*Singing* “Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your naaaame. And they're always glad you caaame. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name”
Oh, singing the theme song to Cheers today is so befitting, I’ll tell you why =)
I stopped into my favorite neighborhood Starbucks early this morning and spent the day with them. (So much work to do) It's been a while since I've been here and so I was greeted with the question, “Where you been?” by several different baristas.
They checked in with me, they knew my usual, and they showed they cared even if they really didn't. Lol.
When I ordered something different than my norm they looked at me crazy and said, “What's wrong with you, what are you going thru, this ain't normal for you."
This is after a good six months of NOT coming to this particular location. No other Starbucks has taken the time to get to know me like this one. No matter how many times I've frequented.
Here's the point...True community, it always brings you back!
We are all looking for people to relate with, to trust, to share with even if we are consciously attempting to
It's the fourth time my phone has dropped this call. What is up with the connection? I have all my bars! But do they? This isn’t a dead zone normally! Are they in one? My battery is charged, but is theirs?
Isn't it rough and irritating when everything appears to be working right from your end, but things/calls are still being dropped, disconnected? You wonder and ask, dude what service do you have? What's wrong with your phone?
I believe that God is looking down at us sometimes with the same thought. He is speaking, but we mute or press hold on him because we are busy talking to someone else. Purely distracted. We are constantly walking into dead zones (moving too quickly, going places we shouldn’t be, or entangled somewhere in our past) causing our lines of communication to drop Him altogether. How many times have you clicked over to another caller and left Him on hold for hours, days, weeks, must I say years?
Our line of communication with God is open at all times, we can go to Him day or night, it doesn’t matter. But it is us who drops the calls and hook up with whack carriers we put our faith in instead of Him. Now, no I'm not here to beat you up about it. The fix is as simple as clicking back over and saying, God, I'm sorry I want to continue our conversation (relationship). And boom bam it's done. The blood of Jesus really did hook us up!
Today I ask you not to walk into dead zones, press hold, or mute God. Leave the line of communication open so you are prepared for what you will face in the next moment.
1. Remove your distractions
2. Get in the word
No dropped calls. No surprises!
1Corinthians 7:35 “And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.”
Luke 10:38-42 “38Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”41And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
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22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Last week I was talking to a friend about some things that were not going right. In the moment, I was aggravated but doing my best to be patient because if I threw my laptop across the room I would deeply regret it! I encouraged myself by stating the importance of patience and waiting for God’s perfect timing and taking deep breaths. It was actually working but my friend text me back and said, “take authority over it”. I quickly text back, “you’re right!” It never occurred to me to pray about the situation. So I sat there in Starbucks and made my declarations known, in Jesus’ name. And what do you know? That thing that took me two hours of fooling with at two different locations finally decided to act right. Like literally 20 seconds and it was done.
Her words stayed with me the rest of that day and when I woke up Friday morning, “you can move mountains” was in my spirit so, I automatically went to our key verse and was encouraged more than ever! I know the devil is livid because I haven’t been able to stop walking like a giant ever since lol. When I was reminded of this authority I started calling out the big stuff and when I tell you that mess was moving?????? Ha! You can’t tell me the God we serve isn’t real and that prayer doesn’t work. So I want to share this with you! We all need a reminder of the authority we hold being God’s children.
Do you understand the authority we have been given through Christ? I mean do you really? Because if you did, if I
Good morning beautiful people! I pray that you have had a blessed week so far. Today I wanted to share a little bit with you from last night’s Bible Study at church. For the last several weeks we have been discovering all that the Kingdom of God entails and how to seek out the kingdom of God to reduce anxiety and stress in our lives. It has been a blessing.
Last night we continued to discuss how we are an extension of the kingdom of God. With this we know that God trusts us to get to know Him and serve Him loyally (1 Chronicles 28:9) but what happens when serving becomes draining and even causes one to feel brokenhearted? The bible tells us to not grow weary in well doing, but how?! (Galatians 6:9) In this Bible study class we used an example from one of our members and touched
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:8 NKJV
It’s late afternoon and I’m just getting to my laptop. Judging by the way I felt when I woke up this morning I knew the one mandatory thing I needed to do today was lay at the Master’s feet. There was no way around it. I was reminded of how important it is to spend real honest time in Him to be restored, renewed, refreshed, redirected, and have some goals redefined.
We all have seasons of our lives where we are consistent with our quiet time with God. Then there are others where we allow distractions to pull us away from the consistency. While I was still in my word I hadn’t spent time with God the way I’m accustomed to and whenever an intimate relationship switches up you definitely feel the difference.
One of the first things I told God was that I apologize for it taking so much for me to be drawn back to Him. What I meant by “so much” was all the things causing stress and exhaustion were given too much power and pulling me from
And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?
-Matthew 7:3 NKJV
The first half of this year has been truly interesting to say the least. God has been teaching me many public lessons but also many, many, many private ones. I am learning more and more about myself and the things that I do that hinder my relationship with God and that have me hindering other people’s relationship with God. And this is how I came to the conclusion that my God…my Creator and lover of my soul has been playing me!
Let me explain…Just like everyone else in this world I’m facing multiple challenges and tests that I must pass daily. One of these daily tests include interactions with other humans who are totally off the charts! Like people are trippin and in their trippin they got me trippin! My reactions
Have you ever let someone borrow something? It’s usually not difficult at all for the borrower to get to you in order to make the acquisition. However when it is time to repay they want you to travel across two oceans, three states, and knit them a sweater out of rabbit fur before you walk to their house to get what they owe YOU.
I'm thinking, God may be feeling the same way as the lenders. We bargain and promise Him we'll pray more, read more, share more, and even go to church if He could only...(Fill in the blank). God answers our prayers and here we go with excuses as to why we can't follow though with our end of the bargain. The bible says it is better not to vow than to vow and not pay. (Ecclesiastes 5:5)
Let's treat God better. For one…praying, reading, sharing, and going to church is something He asks us to do consistently regardless. Not something we should use as leverage. No more bargaining, just do your part, He always does His!
Every morning we wake up and choose what we are going to do. Is spending time with God one of those choices? Often times we force God to vie for our attention and time. All of the blessings He gives us end up taking His place and pushing Him out of the picture. We stay on computers, tablets, and phones all night but we won't read the word. We get home from work and claim we are too tired to pray but we choose to unwind by watching television or going out to dinner with friends. Those things are perfectly okay to do unless they are moving God from His rightful place as "first choice".
During times like these we are susceptible to attacks and tricks of the enemy. Then in our chaotic mindset we expect to hear clearly from God. Eh, it doesn't usually work out as smoothly as we desire. We all want to be prepared for these attacks and believe me, we can be if we make the conscious decision to spend time with Him daily. Today and the rest of the week I challenge you to spend time with God by choice! Chase after Him for a change =)
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.
In The Bike Ride Home Part I, I talked about praising God for the downhill moments. It is just as important to praise him during difficult times! If you are already turned off please just read to the end… First off, it's showing God that we depend on him and that we can trust him no matter what. Secondly it helps us to take the focus off of our problems and instead of magnifying them, magnifying the one who is God over them. Is it always easy? Nope! Is it necessary? Yup!
We do it all the time just in different ways. Here's what I mean, say you experience a break up, rough day at work, fail an exam, or are dealing with betrayal. You will either sulk alone or find something to distract your thoughts. These coping mechanisms could be healthy or unhealthy: go out with your friends, catch a movie, exercise, find a rebound chick or dude that will likely end in a morning of regret, or get drunk or high. Hey, it happens. We find activities to do hoping they will minimize what we are going through. But when we get back home, sit still, or regain sobriety the same hurt or frustrations are
I’d like to start by saying I love my bike! Anyways, in the beginning of January a friend and I started riding on the bike path from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica, approximately 26/27 miles roundtrip.
The first time we cruised to Santa Monica in a little under two hours. Not so bad except for the fact we had to be back in Manhattan by 5pm. *Heavy sigh* we planned horribly! 5pm?! Yea, it was totally 3:45pm by the time we started heading back. Do you see the problem? So much for cruising home.
As we raced the clock and the sunset I had time to think. 1st thought—Why in the world did I work out before coming on this almost 30mile trek? The rest of my thoughts? Ok, since you asked:
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