*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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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
In this season of my life one of the greatest lessons I have been taught have been on grace and humility. It has taught me to become less critical of others but it has also taught me that there is a thin line between that and compromise. That’s a whole different post. This morning verse three (our key verse) stood out to me because of how important introspection is. I’ve always been good at finding my faults and beating myself over the head with them. A pro actually! But at this point in my life I am learning to sit with God, look at my planks, hand them over to Him, and see how I can rid of them, and help others after I do without the shaming.
There is much that needs to happen as far as introspection goes. It doesn’t mean that I can’t see or discern when others
The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.
Psalms 37:23-24 NKJV
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to fall into something but when it’s time to climb out it’s like the most hellish experience ever? Like something that literally took you 4 seconds to get into can leave you spending the next 60 years fixing! This can be with anything…loving someone, becoming addicted to something, making a poor business decision, shoot making any poor life decisions.
The Bible does say obedience is better than sacrifice and I thought I learned this lesson lol but I still find myself looking back at my own life thinking, “Jesus, when will I learn to be obedient so I don’t have to deal with the challenge of climbing out of all these painful pits!?” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Family, we have got to learn to watch our steps! We are literally walking straight into pits of addiction, despair, bondage, confusion, depression, anxiety, etc and getting stuck there! The problem most of us are facing is that we are
Meredith Porter has been working on her job for 4 months. She has always felt unqualified for the job and for that reason insecure in her abilities. However, she is starting to get into the flow of operations. Her office is a door away from Megan whom she’s become very close with. She is able to vent when necessary and receive help when she doesn’t want to bother the director, Mr. Grant.
Mr. Grant calls Meredith in for a meeting. She immediately rises from her desk and walks into his office. He sits behind a tall mahogany desk typing at his computer. He waves her in without refocusing his attention.
“Have a seat Ms. Porter”, he said finally looking from his computer screen. “Meredith, I need you to takeover the development team for the Community Social Project. We need new energy to pull it out of the slump it‘s in. It’s going to take a lot of work. You’re going to have to boost the morale of the existing team members as well. They are feeling defeated by all the recent loss and change. You can handle it though. Sue will have the details on your desk before lunch.”
Meredith thought, “how in the hell am I supposed to lead this team that has been established for years? How could he
Back in June I shared a blog titled, That Peephole Vision with you. This week, I want to continue with that conversation. So the next few days, I’ll be sharing devotions that stem from that particular post. Please go back and read it if you desire =)
I believe that we all have peepholes that allow us to see our surroundings and what’s on the other side of the various doors in our lives. Even though God does not let us in on every single detail of the what, how’s, whys, and when’s He does have an awesome habit of revealing vital information to us when necessary.
We have this spiritual peephole that we don’t utilize like we should. We are often blinded not because God is trying to be secretive but because we are not putting ourselves in
But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
1 Peter 5:10 NKJV
Heartbreak, extreme debt, financial issues, loss of a loved one, loss period, bad health diagnoses, bodily harm, assaults, abuse are just a few of the things that happen in our lives that cause us to feel as though we are suffering. Pain, aching, excruciating moments whether mentally, spiritually, physically, or all three make it easy to look up and say, “God, why me? Why us? Why?”
While I believe that God doesn’t plan to harm us I do believe that He always has a plan to bring us back to a desired calm (Jeremiah 29:11). Whether it’s life’s choices (of self or others) that have brought you to this place of suffering or life challenges that you can’t explain, God has made us a promise…That after we suffer a little while He will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. We serve a God that can take anything and flip it so it works for the good of all. The word says, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NKJV
You child of God are purposed, God knows you love Him, and He will turn this suffering into something that will
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9 NKJV
This post is for the person beating themselves up over mistakes made, over mistakes that have turned into repeated decisions, for the one feeling guilty, ashamed, and condemned.
God has a remedy for the weight that you feel and it rests in His Son, Jesus Christ. Here are a few things you need to know…
1) You aren’t alone
The reality is, in our human state we have moments where we allow our flesh to lead us. Anytime our flesh is in control we are in danger of being led away from God. But it’s not something that is only unique to you. The Bible says that all have sinned and fall[en] short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
In His infinite wisdom and love God prepared for this. He knew we would struggle, we would fall, that we would have moments of rebellion. Feeling that you are the only one unable to pull it together in an area in your life is false. And
This blog was initially written on October 21, 2011…It's amazing to see the growth that has taken place since this time and places where growth still needs to occur…I pray that this post will bless you as it blessed people on my first blog www.TruthThruTruth.com
Have a great day!
Martin and Miranda were together for a little over 4 years. At the 4-year mark the two engaged in another serious conversation regarding their future. Martin was very open about his feelings for Miranda including his concerns and fears. He let her know that while he wanted to be with her he didn’t know when he would be ready to marry her, if ever. He asked that she would keep the conversation between them so they could figure it out together.
This hurt Miranda to the core. She wasn’t so open about this with him, not wanting to bug, she forced a smile and nodded to him in approval. He knew something wasn’t right with her response but did not force her to share.
Although they agreed the conversation would stay between them, the emotions and insecurities Miranda felt were new and were getting the best of her. Martin’s aim was not to wreck her world.
He only wanted to be open and honest about his feelings. He asked for that conversation to stay between them, but she feared communicating with him, losing him, losing them, and even feared staying with him.
The very next morning, Miranda called her best friend to get an opinion, her mom for advice, her brother to get an understanding from a man’s point of view, her best guy friend to hear from another man’s point of view, and a co worker, just to vent.
By the time she was finished hearing all their opinions she was completely confused, not knowing whether to leave him or stay. Even when Martin spoke to her she didn’t hear him clearly. She twisted all of his words to sound like
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