I HOPE YOU REALIZE THAT MINISTRY IS NOT JUST PREACHING AND TEACHING. Ministry is what you do in your daily routine. It is your service to others. Dorcas was a disciple of the Lord Jesus who was in the habit of making widows' coats and garments. Her ministry was taking care of the poor. She gave and gave and took care of everyone else and finally collapsed and died helping everybody but herself.

Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in managing our lives is learning to live balanced lives. The beginning of that learning comes with a recognition that we are triune beings --spirit, soul and body. The spirit has a need for both taking in nourishment and giving out ministry. The mind requires both tranquility ad stimulation. And the body needs rest and exercise. If you are depleted in any of these areas, you need to do what is necessary to replenish yourself. You can't give out what you don't have.

You must be the monitor of your own needs and limitations. There is only so much of your life you can give out. Set realistic expectations and healthy boundaries. Know what you can do, as well as how much you can do. Making too many withdrawals and not enough deposits will leave you empty, discouraged, and exhausted. The damage may be to your health or to relationships you value highly.

You have a decision to make about opportunity, challenge, to request that comes your way. "No" is a complete sentence. You must be firm in saying no when something that comes your way does not fall into your limited set of priorities and does not help you fulfill God's purpose for your life. Say no if saying yes will cause a withdrawal that cannot be balanced with an adequate deposit of time, energy, and commitment.

God gives to givers; He loves lovers, and He nurtures nurturers. In grace and mercy, He sent Peter to pray for Dorcas, and she came back to life with one word: "Arise." If life is draining you, the Holy Spirit will hook you up with an IV and replenish you. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28). David said that the Lord was his shepherd, who made him lie down in green pastures and led him beside still waters. (Psalm 23:1-2). God knows what we need and God can restorre our souls.

Keep your life in balance with cycles of replenishment and restoration to prevent something from "dying off" and to maximize your efficency.

Related Texts: Joshua 1:8-9, Psalms 32:8; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Matthew 5: 13-14; 6:21,24; Colossians 3:17

Author's Bio: 

Mercy Abbey is a life coach, speaker, author, consultant and entrepreneur. She is gifted with a passion to inspire, empower, exhort and to equip others in discovering God's unique design for their lives. Mercy is on a mission to proclaim a message of hope, truth and wholeness as she provides practical life coaching tools that people can apply to their everyday lives to begin living out the blessings, provisions and the purpose God has for them in their lives – A true life without limits!

Mercy has over twenty years of professional experience in various environments, including nursing and business. However with each phase of her journey there was a common thread where she spent a great deal of time inspiring and empowering others. While she enjoyed and always made the best of each position, she always felt that there was a greater purpose for her. At God's appointed time she was led to leave a successful health care business she'd personally built from the ground up to do what she loves and enjoys the most, and what she knows God called her to do-- Help others.

Now she has set out to help them live their life without limits. Mercy Abbey is the founder and president of Rhema Life Without Limits and Rhema Life Coaching, both divisions of Rhema Preserve Global, LLC. As a Christian life coach known for her approachable spirit and discernment, her desire is to help others overcome life's challenges and discover a great life through Christ. Her philosophy is rooted in her own life experience and her passion for success. Mercy has personally overcome great adversities in life and she is someone you can count on to relate to the struggles you may find yourselves in. Whether you consider yourself a high profile individual or you’re the blue-collar type, Coach Mercy is ready to help you move to your next level so you can thrive and not just survive.

The word says in the book of Jeremiah 29:11-

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