In recent months I shared with you the ‘Breath Prayer’. Breathing in the attributes one desires and breathing out those attributes one wishes to rid themself of. One night last week I felt a bit overwhelmed and I found myself praying this prayer;
Breathe in peace,
Breathe out chaos.
Breathe in love,
Breathe out hate.
Breathe in Christ,
Breathe out Satan.
Breathe in compassion
Breathe out judgment.
The next time you find yourself a bit overwhelmed or struggling to find the words to pray, seek God’s peace in your breath.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Here & Now!
Okay folks, here it is again. God’s Word in music. God’s Word plain and clear. God’s Word making me think…making me act!
Over the course of the past 6.5 months, it has become even so clear that life is not about the past or the future. It is about the present! As we have each faced our own set of trials during this pandemic the resounding fact that we cannot live in the past (for what was), or solely for the future (what we hope might be), we MUST live for today! We must allow God’s Word to change us today because we never know what our tomorrow will be.
Pastor Bill and I have repeatedly stated “it’s all about the heart!” Where is your heart? What is your focus? Have you allowed God to mold and change your heart for the desire of Jesus? One of my all-time favorite Christian bands, ‘Casting Crowns’ has done it again. Last week I heard for the first time their song “Start Right Here.” The focus of this song is that we often identify what is wrong with our world and the places we want to see change…but too often we neglect doing anything about it. Too often we expect things to change without changing any part of the self. If we want or expect our world to change…we must change…our hearts must change. It must start now…it must start with each of us. Take some time and follow the link below. You will not be disappointed!
You have been receiving reminders in worship each week to look for “God Sightings”. Moments in everyday life that cause you to pause, notice, and offer thanks to God for God’s continued presence. In addition to staying on the lookout for such occurrences, you’ve been encouraged to boldly share these “God Sightings” with others.
This week began with a text, then a phone call, then an email! Every day someone reached out to me to share their excitement of seeing God in everyday life! God is all around. God has not gone anywhere. So whether it’s the giant praying mantis on your window, a damaged relationship seeing even the slightest bit of mending, the excitement in a child’s eyes in understanding, witnessing God’s word come alive…I could go on! Be open to God’s presence each day…share it with someone…and thank God!
“There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to because the Lord your God has blessed you.”
Yes, I know Thanksgiving is next month, but as we continue our journey to better understanding what being a Biblical Steward really means, we must not forget to give thanks! Giving just to give…is not what God desires.
In the beginning, when God created humankind, God gave us free will. Meaning, God gave us a choice. God did not want us to be robots who loved God and others solely because we were told to. God offered us a mind, a brain, and a heart to help us make good, wise, and caring decisions. God created each of us with different talents, gifts, and learning processes…what a beginning. As we use and share these pieces of ourselves with God and others, we are doing exactly what God wants and that pleases God.
Food for thought; God wants us to say thank you all the time, even when life is difficult, confusing, disappointing, or frustrating. Regardless of life’s current circumstances, we have a lot to thank God for. In the midst of the difficult, we have the opportunity to learn, grow, and see God in ways we may not have noticed before. So, whatever life or others seem to be throwing at you today, say thank you to God. We never know what tomorrow will bring.
“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”