Wednesday, August 23, 2017

FAMILY LIFE at Desert Springs - a place where we can share the heart of our church family; prayers, praises and important announcements.  Be sure to check-in often to see what is happening. If you have a prayer request or praise, please submit by contacting me, Laura Keener, Frontline Director at Desert Springs....760-568-3646 or

In Memory Of:

Our dear brother, Dick Bornac, went to heaven last week. It was very unexpected and we will miss his sweet spirit and helping hands at the 8 am service each Sunday.  Pray that his precious wife Shelby, who suffers with her own illness can feel the peace of God during this great loss. We will keep you posted if and when a Celebration of Life service is scheduled.

 Laura’s Reflection: Disconnect to Connect

We live in a world with 24/7 connections— iPhone/iPad/email/text/twitter/Facebook and on and on. Demands on our time from family, friends, job and on and on. The result is feeling burned out and overwhelmed but if we keep our priorities in line with God’s commands we can experience the PEACE of God that passes all understanding. Here is what God is teaching me:

1. Spend Time DAILY in Prayer, Reading the Word and Praise
The daily discipline of prayer, reading God’s Word, praising Him and thanking Him is the key to peace and unwavering confidence in knowing that God is in control. 
Philippians 4:6-7. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.”

2. Be Present in Every Situation
Disconnect to connect. Remember …  people first, tasks second.  This constant connection to texts, newsfeeds and emails means we are never truly present anywhere. When you are with other people, put the phone away. Engage in conversation. Be persistent.
Philippians 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

3. Get Organized
The problem with making lists is they often shackle us instead of release us. We have so many “to-do’s” on our list, it is overpowering. I just learned a new technique. Write down all the tasks that come to your head throughout the day. Big, small, insignificant, important. Then look at what must be done today and complete the three most important tasks. Celebrate your successes, but stay flexible.
Proverbs 16: 3“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

4. Take Time for Yourself & Give Yourself Space to Unplug
Even Jesus spent time away from people and teaching (Luke 5:16; Luke 4:42; Matthew 14:23). Rest isn’t an option; it’s essential and part of God’s design for your body and mind. Make time for activities that nourish you; cooking, painting, reading, golfing, spending time with friends. Don’t feel guilty about resting and nourishing yourself.
Mark 6:31 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he (JESUS) said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest.”’

5. Don’t Say Yes to Everything
One reason we are overwhelmed is we are doing too much, again this isn’t God’s plan. Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. He didn’t cave in to the pressure of healing or discipling the entire world. We can’t do it all, we just can’t. Pray about what you are being asked to do and take God’s direction.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Commit all your ways unto Him and He will direct your path.”

Maybe this reminder will help you to disconnect and experience more peace.  Satan wins when we are overwhelmed and over-stressed because we are not trusting in our Lord.  

Disconnect from the noise. Restore your life. You can do it!

Staying Connected by Diconnecting!
Laura Keener
Frontline Director, Desert Springs Church


Comfort, Health, Wisdom, Strength - "And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints." Ephesians 6:18

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