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The Pursuit of...LESS

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The disciplined pursuit of...less. Yes, that is the idea in a book I am reading called Essentialism. The basic premise it that by applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter. What if saying yes to everything was actually robbing you of the best things? Perhaps its time to practice the art of saying NO. I know I need this. I have always felt that saying yes was how to make people happy. Truthfully, I can't be everyone's answer or do everything. It just brings on more stress and anxiety. Essentialism says that by focusing on the few things that are really essential, we can make a more valuable contribution. I've just begun this journey but I am excited to learn how to pay attention to all that is happening around me and learn how to choose what really and truly ma…

3 Things

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There are three things that matter deeply to the Lord when it comes to wisdom and understanding. The Proverbs are filled with nuggets of truth and words to help each of us live life the way that the Lord intended. In Proverbs 2, the benefits of wisdom are not only revealed, the Lord describes how to attain this wisdom. Listening, asking, and seeking provide a simple path to understanding this wisdom that comes from the Lord. Now those three things I mentioned can be found in verses 7 and 8: He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
    and protects those who are faithful to him.
He offers a treasure of common sense the honest. Good to know since common sense isn’t so common these days. He is a shield to the people that walk with integrity. Doing the right things at the right time for the right reasons will always cover you. And lastly, he guards the path and protects those who are faithful. Ho…

Unlimited Patience

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"But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life." God offers grace to those that need it most. He gives all of us a chance to exercise faith and share His love. That love was displayed; it was shown by what He did on the cross. And that was the reason referred to in this verse today. Greater love has no one than this, that they give their life for another. Christ Jesus has UNLIMITED PATIENCE! When I read this verse out of 1st Timothy I think of my life and how fortunate I am that God sent mercy my way. Mercy came running in my direction. Mercy offered me a clean white board, a second  chance and the opportunity to right wrongs and walk His walk. My belief and trust in Him was the activation switch. I'm so grateful He had patience without limits! Remember today that God is for you. He is praying for you, gently nudgi…

WILDERness

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When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle. Ex 13:17-18 NLT
Have you ever taken on a “roundabout way”? I have made countless trips where I got my directions mixed up and it seemed that I went out of the way to get to my destination. A roundabout way is not the shortest way. In this story from Exodus, the Israelites had finally been released from Egypt and it was time to head to their promised land. It was quite a ways on foot. But God took them on a roundabout way because if they faced any adversity they would return to their life of slavery. They went off the main road and into the wilderness. Kind of scary w…

Happy Valentines Day!

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‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.’ – Helen Keller

Do You Want to Make Your Life Count?

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Too many times in my life I have counted on the wrong things and the wrong people. I'd place my trust in my abilities and instincts, relying on people that just weren't reliable at all. My hope would rest on the words and counsel of others. All of this led to discouragement, depression and frustration.  These days I am a bit wiser:) I no longer count on people nor do I rely on my abilities. My hope has been redirected. From the words of this beautiful psalm, "I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word." Just saying it makes me smile.  He is reliable and his word always brings truth to light. He is trustworthy and dependable. In him I  no longer have to be discouraged, depressed or frustrated. I am FREE.  What. or who are you counting on? If you want to make your life count, count on Jesus!

Lose the Weight

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This year I am trying to simplify and streamline my life and ministry. Oftentimes after a long season of doing similar things you realize that you have picked up a lot of stuff on the way. Having spent 37 years doing ministry and working with people that were trying to help others find Jesus, I have picked up a plethora of ideas and stuff. If I could see what the Lord sees, I know that there would be things attached to me and stuck in corners of my life that are taking up space that haven't been used for years. Hebrews 12, listed below, encourages me in several ways. It says that I am not alone. I am surrounded by others that have run the race I am running and have fought the good fight of faith. So I can take comfort in that. And then it says to lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Weights and sins can bog all of us down and make life more difficult. This duo can keep us from fulfilling the purposes and plans of the Lord in our lives. Weights could be p…