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Some Day

September 30, 2013 — 2 Comments

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Some day all things will be set right. Some day all things will be made new. Some day there will be a new heaven and earth. Some day New Jerusalem will come down to meet us. Some day the dwelling place of God will be with us. Some day there will be no more tears to dry.

Some day death will be no more. Some day we will see Him face to face. Some day His glory will flood the universe. Some day we will put on our resurrected bodies.

Some day every day will give way to eternal days. Some day there will be no more crying and pain. Some day we will receive from the spring of water without payment. Some day nations will walk together without war.

Some day bloodshed will be no more. Some day the future gives way to eternity with God. Some day might just be today.

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There will be times that God causes you to notice people, and at other times He will simply lead someone right to you directly. I have had both of these happen in my life, almost on a daily basis.

Once, I was in a local store in California shopping with my family. My son Noah had to use the restroom. After we finished, we were on our way back to meet my wife and daughter, when I noticed a woman visibly upset. God touched my spirit and caused me to stop. I asked her, “What’s troubling you?” “Nothing,” she replied. I then said, “Are you sure?”

She responded by letting me know I would not want to hear it. I assured her, I would not have stopped if I didn’t want to hear it. She smiled and began to pour her heart out. She spoke to me for about five minutes about all that was going wrong for her. Her troubles were pressing in on her, and she felt alone and helpless. She was frustrated, angry and bitter about life.

I listened to every word she said, and I never broke eye contact. My son watching was just an added bonus because I knew he would ask me later why we stopped for a total stranger, and I would have the opportunity to pour into him compassion ministry. When the lady was finished speaking, I said, “You know, I bet the rest of your day is going to be just fine.”

She laughed and said, “I think you’re right. Thanks for taking the time to listen.” “You’re welcome,” I said and my son and I departed. I know it sounded effortless and not much like a miracle, but for her it meant everything. It was the miracle she needed for the day.

Wright, Steve (2012-03-18). The Descent To Compassion (pp. 48-49).  . Kindle Edition.

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You have more time than you think.  If you are like me, you have a list of things to do and time seems to be in slim supply. Fear not! There are ways to find a little more time in your day if know where to look and what to do.

Below are seven ways to find more time

1. Take an inventory

You must know where your time is going before you can adjust it. Trust me, you have more time than you think you do. Grab a notepad and keep up with your time for a day or two. Write down what you do in time intervals. Once you take an inventory, you will be able to see where your time is really going. You will be amazed at how all the things you do can be consolidated. For instances, look for and discover on your list a few things that can be done together instead of spread out through you day.

Example-Want to read that book but don’t have the time? Then try reading when you are in the bathroom. I know that sounds funny but hey, everyone goes to the bathroom. 🙂

2. Little adds up

Some goals in your life are big and take a lot of time. They are so big, many times you might find yourself giving up altogether. Guess what? You don’t have to. Why? The reason why is because little adds up.

Example-Do you want to write a book that is 50,000 words? Then write 500 words a day. In 100 days you will have that book.

3. Don’t disregard small increments of time as having no value

You would be amazed at what just 5 minutes given to a project or goal in your life will do. Sometimes people don’t work on a goal or project because to fully complete it that day would take an hour. Guess what? You can divide that project or goal up into 5-minute increments and it will get done eventually. It might be slower than you wanted, but never forget…the snail made it on the ark -even if he was the last one on. 🙂

4. Capture a weekend

There will be times that 5-minutes will not be the best choice for you. That’s okay. Just look at your calendar and find a weekend that must be yours and plan to use that weekend to get the task done. You would be amazed at what can happen with a whole day with no one to bother you. Let’s face it…we waste a lot of time on weekends recovering from the week. Take one weekend and own it for your goals. Don’t let anything social get in the way and steal that marked off time.

5. Cut the radio off

When you are driving, cut the radio off. You will be blown away by how it clears you mind and allows you to think. I almost always drive without music. I love to write and of course I write sermons for each Sunday. Many times in my truck I think of great thoughts. I simply grab my iPhone and record my thoughts to listen to later and work with. (Note: This one can be dangerous. Keep your eyes on the road and do this one at your own risk)

6. Get up earlier

This one is simple. Get up 15 or 20 minutes earlier and use that time. Do it!!!!!!

7. Pray longer than normal

I know this one sound crazy but you would be amazed at how spending extra time with God will give you more time. I’ve learned, that many of the blocks in my writing will go away when I’ve prayed more. It seems that God blesses me with fewer roadblocks, and what would have taken an hour to do, often ends up taking just 30-minutes.

What Is A Wordless Shut up?

September 21, 2012 — 2 Comments

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Family should be primary. Family is the testing ground of the soul, and of the heart. Family will reveal what is really going on deep inside of a person.

Like, when I’m slow to listen to some strange, and then get home only to shut my wife or kids down in a middle of a sentence. You can tell your wife and kids to shut up without ever saying the words if they feel rushed to speak when they are around you. (I call it a wordless shut up)

It would be easy for me to excuse away my shortness with meaningless rational, but I would still be left with the fact that something on the inside is not right. If I will listen…if you will listen…family time is a great place to get your compass realigned.

I spend much time making or trying to make people I come into contact with feel great about their lives, that they matter, that they are heard, but there are many times I fail at home when it comes to my own family. It would do each of us well to not forget that family is our first priority.

So what’s the answer?

  • I will listen slower and longer to what my wife, son and daughter have to say when I get home.
  • I will give them the same respect and time, if not more, than I give a passing stranger seeking my advice.
  • I will… because it is simply right.
  • I will… because it’s my call and my joy and my responsibility.

What about you?

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In the age of the Internet, everything is fast and right at the tips of your fingers. People can look up any subject and find millions of answers. I often wish God worked as fast as a Google search but often He does not. Do not get me wrong; God can work faster than a search engine…it’s just most of the time He works at the speed that is best for His glory and best to build us into all that He desires us to become.

God should never be viewed as a search engine that holds the answers ready to submit them at your feet in just a few seconds. Most of the time God works the opposite way by causing you to wait. Waiting is just a part of God’s way much of the time, but it need not drive you crazy.

 

So what are some things you can do while waiting on God?

1. Remember the sovereignty of God

He is in control even when you feel out of control. He is always at work in your life. He has not forgotten you. He has declared in His word that He would never leave you nor forsake you.

2. God often worked a long slow plan with people of faith in the bible

David had to wait many years for his day to come to sit on the throne of Israel.
Moses on the backside of the desert waited forty years before God spoke through a burning bush.
Abraham and Sarah waited for their promised child. (Don’t forget what happened when they rushed it)

3. Allow waiting to teach you what it needs to teach you.

Waiting speaks and teaches if you will only submit to it. In the book of James in chapter one and verse 4 he writes, “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Did you get that? Waiting has an effect. It’s to move you toward maturity.

4. Stay active while you wait for the next step to be given you

There is plenty to be doing for God that doesn’t require permission or an answer. A good place to start would be Matthew 25:35-40

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them,  ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

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DON’T LEAVE YOUR FAITH AT CHURCH IN YOUR SPIRITUAL GYM LOCKER

Galatians 5:6 says, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.   

Wesley once said, “Salvation is by grace…but the fact of God’s presence in our lives is shown, or made complete, in our works.”

We like to separate the two but they should be looked at like a coin. There are two sides but one coin. Jesus taught by his life spirituality was lived out in servant ministry. Jesus healed the sick, gave food to the hungry, released those who were in bondage and many other works of righteousness.

In other words, faith was being lived out because that is what faith does. Faith doesn’t just stay in the church waiting on us to return next Sunday and give it a hug. It walks out the door with us in the mission field of life.

In Luke 9:28-43 Peter, John and James go up to the mountain and there they see Jesus transfigured right in front of them. They see Moses and Elijah and Peter wants to stay on the mountain. He wasn’t in that moment of glory wanting to leave the mountain. However, Jesus takes them down the mountain the next day and heals a boy.

What’s the point? Jesus understood where the real miracles took place. Real miracles take place off the mountain in the mission field of life.

Don’t leave your faith at church but take your faith where it is truly needed. Here are a few ways.

1. Spend time with people who aren’t Christians

2. Bless those who aren’t Christians

3. Show mercy to those who aren’t Christians

4. Show love to those who aren’t Christians in a practical way

5. Develop a relationship with an atheist or agnostic or both

Don’t be afraid to hang with those that don’t know the Lord.  You must understand that the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. Therefore everywhere you go God is with you. God creates a sacred space everywhere you go. I once heard it said, “Growth happens in the context of Christian fellowship, but getting Christians outside the Christian bubble is essential—both for them and the people they encounter.”

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Emerson once said, “Do not waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.”

Are you wasting yourself? If you are spending unhealthy time cursing the closed door…you might be. The secret to moving forward is to stop cursing  the closed door, and walk through the open door God has for you.

When I look back on my life, there have been many times I’ve wasted my time and God’s by remaining angry or confused over the closed door.  I’m older now, and more mature in my faith. I tend to move forward much faster now. I know without a doubt that God always opens a door when He closes another.

It’s only in moving forward that you will accomplish what God has called you to do for Him. You can no longer stay where you are, and at the same time, you can’t go backwards. Going forward is where God is calling you. Yes, it can be painful to move forward, but moving forward brings healing. To stand still…to go backwards…will only bring you more pain and pause your life to all that God wants to do through you.

Moving forward means to let go of what YOU want and embrace what GOD wants for your life. He knows the future and the sure path to get you there. You can curse the closed door, you can stand there with your arms folded in angry, or you can move forward for His glory and your healing.

To experience Psalm 147:3 which says,  “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”- YOU MUST WALK THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR.

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Sometimes you don’t need to know what to DO. Sometimes you simply need to know what to BE. When life is not adding up and everything that can go wrong is going wrong…we desperately look for answers to why and what to DO next. Let me ask you two questions that I want you to think about today.

What if God doesn’t want to give you an answer to what to DO next?

What if God wants you to just BE instead of giving you something to DO?

I contend that sometimes God simply wants us to BE, instead of showing us what to DO.

You see, DOING makes us feel like something is happening…that’s why we like it. On the other hand, BEING feels like nothing is happening and that’s why we hate it some much.

Here’s the truth. God is in both of them and at this time in your life he might just be calling you to simply trust and just BE. Never forget, our BEING is found in HIm and our DOING is commissioned by HIM. Maybe, just maybe…this is a time in your life to just BE , while you wait for the DOING to arrive.

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How do you deal with an emotional painful situation in your life?  I’m not here today to give you a big list of things you can do. Instead I simply want to give you a picture and allow you to meditate on it today.

Imagine you are walking along the beach and you come across a group of kids digging deep holes in the sand in order to build  a sandcastle. You watch for awhile as they go about their task of removing sand from one place, leaving holes everywhere, using the sand to build their sandcastle. After watching them for a while, you depart and continue on your journey up the beach. Finally, on your return trip down the beach, you discover the holes are now extremely deep. In fact, a few of the holes are deep enough to stand in and hide 3/4 of your body.

The sun finally sets and off to bed you go. Early the next morning you take a walk along the beach. You make it back to where the holes were. Over night the sea has pushed sand into them and a few of the holes are completely gone but a few others are still there. The holes that were deeper than some of the others are now more shallow but they are  not completely gone. They need a little more time to fill.

You continue on your way up the beach and on your return trip, just a while later, you stop at the spot where the holes WERE. Now, to your amazement, they are completely gone. The sea, over the proper time has filled the holes (emotional pains) with sand and what was once many deep holes in the sand are now gone forever.

Sometimes, emotional pain takes time to heal. Sometimes, God doesn’t heal them immediately. However, healing does come… it just takes time for the sea and the sand to do their work.

If you would like to share your thoughts just leave a comment. God bless you.

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If God’s timing is perfect why does it often hurt so much?

I would love to hear Martha, the sister of Lazarus answer that one. What an interesting conversation that would be.

Back Story

Martha and her sister Mary, along with their brother Lazarus loved Jesus and were friends with him.

They took care of Jesus when he was in their neck of the woods. (e.g. feed him meals, allowed him to stay at their house, Mary anointed the feet of Jesus with oil and wiped them with her hair)

There was a solid relationship of trust and care between their family and Jesus

Lazarus becomes very sick. He becomes sick enough that the family sends for the help of Jesus.

Their life is not adding up so they send for the one that can set it right.

One problem: HE DOESN’T” SHOW UP!!!!

Facts to remember and remind yourself of

Jesus loved them (in pain we often forget the love of God because it doesn’t feel like he is there)

This pain was for the glory of God (our life is not our own. We are his and we are bought with a price)

Story Continued

By the time Jesus gets there Lazarus is dead

Martha hears Jesus is coming and goes to meet him on the road

Then we read this in John 11:21-2

21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me,though he die,yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord;I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

 

Martha had her facts straight. If Jesus had healed immediately, Lazarus would have not died. He would have been okay and pain in their lives wouldn’t have been an issue. However, there is something I don’t want you to miss.

If Jesus had acted in the way Martha thought He should, her relationship would have never had the same depth as it did when with her eyes she saw Jesus command death to let go of her brother.

Jesus cried out, “Lazarus, come out.”

 

Jesus took the power of the resurrection out of the shadows of the Old Testament. Jesus took the power of the resurrection out of the future also. He proved to her and us that HE IS THE RESURRECTION IN THE NOW.

If God’s timing is perfect why does it often hurt so much?

The answer is simple-so He alone will receives all the glory and that you and I  would come to know Him at the deepest level possible.  To know Him deep demands a path of pain.God’s timing is perfect but that doesn’t mean it won’t sometimes hurt.

 

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