God speaks in the stillness. Are you listening? Do you know his voice? As his sheep, we know the voice of the Good Shepherd. All we need to do to hear him is be still.
Now therefore standstill that I may plead with you before the Lord concerning all the righteous deeds of the Lord that he performed for you and for your fathers. ~1 Samuel 12:7
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” ~Psalm 46:10
The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” ~ Exodus 14:14
And Moses said to them, “Wait, that I may hear what the Lord will command concerning you.” ~Numbers 9:8
It’s really simple. You can’t keep talking and expect to hear God’s soft whisper. Spending time in prayer…
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One of my employees asked me this week, how I fortify the level of joy that I proclaim every day. My first instinct was to laugh- a short, thankful, and reaffirming one. She looked at me with such interest, a thriving life just wishing to understand something; something that burdens my heart in the fact that not everyone knows the answer.
I have a chain. It is pulled, strained, and threatened several times daily, that I choose not to count anymore- but it happens. I feel it as though it is a part of my inner body, I breathe and its tight, I move and its stiff, I talk and it is angered. Most people would say that it is normal, it’s human.
But I say, it’s called being born a sinner.
It is inevitable that mornings of strife and nights with grief will come and go; it is…
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Source: This Is War!!!
It’s daunting, how easily we are gripped by fear; without even knowing it our minds are hung up by the lies of our dismayed hearts. Our feet walk one direction as our eyes look another. We desire and crave as silently as angst commands. It tends to lie naked and confident; longing to demolish any chance of ignorance left inside our bodies and holds us as stone-
The disheartening matter, though, is the deadly lull. How can you fight something you’re not quite sure exists? I have found a way to desperately love something, and recently caught a glimpse of the terror that comes with it. How is that possible?
I believe I am wired around a love for the outdoors; the fresh air, raging rivers, bouldering cliffs, dirt, mud, rain, everything that makes up nature because that is where I feel God moving. But the destination, the road to…
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“And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?…” (Lk. 24:5)
In this verse, we learn that Jesus is no longer in the grave, but has arisen. As a result, Jesus has now become our hope for restoration to right standing with God the Father. In other words, Jesus is our hope. Since Jesus is alive and is living, then hope is alive and is living.
What does this have to do with today’s Scriptural text? The two men in this particular passage asked an interesting question, “…Why seek ye the living among the dead?” We have always viewed this from the perspective of Jesus’ resurrection. However, we have never looked at it through the lens of hope.
Going further, if we look at Jesus as our hope, then we can apply this question…
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Take A Walk!
Overwhelmed by the weight we eagerly place on our shoulders every day, and consumed by life’s glimpses of love- I fall back into my seat and remember that’s not how it’s supposed to be. The breadth of my arms is not wide enough for the enemy’s antics, nor is my back strong enough to endure its’ rage. These hands of mine are too fragile for miracles, and my feet won’t last a night of the cold ground. We have this exhausting sense of power over the wrecked things of this world that we often fall in defeat because we are too prideful to ask for help.
The beautiful, undeserving fact is that it is not us who endure the vile we proclaim to handle. Let me explain. Close your eyes for me and picture every evil, hateful, sinful thing that you have ever experienced, done yourself, or witnessed and place…
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It is seriously easy to be taken away by the busyness of life. For instance, this morning for me was pretty much a carry over from yesterday. I worked late. I brought work home with me (something I have been trying not to do), and I awakened early this morning to complete what I had started yesterday. My plan was to not go into the office today, but to spend some time with the family. Needless to say, I am typing this from my office as I have just finished the work which began on yesterday.
What am I trying to say? This happens to the best of us. It does not matter how much effort we put into not doing some things, there will be those times wherein our efforts will be in vain. What is most important is that we do not sit back and wallow in pity…
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While sorting through the last mountain of paperwork on my dining room table I rip up a few things into a trashcan beside me.
Aaron: “Are you switching to T-Mobile?”
Me: “No. Why?”
Aaron: “Well people that do get to make that sound.”
(Tearing up higher bills…I’m guessing he’s referring to an advertisement???)
Sir…you’re six. Please resume putting together your 135 piece Marvel Avengers puzzle…also on the dining room table.
Have a good night!
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