old?” In all fairness “NO.” It gives my time alone with YeHoVaH to plan my day, my evening and my days off. And pray many of your prayer requests I get a week. The Rolling Stones “Emotional Rescue” came on the radio. Do you need an Emotional Rescue? I thought how many people I know, including myself could use an Emotional Rescue? The truth is that most of us do from time to time. Most of us will face a crisis and will encounter “Mr Churchill’s black dog.” During these times we all will need TLC, understanding and compassion and what is sung here “Emotional Rescue.” This does not mean that we need locking up or need “Prayer Ministry” or a visit to a therapist or councillor. A caring insightful good listener family member, partner, spouse can be the entire Emotional Rescue that we need in most situations. We all may just need someone just to listen to us in our darkest moments. Someone that can give us support, a comforting hug. Another way of handling a crisis is to get away from it all, to step away from the emotional turmoil of our lives and do something completely different, A vacation, a night out with friends, a retreat, travel, a trip to the movies, a night in with a good book, play some sport, or go for a walk. These things can help us refocus, recharge and reengage. They can become healing experiences, they can be a time to create the best in us, a time for us to rediscover what is really important in our lives. There are many things that cause us to face a crisis. the loss of a job, a severe illness, a relationship breakup, the death of loved one, the reoccuring dreams that bring back painful memories. The thing is do not go this alone, seek help sooner rather then later before the issue escalates and reaches catastrophic proportions. If it does get that far don’t give up. Remember it is possible to overcome these kind of mind pressures if you have the right kind of rescue. Yeshua/Jesus knew the pressures in His ministry that were unending and unceasing. People came to him day after day with illness and problems. I think he was often in the place of being just a few steps away from burnout. Yeshua/Jesus knew the blessings and benefits of getting away from those pressures for a while.

Matthew 14: 23 “After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.”

Mark 6:46 “After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray.”
Luke 6:12 “It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.”

Luke 9:28 “Some eight days after these sayings, He took along Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray ”
Matthew 5:1 “When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain ”
Luke 5:16 “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray ”

For Him getting away from it all was part of his survival technique . Refocus, Recharge, Reengage. It was not only useful but absolutely necessary. Can we really say that Yeshua/Jesus needed “Emotional Rescue.” Yes we can, the gospels suggest that in His humanity. He shared the same needs and faced the same issues as we all do in life. His culture was different from our technological age but nevertheless he faced what we all face from time to time. Stress, Tiredness, Fatigue and He knew what to do about it. He did not ignore his body clock and to redemptive measures. We too need to learn from Him and take redemptive measures. Looking after our body, our minds, our physical, mental and spiritual heath is really important. Take some time out this week to do the things that bring you life. May YeHoVaH/God Bless you. Amen?


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